NIGHTWISH Drummer To Sit Out New Studio Sessions Due To Health Issues


Jukka Nevalainen, drummer for the Finland-based symphonic metal act NIGHTWISH, has just announced that he’ll be sitting out on the recording sessions to the band’s new studio album and announces his replacement in the following statement, which can also be viewed on the official NIGHTWISH YouTube channel:



“How to begin telling something that you wouldn’t want to have to tell, although you know that the decision you made is the only (at least the only right) one you could make at the moment? I face this dilemma now, and will do my best to find the right words.


“For a number of years, I have suffered from occasional but very difficult insomnia, something that has been my unwanted companion during many of our tours, too. I’ve done my best to try to control it or at least to cope with it. Still, we don’t even really know why we need sleep, so unfortunately there’s not much information available on why some of us suffer from sleeplessness. There is no 100% cure for the problem.


“During the last month, it has become evident for me that due to my insomnia, I can’t fulfill my duties as a musician in the way that I’d want and with the precision that the music deserves. Thus I have decided to step aside from my duties as the drummer of NIGHTWISH during the recording of the forthcoming album and the subsequent tour. I will still be involved in managing the day-to-day affairs of the band, but the dearest and the most important thing, playing, is, for the time being, not possible. Time will tell what the future holds.


“On a personal level, my decision obviously feels indescribably sad. Fortunately, looking at it with some distance, it is ‘just’ part of the constant, inevitable ebb and flow of life. The sad things are part of it as well as the beautiful, unforgettable experiences and adventures that I’ve already had the pleasure to experience in spades. Surely, there will still be many adventures ahead, too.


“My good friend Kai Hahto [WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY] will play drums on the forthcoming album. I’m extremely grateful that he didn’t hesitate for a minute when he decided to help us in this challenging situation. What comes to touring, everything is still open, but we will let you know as soon possible what the line-up will be.


“If beginning this was hard, so is ending it. So maybe I will just quote something fitting: ‘You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.’ ― Eckhart Tolle


“Best regards, Jukka Nevalainen”


Recordings of the new NIGHTWISH material are slated begin this summer. Band members have already spent time in the wilderness of Hattula, Finland working on new song demos with producer Tero “TeeCee” Kinnumen. The band’s as-yet-untitled eighth studio album will be the first to feature new Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen, who has toured with the band since October 2012.


Watch behind-the-scenes footage of NIGHTWISH‘s pre-production process on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Trailer #1 – The Cabin:

Trailer #2 – By The Lake:


Last December, Nuclear Blast released NIGHTWISH’s live Blu-ray/DVD & tour documentary Showtime, Storytime containing the band’s entire live Wacken Open Air Festival 2013 set + a 2-hour documentary that includes “Please Learn The Setlist In 48 Hours.” Directed by Ville Lipiäinen (30 SECONDS TO MARS, HIM), it was shot with seventeen cameras in front of 85,000 fans.


Fans can purchase the live Blu-ray/DVD and NIGHTWISH back-catalogue from the Nuclear Blast UK Amazon Store.


Floor Jansen – Vocals

Tuomas Holopainen – Keyboards

Marco Hietala – Bass & Vocals

Jukka Nevalainen – Drums

Emppu Vuorinen – Guitar

Troy Donockley – Pipes, Flutes, Whistles



Visit NIGHTWISH online at





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