The Siren

The Siren

Here is the fourth (and last!) single from ONCE, the album that gave the band more gold records than any other Nightwish album before and that was the only one at the time that sold more than a million copies!

Release date: February 2005
Written and composed by Tuomas Holopainen / Emppu Vuorinen
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01. THE SIREN - Edited Version 3.46
02. THE SIREN - Album Version 4.45
03. THE SIREN - Live Version 4.44



Produced by Tuomas Holopainen and Teecee Kinnunen. Recorded by Teecee Kinnunen in the Tempputupa & Finnvox studios, and by Mikko Karmila in the Finnvox studios, between November 2003 and March 2004. Mixed by Mikko Karmila with Tuomas Holopainen and Teecee Kinnunen in the Finnvox studios in March 2004. Masterised by Mika Jussila in the Finnvox studios. Sitar by Sami Yli-Sirniö. Cello solo by Martin Loveday. Electric violin by Sonia Slaney. Orchestra and choir arranged, orchestrated and directed by Mr Pip Williams. Conducted by James Shearman. Cover design by Sari Bremer.



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The Siren history:
The Siren is the third true extract from the album Once for Europe, after Nemo (April 2004) and Wish I Had An Angel (September 2004). Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan was also released as a single at the end of November 2004 but only in Finland (and as an EP in February 2005, in Japan). After two very “single oriented” songs, The Siren is a more subtle and artistic choice but allowed us to discover the elaborateness and diversity of Once. The depth of the orchestra, its imposing presence, Marco’s powerful voice, Tarja’s oriental and previously unheard vocals, and one of Tuomas’ favorite topics: this is a song that cannot be ignored. It probably is not the most commercial single but truly the bolder.  Bold can also be used to describe the pseudo-video that was uploaded on Nuclear Blast website as the “official video” and was then quickly taken off because of the fiasco that followed. Actually, the video was so bad that the band refused it.

Page spéciale
Here you can see our special page made
at the time when the single was released! (in French only)


  • Finland 2005 - Spinefarm - SPI245CD - CDS - photo1
  • Europe 2005 - Nuclear Blast - NB 1398-2 - CDS - photo1
  • Europe 2005 - Nuclear Blast - NB 1518-2 - CDS promo - photo1 - photo2
  • Europe 2005 - Nuclear Blast - NB 1398-1 - 10" vinyl - hard cover - photo1
  • Argentina 2005 - NEMS Enterprises - NEMS 364 - CDS
  • 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