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Nightwish Launch “Elán” Cover Contest



Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH have announced a worldwide video contest to showcase the talents of their own fans.


Sign language speakers/interpreters, jazz flutists, cellists, ukulele & theremin players, expert whistlers, vocalists, guitarists, bassists, drummers, and keyboard players alike: You are all invited to create a video for your very own cover version of the NIGHTWISH single “Elán.


Prizes for three Grand Prize Winners & two Runners Up include NIGHTWISH t-shirts, posters, and autographed photo cards. 


Nightwish contest



For complete contest instructions & rules, head here.  This contest ends on Thursday, April 10th. Winners will be announced on April 16th, 2015.



NIGHTWISH’s eighth studio album, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, will be released in North America on March 31st. Produced by Tero “TeeCee” Kinnunen, the title for Endless Forms Most Beautiful was taken from the writings of English naturalist Charles Darwin and includes adult & children’s choirs, collaborative work with esteemed orchestral arranger Pip Williams, and a guest appearance by evolutionary biologist, writer, and atheist Richard Dawkins



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Still from the video for “Elán”

The video for the album single “Elán” features some of Finland’s most beloved elderly actors & actresses and was shot in 11 days in eight abandoned Finnish locations by director Ville Lipiäinen. Watch the video on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel


View episodes of NIGHTWISH’s new album trailer series here.


To pre-order the new NIGHTWISH album in various physical formats, visit the Endless Forms Most Beautiful Landing Page.  



Nightwish 3Endless Forms Most Beautiful track listing:


  1. Shudder Before The Beautiful
  2. Weak Fantasy
  3. Élan (order the digital single, which includes the non-album bonus track “Sagan,” here)
  4. Yours Is An Empty Hope
  5. Our Decades In the Sun
  6. My Walden
  7. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
  8. Edema Ruh
  9. Alpenglow
  10. The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula
  11. The Greatest Show On Earth


And as of just a few minutes ago, you can listen to the opening track, “Shudder Before The Beautiful,” here!  


NIGHTWISH’s 27-date headlining tour of North America for 2015 launches in New York City on April 9, 2015 and travels to three Canadian cities plus Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles before closing out in Silver Springs, Maryland on May 14th.  Direct support will come from Swedish heavy metallers SABATON; opening will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN


Three shows have already sold out.  Get your tickets now via VIP Meet & Greet tickets (which includes early entry + an official tour program) are on sale at


Nightwish Tour



Dates for the 2015 NIGHTWISH tour with SABATON and Delain are:


04/09/15  Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY

04/10/15  Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA

04/11/15  Palladium – Worcester, MA

04/13/15  Capitole Theatre – Quebec City, QC – CANADA ***SOLD OUT***

04/14/15  Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON – CANADA ***SOLD OUT***

04/16/15  Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY

04/17/15  Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH

04/18/15  Concorde Music Hall – Chicago, IL ***SOLD OUT***

04/19/15  7 Flags Events Center – Clive, IA

04/21/15  Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO

04/22/15  In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT

04/24/15  Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA

04/25/15  Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA

04/26/15  Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR

04/28/15  Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA

04/30/15  House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

05/01/15  Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

05/02/15  Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ

05/03/15  Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX

05/05/15  Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX

05/06/15  Warehouse Live – Houston, TX

05/08/15  House of Blues – Orlando, FL

05/09/15  Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL

05/11/15  Marathon Music Work – Nashville, TN

05/12/15  Expo Five – Louisville, KY

05/13/15  Filmore – Charlotte, NC

05/14/15  Filmore – Silver Springs, MD




Photo by Victor Guimarães

Photo by Victor Guimarães

Hugely influential, unique, and unrivaled in the heavy metal pantheon, Finland-based symphonic storytellers NIGHTWISH continue to expand the breadth and scope of their artistic vision with each successive release. Their 2011 studio album, Imaginaerum, arrived into the world with a visual counterpart Imaginaerum – The Movie, an album-length film directed by Stobe Harju and produced by Solar Films which created a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Cirque du Soleil. A journey between two different dimensions, the film tells an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination & memory and what is most important in life.


FloorThe keyboard-driven compositions from band leader & song composer Tuomas Holopainen surpass that of some of the most dynamic film scores and work brilliantly alongside their engaging and electrifying Dutch frontwoman Floor Jansen, who was announced as an official member of the band ~ along with British multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley ~ in October of last year.  With more than 7 million albums sold worldwide and over 60 Gold and Platinum awards, NIGHTWISH continue to be one of Finland’s most successful rock bands to date.


Soaring emotion, divine melodies, haunting choruses, and grandiose orchestrations are all part of the endearing and enduring magic of NIGHTWISH.



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