Nine year old Dutch grunter impresses

on tv with Arch Enemy's ,,The Eagle Flies Alone''

The 9-year-old grunter Nova Huijben showed her amazing talent on the stage of Game of Talents during prime time last Friday on Dutch national TV.


Together with her parents and vocal coach Monica Janssen from Wisselkind – Creative Coaching, the then 9-year-old Nova made the exciting trip to the DPG TV studios in Vilvoorde, Belgium last January. Nova started taking grunt lessons via Zoom with Monica in April last year, who is also known for the bands X-Tinxion and Downcast Collision.

Watch Nova´s performance at ‘Game of Talents’

With her performance, Nova surprised the participants and the cast with her interpretation of the song The Eagle Flies Alone from the Swedish band Arch Enemy. The performance has now been viewed more than 138,000 times on the Facebook page of VTM and also caught the attention of the singer of Arch Enemy, Alissa White-Gluz. She was so impressed by Nova’s performance that she sent the following video message to Nova’s Instagram account:

Check out Alissa White-Gluz’s reaction to Nova’s performance

During the past months Nova has not only shown her grunt talent in a TV studio, but has also been in a real recording studio, where she collaborated with Monica and Sander Gommans (After Forever, HDK) on a brand new Magic O Metal track.

Sander comments: “Magic O Metal offers young and old the opportunity to participate in new metal songs and artwork together with professionals! Together with Frank Schiphorst (Mayan) I laid the foundation for a new track. From there we were able to develop it by using cool new riffs and ideas from young guitarists Thijmen van der Meer and Alexander de WitMonica Janssen has provided this song with lyrics and both melodic and aggressive vocals, supported by none other than Nova, who showed in Game of the Talents last week that children also have loads of of metal power!The cool thing about these collaborations is that this track contains both old school and many new elements. Magic O Metal aspires to show musicians of all ages that everyone can create something cool as long as you are prepared to work for it. I’m extremely proud of the end result and the song will be released later this year!”



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