Nightwish bassist Marco Hietala recently shared details regarding the band's new album plans, confirming a summer studio entrance and only a rough recording schedule. Chatting with Brave Words, Hietala explained: "Well basically we've only got the raw structure of the timetable. We've got the place booked for next summer in order to get there and before that we're going to be demoing our stuff at our own places in the wintertime." Sharing additional details, the bassist continued: "Then we'll get together next summer and start to rehearse, arrange and record. And we're going to be bringing in a hell of a lot of equipment to that place! I'm pleased about the whole idea and prospect of doing new stuff." During the rest of the interview, Marco noted that the band had re-grouped and is now stronger than before. "Pretty much, yeah," he said about the band's communication lines being fully open. "And I see people who have tremendous willpower to actually overcome obstacles and difficulties - and make things work. And I understand the value of keeping your feet on the ground and taking care of your friends." Keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen previously announced a tentative spring 2015 release date, expressing hope for the band to wrap up the recording by late 2014. "So if all goes as planned, we should have a ready album in our hands by the end of the year , which means a release in the spring time of 2015," he told Metal Hammer TV. The latest Nightwish studio effort, "Imaginaerum," saw its release in November 2011 via Nuclear Blast and Roadrunner Records, peaking at No. 27 on the US Billboard 200 chart.