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Nightwish is a symphonic power metal band that originated in Kitee, Finland in 1996. Nightwish consists of 5 main members.

In May 2007, former Alyson Avenue frontwoman, Anette Olzon, was revealed as Tarja Turunen’s replacement, and in the autumn, the band released a new album, Dark Passion Play, which has sold almost 2 million copies, with their big single, "Amaranth", being released one month before.

Current membersEdit

Anette OlzonEdit

Active: 2007–2012

Instruments: lead vocals

Albums with the band: Dark Passion Play and Imaginaerum

Background: Anette (born June 21, 1971) is a Swedish soprano, she replaced Tarja Turunen after her dismissal on October 21, 2005. Olzon was formerly the vocalist in the Swedish AOR band Alyson Avenue. After her admission in Nightwish, Anette played with several bands, in studio and live, including Brother Firetribe and Pain, and will release a new album in the near future, under her own name.

Tuomas HolopainenEdit

Active: 1996–present

Instruments: Keyboards, piano and male vocals

Albums with the band: All Nightwish releases since the first 1996 demo

Background: Tuomas (born December 25, 1976) is a Finnish composer, musician, poet and producer. Known best for heavy metal music, he has also studied jazz and classical styles, but he didn't appreciate these styles explaining to be influenced by harmonic film music. Holopainen has written several songs that have been included in movie soundtracks, including recent collaboration with Nightwish bass player, and male vocalist, Marco Hietala on “While Your Lips Are Still Red”, for the Finnish film “Lieksa!” in 2007.

Emppu VuorinenEdit

Active: 1996–present

Instruments: Lead guitar, bass guitar (1997–1998) and classic guitar

Albums with the band: All Nightwish releases since the first 1996 demo

Background: Erno or Emppu (born June 24, 1978) is a Finnish guitarist. He started to play guitar as a private study at the age of 12 and since then he has played in various bands including Nightwish, of which he is a founding member, Brother Firetribe, Almah (with Angra's frontman Edu Falaschi) and Altaria. As of 2008 one of his side-projects Brother Firetribe released their two albums, "False Metal" (Re-released as "Break Out"), and "Heart Full Of Fire" worldwide.

Jukka NevalainenEdit

Active: 1997–present

Instruments: Drums, percussion

Albums with the band: All Nightwish releases since the first 1997 album, Angels Fall First

Background: Jukka (born April 21, 1978) is a finnish drummer. He spent his early years in the city of Kitee; his drumming career started at the age of eleven when his music teacher at school told him that a new educational program for music was opening, and he thought Jukka would fit in well as a drummer. His first band was "The Highway" but he joined his first real band at the age of 15–16. The band had a rehearsal place, but was restricted to practice only a couple of days a week. After he left that band, he joined up with Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen and they got a permanent practice place.

Marco HietalaEdit

Active: 2002–present

Instruments: Bass guitar, classic guitar, male vocals

Albums with the band: All Nightwish releases since the 2002 album, Century Child

Background: Marco (born January 14, 1966) is a Finnish vocalist and bassist. He is often seen as an icon for the Finnish metal scene. He is also the vocalist and bassist as well as composer/lyricist for heavy metal band Tarot. He joined Nightwish following the departure of previous bassist Sami Vänskä. He was a prominent guest musician in Delain, a project involving many members of the gothic/symphonic metal community. Marco is the bassist and lends his voice to a number of songs. He also participated in the recording of Invitation, by Altaria, providing backing vocals. Hietala has also been part of the bands Sinergy and Northern Kings. In Delain, Hietala played the bass for the album Lucidity and was also the main male vocalist on the album. He is also featured as vocalist in two of the songs on Delain's new album April Rain. In March 2009, Marco joined the band Sapattivuosi, they cover Black Sabbath songs in Finnish.

Former MembersEdit

Tarja TurunenEdit

Active: 1996–2005

Instruments: lead/female vocals

Albums with the band: Angels Fall First until Once

Background: Tarja (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈtɑrjɑ ˈturunen]) (born 17 August 1977) is a Finnish singer-songwriter, composer and actress, whose work includes two solo albums, with the third coming in 2010. She was dismissed from the band on 22 October 2005 after nine years, in the end of the Once Upon a Tour. In 2006, Tarja released a Christmas album, Henkäys Ikuisuudesta, with a support classical tour between November 25 and December 26. In 2007, Tarja released My Winter Storm, an album with various styles, including alternative rock and symphonic metal, that sold over 500.000 copies worldwide. The support tour, Storm World Tour, started on November 25, 2007, and ended at London on October 19, 2009, selling out.

Sami VänskäEdit

Active: 1998–2001

Instruments: Bass guitar

Albums with the band: Oceanborn until Over the Hills and Far Away

Background: Sami (born 26 September 1976) started playing bass as a private study. He has played in a few bands which have been mostly from the metal genre. He started his career in the band Nattvindens Gråt, with Tuomas Holopainen. He made 2 albums, A Bard's Tale (1995), Chaos Without Theory (1997) and a demo, Dar Svanar Flyger (1995), with them. He joined Nightwish for the second studio album, Oceanborn, and was soon replaced by Marco Hietala.

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