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Album: "HIGHEST HOPES - THE BEST OF NIGHTWISH (CD)"
- Includes songs from all Nightwish albums and exclusive, unreleased tracks + a new version of “Sleeping Sun” [!]
Cat. No.: WIZ00002844
Genre: Symphonic/ Neo Classical Heavy Metal, Gothic Metal/ Rock
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A grandiose, keyboard driven Metal band that has risen to huge successes in mainland Europe and South America. NIGHTWISH was originally conceived as a side project of NATTVINDENS GRAT members keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen with female vocals. NIGHTWISH, Holopainen being joined by guitarist Emppu Vuorinen and singer TARJA TURUNEN (Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen Cabuli), started life as a Folk band, recording their first three acoustic based songs between October and December 1996, but decided that the only genre of music that could ably cope with the power of vocalist Tarja Turunen was Heavy Metal. Pre-NIGHTWISH, the teenage Turunen had studied classical singing at the Sibelius Academy of Kuopio.
NIGHTWISH’s inaugural demo was a strictly acoustic affair but a second tape the cut in April of the same year introduced electric guitars and drums. NIGHTWISH had also drafted the services of a permanent drummer Jukka Nevalainen. By May the group had secured a two album deal with the noteable Finnish label Spinefarm Records.
Hugely successful in their native Finland with regular chart appearances, NIGHTWISH’s debut 1997 single 'The Carpenter', a split offering shared with CHILDREN OF BODOM and THY SERPENT, entered the Finnish charts at number 8. The debut album, entitled 'Angels Fall First', was released that November, reaching no. 31 in the national Finnish album charts. The band's first live appearance ocurred in Kitee on the 31st December 1997. Momentum then slowed as both Holopainen and Vuorinen were waylaid by their obligitary military draft and Turunen engaged herself in studies. During this period an optomistic Spinefarm extended the band's contract.
A promotional video was filmed for 'The Carpenter' in May of 1998 and that Summer the group was bolstered with the arrival of bassist Sami Vanska. Recordings commenced for a sophomore album, these sessions being wrapped up by late October. A gig on the 13th November in Kitee would be used as an opportunity to lens a second promo video, for the new track 'Sacrament Of Wilderness', issued as a single that very same month as another split outing, this time allied with DARKWOODS MY BETROTHED and ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW. Quite spectacularly, this single hit the no. 1 position in Finland. By January 1999 the band had no less than two singles in the top three and a top five album ‘Oceanborn’. Japanese variants of the album came complete with an exclusive extra track ‘Nightquest’. That Spring 'Oceanborn' was licensed for European release, the record rapidly generating media and fan attention.
A fresh single, 'Sleeping Sun', was recorded in mid 1999. The single package would include NIGHTWISH's cover of 'Walking On The Air', originally from the soundtrack to the children's cartoon 'The Snowman'. Such had been the band's initial impact in Germany that 'Sleeping Sun' would sell over 15,000 copies in its first month of release. August would be marked by both 'Oceanborn' and 'Sacrament Of Wilderness' receiving gold sales status. Touring in Germany had the band partnering RAGE for a 26 date run of gigs.
Early 2000 saw the band taking somewhat of an unexpected diversion by entering the Eurovision Song Contest with the track 'Sleepwalker'. The band came in a respectable second. NIGHTWISH would repeat earlier successes with the ‘Wishmaster’ album, the album easily taking the Finnish no. 1 spot and remaining lodged their for three weeks. 'Wishmaster' also made significant headway in Europe, peaking at no. 21 in Germany and no. 66 in France. Released in May, the tour to promote the record was fittingly launched in the band's home town of Kitee. The gig would be made even more memorable as after their performance NIGHTWISH received their gold discs for the album 'Oceanborn' as well as singles 'Sacrament Of Wilderness', 'Walking In The Air' and 'Sleeping Sun'. Once again the Japanese market benefited from an extra song in the Eurovision track ‘Sleepwalker’. With interest in NIGHTWISH rising rapidly Spinefarm issued a lavish limited edition set entitled ‘Golden Wishes’. Comprising of the band’s first three albums plus a disc of rarities all in picture disc format.
