Nightwish announce 2CD compilation ‘Decades’

NIGHTWISH have announced a brand new compilation album!

The upcoming compilation album, titled Decades, reflects on the massive success of the band and will be released in March next year! Speaking about the album and reflecting on the band’s journey, founding member Tuomas Holopainen says, “July 6th, 1996 was the exact date marked on my family’s summer cabin guestbook. On that date, by a campfire, a decision was made to form a band of three members, playing atmospheric acoustic music led by a female voice. 15 months later, this group would release its debut album, and more than two decades later, it would release a compilation including songs from 8 studio albums and from the very first demo which gave the band its name. The infinite freedom and potential I found from songwriting back in the day took me right back home, offering a place to feel free and meaningful. So the roller coaster ride begun, adventures from all sides of the spectrum ahead, making a pit stop at this place and age from where we’re greeting you now. Looking back, the voyage has been nothing short of spectacular. The best part of it all, though, are the people. The fellowship of the band, past and present, the crew and the management. The relationships created, whether it’s the fans in the front row, guest musicians, other bands, promoters, media, record label staff, or even your own heroes you never thought you’d meet. I’ve met my best friends through music, as well as faced the most unfortunate ordeals, but it’s all been for the love of life and adventure, for learning, and for a meaning. The sense of privilege I feel looking into the past, the present, and future is immeasurable by words. It’s something that can only be expressed through poetry and music. A journey of two decades has taken our wonderful Edema Ruh this far, and the beauty of the future is, that it remains an untold story. In a few months, we’ll celebrate the journey so far in the form of a 9-month nostalgia tour, including material from all of our 8 studio albums. We shall meet you all soon, and it will be wondrous as never before!”

Alongside releasing the new compilation album next year, NIGHTWISH will undergo an extensive world tour which includes a headlining performance at Bloodstock Festival next August. The tour will feature NIGHTWISH presenting a special set list featuring rare material from the early years of their career.

European tour dates are as follows:

18.05. EST Tallinn – Saku Suurhall
01.06. CZ Pilsen – Metalfest Open Air
02.06. NL Nijmegen – FortaRock
21.06. DK Copenhagen – Copenhell
24.06. F Clisson – Hellfest
06.07. N Kvinesdal – Norway Rock Festival
13.07. FIN Joensuu – Ilosaarirock
21.07. FIN Lahti – Mukkulan Tapahtumapuisto
03.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air
07.08. CH Schaffhausen – Stars in Town
09.08. E Villena – Leyendas del Rock
12.08. UK Derby – Bloodstock Open Air

02.11. S Gothenburg – Partille Arena
05.11. D Berlin – Max-Schmeling-Halle
06.11. D Hamburg – Barclaycard Arena
07.11. B Antwerp – Lotto Arena
09.11. D Oberhausen – König-Pilsener-Arena
10.11. F Paris – AccorHotels Arena
11.11. CH Geneva – Arena
13.11. SK Bratislava – Incheba Expo Arena
14.11. D Munich – Olympiahalle
16.11. D Leipzig – Arena
17.11. PL Krakow – Tauron Arena
20.11. H Budapest – Arena
22.11. CH Zurich – Hallenstadion
23.11. D Nuremberg – Arena
24.11. D Stuttgart – Schleyer-Halle
27.11. D Saarbrücken – Saarlandhalle
04.12. I Milan – Medionalum Forum
05.12. D Frankfurt – Festhalle

Decades is set for release on March 9th via Nuclear Blast Records.

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