Nightwish

A virtual unknown here in the States, Nightwish is a huge act in Europe. Hailing from Finland, their first singer gave them a very unique sound -- a very operatic voice prevented them sounding like Evanescence (even though they predated the US act by almost a decade). Tarja Turunen was quite literally an opera singer fronting a heavy metal band. They split ways two years ago due to creative differences, and Nightwish spent a year and a half looking for a new female front (wo)man. Looks like they finally found one... Their new album Dark Passion Play was released this week in Europe and their single Amaranth is #1 in a few countries. I don't have the album yet, but I like the single. Unfortunately a little close to Evanescence, but better sounding IMO (a little like Within Temptation). I think their new singer Anette Olzo will be much more palatable to a larger audience (and being pretty damn cute at the same time... always key). I don't like the video all that much, but the song is definitely catchy.

Update -- Changed to youtube source

Baptised with a perfect name The doubting one by heart Alone without himself

War between him and the day Need someone to blame In the end, little he can do alone

You believe but what you see You receive but what you give

Caress the one, the Never-Fading Rain in your heart - the tears of snow-white sorrow Caress the one, the hiding amaranth In a land of the daybreak

Apart from the wandering pack In this brief flight of time we reach For the ones, whoever dare

You believe but what you see You receive but what you give

Caress the one, the Never-Fading Rain in your heart - the tears of snow-white sorrow Caress the one, the hiding amaranth In a land of the daybreak

Reaching, searching for something untouched Hearing voices of the Never-Fading calling

Caress the one, the Never-Fading Rain in your heart - the tears of snow-white sorrow Caress the one, the hiding amaranth In a land of the daybreak