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Wish I Had an Angel

“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.[citation needed] 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.[1]

The Siren (song)

“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;[1] it also has very few lines.[2]

“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

“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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] The song debuted at number one in the Finnish Singles Chart.[1]

The Carpenter (Nightwish song)

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.[2] 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.[3]

The single debuted at #8 in the Finnish single chart,[4] but peaked at #3 in the end of 1997.[5]

Storytime (song)

“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,[1] twenty days prior to the album, along with a music video.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Sleepwalker (Nightwish song)

“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

“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.[1] 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,[2] and also in Germany with more than 15.000 sold copies.[3] It reached the number-one spot in the Finnish charts, and was #69 in the German Official Singles Charts.

Sacrament of Wilderness

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.[2]

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.[3]

The cover of the single features the same owl as in Passion and the Opera.

Nemo (song)

“Nemo” is the tenth single by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish and the first single from the album Once.[1] The song can be heard in the ending credits of the 2005 film The Cave.[2] A special version of the music video was released that contained scenes from the movie.[citation needed] For “Nemo”, a big-budget video was made, the director was Antti Jokinen,[3] who had previously worked with Shania Twain, Celine Dion and Eminem.[3] The video was n° 1 on MTV Brasil Video Chart.[4] 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.[5] 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:[5]

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

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.[1]

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.[2]

The last of the wilderness

“Erämaan Viimeinen” (English: The Last of the wilds) is a single by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released on December 5, 2007.

It is the same song as the instrumental “Last of the Wilds” from the band’s album Dark Passion Play, but with Finnish lyrics and Jonsu from Indica on vocals,[1] and became the third single of the album after “Amaranth”.

The single was not, like the earlier single “Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan”, released outside Finland, where it peaked at number one in the charts.[2] On January 20, 2010, German magazine Metal Hammer released the CD exclusively with the magazine in German speaking countries, featuring the CD plus two versions of “Escapist”. The song is also included on the Platinum Edition of Dark Passion Play.[1]

“Erämaan viimeinen” is not an exact replica of “Last of the Wilds”. It has vocals and lyrics, there is no seashore-sound in the beginning, there is an additional keyboard-track in the C-part and the kantele-outro has been removed.[1]

Death makes an artist

“Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan” is the third single released from the album Once by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. It was released on November 24, 2004, by Spinefarm Records, together with the platinum edition of Once.[1] The single was never released outside Japan and Finland.

“Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan” is Finnish and means “Death Makes an Artist” in English. During the end credits on A Day Before Tomorrow, the orchestral/instrumental version of “Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan” is audible.

Former Nightwish singer Anette Olzon performed the song at Stockholms Kulturfestival with the backing of an orchestra, and without the band, despite not speaking Finnish fluently.[2]

FantasMic (song)

“FantasMic” is a song by the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish from their album Wishmaster. It was written by Tuomas Holopainen, the keyboardist and main songwriter of the band, and it is considered a tribute to Walt Disney and the movies and characters of the Walt Disney Studios. The song features a flute solo by Esa Lehtinen.

The entire song is a dedication to Walt Disney himself, to his iconic characters, and to various Disney animated feature films.

The song’s title and part of its main chorus are both references to the water-and-lights show entitled Fantasmic! that is shown at Disneyland in Anaheim, California and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. The lines “Where the Warrior’s heart is pure. Where the stories will come true” reference the theme of Fantasmic!, which takes place in Mickey’s dreamworld.

Ever Dream

“Ever Dream” is the eighth single by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish which was the group’s first single release in two years. The single also preluded a new album, Century Child.[1]

The song is of a more operatic nature than later works and the music itself is more on the heavy metal side. It still being played live since 2002 until today. Ever Dream was certified with Gold Disc in Finland two days after release, with more than 5,000 sold copies,[2] and later got Platinum Disc with more than 10,000 sold copies.[3]

Eva (Nightwish song)

“Eva ” is the first single of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish’s sixth studio album Dark Passion Play. It was the first release to feature the band’s new singer, Anette Olzon, following Tarja Turunen’s departure in 2005.[citation needed]

Initially the single was only released on the Internet and radio, with the release date to May 30, 2007, together with the revealing of the identity of the new vocalist (Anette Olzon), but due to a leak on May 23, the vocalist identity was revealed on May 24, and the song was released on the 25th. Officially, “Eva” started to play on Finnish radio stations YleX and Radio Rock at 7 AM, May 25,[1] and was available as a download the same day.[1]

All European income from this release were donated to charity (Child Charity Foundation),[2] and the income from Finnish Internet sales were donated to two children’s homes in Finland.[1]

Eva’s cover was announced on the official website on May 17.[1] It features a young girl dressed in 19th century Finnish clothing with a teddy bear in front of a house by night.

