Nightwish are a Finnish symphonic power metal band formed in 1996 in the town of Kitee. Nightwish is considered one of the bands responsible for the rise in popularity of symphonic metal at the end of the 1990s.
Although the band has been prominent in their home country since the release of their first single, "The Carpenter" (1997), they did not achieve worldwide fame until the release of the albums Oceanborn and Wishmaster, which were released in 1998 and 2000 respectively. Their 2004 album, Once, led to Nightwish video clips being shown on MTV in the United States and inclusion of their music in U.S. movie soundtracks. Their biggest U.S. hit single, "Wish I Had an Angel" (2004), made it onto two U.S. film soundtracks as a means to promote their North American tour.The band produced three more singles and two music videos for the album, as well as "Sleeping Sun", from the 2005 "best of" compilation album, Highest Hopes, prior to vocalist Tarja Turunen's dismissal.
The extensive search for Turunen's replacement, during the course of which anyone could have been considered by submitting a demo, ended in mid 2007. Anette Olzon was revealed to be the new singer on May 24. The band declared the upcoming release of new album, "Dark Passion Play", which features the charity single "Eva" and the yet unreleased Amaranth, will be released on September 28.