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New Nightwish Singer: Anette Blyckert
By Randall Larson
May 29, 2007
Finnish/Swedish symphonic metal band Nightwish.
Finnish/Swedish symphonic metal band Nightwish has announced that 35-year-old Swedish singer Anette Blyckert (a.k.a. Anette Olzon) has been recruited to replace the group's original vocalist Tarja Turunen.
Nightwish, formed in Finland in 1996, is considered responsible for the foundation of the symphonic power metal genre and the subsequent rise in popularity of symphonic metal, particular in the use of an operatic lead vocalist. Soprano Tarna Turunen was the band’s voice over five studio albums, leading Nightwish into the forefront of female-fronted metal bands. Disagreements over Turunen’s commitment to the band led to her dismissal in 2005. Several replacement singers were considered, including Liv Kristine of the German/Swedish band Leave’s Eyes. Anette was revealed as the band’s new singer on May 24th.
New frontwoman Anette Blyckert was raised in a musical family and has been singing since childhood. She joined a band called Alyson Avenue, initially as a chorus singer but went on to become their lead singer. That band has released 2 albums since 2000. Anette has been in several other bands over the years, sung in choirs, and has done studio work for various projects. She recently sang a duet with Michael Bormann (ex-Jaded Heart-singer) on his album Conspiracy.
Nightwish has released the first single from their as-yet-untitled new album, due out on September 26th, as an online download from their label, Nuclear Blast, and other online music sources. Three subsequent clips from the new album can be heard on the band’s official web site. The band has released three 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" at www.nightwish.com/en/news
Label web site: www.nuclearblast-musicshop.de/
For an excellent overview of the band’s history, influences, and influence, see:
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