Emppu Vuorinen

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Emppu Vuorinen
Vuorinen performing in 2013
Vuorinen performing in 2013
Background information
Birth nameErno Matti Juhani Vuorinen
Born (1978-06-24) 24 June 1978 (age 42)
OriginKitee, Finland
GenresSymphonic metal, power metal, hard rock, black metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, bass
Years active1996–present
Associated actsNightwish, Brother Firetribe, Altaria, Almah, Barilari

Erno Matti Juhani "Emppu" Vuorinen (born 24 June 1978) is a Finnish guitarist, most famous for being a founding member and occasional songwriter of the symphonic metal band Nightwish. He is the oldest of five children, having a twin brother and three younger sisters. He started to play guitar as a private study at the age of 12 and since then has played in various bands including Nightwish, Brother Firetribe, Barilari, Almah, and Altaria.

Vuorinen is primarily a rhythm player, often supporting the keyboard or orchestral parts of Nightwish songs. However, he plays lead melodies and solos as well. Vuorinen's solo techniques usually include alternate picking, tapping, sliding, legato, and minor to extreme whammy bar use; he also employs sweep picking, although very rarely. His solos are more melodic than those of most metal bands, but he sometimes shreds (notably in "Nightquest," "The Pharaoh Sails to Orion," "Romanticide," and "Gethsemane" by Nightwish, and also in "Traitor" by Tarot, for which he provided a solo). Nightwish's first three albums feature a larger amount of lead guitar work from Vuorinen than their later albums. Vuorinen has tuned his studio guitars in D tuning since the release of Century Child – until then, his guitars were tuned in standard. During concerts, he has two guitars – one for each tuning[citation needed].

Vuorinen is also a creative force in Nightwish, having co-written songs with Tuomas Holopainen from Oceanborn until Dark Passion Play. The song Whoever Brings The Night on Dark Passion Play is written by Vuorinen alone.

Vuorinen recorded guitar parts for Almah, a Brazilian metal band, order to help his friend and vocalist Edu Falaschi (former singer of Angra). Vuorinen did not stay in the band because of his obligations to Nightwish. He was also involved with Brother Firetribe, an AOR band, which as of 2018 has released four albums worldwide: "False Metal" (re-released as "Break Out"), "Heart Full of Fire", "Diamond in the Firepit" and "Sunbound".

Vuorinen is often referred to as "the short one" or "the hobbit" when among band members or fans,[citation needed] as he stands at just 5'3" (162 cm) in height.[citation needed]


With Nightwish:

With Darkwoods My Betrothed:

  • Witch-Hunts – 1998

With Altaria:

With Almah:

With Brother Firetribe:

  • False Metal – 2006
  • Heart Full of Fire – 2008
  • Diamond In The Firepit - 2014
  • Sunbound - 2017

With Guitar Heroes:

As guest:



  • Ollila, Mape (2007). Once Upon a Nightwish. Deggael Communications. ISBN 978-952-99749-2-4.
  • Isoaho, Timo (2018). Nightwish – We Were Here (English ed.). Latvia: Deggael Communications. ISBN 978-952-99749-3-1.

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