Nightwish timeline

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In 2002, Nightwish released Century Child, along with the singles “Ever Dream” and “Bless the Child”.

The main difference from previous albums is the use of a live Finnish orchestra on the tracks “Bless the Child”, “Ever Dream”, “Feel For You” and “The Beauty of the Beast”.

Ever Dream; Bless the Child; Feel For You:

An enduring favorite of fans, though, is the band’s version of “The Phantom of the Opera”, from the famous musical of the same name by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. The song was repeatedly played on concerts until vocalist Tarja Turunen was replaced with Anette Olzon, whereupon the band announced that they would never play the song live again.

The Phantom Of The Opera:

Century Child was certified gold two hours after its release, and platinum two weeks afterward.

After the “Bless the Child” music video, a second one was recorded, without any single support. The chosen track was “End of All Hope”. The clip contains pieces from the Finnish movie, Kohtalon kirja (English: The Book of Fate)


In 2003, Nightwish released their second DVD, the documentary End of Innocence. It tells the story of the band in Holopainen, Nevalainen and Tapio Wilska’s words for two hours. The documentary also features bits of live concerts, exclusive footage, etc. vocalist Tarja Turunen also got married during the summer of 2003.

End of Innocence


A new album, Once, was released on June 7, 2004, along with its first single, “Nemo”. The single topped the charts in Finland and Hungary and reached the charts in six additional countries. “Nemo” remains the band’s most successful single release to date.

Once utilizes a full orchestra in nine of the eleven songs on the album. Unlike Century Child, Nightwish decided to look for an orchestra outside of Finland this time, choosing the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

It is also their second album to feature a full-length song in Finnish, “Kuolema tekee taiteilijan” (English: “Death Makes an Artist”).

Dark chest of Wonders; Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan; Nemo:


A “best of” album, Highest Hopes, was released in September 2005. The compilation also featured a live cover “High Hopes” (from the Pink Floyd album The Division Bell). Besides “High Hopes”, a remake of “Sleeping Sun” (from Oceanborn) was included on the album and released as a single. A video for the remake was shot, featuring a medieval battle, and can be found on the German release of the single and as a separate DVD released by Spinefarm.

  • "Wish I Had an Angel" – 4:04
  • "Stargazers" – 4:26
  • "The Kinslayer" – 4:02
  • "Ever Dream" – 4:44
  • "Elvenpath" – 4:38
  • "Bless the Child" – 6:12
  • "Nemo" – 4:35
  • "Sleeping Sun" (2005 version) – 4:24[8]
  • "Dead to the World" – 4:19
  • "Over the Hills and Far Away" (Gary Moore cover) – 5:00
  • "Deep Silent Complete" – 3:57
  • "Sacrament of Wilderness" – 4:11
  • "Walking in the Air" – 5:27
  • "Wishmaster" – 4:24
  • "Dead Boy's Poem" – 6:48
  • "High Hopes (live Pink Floyd cover) – 7:20
  • Tarja Turunen - Lead vocals
  • Tuomas Holopainen - Keyboards, spoken parts and backing vocals (on tracks 5 and 10)
  • Emppu Vuorinen - Lead guitars
  • Jukka Nevalainen - Drums
  • Marco Hietala - Bass guitar and male vocals
  • Sam Hardwick - Spoken parts (on track 6 and 14)
  • Tony Kakko - Backing vocals (on track 10)
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra - Choir (on track 1 and 7)

High Hopes; sleeping sun:

The four other members of Nightwish had decided that it was best to continue Nightwish without Turunen. After a concert in the Hartwall Areena (Helsinki) on October 21, 2005, recorded for the live DVD End of an Era (released June 2006), they expressed their decision through an open letter which was given to Turunen by Holopainen, and afterward posted on the band’s website. It was written by Holopainen and signed by all four band members. The main justification given in the letter for Turunen’s dismissal was that the band felt that both her husband Marcelo Cabuli (an Argentine businessman) and commercial interests had changed her attitude towards the band.

Turunen responded to the incident twice, during press conferences in Finland and Germany, saying that her dismissal came entirely as a shock to her, given that she had not been notified before the letter was given to her. She felt that the personal attacks on her husband were unwarranted and that playing the issue out in public was “senselessly cruel”. She expressed these feelings through her own open letter, which was published on her personal website, and through various TV, magazine, and newspaper interviews.


In order to find a replacement for Turunen as the female vocalist of the band, on March 17, 2006, the band allowed vocalists interested for the position to send in demo tapes as an audition for the spot. In the end, the 35-year-old Alyson Avenue’s ex-lead singer, Anette Olzon, from Sweden, was chosen.

In September 2006, the band entered the studio to record their sixth studio album, Dark Passion


In May 2007, Anette Olzon was announced to replace Turunen.

birth name: Anette Ingegerd Olsson

genres: alternative rock, folk rock, hard rock, melodic rock, classic rock, symphonic rock, symphonic metal, power metal



The day after this revealing, May 25, 2007, charity single “Eva” was released for download only as the first offering from the new album, and the first featuring Olzon.

On June 13, Nightwish revealed the title and artwork for the new album on their official website, as well as the name and cover of the second single “Amaranth”; it was released in Finland on August 22 and included a bonus track entitled “While Your Lips Are Still Red” written by Tuomas as the main theme track for the upcoming Finnish feature film “Lieksa!”. The single achieved gold status in Finland after less than two days in stores.

Nightwish: Eva; Amaranth; While Your Lips Are Still Red:

Dark Passion Play was released around Europe in the last week of September 2007.

On this album, male vocalist Marco Hietala had more freedom in the use of his voice: he sings back up in the songs “Cadence of Her Last Breath” and “Sahara”, lead vocals in the songs “The Islander”, “Master Passion Greed” and “While Your Lips Are Still Red”, and chorus in the songs “Bye Bye Beautiful” and “7 Days to the Wolves”.

He also sings one part in “The Poet and the Pendulum”, besides singing back up in the chorus. Before the band found the new singer and the album was recorded, Marco sang on all the demo versions. Holopainen also sang on the demo versions of “Bye Bye Beautiful” and “Master Passion Greed” but these songs have never been released.

The Poet And The Pendulum – Original Full Song

On September 22, 2007, the band hosted a secret concert at Rock Café in Tallinn, Estonia, disguising itself as a Nightwish cover band called “Nachtwasser”. Their first official concert with Olzon was in Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 6, 2007. The Dark Passion Play tour thus started, visiting the United States, Canada, most of Europe, Asia, and Australia.

The third single of the album was “Erämaan viimeinen”, a previously unreleased vocal version of the instrumental “Last of the Wilds”. It was released in Finland only on December 5, 2007.
On this song, Jonsu of the Finnish pop and rock band Indica performs the Finnish vocals.

Nightwish – Erämaan viimeinen (feat. Jonsu):


“Bye Bye Beautiful”, the fourth single, was released on February 15, 2008, and concerns the 2005 dismissal of Turunen. The single includes yet another bonus track, “Escapist”, which is also included on the Japanese version of Dark Passion Play.

Within a week after the release, the fifth single was announced to be “The Islander”. It was released over a month after the release of its music video, shot in late 2007 in Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland.

Bye Bye Beautiful; The Islander:

The Dark Passion Play tour turned out to be Nightwish’s longest tour yet, lasting from late 2007 to September 2009 when it ended with a concert in Hartwall Arena – the band’s second concert there – with the band Apocalyptica.

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