Nightwish were formed in Kitee, Finland, in 1997 by keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen. Nightwish's demos landed them a contract with the Finnish label Spinefarm, which released their debut album, Angels Fall First, in late 1997. The follow-up, Oceanborn, appeared in late 1998 and made Nightwish a mainstream success in their homeland.
Their third album, Wishmaster topped the Finnish charts. Released in 2002, Century Child proved a massive hit in Finland and around Europe, but 2004's Once saw them go one step further and conquer Europe. Marko Hietala was now on bass, replacing Sami Vänskä, while in 2005 Swedish singer Anette Olzon replaced Tarja Turunen. Dark Passion Play (2007) and the concept album Imaginaerum (2011) both featured Olzon before she and the band parted ways in 2012.
At short notice, ex-After Forever frontwoman Floor Jansen stepped in to take over on lead vocal duties. She was embraced immediately by their passionate fans, and was soon made a permanent member, alongside English piper Troy Donockley. Endless Forms Most Beautiful placed on no less than ten different charts including the Top 200 (number 34) and hard rock charts (number two).
Decades, a double-length compilation album was released in March of 2018, and coincided with Nightwish's 20th anniversary world tour. After this Nightwish released a live recording of this very tour as Decades: Live in Buenos Aires. The upcoming album of Nightwish, "Human. :||: Nature." is releasing on April 10, 2020!
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