Nightwish/symphonic metal nerds? This one is for us.
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We’ve been wondering a lot about Floor Jansen becoming Nightwish’s permanent singer – she’s boldly stepped into the breach to do replace Anette Olzon after her departure from the Finnish symphonic metal titans and done a brilliant job of it. Fans seem to appreciate her and Floor’s vocal range is more than up to the task. Conversely, she has her own band, ReVamp – which has just rescheduled their second album to Autumn 2013 – and might not want to join such a high-profile band on a permanent basis.
Seems that any decision on Floor becoming the Flying Finns front woman is a little premature – keyboardist/band leader/batty visionary Tuomas Holopainen is keen to just take things steady and leave any major decisions on the vacant singer’s position until 2014 at the earliest.
Now that, fellow nerds, is a poster…
Still, whilst we’re waiting for some news – there’s always the movie to look forward to.
What, me – excited? I’m only going to see Nightwish tonight, in Manchester, with Mrs Rolling Eyeballs!
She, of infinite charm and patience, who has never been to a metal show before (The more melodic and film score-like textures of the mostly Finns seemed a better bet to me than, say, Cannibal Corpse…).
I’m sure that I shall chime in with a report on how things went – wish us good luck…
Yep, fellow Nightwish fans, this one’s for us.
In a rather unexpected announcement on Monday – which you can read here – the band announced that they were parting company with singer Anette Olzon, who in turn replaced much-loved original singer Tarja Turunen in 2007.
It’s all a bit out of left field, frankly. Anette missed a show on the band’s current US tour due to hospitalization, recuperated and then played one last show a day or two later before Monday’s announcement arrived and made me do the proverbial spit take.
A paranoid side of me was convinced that the Nightwish show that Mrs Rolling Eyeballs and I are going to see in November was going to be cancelled – that hasn’t transpired, as the band have recruited former After Forever and current ReVamp vocalist Floor Jansen to complete the rest of the ‘Imaginaerum‘ tour.
I’m glad that I get to see Nightwish, and I’m sure that Floor is going to be a fantastic guest singer, but I’m sad that I don’t get to see Anette play with the band. She may not have had Tarja’s insane vocal range, but her voice was distinctly different to a lot of the singers on the symphonic metal scene.
Witness one of my favourite Nightwish songs, “The Islander” – not your soaring, octave-busting kind of song, but certainly one of the songs that I looked forward to perhaps hearing Anette sing live. C’est la vie – perhaps we’ll get to see her in the UK with whatever project she fronts next?
A lot of fans are eagerly speculating who Nightwish will audition to be their next lead singer – speculation which might yet run and run as I’m fairly certain that the band are taking much of 2013 off to allow keyboard player/founding member/awesome dude Tuomas Holopainen to work on a solo record.
But if they want to get somebody with amazing vocal range, Diabulus In Musica’s Zuberoa Aznárez rocks…
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