The First Demo


Tuomas (Holopainen) had the idea to create Nightwish, one evening in July 1996. At the time, he was already playing in two other bands (Nattvindens Grat and Darkwoods My Betrothed) but he chose to fully put himself into Nightwish. Between October 1996 and January 1997, the keyboard player was joined by Tarja (Turunen) and Emppu (Vuorinen). They recorded 3 acoustic songs in the Kitee Huvikeskus Studio, helped by their friend Tero Kinnunen. The demo tape was sent to a few national magazines and labels which, although they liked the music, criticized it for its lack of diversity. After this first demo, they decided to add some electric guitars, and drums by asking Jukka (Nevalainen) to join them. In April 1997, 7 tracks were composed for the album Angels Fall First that was first released as a limited edition (500 copies). The story of Nightwish was then beginning...

3 tracks MC audio promo :
01. The Forever Moments
02. Nightwish
03. Etiäinen

Release date: 1996
Written and composed by Tuomas Holopainen and Nightwish.




The demos available to all:
6 years after the modest release of their 3 songs on an audio tape, Nightwish became a worldwide famous metal band. Then was released their fourth studio album, Century Child. The album came out as a 2CD limited edition in Finland. On the first CD was the album itself and on the second CD was the Over The Hills And Far Away video. But there was more! On each booklet of the limited edition, there was a unique code which enabled the owner of the CD to reach a webpage that offered the songs of the album through wma files (they were obviously protected), and the very three demos to download as a bonus! That is how we were able to witness the early days of Nightwish! We can note that Etiäinen was later added to the album Angels Fall First (a new version of the album, of course), as the fourth part of the song Lappi (Lapland). Moreover, the introduction on the song Beauty And The Beast, also on the album Angel Fall First, was taken from the demo entitled Nightwish!




  • Auto produced 3 tracks MC.
  • Abbreviation key :
    CD : compact disc
    LP : vinyl record (33-1/3 rpm)
    7" - 10" - 12" vinyl : 7, 10, 12 inches vinyl record
    MC : Cassette audio = audio tape
    2CD : Double CD
    MCD : Maxi-CD
    CDS : CD Single
    mini-CD : Single in an album-size box
    VD : Video-disc