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Erno "Emppu" Matti Juhani Vuorinen (born 24 June 1978 in Kiteemarker, Finlandmarker) is a Finnish guitarist, mostly famous as one of the founding members of the symphonic power metal band Nightwish. He started to play guitar as a private study at the age of 12 and since then he has played in various bands including Nightwish, of which he is a founding member, Brother Firetribe, Almah(With Angra's frontman Edu Falaschi) and Altaria.

Emppu most often supports the keyboard or orchestral parts of Nightwish songs, Marco Hietala easing back to allow the higher pitched guitar of Emppu to take precedence. Vuorinen's solo techniques include short range tapping and minor to extreme whammy bar use for vibrato. His solos are usually more melodically oriented than in many other Heavy Metal bands, such as Children of Bodom, but he can also shred. Emppu is also the only member of Nightwish's current lineup never to have contributed any vocals.

Vuorinen is also involved with a Brazilian metal band called Almah, which he recorded the guitar parts in order to help his friend and vocalist Edu Falaschi (Vocalist of the popular metal band Angra), but instead of staying in the band, he had to leave because he was too busy in Nightwish.

Vuorinen is often referred to as "The short one" when amongst Nightwish members, as well as his other projects, standing at only 5'3" (160 cm) in height.

As of 2008 one of his side-projects Brother Firetribe released their two albums, "False Metal" (Re-released as "Break Out"), and "Heart Full Of Fire" worldwide.

Equipment

Vuorinen originally used Washburn guitars for earlier albums (WASHBURN CS-780: white and purple guitars with golden hardware) but he has recently endorsed ESP Guitars. He currently uses a custom made ESP Horizon, the ESP EV-1 with Seymour Duncan pickups (TB-5 in the bridge, SHR-1n in the middle and an SH-2n in the neck), 1 in purple and 1 in white, along with an ESP Eclipse in Vintage Black, which he used for the music video to Nightwish's Amaranth and Bye Bye Beautiful.

His current main amplifiers are Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifiers with Marshall JCM 800 4x12 speaker cabinets.

After seeing that the iconic purple guitar had suddenly gone and with many fans voicing their concerns, Vuorinen answered this question from David from Canada:

Discography

With Nightwish:



With Darkwoods My Betrothed:

With Almah:



With Brother Firetribe

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