Sami Vänskä

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Sami Vänskä
Born (1976-09-26) 26 September 1976 (age 45)
InstrumentsBass, drums
Years active1994–2008, 2016
Associated actsNightwish, Nattvindens Gråt, Root Remedy

Sami Vänskä (born 26 September 1976) is the former bassist of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish.[1]

Background story[edit]

Vänskä started playing bass as a private study. He has played in a few bands which have been mostly from the metal genre.

Nattvindens Gråt[edit]

Vänskä started his career in the band Nattvindens Gråt, with Tuomas Holopainen. He made 2 albums, A Bard's Tale (1995), Chaos Without Theory (1997) and a demo, Där Svanar Flyger (1995), with them.


Vänskä joined Nightwish for their second studio album, Oceanborn. He played on the following tour, on Wishmaster and on the tour afterwards. He also played bass on Over the Hills and Far Away right before Tuomas Holopainen, band leader, song writer and keyboardist, asked the band's manager, Ewo Rytkönen, to tell Vänskä to leave Nightwish, when he felt that the musical differences between the two men were posing a threat to the band. He was replaced in 2001 by session member Marko Hietala, the former bassist and lead vocalist of Tarot and a former member of Sinergy, who also sings male vocals.

On August 20, 2016, he joined his former bandmates on stage to perform "Stargazers" on bass guitar.[2]

Root Remedy[edit]

Vänskä has played in the blues band Root Remedy after leaving Nightwish. He recorded three albums with them, Medication Time With, Root Remedy and The Crawler. He quit the band in 2008.


with Nightwish

with Nattvindens Gråt

  • Där svanar flyger (1995)
  • A Bard's Tale (1995)
  • Chaos Without Theory (1997)

As a session musician

  • Barilari (Barilari, 2003)
  • Barilari EP (Barilari, 2003)


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Nightwish". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  2. ^ Beebee, Steve (5 November 2016). "Nightwish – The BIG Uber Rock Interview Exclusive". Uber Rock. Retrieved 13 February 2020.