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Event Archive - Nightwish, Sonic Syndicate

Mon. May 19th 2008 Capital Ballroom Victoria BC (No Minors)
9:00 pm
Tickets at: Lyles Place,
Presented by: Atomique Productions
Nightwish is a Finnish musical band formed in 1996 in the town of Kitee. Nightwish composes songs that are often classified as either symphonic metal or power metal; their musical style has also been described as a symphonic metal variant, called opera metal. Nevertheless, Nightwish is considered one of the main developers of the symphonic metal genre, which encompasses similar bands such as Epica, After Forever and Visions of Atlantis.

Although the band achieved prominence in their home country since the release of their first single, they did not achieve worldwide fame until the release of the album Once (2004), which spawned Nightwish video clips shown on MTV in the USA for the first time, and inclusion of their music in U.S. movie soundtracks. Their biggest U.S. hit, Wish I Had an Angel made it onto 2 U.S. film soundtracks, as a way to promote their first North American tour (scheduled, but then cancelled due to conflicts with vocalist's solo career). They produced 3 more singles and music videos from this album, and a final one, Sleeping Sun, from a 2005 best-of compilation, Highest Hopes, prior to their vocalist's departure.

As of 2006, the band is searching for a replacement to vocalist Tarja Turunen, who had left at the end of 2005. A replacement for the soprano singer has not yet been found, but the four other musicians of the band plan to find one in the course of 2006, so that a new album can be recorded at the end of 2006 and beginning of 2007, and released later that year.


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Equal parts cinematic storytelling and gothic symphonies, Nightwish have sold more than 7 million albums worldwide and have received over 60 Gold and Platinum awards, making them one of Finland's most successful rock bands. Hugely influential, unique, and unrivaled in the heavy metal pantheon, NIGHTWISH continue to expand the breadth and scope o... more info