NIGHTWISH headlined a clutch of major festival events in Finland prior to touring South America in July of 2000, taking in Panama, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Returning to Europe the group put in appearances at the 'Wacken Open Air' event in Germany and the Belgian 'Biebop' festival upfront of a full European headline trek supported by ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW and SINERGY. Canada would be next on the agenda, with a brace of Montreal gigs in November. The year would be capped with the filming and recording of a live album and DVD at Tampere on the 29th of December. This concert too proved a landmark in more ways than one as when the band left the stage they were presented with yet another gold singles award, this time for 'Deep Silent Complete', as well as a platinum award for 'Wishmaster'.
The band scored their fourth consecutive gold status single in Finland during the Summer of 2001 when 'Over the Hills and Far Away', a cover of the GARY MOORE tune, charted high. The EP also hosted two brand new recordings and a re-make of 'Astral Romance'. A German variant, released through the Drakkar label, added a further six live tracks.
Tarja Turunen would guest on the 2001 debut album from Argentinean Symphonic Metal band BETO VASQUEZ INFINITY, a group that had supported NIGHTWISH at their 2000 show in the Argentine capitol Buenos Aires.
Bassist Sami Vanska was replaced by Marco Hietala of TAROT and SINERGY during October of 2001. During March of 2002 keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen was announced as part of the the formation of a Finnish 'Gothic Metal supergroup' dubbed FOR MY PAIN. Joining him in this endeavour would be the ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW triumvirate of bassist Altti Vetelainen, guitarist Olli-Pekka Torro and drummer Petri Sankala, guitarist Lauri Tuohimaa of EMBRAZE and fronted by REFLECTION vocalist Juha Kylmanen.
NIGHTWISH's 'Century Child' album opened the floodgates for the band on the global scene. It would debut on the Finnish charts at the no. 1 position, soon achieving platinum status for having broken the 30'000 units sold mark, and at no. 5 in Germany. The album was preceded in their homeland by a record breaking no. 1 single 'Ever Dream' which occupied the top position for a five week run, gaining another Platinum award. Before long 'Century Child' had made its mark on most of the European charts and took just 24 hours to sell out of its first pressing when issued in Brazil. The band would tour Brazil, Chile and Argentina to capacity audiences. A second single, 'Bless The Child', which came complete with the previously unreleased 'Lagoon' track', maintained the momentum throughout August.
At their commercial peak, with 'Century Child' being granted double platinum status in Finland for over 60,000 sales, Tarja Turunen announced she was to take time out from the band. The other members maintained their work schedule, drummer Jukka Nevalainen and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen featuring as session guests on the debut album from SETHIAN, a side venture of former WIZZARD frontman Tapio Wilska. Meantime guitarist Emppu Vuorinen got involved in composing TV music, recording the theme tune for Finnish MTV3's 'Hockey Night'. Holopainen was also set to aid Doomsters SILENTIUM on production of their third album 'Harmatia de Prudence' for early 2003. Meantime 'Century Child' saw a US release through the Century Media label in September, the same month NIGHTWISH put in their debut North American live performance at the 'Prog Power IV' festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sami Vanska, Emppu Vuorinen and Jukka Nevalainen would all aid RATA BLANCA vocalist Adrian Barilari in recording his debut solo album, the Brazilian superstar recording at Finnvox Studios. Other guest appearances from NIGHTWISH members featured on the TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS album 'Kylma Tila'. Tuomas Holopainen aided on keyboards for the songs 'Juoksevan Veden Aika' and 'Kylma Tila', whilst Marco Hietala appeared on the track 'Alkaa Selvittako'. Other activity had Emppu Vuorinen contributing guitar work to HUMAN TEMPLE's debut 'Insomnia' album.
