Finnish symphonic metal giant Nightwish, finally, confirmed the rumours that ex-After Forever and present ReVamp vocalist, Floor Jansen, is the new permanent vocalist of the band.
Last year, Nightwish surprised the fans and announced that Anette Olzon is no more the vocalist of the band. Soon after, Jansen joined the band as the touring singer. Along with Jansen, multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley joins the band on whistles, vocals and pipes leading to Nightwish becoming a six-piece ensemble.
"Words cannot describe what I feel! This union is beyond everything and I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to continue this amazing journey with my new brothers! Once I had a dream...and this is it!!!" excited Jansen said.
The piper man Donockley also remarked on his recruitment: "Imaginaerum World Tour´was a revelation to me and in that time, I became aware of a growing unity and then, finally, a transcendence of all the usual nonsense that affects bands. A beautiful process. And since the idea, the musical dream that is NIGHTWISH has been a part of me since before I was born, I am delighted to officially sail into uncharted waters with my brothers and sister. Wondrous scenes Ahoy!"
The official announcement by Nightwish:
"Ms. Floor Jansen is a keeper.
Also, we will be a six-piece band from now on, as Mr. Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) will become a full-time member of NIGHTWISH.
Originally we were going to wait until 2014 to make a decision about the future line-up of the band, but the past year has clearly shown us that Floor and Troy are perfect matching pieces to our puzzle, and we are really grateful of the bond that has grown between all of us. We love you guys."
Fans can get a sneak peek of the new lineup on Nightwish's tour documentary DVD "Showtime, Storytime" out on Nov. 29.
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