So I have been on this forum for a bit now, but realise I have not made a proper introductory post. So here goes.
My name is James and I'm from the US. Been a fan of Nightwish for quite some years now...but just recently decided to actually make an account(even though I've browsed the forums sporadically throughout the years!).
My Nightwish origin story? Interestingly enough, the first time I heard Nightwish, I was not a fan. Back in I think 2005 or 2006, one of my best friends sent me a song on AIM(remember AIM!?) and said "I think you'll like this band!" Funnily enough, she was not wrong, but it took me a while to realise that. She sent me "Nemo" and I remember listening to it and thinking, "eh it's ok" and then promptly forgetting about it. A few years later when I was at uni, me and some friends were having a chill night watching youtube videos on one of friends' bed, in the dorm room, like you do. One of my friends brought up a song, "Oh this is one of my favourite bands - you've got to see this". The video began to play...the green tinted audience, the drummer lifting his head behind the drum kit...and then a few minutes of aural majesty. Planet Hell. End of an Era. This video is what sucked me into Nightwish and I've never left them since. I was so entranced by this video that I spent the next few days listening to Nightwish songs on youtube(my initial favourites? Islander, WiHaA, Planet Hell) and asked my friend for his music. He gave me a whole bunch of power metal music(Rhapsody, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, etc) and while I did love some of those other bands...Nightwish remains my great love. In autumn of 2009, me and my friend were going to go to a Nightwish show in Tampa, Florida...but alas something came up and I had to cancel. Still sad I missed out on that, since it would have been my chance to see Anette!! In summer of 2009, I bought my very first Nightwish album, DPP. It was their "latest" album, so I knew I had to get that first! DPP and Once were definitely my two favorite albums then in my early days of NW fandom. I fell hard for PatP as I listened to it over and over again that summer of 2009...
Over the years, I went through periods of not listening to them as much, but I always paid attention to them enough to know when a new album was coming out. I had moved over to Aberdeen, Scotland for my job and so when Irum came out - I bought that the first week it was out. So happy that I lived in the UK, since it released earlier in the UK than in the US! I loved it of course...but decided I didn't care for it quite as much as my favorite albums DPP and Once. Still, when I realised that NW was coming to the UK - I knew I finally had to see them for the first time. Glasgow, November 2012. I got a friend to go with me (she was a trooper to go with me, even though she is definitely not a metal fan!!) and I took the train there...stood in the rain for a bit, bought a few t-shirts in the queue and then it was showtime. (Backstory - before this show, I figured I should look up the forums to see if there was anything I should know...that's when I realized that Anette was no longer with the band and they had a substitute singer. Who is this "Floor"?!?! I was a bit sad...thinking that it wouldn't be the same as seeing them with their "real" singer). Um yeah. I was blown away - that Glasgow concert was unbelievable. Seeing my NW heroes in the flesh...unforgettable. What a night.
A few years later, saw them again in Orlando, Florida with my little sister. I'd had enough of an influence on her that she is also a big Nightwish fan!!! We rocked out in the car beforehand to EFMB and then enjoyed even more rocking out at the show...:D Getting to be with my baby sister at a Nightwish concert...still the best show I've ever been at.
Now, this is already getting far too long!!! But a few more notes. Clearly, I was introduced to Nightwish in a transitory time for them. I confess to my shame that I didn't even realize for a little while that Once and DPP had two different singers. (Don't hate me too much!!!) Of course eventually I read up on the history and all the drama, etc, etc. Now I probably know far too much! A few years ago, I came to appreciate Century Child far more as an album...and declared it was most certainly the best! I'd heard a few songs from the earlier albums but they never really grabbed me. For some reason these past few years I've been in more of a Nightwish mood than ever...and part of that has been the "re-discovery" of early Nightwish. Listening to Oceanborn / Wishmaster properly...I've fallen in love again with Tarja's voice and it does me laugh that I couldn't tell her and Anette apart back in the day. Nowadays I would probably say Oceanborn is my favourite album(Over the Hills and Far Away is a recent favorite as well - love hearing Tarja's live singing!!), but it's tough to say that because I love songs from all the albums. I love Tarja and Anette and Floor, each in their own way. Tarja because Tarja and her voice makes me weak at the knees. Anette because Irum has a truly special place in my heart and hearing that album straight through with her lovely voice is oh such a treat. And Floor...the only singer I've seen with Nightwish in person and what power and magnetism does she have!! She's made my live experiences oh so special. And then of course, I love Sami and Jukka and Emppu and Marco and Kai and Troy...and Tuomas. Always Tuomas. I am very grateful to him for what he has made, for what he has written, for what he has lived. None of these are perfect people (we have so much drama as proof of that!!)...but I am thankful to all these people for the musical beauty they have brought into my life. I love Nightwish.