In mid-July, Nuclear Blast shared the following: Sit back and fasten your fairytale seatbelts, as of today Nightwish reveal a first glimpse into their new album. The yet-untitled creation will be the first Nightwish studio-record to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen. It’s set for a release in spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast.
Check out the first “Making of” trailer here.
Enjoy the ride, as Nightwish take you on a trip to where the magic happens: Settled right in the middle of the beautiful wintery landscape of Eno, Finland, band members and sound staff gather round the long table of "the Cabin" to discuss every aspect, relevant for the making of Nightwish album #8. So far, the band's mastermind, keyboardist and visionary composer Tuomas Holopainen and sound engineer Tero "TeeCee" Kinnunen recorded demo version of 12 songs.
Commented Tuomas Holopainen: "From the moment I start writing the song, I have the story in my head. I have a really clear vision how the songs should sound like at this point. Of course they will chance after band rehearsals and arranging. And they should change!"
More "Making of" episodes to come, so keep your eyes peeled to the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel!
The second installment was posted July 30, and can be found here.
In this second "making-of" episode, Nightwish give an insight on the demo recordings of the songs, all done "by the lake."
Commented keyboardist and main composer Tuomas Holopainen:
"This is the third time we've opted to demo the songs in the wilderness. It’s proven to be a very effective arrangement."
Added bass player and vocalist Marco Hietala: "There’s stuff that sounds excellent already and stuff that clearly needs some work still. We have such a strong belief in the end result that we know if will work like alchemy: Scheiße will turn to gold.”
And then earlier this month (August), Nightwish announced their newly-inked North American deal for the U.S. and Canada via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Expanding the territory of Nightwish’s initial European collaboration with Nuclear Blast's HQ in Germany since 2004's Once album, NBE President and A&R Chief Monte Conner looks forward to the growth of the band’s new line-up: "It was a pleasure to work with Nighwish at my former label, but now in my new capacity at NBE, I will be more directly involved with the band than ever before. I would like to thank Nightwish and their management for their continued faith in and loyalty to me. I am particularly excited at the prospect of hearing Floor Jansen's debut studio recording with the band. Her performance on last year's live release Showtime, Storytime completely blew me away and proved why she is the PERFECT singer for Nightwish.”
Nightwish's long-time co-manager Ewo Pohjola of King Foo Entertainment adds the following: "Having Monte Conner now back with Nightwish in North America makes us all really happy. And with Nuclear Blast we have always felt at home since Day One.”
And finally, last week, Nightwish drummer issued the following statement regarding his health and future with the band:
"How to begin telling something that you wouldn’t want to have to tell, although you know that the decision you made is the only (at least the only right) one you could make at the moment? I face this dilemma now, and will do my best to find the right words.
"For a number of years, I have suffered from occasional but very difficult insomnia, something that has been my unwanted companion during many of our tours, too. I've done my best to try to control it or at least to cope with it. Still, we don’t even really know why we need sleep, so unfortunately there’s not much information available on why some of us suffer from sleeplessness. There is no 100% cure for the problem.
"During the last month, it has become evident for me that due to my insomnia, I can’t fulfill my duties as a musician in the way that I’d want and with the precision that the music deserves. Thus I have decided to step aside from my duties as the drummer of Nightwish during the recording of the forthcoming album and the subsequent tour. I will still be involved in managing the day-to-day affairs of the band, but the dearest and the most important thing, playing, is, for the time being, not possible. Time will tell what the future holds.
"On a personal level, my decision obviously feels indescribably sad. Fortunately, looking at it with some distance, it is 'just' part of the constant, inevitable ebb and flow of life. The sad things are part of it as well as the beautiful, unforgettable experiences and adventures that I've already had the pleasure to experience in spades. Surely, there will still be many adventures ahead, too.
"My good friend Kai Hahto will play drums on the forthcoming album. I'm extremely grateful that he didn’t hesitate for a minute when he decided to help us in this challenging situation. What comes to touring, everything is still open, but we will let you know as soon possible what the line-up will be.
"If beginning this was hard, so is ending it. So maybe I will just quote something fitting.
"'You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose
something that you are.'" ― Eckhart Tolle
"Best regards, Jukka Nevalainen / Nightwish"
Watch the filmed statement here.
[Source: Nuclear Blast]