Erämaan viimeinen

“Erämaan Viimeinen” (English: The Last of the wilds) is a single by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released on December 5, 2007.

It is the same song as the instrumental “Last of the Wilds” from the band’s album Dark Passion Play, but with Finnish lyrics and Jonsu from Indica on vocals,[1] and became the third single of the album after “Amaranth”.

The single was not, like the earlier single “Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan”, released outside Finland, where it peaked at number one in the charts.[2] On January 20, 2010, German magazine Metal Hammer released the CD exclusively with the magazine in German speaking countries, featuring the CD plus two versions of “Escapist”. The song is also included on the Platinum Edition of Dark Passion Play.[1]

“Erämaan viimeinen” is not an exact replica of “Last of the Wilds”. It has vocals and lyrics, there is no seashore-sound in the beginning, there is an additional keyboard-track in the C-part and the kantele-outro has been removed.[1]

Century Child

Century Child is the fourth studio album by the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released in 2002 through Spinefarm Records. It is the first album which features current bassist and male vocalist Marco Hietala.

Spinefarm Records released a 2-CD special edition version of the album in 2002. It includes the CD, liner art with the band members’ signatures, and a Video CD containing the music video for their cover of Gary Moore’s “Over the Hills and Far Away”. In addition, the booklet contains an ID code that allows the owner to download the entire album and three extra tracks from the Internet for a limited time.[6] The bonus tracks are “Nightwish”, “The Forever Moments” and “Etiäinen”, all from the band’s first demo of 1996.

The album was certified double platinum in Finland with more than 60,000 sold copies,[7] the second most sold Finnish album in Finland in year 2002.[8] Century Child has sold more than 80,000 copies in Finland alone.[7] It sold more than 350,000 copies worldwide between 2002 and 2003.[citation needed]

Deep Silent Complete

Deep Silent Complete is the seventh single by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released as the second single from their album Wishmaster. The title track contains some lines written by William Shakespeare, and was dedicated to oceans.[1]
It reached number three on the Finland singles chart, and was certified with Gold Disc in Finland with more than 5,000 sold copies.[2]

Bye Bye Beautiful

“Bye Bye Beautiful” is the second track on Nightwish’s Dark Passion Play album. The song was confirmed to be the third single from Dark Passion Play by Tuomas Holopainen in an interview,[1] but it was changed to the fourth single from the album after the announcement of Erämaan Viimeinen’s release as the third.

A promo version of the track was leaked to the Internet on 11 July 2007. The full single was released on 15 February 2008 in three versions, CD, DVD and 12 inch. It includes an DJ Orkidea Remix Version of the song as well as a demo version of “The Poet and the Pendulum” and Dark Passion Play’s Japanese bonus track “Escapist”.[1]

In the first part of the Dark Passion Play World Tour, “Bye Bye Beautiful” was the standard opening track, which was played after an intro of “Resurrection” from the soundtrack of The Passion of the Christ.[2] In 2009 it was replaced by “7 Days to the Wolves” and Tuomas Holopainen stated that the band is never going to play “Bye Bye Beautiful” live again.[3]

Beauty of the Beast

“Beauty of the Beast” is a song on Finnish symphonic power metal quintet Nightwish’s fourth album, Century Child.

Beauty of the Beast is divided into three parts (“Long Lost Love”, “One More Night To Live” and “Christabel”), and is 10 minutes and 22 seconds long. It was first performed on Nightwish’s fourth album, Century Child, as the tenth and last track.

The lyrics are entirely written by Tuomas Holopainen. The music in “Long Lost Love” is written by Marco Hietala. “One More Night To Live” and “Christabel” are written by Tuomas Holopainen and Emppu Vuorinen.[1]

Amaranth (song)

“Amaranth” is the second single from Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish’s Dark Passion Play album, and also the second single with the former frontwoman Anette Olzon. The official debut date was August 22, 2007, but it leaked onto the internet before the official release, though the exact date it leaked is unknown.[1]

The title song features all the band members, but the single contains a bonus track called “While Your Lips Are Still Red”, on which Anette and the guitarist Emppu Vuorinen don’t play, and this song is also featured on the Finnish film “Lieksa!”, released on September 2007. The official video for Amaranth was released on June 15, and has more than 70 million views as of 2014.[1]

On August 24, 2007, the Nightwish’s official website reported that “Amaranth” had already achieved gold status in their native Finland two days after its release, meaning sales of over 5000 copies, and on August 29 it was announced that the single had topped the Finnish Singles Chart.[2] On September 6, the official site also announced that Amaranth had reached the top of the charts in Hungary[3] and Spain too.[4]

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