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NIGHTWISH Keyboardist Says New Album Is Underway

After completing their ambitious orchestral-flavored Imaginaerum in 2011, keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish says the band's new material is back to basics, and for good reason!

So in an interview with, keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen was asked about how the band were planning to follow up their 2011 release Imaginaerum. Holopainen responded with:

I don't really know what we're going to do next. I have a gut feeling that it is going to be something a bit more simple, a bit back in time… a bit more like a band album, because we have kinda searched this orchestral, really varied spectrum to its maximum now; that's how I feel. But maybe, you never know how the mind works… But I have three new songs done already, it's again something a bit different.

It's probably best the band step away from such an ambitious project with a sense of directional change, since doing something twice isn't really ambitious anymore. Plus, it'll be nice to hear Nightwish a little more back in their element again, as I'm sure a lot of fans also feel given the pretty mixed reception to Imaginaerum. Don't take my word for it, but I think we can safely assume we'll be getting the pulled-back Nightwish record sometime toward the end of 2014!

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