Net terug van een wereldtournee van bijna 50 shows met internationale metalband Nightwish voor vele honderdduizenden bezoekers in Noord-Amerika en in Europa (onder meer een headline show voor 85.000 fans op het Duitse Wacken Open Air eerder deze maand), laat  ’s lands grootste rockzangeres in het buitenland Floor Jansen vandaag van zich horen met Northward, het rockproject waar ze samen met de Noorse muzikant Jørn Viggo Lofstad (Pagan’s Mind) af en aan ongeveer tien jaar heeft gewerkt.

Zojuist is de eerste single-video ‘While Love Died’ online gegaan, afkomstig van het debuutalbum ‘Northward’ dat op 19 oktober wereldwijd via Nuclear Blast wordt uitgebracht. Volgende maand gaat Floor opnieuw op tournee met Nightwish waarmee ze onder meer naar de Antwerpse Lotto Arena (7 november) en naar de Ziggo Dome Amsterdam (26 november) komt.

It was during the ‘All Star Jam’ at Progpower USA Festival in 2007, when current NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen and PAGAN’S MIND guitarist Jorn Viggo Lofstad spontaneously joined forces on stage for some cover songs and noticed the 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, their new project named NORTHWARD never found its way into the spotlight – until this day!

In 2017, the year of NIGHTWISH’s break, Floor took the opportunity to contact her old friend Jorn Viggo again, to see if he was still interested in resurrecting NORTHWARD – and of course he was! “Jorn 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”, remembers Floor Jansen.

Stepping free from all boundaries NORTHWARD’s sound is strong, euphoric and straight in the tradition of SKUNK ANANSIEFOO FIGHTERS and ALTER BRIDGE but also older bands such as DEEP PURPLE and LED ZEPPELIN, the music is coming straight to the point and makes no compromises.