not a huge fan, don't own any of their stuff sadly, but what i do know apparently:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdZn7k5rZLQ]YouTube - Nightwish - Amaranth[/VIDEO]
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdWhlo9b9zg]YouTube - Nightwish - Sleeping Sun (old sound, new video)[/VIDEO]
my conclusion. the new singer, Annete i think, has a little more "pop" to her, little more movement and spunkyness, Tarja, the old one was waay more epic. equal IMO just over all coolness, anyway, regardless, there are some facts...
1: bad ass keyboards
2: bad ass vocal arrangements
3: she's a fox! (both)
4: sychronized coolness
5: cute lead singer
6: high over all cool factor live
7: did i mention singer's a babe???
they did a phantom of the opera cover that was bad ass, but hilarious cause the little goth girls crying and flipping out. "Awwwww, look how cute..."
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VgLKXD-BoY]YouTube - Nightwish "The Phantom Of The Opera" with lyrics[/VIDEO]
I've been listening to them for years now, and while I wouldn't rate them as my favourite band, or anywhere near close, I do have a little soft spot for them. Apart from when Annete joined. I can't listen to their new form.
At least before, I hadn't heard many bands mixing lead soprano vocals with metal, whereas now they dont do that, and have lost what was actually interesting about them.