Floor Jansen: Nightwish album was a challenge

Floor Jansen - Nightwish

In their latest studio update, Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen has admitted that she has found recording the band’s new album a challenge.

The group are currently working on the follow up to their 2011 LP Imaginaerum. The new album will be the first with Jansen on vocal duties after she replaced Anette Olzon in 2012. Keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and bassist Marco Hietala have really pushed her, she says:

“Tuomas challenged me to use everything I had to offer: high, low and soft – but definitely the lower stuff. It’s something I haven’t explored much and he wrote parts where I had to use this completely.”

“I’m very proud of it and happy I could do it this way because it’s the first time I’m singing on an album I didn’t write myself, so Tuomas and Marco wrote things that really challenged me.”

As the band move on to mixing the finished songs, Holopainen says that they are now ahead of schedule: “This session has been unbelievably smooth – we’re actually ahead of our schedule. Incredibly, Floor has sung about two songs a day, Marco cut the final bass parts in one and a half days, and Emppu did the rhythm guitars in a week.”

“I think it’s because everything was so well rehearsed and we tried to work more like a band.”

The new LP is scheduled for release via Nuclear Blast next summer.

Watch the full studio update below:

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