08:13 - toxx There's always something happening in the norwegian underground: [link]
08:11 - Darth Revan Vong has the fandom split down the middle. Personally, I don't know too much about what happened after the movies as much as I know about what happened before, but some people love it some people hate it
08:08 - Fearmeister Ehhh, just view it as an alternate universe. Though I really really wanted a film trilogy on the yuuzhan vong invasions
Swallow The Sun have announced that drummer Kai Hahto is stepping down from the band. While neither the Finnish band nor Kai Hahto say he is leaving the band, Juuso Raatikainen has been announced as the band's new official drummer. You might remember that Kai Hahto is working with Nightwishon their upcoming album as Jukka Nevalainen will take a break due to health issues. The music for the new Swallow The Sun album is ready and they promise something big for their next release.
Nightwish just announced two big stadium shows in their home country of Finland for summer 2015. The band will perform at Joensuu and Tampere. The shows promise to be special as they will be joined by Children Of Bodom, Sonata Arctica and Insomnium (Joensuu only) for these shows.
Here is a special and mysterious new project featuring Arjen Lucassen, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Floor Jansen, Simone Simons, among others. Countermove is the name of the project and the first trailer has been released through their Facebook page. The only thing we know so far is that it is for a good cause. So, maybe a single for charity? More info should be released soon.
Nightwish, who are currently recording their new album, have revealed one special guest to be featured on the new release. His name is Professor Richard Dawkins (author of The Selfish Gene) who has been one of Tuomas Holopainen's favorite authors. The band was in London last week at Angel Studios for the recordings of the orchestral parts, which also will feature fiddler Dermot Crehan (Lord Of The Rings OST), and finished them off before heading back to Finland for the last finishing touches.
Nightwish just announced the first show of their new world tour starting in the spring of next year. The first show will be in the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, US on May 1st, 2015. Meanwhile, the new album recordings are going great. Drums, bass and rhythm/lead guitars are all finished. Check out some photos from the studio below.
Nightwish continue working on their new album which will feature the new members, singer Floor Jansen and Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals). The band's mastermind Tuomas Holopainen recently posted an update about the progress of the new Nightwish album. So far, there are 12 new songs and some demo recordings. Their plan is to have the album ready in January next year.
Eluveitie recently announced that fiddler Meri Tadic is leaving the band and today you get to see who will be replacing her. It is Nicole Ansperger of Haggard fame. Nicole will join the band on stage for the first time at the upcoming Eluveitie & Friends festival to play an exclusively premiere for this show, a brand new song from Eluveitie's next album.
Nightwish finally have an answer as to whom is the new permanent singer of the band. After much suspense, vocalist Floor Jansen is a keeper. Also, the Finnish band is now a six-piece as Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) will become a full-time member of Nightwish as well.
Finnish symphonic metallers Nightwish have just revealed the cover artwork and more details about their upcoming new live DVD. Showtime, Storytime contains the entire Nightwish headliner show, played at this years' Wacken Open Air, the world's biggest heavy metal festival, with Floor Jansen fronting the band. The live show in front of 85 000 metalheads was directed by Ville Lipiäinen, filmed with seventeen cameras and has a total duration of 85 minutes.
In a recent interview with Alcatraz Metal Fest where they performed, Nightwish's main man Tuomas Holopainen stated a few new updates and info about the future for the band. During this summer, three new songs were written and Holopainen will continue writing more songs after he has finished his solo soundtrack album (The Life and Times Of Scrooge McDuck) due in October and after a few months break. The group will then enter the studio in July 2014, which they have already booked until September 2014. In the meantime, the rest of the band will spend time with their other projects (Tarot, ReVamp, Brother Firetribe).