Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH are currently working on their upcoming new album. The yet-untitled creation will be the first NIGHTWISH studio-record to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen and is set for a release in spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast. Longtime drummer Jukka Nevalainen will sit out on the recording sessions due to health issues; Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN a.o.) will replace him. Today the NIGHTWISH release the eighth album trailer. In this episode the band is visiting the rainy city of London to record the choir, orchestral parts and percussions for their new album at Angel Studios. Check it out here:

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Commented NIGHTWISH keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen: “This must be the sixth or seventh time we’re working with these people. We’ve realized what they can do during these years. So it’s really not a surprise anymore but it hasn’t ceased to amaze me. The level of professionalism is just unbelievable. But even more importantly, they clearly like what they’re doing. The guys we’ve worked with for over 10 years are still up for it.” Added session-drummer Kai Hahto: “The professionalism is amazing. We were recording ethnic percussion yesterday. Some of the guys had played on Star Wars movies – and done Hans Zimmer soundtracks. I felt myself like a humppa drummer. It was pretty amazing. They know their prima vista. You give them the notation, and they’ll nail it in no time.” NIGHTWISH also revealed the famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer/leader Richard Dawkins as a guest on their eighth studio album. Additionally the band announced their North American tour for April and May 2015. Check out all confirmed dates here: 09.04 USA New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom 10.04. USA Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory 11.04. USA Worcester, MA - Palladium 13.04. CND Quebec City, QC - Capitole Theatre 14.04. CND Toronto - Phoenix Concert Theatre 16.04. USA Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom 17.04. USA Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre 18.04. USA Chicago, IL - Concorde Music Hall 19.04. USA Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom 21.04. USA Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre 22.04. USA Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue 24.04. USA Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory 25.04. CND Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre 26.04. USA Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom 18.04. USA San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre 30.04. USA Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues 01.05. USA Los Angeles, CA - Greek theatre 02.05. USA Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre 03.05. USA El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls 05.05. USA Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory 06.05. USA Houston, TX - Warehouse Live 08.05. USA Orlando, FL - House Of Blues 09.05. USA Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution 11.05. USA Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Work 12.05. USA Louisville, KY - Expo Five 13.05. USA Charlotte, NC