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"Nightwish" is a Finnish musical band formed in 1996 in the town of Kitee. Nightwish composes songs that are often classified as either symphonic metal or power metal, and sometimes as a symphonic metal variant, called opera metal. Nightwish is considered one of the main developers of the symphonic metal genre, which encompasses similar bands such as Epica, After Forever and Visions of Atlantis.

Although the band achieved prominence in their home country since the release of their first single, they did not achieve worldwide fame until the release of the album ''Once'' (2004), which spawned Nightwish video clips shown on MTV in the USA for the first time, and inclusion of their music in U.S. movie soundtracks.

Their biggest U.S. hit, "Wish I Had an Angel", made it onto 2 U.S. film soundtracks, as a way to promote their first North American tour (scheduled, but then cancelled due to conflicts with vocalist's solo career). They produced 3 more singles and music videos from this album, and a final one, "Sleeping Sun", from a 2005 best-of compilation, ''Highest Hopes'', prior to their vocalist's departure.

As of 2006, the band is searching for a replacement to vocalist Tar...

country Finland
years active 1996–present
music genre Symphonic metal
current members Tuomas Holopainen
Marco Hietala
Emppu Vuorinen
past members Tarja Turunen
Sami Vänskä
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