A NIGHTWISH DVD release, 'End Of Innocence', featured a bonus audio CD 'Nightwish: Live At Summer Breeze 2002'. The DVD package not only included expected promotional videos, live clips and behind the scenes footage but also film from the very first NIGHTWISH life performance. The first signs of a 2004 release from NIGHTWISH came with the announcement that the band were to work with esteemed film director Antti Jokinen on a promotional video for the 'Nemo' single. 'Nemo' entered the German singles chart at no. 12 before climbing higher. In addition, the single came in at no. 1 in both Finland and Hungary, no. 4 in Norway, no. 24 in Austria and no. 25 in Switzerland. Various formats of this single, which soon scored gold status in Finland for having sold over 5,000 copies, included the non album tracks 'White Night Fantasy' and 'Live To Tell The Tale'. During the recording sessions for the album, entitled 'Once', NIGHTWISH also cut a rendition of 'Where Were You Last Night', originally by ANKIE BAGGER, for use as an intended B side.
So successful had the band become in their homeland that the Finnish national post office even printed a special commemorative stamp and other enterprising soles at the Pirkanmaan Uusi Panimo company brewed a Nightwish 'Megabueno Cerveza' beer. The band, having cut a promotional video for second album single 'I Wish I Had An Angel', lined up a North American headline tour for August of 2004, supported by fellow Finns LULLACRY.
'Once' would sell over 80,000 copies in its first week of sale in Germany to debut at no. 1 in the album charts. The band repeated the feat in Greece, Finland and Norway. Within just two weeks of sales 'Once' had been certified gold in Germany, having sold over 100,000 copies and making it Nuclear Blast's most successful record to date. By September the album had broken the German platinum barrier for sales in excess of 200,000 copies. 'Once' also topped the Billboard European album charts. During July, as the video for 'Nemo' topped the Brazilian MTV charts, the band shot a new promotional clip in Germany for second single 'I Wish I Had An Angel'. Meantime, in the USA, the band was in hurried negotiations with a major label to issue 'Once' upfront of their August tour dates, confirming their signature to Roadrunner Records shortly beforehand for an October US release. US editions of the album would bear different artwork and add extra tracks in 'White Night Fantasy', 'Live To Tell The Tale' and a video clip for 'Wish I Had An Angel'. In addition, Century Media also scheduled 'The End Of Innocence' DVD and the 'Over The Hills And Far Away' EP for US release.
Despite processing their visas in March, the band was forced to cancel the first three shows of their North American tour, in Toronto, Montreal and Philadelphia, after failing to secure the necessary documentation in time for the tour's kick-off date on 16th August. The remaining dates, commencing in Worcester on the 20th, remained unaffected. STRATOVARIUS keyboard player Jens Johansson joined NIGHTWISH for a cover of MEGADETH's 'Symphony Of Destruction' during the band's appearance at the B.B. King's Blues Club in New York City on 22nd August.
In September Tarja Turunen entered Finnvox Studios in Helsinki with producer Esa Nieminen to record two traditional Finnish Christmas songs, 'En Etsi Valtaa, Loistoa' and 'Kun Joulu On' for her first solo single. Meantime, in early October, the NIGHTWISH single 'Wish I Had An Angel' entered the Finnish single chart at position No. 1.
Following a 13th October performance in Hamburg, Germany the band was presented with a 'Golden ticket' award for having sold over 50,000 concert tickets on their European tour. NIGHTWISH's status in Europe would be confirmed with their appearance as headlining act at the 'Metal Female Voices Fest II' event held in Brussels during November. The group topped a bill comprising EPICA, FLOWING TEARS, SENGIR, DARKWELL, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS, ASHES YOU LEAVE and SYRENS CALL. A retrospective compilation album, 'Tales From The Elvenpath', also impressively landed at no. 7 on the German album charts.
