New NIGHTWISH singer Anette Blyckert's (a.k.a. Anette Olzon) former bandmates in the Swedish AOR act ALYSON AVENUE have posted the following message on their MySpace page:
"It's with pride, enthusiasm and love that we wish you all the best in your position as the new lead vocalist in NIGHTWISH. We know what you are capable of, and we know that you will kick ass!!
"This will be a new tough experience for you, but most of all a fun journey, and you will do more than well, for sure.
"We have had a lot of fun together through the years and we are here as friends forever.
"It's very hard to find enough words to express the emotions but... HUGS AND KISSES from your old bandmates!!!
"And to the rest of NIGHTWISH: You have for sure picked the best girl to front NIGHTWISH or any other band in the world."
Three ALYSON AVENUE songs featuring Blyckert are currently available for download on the band's MySpace page. Check out the songs "Without Your Love", "Hard to Feel Alive" and "Free like the Wind" at this location. Also available for streaming is a 2005 demo version of the song "I Am (Your Pleasuremaker)".
NIGHTWISH last week released three more samples from its forthcoming album, due in September. In addition to first single, "Eva", you can now check out short clips of the songs "7 Days to the Wolves", "Master Passion Greed" and "Amaranth":
NIGHTWISH's new single, "Eva", was released in Finland on Friday (May 25) via NetAnttila.
The sixth NIGHTWISH album will be released on September 26, preceded by a second, regular single release in August.