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?
February 4th, 2009
Crushed velvet-wearers of the world, rejoice! Or brood a little less tragically, if that’s what pleases you. Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers, Nightwish, today confirmed the tracklisting to their forthcoming live album/DVD, the informatively-titled Made In Hong Kong (And In Various Other Places).
August 13th, 2008
It’s almost the end of the summer and the UK’s only proper metal festival is upon us again. Hugh Platt looks at the Bloodstock Open Air lineup and picks his top tips for the coming weekend’s musical mayhem.
BLOODSTOCK – even just written down, the word looks like it want to punch you in the face.
The UK’s premier independent metal festival, Bloodstock is bigger than it’s ever been – come Friday up to 10,000 horn-throwing, fist-pumping, head-banging metallers are going to cram into a field near Derby to rock the fuck out.
Click here to see the stage times for Bloodstock Open Air.
In addition seeing us embarrass ourselves with some Slayer on the Heavy Metal Karaoke, Thrash Hits .com has come up with a hit list of what else not to miss this coming weekend.
Soulfly – Main Stage, Friday 6.25pm
Anyone who thinks that Max Cavalera’s mob are ‘too mainstream for Bloodstock’ clearly hasn’t heard the last two Soulfly records. The nu-metal guff has been all but torn off, leaving bloody stumps of frenetic thrash. Expect carnage.
At The Gates – Main Stage, Sunday 8:20pm
You can’t really overstate how influential the melodic death metal sound pioneered by At The Gates (pictured, above) has been. By the time they split in 1996, their seminal Slaughter of The Soul album had become essential listening for everyone from The Black Dahlia Murder to Killswitch Engage. And with half the band returning to their day-jobs as The Haunted later this year, this may well be the last ever chance to see them play live in the UK – need any further reasons?
Opeth – Main Stage, Friday 10:00pm
It’s not always about who can play loudest; Opeth play the long-game. What better way to end the first day with some 10 minute-long songs of progressive death metal?
The Defiled – Scuzz Stage, Saturday 3:15pm
With so many unsigned metal bands being metalcore chancers, or braindead noiseniks covering up a lack of talent with an excess of volume, bands like The Defiled should be savoured. They’ll leave you battered and bloodied with a huge fucking groove of crunching riffs and sucker-punches of sinister electronics.
Nightwish – Main Stage, Sunday 10:00pm
It’s not all huge bearded men growling curses into microphones at Bloodstock – Nightwish (pictured, above) are bringing their operatic goth stylings to close the Main Stage on the final day. Armed with a bucket full of pyro, and more points to prove than an imaginary porcupine, Nightwish are worth a look just to see if they can pull it off.
Napalm Death – Main Stage, Saturday 5:30pm
If you need a convincing that Napalm Death are worth your time at Bloodstock, then you don’t like heavy music. There isn’t a band on the entire bill that doesn’t owe something to Napalm. You owe the grindcore progenitors your attention.
The Berzerker – Scuzz Stage, Saturday 7:45pm
Unmasked and unchained, The Berzerker have left their label, and have ditched the masks that saw them unfairly dismissed by death metal elitists. Sounding like the mind of a serial killer discharged through blast beats and guttural growls, The Berzerker live is a jackhammer of rage rammed through your ears.
Ted Maul – Scuzz Stage, Sunday 4:45pm
Casting a middle-finger the size of Nelson’s Column at genre conventions, Ted Maul (pictured, above) are as off-kilter as the Chris Morris character they’re named after. The only predictable thing about their Sunday afternoon set is that it is going to slay.
Ravens Creed – Scuzz Stage, Sunday 4:00pm
If all ‘supergroups’ were this good, it wouldn’t be a dirty word. Formed from the guts of Iron Monkey, the pedigree of Ravens Creed is completed with members of Orange Goblin and Sabbat. What does that mean? It means they’ve got enough thunder to give a Chieftain tank a panic attack, that’s what.
Necrosadistic Goat Torture – Scuzz Stage, Sunday 3:15pm
Does it matter what they sound like? They’re called Necrosadistic Goat Torture, for (anti)Christ’s sake!
Click here to see the stage times for Bloodstock Open Air.
Bloodstock Open Air Festival takes place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire on 15-17 August 2008