The Bloodstock team are delighted to announce that Finnish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have been confirmed for BOA 2008. Along with fellow headliners Dimmu Borgir and Opeth, the addition of Nightwish is set to help make BOA 2008 the best Bloodstock yet.
From humble beginnings in 1996, Nightwish rapidly rose to prominence and were instrumental in driving the burgeoning popularity of symphonic and gothic metal. Their debut album â€˜Angels Fall Firstâ€™ was an instant success, and was soon followed by â€˜Oceanbornâ€™ in 1999 and â€˜Wishmasterâ€™ in 2000, which went straight to the top of the Finnish album charts. An EP â€˜Over The Hills And Far Awayâ€™ â€“ issued in 2001 â€“ bridged the gap to the next album â€˜Century Childâ€™, which appeared in 2002 and went gold in Finland within two hours of its release. Extensive touring followed â€“ including their first appearance in the UK at Bloodstock Indoor in 2003 â€“ as the band continued to build their fanbase and rack up impressive sales.
Their increasing international profile led to tensions within the ranks and the recording of 2004â€™s landmark â€˜Onceâ€™ album was mentally and physically draining. It was, however, a huge success, selling a million copies, and the ensuing world tour â€“ including their debut trek around the USA - continued right through til the end of 2005. After the final show, singer Tarja Turunen was fired from the band and many feared that the Nightwish fairytale had come to an abrupt end. The rest of the band had other ideas and auditions to find a suitable replacement were carried out in late 2006. Finally, in May 2007, Swedish vocalist Anette Olzon was announced as the new singer for Nightwish, and the band released their latest album â€˜Dark Passion Playâ€™ in September.
Far from being the end of the line, the bandâ€™s troubled times have given them a new lease of life. â€˜Dark Passion Playâ€™ is a worldwide hit and the positive live reviews have already begun to pour in. Female-fronted symphonic metal may now be an entire genre in itself, but nothing beats the original.
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NIGHTWISH â€“ Power And Passion â€“ BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.