NIGHTWISH keyboardist/mainman Tuomas Holopainen has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"On January 29-30 we went to London for the first orchestra/choir/percussion recording session. The result of these days was beyond my wildest expectations. The musicians were incredible, playing their parts beautifully, passionately, and without any rehearsals. Their musicianship was something I will never be able to comprehend. Pip Williams did a superb job with the arrangements, too. Out of the album's 11 songs, the London gang will play in 9 altogether!!! The next session will take place next Sunday and then the album is pretty much ready for the mixing process.
"Both Tarja [Turunen]'s and Marco [Hietala]'s vocals were done at Finnvox during the first part of February. This process went very smoothly and both of them, again, exceeded themselves. We experimented a bit with Tarja's voice and the result is fantastic. Except for one bonus track which is the worst shit I've ever done.
"Now I'm playing my remaining parts of the keys and pianos. We found it makes more sense to do this after the orchestras and vocals.
" 'Nemo' video editing is going fine, the cover artwork is ready, new photos are on the way, so the whole package is coming out fine.
"In between the recordings we've been enjoying an overdose of Chinese food, alcohol, Hellsinki nightlife, and each other's overwhelming company. (Waking up next to Tero every morning for a couple of months is beginning to make my groin itch). I also found out (in a blessed state of mind & body) what Marco truly thinks about the cover song we made... To a certain amount, I must agree with him, Haha!"