Video: Former And Current NIGHTWISH Singers Perform Duet At Belgium’s METAL FEMALE VOICES FEST

Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen performed a duet with the band's current vocalist Floor Jansen (REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER) Sunday night (October 20) at this year's edition of the Metal Female Voices Fest at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. The women joined forces on a cover version of "Over The Hills And Far Away", originally written and recorded by the Northern Irish singer and guitarist Gary Moore and previously covered byNIGHTWISH on the 2001 EP of the same name. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. Turunen was fired from NIGHTWISH at the end of the band's 2005 tour by being presented with an open letter which was published on the NIGHTWISH web site at the same time. In the letter, the other members of NIGHTWISH wrote: "To you, unfortunately, business, money, and things that have nothing to do with emotions have become much more important." On October 9, Jansen and English composer and multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley(uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) were officially added to NIGHTWISH's permanent lineup. The band explained in a statement: "Originally we were going to wait until 2014 to make a decision about the future lineup of the band, but the past year has clearly shown us thatFloor and Troy are perfect matching pieces to our puzzle, and we are really grateful of the bond that has grown between all of us." Jansen made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington following the abrupt departure of the band's lead singer of five years, Anette Olzon. Asked about the reasons for Olzon's sudden exit from the group, NIGHTWISHkeyboardist/mainman Tuomas Holopainen told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine: "I'm sure it came as a shock to everybody. We came out with a statement [regarding the split], which pretty much says it all. It still is a private matter, and that's all we wanna say about it, like, ever. It was an amicable divorce, so to say, and made in good spirit, and we are just looking to the future. There really is no reason to go back into all the details and all that. I mean, this is not politics, this is a rock band."

LACUNA COIL To Perform Entire ‘Karmacode’ Album At METAL FEMALE VOICES FEST recently conducted an interview with singer Cristina Scabbia of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Could you give us some hints about the new album? Title(s), themes… Maybe it's a bit early yet… Cristina: It is definitely too early… We are arranging the lyrics these days and we are still recording the music. Obviously, I know a lot of details but… let's wait a little bit more! I can tell you that it will be a very… cinematic and dark album, in the vein of "Dark Adrenaline", but even more intense and heavier at times. We also have one special song that deeply touches me. As you usually do, you've been touring in the U.S. once again. Do you consider there's some point at which you feel more supported in the U.S. than in Europe? What can you recall of this last tour? Cristina: I think we pretty much have the same support from both sides of the ocean. The States are bigger so when we tour there, tours are longer and we need to stay there a lot, but we also have a great following in Europe. I am so happy about the fact that we can connect to so many people I've never even met. Music is magical. Next October you'll join the line-up of the Metal Female Voices Festin Belgium. After 11 years of this festival, what do you think it still has to offer to the audience? Cristina: The bands are quite different every edition so there is always a surprise in terms of newcomers or new shows given by the most known acts. If you like bands fronted by women, this is definitely the place to be, and is also something unique in the world! On your side, what will you offer Metal Female Voices Fest's audience? Last year you were there to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Will this year's show be different from that one? Will you gift us with a new song maybe? Cristina: We played last year and it was a success, so we've been invited again and decided to do something we've never done before, play one complete album from the past. We will be playing ALL the songs from the album "Karmacode", plus some more… Read the entire interview at