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Nightwish circa 2013 - present

Band formed by Tuomas Holopainen, Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen and Tarja Turunen in 1996. This band is often mentioned, among a number of others, as sharing a similar sound with Evanescence. Their 2005 release was End of An Era, a DVD of their final performance with Turunen, fired from the band in October 2005. In May 2007 they band named Anette Olzon as their new singer. They released their new album, Dark Passion Play, on October 2, 2007 in North America.

This is what Tarja had to say about Evanescence:

Vin1.jpg Some of the people who probably discovered Nightwish a couple of months ago, compare you a lot to Evanesence, which has pissed off a lot of your fans. They even compared the cover artwork of "Once" to that of an Evanesence single…

It was not meant to be like that, it did not have anything to do with Evanesence’s cover. We just realized that afterwards, you know. Hey if people think that this is similar, so let them think. It has nothing to do with that really. I can also mention that when Tuomas heard Evanesence’s music for the first time, he was completely pissed off. He was pissed off by the fact that it’s a totally different style (that of Evanesence) and because they had a woman singing and because it had a little bit of metal inside it…but it’s a totally different style and kind of music. People tend to compare our music to Evanesence and it’s very funny because there are not that many elements there that we have in common. [laughs]

I’ve even heard journalists even say that you’ve copied Evanesence and I was like “what the hell are you guys talking about?”…

Yeah, sure, sure…we’ve been around six years more than they have! [laughs] That was very funny of them to say.


Tarja Turunen - founder and former lead singer of Nightwish from 1996-2005

Annete Olzon also published Lithium on her blog.

Current Members

  • Tuomas Holopainen - Keyboard (1996-present), Vocals (1996-1998)
  • Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen - Guitars (1996-present), Bass (1996-1997)
  • Jukka Nevalainen - Drums, Percussion (1997-present)
  • Marco Hietala - Bass, Vocals (2001-present)
  • Troy Donockley - Uilean pipes, Tin whistle, Vocals (2013-present)
  • Floor Jansen - Vocals (2013-present)

Former Members

  • Tarja Turunen - Vocals (1996-2005)
  • Sami Vänskä - Bass (1998-2001)
  • Anette Olzen - Vocals (2007-2012)


  • Angels Fall First (1997)
  • Oceanborn (1998)
  • Wishmaster (2000)
  • Century Child (2002)
  • Once (2004)
  • Dark Passion Play (2007)
  • Imaginaerum (2011)
  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2015)