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Live to Tell the Tale

The story of Nightwish: in their own words!

Part 4: 2002-2003

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However, a breakup wasn't necessary. It seemed that all Nightwish really needed was some new blood, which would be provided by Tarot bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala...
Marco Hietala:
"Well I guess I started beating up my father's old acoustics when I was like 11 or 12. After I played for a couple of years, I got a personal tutor for a couple of years then went into musical college where I studied some musical theory and classical guitar. So there's the basic education I had, though I had some lessons after that, but it was some pop jazz concert stuff, which wasn't my thing anymore. I had an hour lesson a week, or a couple, and I kinda figured out that I figured out things faster than they could teach me. Then I just started playing with the bass and that sort."
(Metal Underground, August 25th, 2004)

Tuomas Holopainen:
"For me personally he was basically the only thinkable alternative to replace Sami because I expressly wanted to include some male voice for our next album in order to get some contrasts to Tarja's voice. I thought myself that the best alternative for us could be a guy who's an experienced musician in a band already; also for doing gigs with us. And to hire some guy for this slot only helping us out with gigs was out of question since at the earliest stage of my thoughts. And as I have always considered Marco as the best heavy metal vocalist as well as bassist in Finland, I wishfully asked if he would be interested in taking that vacancy in Nightwish permanently. He gave me his answer the way I was hoping for, and now he's our permanent vocalist/bassist in the band."
(Metal-Rules.com, March 2002)

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Now the band would take the new lineup into the studio to see if the magic was still there...
Tuomas Holopainen:
"Definitely some sort of a pressure was haunting there behind my back all the time after the success of our previous album Wishmaster. That was haunting somewhere in the depths of my mind all the time, however I knew somehow that I could beat Wishmaster content-wise and make even a better album. I just had to think that I need to do better, catchier and greater songs than we had on Wishmaster. That was the only way to think for me really. You always try to push yourself towards even better and better things constantly and that's exactly what I did with the songs for our new album, I guess...When you write and compose new material, of course the main priority is to do it for yourself first and get pleased by it. You cannot think too much what your fans might think of your new stuff, 'cause in my opinion that's always a secondary thing. If they like it, then that's fine. But if they don't, well, it's not my headache a bit then, let it be then."
(Metal-Rules.com, March 2002)

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All was well again in Nightwish camp, but the dark and gloomy sound of the album that would become Century Child almost seemed to belie the positive chemistry that was within the new line-up.
Tuomas Holopainen:
"Every album I make is like a diary from my own life. I write about my feelings and things that happen to me or things that interest me at that point in my life. The first three albums were happier, there were a lot of fantasy things, historical and Biblical things. When I was writing Century Child, I had just had the worst year of my life personally so I just put all that shit into that album, and that's why it ended up being...I don't know if I should use the word dark, but a real dark album."
(ProgPower interview, 2003)

"Ya know, we are all very ambitious musicians by our nature and a bunch of real perfectionists. We wanted to have a very 'big-sounding' album right from the very start, with pompous and epic-like atmospheres, ya know. I wanted Century Child to be like the biggest sounding, very variable heavy metal soundtrack album. That was my personal goal since the very beginning—no less than that. If you listen to our song "Wishmaster" off the previous Nightwish album Wishmaster, that song worked out kind of like as a good stepping stone for me for Century Child. I wanted to get the same type of epic-sounding thing for this new album as that particular song had. That was part of the reason why we took both the whole orchestra and the choir in for the recordings of Century Child. I wanted it to sound like 'a very ultimate thing', so we just kept pushing ourselves constantly towards that goal and I believe we acheived it as well. It was the main idea for all of us in the very beginning—I can confess it now."
(Metal-Rules.com, March 2002)

Tarja Turunen:
"Unfortunately I was sick and had no voice in the studio. Surely I wanted to give it my best. It was difficult for me because I sang in another way than on the old records."
(Orkus Magazine, February 7th, 2003)

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Century Child was a smash, achieving gold and platinum success in many countries. The band would even perform for the very first time in the United States, at the ProgPower festival. To strike the iron while it was hot, and to give the band enough space to have time for themselves before working on a new album, the band released another DVD, this time more personal and more detailed. The DVD's title was homage to the overall theme of the album: End of Innocence.

Tuomas Holopainen:
"The whole thing was coincidence, to be honest. I mean what you see on the documentary is me and Jukka, talking to a guy who's writing a book about us. That's why we are so open. We never thought that this would end up being on the DVD, in a visual way. The author, he brought a cameraman with him, who filmed the whole thing. When I saw the footage and when the record label saw the footage, we thought that this would make a cool documentary, actually. It's all like a souvenir for the bandmembers. I could also imagine that it is boring as hell for people who don't know the band. Or who don't like the band. But for the fans, it's something really unique."
(Cursed With Oblivion, May 12th, 2004)

To be continued...

2003- tour