What do you think of when you think of Finland? Dark winter nights, friendly but also reserved people? And the music? Nordic folk and Sibelius? Or do you remember hard rock band Lordi winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 with “Hard Rock Hallelujah” in a runaway victory?
Well according to my Finnish friend Henry, who sent me this 2007 double CD “Dark Passion Play” (CD2 is an instrumental version of CD1) , there is only one musical act which truly represents the country and that is Nightwish.
Nightwish was a pioneer of symphonic metal incorporating power and gothic metal in its music. It had Tarja Turunen, a classical singing soprano, as its vocalist until 2005 when she was publicly sacked.
The band has received platinum and gold certifications for its albums sales in many countries and is the third best selling Finnish artist. The band has also been nominated for several awards and amongst the ones it has won 11 Emma-gala awards, the Echo award, the Mtv Europe music award, the World music award and the Metal Storm award. (Source: Wikipedia)
Here’s part of the last concert in which Tarja performed in 2005.
The band underwent several changes of personnel after 2005. This is a later video with Annette Oizin on vocals (who was in turn replaced by Floor Jensen in 2013).
Nightwish is the third-best-selling band and musical entity in Finland with certified sales of nearly 900,000, The group is also the most successful Finnish band worldwide, selling more than 8 million records and receiving more than 60 gold and platinum awards, having released five Number 1 albums and thirteen Number 1 singles (Source Wikipedia)