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Nightwish's Tuomas Holopainen teases a new Auri album

Auri on Tintagel beach
(Image credit: Auri/Nuclear Blast)

Nightwish leader Tuomas Holopainen has revealed that he's working on a follow-up to Auri's acclaimed self-titled debut. The side-project features Holopainen, multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley, and Finnish vocalist Johanna Kurkela (who's also Holopainen's wife).

"A new Auri album is in the pipeline and the idea is to get it recorded and released some time during 2021," he says. "We already have about seven or eight songs done so it's only a matter of finding the time and the place to record those songs, but it's sounding excellent so far!"

The trio came up with the idea for Auri back in 2011 as a means for combining their passion for folk, celtic music and soundtracks .

Meanwhile, Nightwish will release their new double album Human. :II: Nature. on April 10. Check out the video for first single, Noise, here!

Natasha Scharf

Dark prog (and chocolate) fan Natasha has been a Prog regular since 2009. News Editor between 2014 and 2019, now Deputy Editor, she is the only member of the team to have appeared on Prog's cover.