Nightwish 'Get Closer to Nature'

Band chart progress of their latest album from the remote Finnish wilderness.

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Finnish rockers Nightwish are in the studio working on the follow up to 2011's "Imaginaerum" and have released a second mini-documentary charting the album's progress.

The band are working in a remote wooded location in Hattula, Finland and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen says it's a great place to record, as they can "concentrate 24/7."

He says: "This is the third time we've opted to demo the songs in the wilderness and it's proven to be a very effective arrangement. We have our peace here in the middle of nature, where we can concentrate 24/7. The studio environment has its perks, too, but this works for us."

Bassist Marco Hietala adds that while the album is coming together, some tracks still need to be refined.

"There's stuff that sounds excellent already and stuff that clearly needs some work," he says. "We have such a strong belief in the end result, we know it will work like alchemy - crap will turn to gold."

The as-yet-untitled album will be the band's first with vocalist Floor Jansen, who replaced Anette Olzon full-time in 2013, and the first with multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley.

In April, Olzon spoke about tensions in the band in 2012 when she asked for the group's Australian tour be postponed during her pregnancy. Other members of the band rejected her proposal and suggested Jansen take over on a temporary basis, which ultimately led to Olzon's sacking.

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    I've yet to be let down by any of their albums, and I'm expecting the new one to be even better than their previous. Can't wait
    i've listened to After Forever (the band: yes, there is a song, Black Sabbath - the real Black Sabbath - wrote it on Master of Reality); was not impressed. Nightwish has gone from being interesting to just plain boring
    if you weren't impressed you must have not listened to After Forever's first two albums, those are the good albums, the ones before Mark Jansen left to form Epica.