Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish have signed with Nuclear Blast Entertainment in North America. Previously, the band had Roadrunner handling things here and Nuclear Blast taking care of business in Europe. Nuclear Blast Entertainment’s Monte Conner – who also happens to be a former VP at Roadrunner – had this to say about the signing:

“It was a pleasure to work with Nightwish at my former label, but now in my new capacity at NBE, I will be more directly involved with the band than ever before. I would like to thank Nightwish and their management for their continued faith in, and loyalty to, me. I am particularly excited at the prospect of hearing [lead vocalist] Floor Jansen’s debut studio recording with the band. Her performance on last year’s live release Showtime, Storytime completely blew me away and proved why she is the PERFECT singer for Nightwish.”

Recording for Nightwish’s new album is expected to begin this summer and go through to January of next year, with an anticipated spring release. It will be the first Nightwish material recorded with vocalist Floor Jansen since she officially over a year ago.

The group will be sharing with us the process of making the album through a series of “Making Of…” videos that will be posted to Nuclear Blast’s YouTube channel. The first part can be seen below.