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INTERVIEW: Northward (Norway/Netherlands)


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Floor Jansen and Jørn Viggo Lofstad

Interview by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy

 

NORTHWARD, is the hard rock project from well-renowned musicians Floor Jansen (Nightwish) and Jorn Viggo Lofstad (Pagan’s Mind), who will be releasing their debut self-titled album on October 19th, 2018 through Nuclear Blast.

The project sees a step away from both musicians normal style and approach and is a very diverse album. It was during the ‘All Star Jam’ at Progpower USA Festival in 2007, when current Nightwish singer Floor Jansen and Pagan’s Mind guitarist Jorn Viggo Lofstad first performed together on stage for some cover songs. Their mutual love for hard rock bought them together and they composed an album quickly after in 2008 but due to their other music commitments that album was put on hold until now, with the release being ten year’s later after it was first made. Floor seized the opportunity to get the project back on track in 2017 when Nightwish took a break and luckily it was time, so 2018 will finally see the release of their anticipated musical side project Northward.

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NORTHWARD – speak about the band’s foundation in first trailer!


NORTHWARD, the hard rock project from masterminds Floor Jansen and Jorn Viggo Lofstad, will release its powerful debut self-titled album on October 19th, 2018. After recently unveiling the first music video for their catchy new single ‘While Love Died’,  the duo has now launched their first album trailer, in which Floor and Jorn Viggo explain how they first started working together.

“I, at that time, started thinking I would love to write a rock album”Floor states. “I would like to step out of the comfort of being in a band as AFTER FOREVER and get new inspiration from different styles. And Jorn’s play was immediately like ‘Hm, he’s a very diverse and a very good player’ and well, it worked out!”

Jorn Viggo adds: ”I remember, we kept in contact and we decided to meet in Holland to jam and to see if there was any songwriting chemistry and, I mean, it was like boom right away, it worked very well.”

Hear the full story here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgFrJGBnrws

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AURI – Release Second Single ‘The Space Between’ with lyric video!


Echoes of another world resound from the depths of the legendary rabbit hole. Music diffused with moments of silence and escapist dream sequences, freed from time and earthly presence.

AURI begun its life with three people, united through their shared need to hear a kind of music which can‘t be described by words alone. A magical kind of sound to be heard whilst falling down Alice’s rabbit hole. The Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela lent her unique voice, while Troy Donockley and Tuomas Holopainen (both NIGHTWISH) cast their spells with various other instruments. Using selected guest musicians and friends, their self-titled debut album finally took its ultimate form under the direction of sound engineer Tim Oliver, all within the pastoral splendor of ‘Real World’ studios in Southern England. The album will be out on March, 23 and available as digipak CD, 2LP gatefold Vinyl, a limited Earbook and digital.

Before the album release, the band will take us on a journey, delving deep into the magic of AURI, with the release of their second single ‘The Space Between’. The single is available digitally as of now just as its corresponding lyric video, which can be watched here:

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NIGHTWISH Release First ‘Decades’ Trailer


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Tuomas Holopainen‘s 3-track demo earned him his first record deal with his freshly founded band NIGHTWISHback in 1996. 20 years later, with over 2,000 shows played and more than 8 million records sold – NIGHTWISHare the biggest European symphonic metal band. Reason enough for Nuclear Blast to celebrate this huge anniversary by releasing a 2CD compilation titled Decades, on March 9th, 2018.

Today, the band releases their first trailer, in which mastermind Tuomas Holopainen talks about the songs that made the cut for Decades. Watch the clip here:  https://youtu.be/CeWMrytEH7I

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Auri: The Project by Tuomas Holopainen, Johanna Kurkela and Troy Donockley Set to Release Debut Album on March. First Single “Night 13” Out Now.


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AURI release first digital single “Night 13”, reveal cover and tracklist, album pre-order starts today
Echoes of another world resound from the depths of the legendary rabbit hole. Music diffused with moments of silence and escapist dream sequences, freed from time and earthly presence.
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BROTHER FIRETRIBE 15TH ANNIVERSARY EUROPEAN TOUR ANNOUNCED FIRST EVER HEADLINE UK SHOW…


Finnish AOR maestros Brother Firetribe are proud to announce their 15th Anniversary European Tour.

Embarking upon a voyage across 11 different countries, this 19-date headline run not only celebrates the band’s 15 year career, it also features their first bill-topping appearances in certain countries, including the UK…

“We absolutely can’t wait to come back to the UK to hook up with all the friends we made there the last time. It’ll be a riot!”BFT front-man, Pekka Ansio Heino.

To date, the group’s sole UK performance took place at Firefest in Nottingham in 2014; however, this will change in October of this year when they return to Nottingham for the melodic hard rock festival that is Rockingham, as well as putting on their first headline UK show at the newly re-launched Borderline in Central London.

UK dates as follows:-

21.10. UK – London, Borderline

22.10. UK – Nottingham, Rockingham Festival 

Brother Firetribe’s fourth full-length album, ‘Sunbound’, is released on March 24th via Spinefarm Records.

Featuring 12 new pieces of music, including lead track ‘Taste Of A Champion’ plus follow-up single / video ‘Indelible Heroes’, ‘Sunbound’ has been mixed by Finnish studio-meisteMikko Karmila (NightwishChildren Of Bodom, Stratovarius), and is the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Diamond In The Firepit’.

Since first coming together for their ‘False Metal’ debut back in 2006Brother Firetribe –featuring Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen – have flown the flag for a brand of music (‘ultra-melodic West Coast AOR’) that once strode the US radio airwaves like a colossus, filling up arenas and providing the silky soundtrack to pool-side summers and wind-in-the-hair coastal highway drives; music pioneered by some of rock music’s most legendary names…

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However, Brother Firetribe – that’s Vuorinen, Pekka Ansio Heino, keyboard player Tomppa Nikulainen, bassist Jason Flinck & drummer Hannes Pirila – are not trying to hitch a DeLorean ride into the past; rather, their collective aim is to both celebrate and reinvigorate a musical style that is all about big hooks, strong melodies, soaring vocals and searing guitars, not to mention the desire to entertain on a grand an’ glorious scale.

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