Nightwish is Finlandís biggest export success apart from Nokia and Finlandia vodka. The band was formed in Kitee in 1996 by keyboard player Tyomas Holopainen, guitar player Emppu Vuorinen and singer and eye candy Tarja Turunen. Nightwish plays gothish symphonic metal with female and male vocal parts. The male part used to be sung by various guest artist but is currently done by new bass guitar player Marco Hietala. Turunen has left the band and has been replaced by Anette Olzon who now provides the female vocals.
Nightwish songs are often based on fantasy and mythology themes. Some of their early works used Finnish language but since the debut album English is used almost exclusively.