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22nd February 2018

floor jansen

Floor Jansen and Jørn Viggo Lofstad's hard rock project, Northward, have signed to Nuclear Blast Records and will release their debut album, the details of which are soon to be unveiled.

It was during the 'All Star Jam' at Progpower Festival USA in 2007, when current Nightwish singer Jansen and Pagan's Mind guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad spontaneously joined forces on stage for some cover songs and noticed a certain creative magic between them.

Although the two musicians had never met before, they soon discovered their mutual love for stripped down hard rock and decided to write some songs together. In 2008 still barely knowing each other, they composed an entire album's worth of material in next to no time - but due to their tight schedules with their main bands, Northward never found its way to the spotlight, until today.

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Nightwish took a break in 2017 so Floor took the opportunity to contact Jørn again to see if he was still interested in resurrecting Northward - and of course he was. Floor recalls:

"Jørn Viggo was positive about the project and we started to make the overall plans, meeting again in March of 2017 in Sweden to go through all the material together to see if we still felt happy with what we had created."

With the help of producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat), the two forged a raw diamond composed of heavy riffs and Floor's incomparable voice, free from influence of the musicians' main bands. And although the songs had originally been written in 2008, they just felt as fresh and alive upon a second hearing as they had on the very first day of their creation. Floor continues:

"The music is melodic, but also in your face and kick ass rock. Cool riffs, good melodies and tasteful arrangements. We would simply like to call it 'Good Music'. We wanted to explore a basic rock sound, with drums, bass, guitar and vocals. Not the heavy layers of keyboards, choirs etc.".

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Alongside Floor and Jørn Viggo, Morty Black (TNT) handled bass duties, while drums were handled by Django Nilsen and Stian Kristoffersen of Pagan's Mind. You will also hear a guest appearance by Floor's sister Irene Jansen, singing a duet on the song 'Drifting Islands', and finally, Ronny Tegner from Pagan's Mind played the piano on one song. Floor adds:

"We are happy and excited to be able to release this rock album under Nuclear Blast's name. They accepted the challenge of bringing this non-Metal album into the world by believing in us as musicians, and also for the pure love for music that sounds good to them.

"We have both put our heart and soul into this album. We are very proud of it and we can't wait to show it to you all!"


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