NIGHTWISH Members Discuss 'Imaginarium' Songwriting And Recording Process (Video)

Genelec, the Finnish manufacturer of high-quality active home theater loudspeaker systems, visited Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH during the recording sessions for their long-awaited new album, "Imaginarium", at Petrax studios in Finland with world-renowned mixing engineer Mikko Karmila. The eight-minute clip, which can be seen below, features keyboardist/mainman Tuomas Holopainen and bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala talking about composing, studio work and recording in multiple locations.

NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon recently completed tracking all the vocal parts for "Imaginarium" and the mixing sessions for the CD began on April 13.

Olzon was forced to delay the start of her recording sessions for "Imaginarium" because she needed a longer recovery period after she suffered broken ribs in a fall. Holopainen wrote on NIGHTWISH's official web site, "[Anette] hasn't quite cured from her broken ribs yet, but fortunately it doesn't affect her singing at all. She's never sounded better."

NIGHTWISH is not only putting finishing touches to its new album, "Imaginarium", but also planning a movie of the same name. If all goes well, the CD will be released in early 2012, to be followed by the movie at some point further down the line. The first single off the album as well as the trailer for the film should arrive well before the end of 2011.

For the movie, NIGHTWISH has teamed up with director Stober Harju's production team and Solar Films.

NIGHTWISH will kick off the "Imaginarium" world tour in Los Angeles. The very first show of the trek will take place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California on Saturday, January 21. This will be the biggest NIGHTWISH show production ever on North American soil and strictly a one-off — there will be no U.S. tour until later in 2012.

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