New Nightwish Offshoot Auri Announces New Album


Auri is the new prog folk band formed by Nightwish multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley, his Nightwish countepart Tuomas Holopianen and Holopainen’s wife Johanna Kurkela.

The band have just released their first single, Night 13, and have a sound which Holopainen tried to describe to Prog. “Just a few days ago, we had this conversation within the band and we thought about the best way to describe it. Two terms came to our minds; Rabbit Hole Music and Celestial Metal. Obviously you can hear influences from folk music, Celtic music, soundtracks - all that music that we love and adore, but categorising the style is really impossible. I’ll leave that to the listeners.”

Night 13 is taken from the band’s self-titled debut album,which will be released through Nuclear Blast on March 23. The album was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios with Sound Engineer Tim Oliver. The full tarck listing is: The Space Between, I Hope Your World Is Kind, Skeleton Tree, Desert Flower, Night 13, See, The Name Of The Wind, Aphrodite Rising, Savant, Underthing Solstice, Them Thar Chanterelles.

Auri can be ordered here.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.