NIGHTWISH has begun working on their 9th studio album, set to be released during spring 2020.
“Below you will find a statement from Jukka Nevalainen, who’s been the drummer in the band since their 1997 debut album Angels Fall First:
“It has now been five years since my difficult decision, due to severe insomnia, to step aside from the Vehicle of Spirit of NIGHTWISH. This included the previous studio album and the tours which followed.
“As I then expected, it turned out to be the right thing to do. These days I’m doing fantastic, and hardly ever need to deal with any sleeping issues. It also dawned on me that having more time to merely focus on band – related things happening behind the curtains made all the difference.
“Having said this, I have decided not to push my luck by returning to the band. My dear pal Kai Hahto will take my place as a full-time member of the band. I will continue to take care of the band’s businesses in the background, and I`m very much looking forward to what other adventures life has to offer!
“My sincere thank you’s for the band and the fans for the glorious time we shared!“
Back in November, NIGHTWISH keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen said that all the songs are done musically and that he’s still working on the lyrics.
He said: “All the songs are now done musically. I’m still working on some lyrics. And, of course, the arrangement process, the rehearsals are gonna take months — it’s gonna take all of next year, actually, But all the songs that are gonna be included on the album, with the titles, with the album title, everything’s now there. So from now on, it’s just the arranging and the polishing the corners.”
NIGHTWISH‘ latest album Endless Forms Most Beautiful was released on March 27, 2015 in Argentina and most of Europe, March 30 in the UK, and March 31 in the US. The album is the band’s first featuring singer Floor Jansen and the first with Troy Donockley as a full-time member. It was also the first without drummer Jukka Nevalainen, who took a break from the band due to severe insomnia. Drumming was by Kai Hahto of WINTERSUN and SWALLOW THE SUN. The album includes only five NIGHTWISH members, despite its being their first album release as a sextet.