NIGHTWISH bassist Marco Hietala has posted the following studio update on the band's official web site:
"Good evening from the southern seacoast of Finland. In this case 'southern' is just the geological location compared to the rest of the country. The wind is at the speed of storm, and the sea swells with the melting snow and rain. I stay inside. In here there's warmth and a twinkling Christmas tree. Our twins are playing with their present toycars and I, at least, have a bloated belly from all the senseless eating during the holidays.
"A week before Christmas I was in Kitee playing my bassparts for the upcoming album. We had a quite nice session over there. One afternoon of soundcheck and after that three days of intensive playing and recording. We usually had a break in the afternoon to eat and to have a couple of rounds of worms at the Playstation. I got my ass kicked way too many times, so I'll take my revenge on you dear fans. The bass lines and the sound will come to kick your ass. I hope you'll appreciate the fairness of it. The album seems to be coming together nicely. Emppu had lots of rhythm guitar stuff done already and from what I heard, he still has a very good connection between his brains and hands. Via that massive torso of his, of course.
"For the new year: EVERYONE SHOULD PROMISE TO ROCK!!!!!!"
As previously reported, NIGHTWISH are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to 2002's double platinum (in Finland) "Century Child" effort, tentatively due in June 2004 through Spinefarm Records. The band are once again using their own studio (Caverock) in Kitee to record the drums, bass and keyboards/synths, while the vocals and guitars will be recorded at Helsinki's Finnvox facility. The group hope to complete the recordings by the end of March 2004 and launch a world tour in support of the album next summer. Several pictures from the recording sessions can be viewed here.