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Ari Tapio Wilska


NA Wizzard - vocals  
1993 Lyijykomppania - bass  
1998- Sethian - vocals  
2003-2006 Finntroll - vocals  
2006- Soulgrind - bass  
2007-2016 Survivors Zero - bass  
2016- Survivors Zero - bass, vocals  

Guest musician

1998-2001 Nightwish - vocals  
2003 Silentium - voice  
2007 Kylähullut - vocals  
2009-2012 Cannibal Accident - vocals  
2012 Sangre Eterna - vocals  

Personal information

Also known as: Wilska Torquemada
Born on: 19.09.1969

Tapio Wilska's musical career started when he was in bands like Lyijykomppania, Stray Toasters and Nattvindens Gråt with Sami Vänskä and Tuomas Holopainen (both from the then yet to be founded Nightwish) in the middle of the '90s.He gets his inspiration from bands like Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Dead Kennedys, Venom, Thin Lizzy and The Pixies. He helped Nightwish to get a record deal with Spinefarm. When Nightwish became an established name, Wilska moved on to stage technical work during their tours. His job included working on microphones, the bass and drums, and some security.

When Nightwish released their 1998 album Oceanborn, Wilska was asked to do the male vocals on the tracks Devil and the Deep Dark Ocean and The Pharaoh Sails to Orion. Wilska's low and dark voice gave the songs a sinister character, and many metal fans from all over the world loved it. After his successful appearance on Oceanborn, Wilska also performed in the song Tenth Man Down and once again with The Pharaoh Sails to Orion on Nightwish's DVD From Wishes to Eternity.

After this success, Wilska quit working as a roadie and started working on his own project, entitled Sethian. Once again, he got a lot of help from Nightwish, mainly Tuomas and Jukka, the latter of whom had even decided to play drums for the band. In 2003 the album Into The Silence was released.

When Jan Jämsen Finntroll,Tapio Wilska was asked to be the new singer, and he accepted. In 2004, he released his first full album with Finntroll called Nattfödd.

In early 2006 Wilska left Finntroll due to personal differences.