December is an empty month, filled with too many cash-in re-releases and tedious album-of-the-year content to make our monthly genre-columns thing really work. That’s why we asked David Keevill to give us a retrospective of the Big Things that happened in Prog in 2014, before getting back to the serious business of 2015 next month…
Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. The band soon picked up drummer Jukka Nevalainen, and then bassist Sami Vänskä after the release of its debut album, Angels Fall First. In 2002, Vänskä was replaced by Marco Hietala, who also took over the male vocalist role previously filled by Holopainen or guest singers. Read more on Last.fm
Nightwish on Thrash Hits
December 27th, 2012
One thing we’ve tried to do in 2012 is post a few more long-form articles, stripping away the webhit-harvesting buzzword nonsense from heavy metal’s burning issues, and concentrating on the the bigger picture that other sites are missing in amongst the hullabaloo. One such article was Tom Dare’s analysis of why Nightwish parting ways with Anette Olzon – the band’s lead vocalist since 2007 – wasn’t perhaps necessarily as big of a deal as some fans thought.
October 2nd, 2012
Thrash Hits’ Tom Dare loves Nightwish. He’s barely put his memories of the Tarja Turunen era behind him and they’ve gone and shed Anette Olzon. Here’s what he made of it after he stopped crying.
Nightwish have parted ways with singer Anette Olzon. While parts of the the UK is sniggering in adolescent fashion at the very mention of these Finns, and large swathes America is looking over the water, scratching it’s head and asking “Who?”, in Europe, this is bloody huge news.
June 28th, 2012
It’s that time of year again – it’s the return of the Thrash Hits Download Festival splash page for 2012! All of our Download coverage from across the entire weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need. That means individual band coverage in the form of photos and setlists, as well as reviews of each day’s highlights, every scandalous rumour and dirty bit of gossip that we overhear, and every outrageous photo of muddy debauchery that our photographers can get their lenses on.
June 9th, 2012
If you’re going to be a big, Scandinavian symphonic metal band, at least have the decency to do it right. Dress up in a top hat. Wear a velvet jacket. Grow a twin-pronged pointy beard and bleach some streaks into it. Y’know, all the stuff that Nightwish do so well.
Download Festival confirms Killswitch Engage, Black Veil Brides, NOFX, Opeth, Nightwish and Shinedown for 2012 line-up
February 16th, 2012
Another day, another festival announcement…today it’s Download Festival, who’ve confirmed a further six names for Donington this year. The five entirely fresh names are Killswitch Engage, Black Veil Brides, NOFX, Opeth, and Nightwish, with “official” confirmation also coming through on Shinedown, who had previously leaked their presence on the bill a few weeks back.
November 1st, 2011
Nuclear Blast Records
02 December 2011
by Danny Montana
Saying 2007’s Dark Passion Play was a hit is a bit of an understatement. After selling two million copies – a rare feat for a metal band – everyone was wondering what Nightwish had up their sleeves for Imaginaerum, their seventh album. A thirteen-track concept album with a made-up title that will eventually be accompanied by a feature film? Why not?