26 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though not the first band to front symphonic gothic metal with an operatic female voice, Finland's Nightwish are most responsible for popularizing that style throughout Europe. A few lead singers have passed through the lineup since their 1997 debut, and the vocal tone has shifted from Tarja Turunen's multi-octave arias to occasionally ABBA-like Europop. But the epic orchestrations have remained, and the band's knack for turning romantic myths and folk legends into chart-bound hooks has inspired Evanescence, Children of Bodom, and many in between.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though not the first band to front symphonic gothic metal with an operatic female voice, Finland's Nightwish are most responsible for popularizing that style throughout Europe. A few lead singers have passed through the lineup since their 1997 debut, and the vocal tone has shifted from Tarja Turunen's multi-octave arias to occasionally ABBA-like Europop. But the epic orchestrations have remained, and the band's knack for turning romantic myths and folk legends into chart-bound hooks has inspired Evanescence, Children of Bodom, and many in between.

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