A third single lifted from the album for Finnish release on 24th November, 'Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan', included a B side live version of MEGADETH's 'Symphony Of Destruction', recorded live at the Nosturi in Helsinki in October. On the same day as the single release, which duly debuted at no. 1 in Finland, Spinefarm Records also put out a special "platinum" edition of the 'Once' album, this variant adding extra tracks 'Live To Tell The Tale', 'White Night Fantasy' and the 'Nemo' video. The dominance continued as the following week after 'Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan's success on the charts TARJA TURUNEN's solo single, 'Yhden Enkelin Unelma' entered the Finnish single chart at position no. 2, jumping to the top spot the following week as it gained a gold sales award. Interest in the band was so strong that the previous NIGHTWISH single, 'Wish I Had An Angel', re-entered the charts at no. 9. Meantime, 'Once' would be certified gold in Sweden for sales in excess of 30,000 copies and triple platinum in their homeland for sales of 90,000.
Renewed European touring throughout February of 2004 saw Norwegians TRISTANIA as opening act. That same month the band dominated the prestigious Finnish Emma-Gaala awards held at the Kulttuuritalolla in Helsinki. NIGHTWISH won in the categories 'Metal Album Of The Year', 'Best Selling Album', 'Band Of The Year', 'Export-Emma' and the public voted 'Best Finnish Artist'.
NIGHTWISH united with leading Brazilian act ANGRA for Japanese dates in March. Further scheduled touring in the USA had NIGHTWISH set to return in April, commencing on the 20th in Chicago, Illinois, with SONATA ARCTICA as support but these shows would be curtailed. The shows would be re-announced for September, then cancelled once again. September Swedish gigs saw support from NOCTURNAL RITES. The band finalised their touring with a unique concert at the Helsinki Hartwell Arena on 21st October, selling out all 11,000 tickets within an hour of public release. As if any further acknowledgement of NIGHTWISH's success was required, the 'End Of Innocence' DVD scored gold status in Germany for 25,000 sales and shortly after the compilation 'Tales From The Elvenpath' was certifield gold in Germany for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.
Another compilation album, 'Highest Hopes - The Best Of Nightwish', was set for September issue. Limited edition variants added three video clips filmed at the 'Mera Luna' festival in Hildesheim, Germany during 2003, 'She Is My Sin', 'Dead To The World' and 'Kinslayer'. That same month Turunen recorded a song with SCHILLER mentor Christopher Von Deylen, guesting alongside Moya Brennan of CLANNAD and MIKE OLDFIELD. An October single by Dutch Gothic Metal act AFTER FOREVER, 'Being Everyone', featured non album cut 'Face Your Demons' complete with guest vocals by Marco Hietala from NIGHTWISH.
Immediately after the band's final show of 2005, at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, NIGHTWISH fans would be stunned to read an "open letter" on the official band site effectively sacking TARJA TURUNEN. Penned by keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen, the group's principal songwriter, the statement would be harshly critical, announcing "To you, unfortunately, business, money and things that have nothing to do with those emotions have become much more important. You feel that you have sacrificed yourself and your musical career for NIGHTWISH, rather than thinking what it has given to you. You have said yourself that you are merely a 'guest musician' in NIGHTWISH. Now that visit ends and we will continue NIGHTWISH with a new female vocalist." Further accusations blamed Turunen for a "Diva" like attitude and for having apparently threatened to leave the band "at a day's notice". Subsequently, Holopainen revealed that the personal problems were entrenched to such a degree that he and Turunen "have not spoken with each other for many years". The singer responded, saying simply that she was "devastated" and adding "It has been very cruel the way the band handled this in public." Just days later the re-recorded version of 'Sleeping Sun' hit no. 1 on the Finnish singles charts.
01. Wish I Had An Angel
03. The Kinslayer
04. Ever Dream
06. Bless The Child
08. Sleeping Sun
09. Dead To The World
10. Over The Hills And Far Away
11. Deep Silent Complete
12. Sacrament Of Wilderness
13. Walking In The Air
15. Dead Boy's Poem
16. High Hopes