It was during the 'All Star Jam' at Progpower USA Festival in 2007, when current NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen and PAGAN'S MIND guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad spontaneously joined forces on stage for some cover songs and suddenly noticed the creative magic between them

Although the two musicians had never met before, they soon discovered their mutual love for back-to-basic hard rock and decided to write songs together. In the year of 2008, still barely knowing each other, they composed material worth an entire album in 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!