“Wish I Had An Angel” is the eleventh single for Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, the second from their fifth album Once. The song features vocals by then-vocalist Tarja Turunen and bassist Marco Hietala. The song was still performed live after Turunen’s departure with Anette Olzon, before her departure, and current vocalist Floor Jansen afterwards. Featured on the soundtrack of the film Alone In The Dark, it became the group’s most popular single in Europe and in the United States, next to Nemo. It made it onto two U.S. film soundtracks. It reached #60 in the UK Singles Chart, the highest of any of the band’s singles in the UK.
“The Siren” is the fourth and last single of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish’s fifth studio album Once. The song was recorded with the London Session Orchestra and includes many exotic instruments, for example an electric violin and a sitar; it also has very few lines.
“Symphony of Destruction”, a live cover included on the single, was originally performed by Megadeth on their album Countdown to Extinction. It was also released as a bonus track on the platinum edition of “Once”.
The song was performed with previous frontwoman, Anette Olzon, and on September 19, 2009, at the Hartwall Areena, the band was supported by two cellists from the Finnish Cello rock band Apocalyptica.
“The Crow, the Owl and the Dove” is the second single from the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish’s seventh studio album Imaginaerum and was released on March 2, 2012. The single includes the unreleased song “The Heart Asks Pleasure First,” a cover of the song with the same name from the film The Piano to which Nightwish added vocals, originally scored by Michael Nyman. The song was originally recorded in the Dark Passion Play sessions, but Nyman did not provide permission for the song to be released in time for album’s release. The song debuted at number one in the Finnish Singles Chart.
The Carpenter is the first single by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, the only from their debut album, Angels Fall First. It featured, apart from Tarja Turunen’s voice, also Tuomas Holopainen’ voice, making it the only single with his vocals.
The eponymous “carpenter” referred to in the lyrics is Jesus of Nazareth, who is said to have “carved his anchor on the dying souls of mankind”. The tomb of the unknown soldier refers to the centurion Saint Longinus who acknowledged the dying Jesus as the Son of God and converted to Christianity before dying a martyr’s death at the hands of Tiberius. The song seems to be sung from the perspective of Saint Veronica, Mary Magdalene, or the Virgin Mary as she “lay on the grass and observed her saviour” in his final moments.
The single debuted at #8 in the Finnish single chart, but peaked at #3 in the end of 1997.
“Storytime” is a song from the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish’s seventh studio album Imaginaerum, as well as the first single from the album. It was released on November 9, 2011, twenty days prior to the album, along with a music video. The song premiered on Radio Rock, a Finnish radio station at 9.00 GMT +2 on November 7, 2011, two days before its commercial release.
Composer and band leader Tuomas Holopainen has said of Storytime that it “is a single that pretty well represents the whole album”, and that it give a better picture of the album than “Eva” and “Amaranth” did as the first two singles to the 2007 album Dark Passion Play.
“Sleepwalker” is a song that Finnish symphonic power metal quintet Nightwish made and performed during the national Finnish Eurovision Song Contest tryouts in 2000. Although they placed first in the Finnish televote, the jury overruled them, selecting Nina Åström instead.
The song was released in two different versions, the “normal” version and the “heavy” version. The “heavy” version was slightly different, both in the use of instruments and Tarja Turunen’s vocals being softer and not so very operatic. “Sleepwalker” appeared on the limited edition of the 2000 album “Wishmaster” and the 1997-2001 4-CD Box Set. The “heavy” version can be found on the “Deep Silent Complete” single, the “Wishmastour 2000” compilation and the special version of the “Bless the Child” single.
A line from the song (“end of innocence, unending masquerade”) was later reused as the title of the 2003 Nightwish DVD End of Innocence.
The line “Silently the senses, abandon all defences” is most likely straight from the song “Music of the Night” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. The main theme of the musical was later covered by the band on their 2002 album “Century Child”.
“Sleeping Sun” is a power ballad by Nightwish. The song was written by Tuomas Holopainen and dedicated to the solar eclipse that arose on the European sky in 1999. It was first released on the MaxiCD of the same name in 1999, with a re-recorded version released in late October/early November 2005.
“Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse)” is the fifth single by Nightwish. The first recording of the song dates back from May and June 1999, it was recorded at two studios, Caverock and Finnvox, both in Finland. Together with the songs “Walking in the Air”, “Angels Fall First” and “Swanheart”, Sleeping Sun was released for the first time on the MCD Sleeping Sun – Four Ballads of the Eclipse. Later in 1999, the song was added to most new releases of the 1998 album Oceanborn, and in 2004 also on the compilation album Tales from the Elvenpath.
Sleeping Sun was certified with Gold Disc in Finland with more than 5.000 sold copies, and also in Germany with more than 15.000 sold copies. It reached the number-one spot in the Finnish charts, and was #69 in the German Official Singles Charts.
Sacrament of Wilderness is the second single by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released as the first single from their album Oceanborn.
The single’s cover art features the Oceanborn owl with the same scroll as in the cover of Oceanborn and Wishmaster.
It reached the number-one spot in the Finnish charts during several weeks, as well as the subsequent, Walking in the Air. Both were certified with Gold Disc in Finland with more than 5,000 sold copies.
The cover of the single features the same owl as in Passion and the Opera.
“Nemo” is the tenth single by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish and the first single from the album Once. The song can be heard in the ending credits of the 2005 film The Cave. A special version of the music video was released that contained scenes from the movie. For “Nemo”, a big-budget video was made, the director was Antti Jokinen, who had previously worked with Shania Twain, Celine Dion and Eminem. The video was n° 1 on MTV Brasil Video Chart. The song was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.
Tuomas Holopainen, the composer, has stated that the title is Latin for “nobody” and the song is based on his occasional feelings of being lost, longing for the past and feeling nameless. This contradicts speculations that the song simply borrows on a Nemo character of an earlier work, such as J. Verne’s Captain Nemo, Homer’s Ulysses alias Nemo, C. Dickens’ Captain Hawdon alias Nemo, W. McCay’s Little Nemo, or the Disney Studio’s film Finding Nemo. Asked about that T. Holopainen responded:
Not the fish! I cannot believe how everyone seems to be convinced it’s that. Nemo, which is Latin for “nobody,” has nothing to do with the Disney film. It revolves around the feelings I have from time to time. I feel nameless and do not know who I am or where I will go. I only know my past and I long to be back there. The song is about being lost, not knowing where to go or what to do, yet desperate for everything in life. That’s not always me, but when I wrote Nemo, that’s the way I felt. Now I feel better. (Translated from the German)
— Tuomas Holopainen, Underground Empire interview
Last Ride of the Day is the eleventh track from the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish’s seventh studio album Imaginaerum. This track has been chosen as the official anthem for the Ice Hockey World Championships 2012 in Finland/Sweden.
DJ Orkidea produced a remix of the song as the new entrance music of the Kiteen Pallo sports team. Nightwish had previously created an early version of a song titled “Kiteen Pallo” (kipa.mp3 on YouTube) for the team in the past. Both versions of the songs (kipa.mp3 for the original, and KIPA-90.mp3 for Orkidea’s remix) could be found on the Nightwish.com website in the past, but have since been removed when the site was revamped for the release of Imaginaerum.