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‘The Brightest Void’ Release Date 3rd June 2016.

Tarja is back with not one but two new albums!!! The ex-Nightwish singer has returned with more powerful vocals and great instrumental sounds that will blow your mind. The Brightest Void is a taster of what is to come from Tarja and if anything, it will leave you wanting more.

Tarja - The Brightest Void

The Brightest Void has some great tracks, all with mind blowing vocals from Tarja herself and it also has a fantastic cover based upon ‘Gold Finger’ originally by Shirley Bassey. This album kicks off with ‘Bitter Ends’ which has powerful melting guitar riffs, heavy bass and a catchy drum rhythm. To get a taste of this track and more of what the album has instore for you, check out the video below.

The album also features appearances from other famous artists like Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks) in the track ‘Heaven and Hell’ which demonstrates the amazing vocals of both singers. Also featured on the album in the track ‘Eagle Eye’, Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Chad Smith can be found doing what he does best, playing the drums and finally we hear ‘Paradise’ by within Temptation which Tarja featured on.

So prepare for the 3rd June, to get this great album and a taste of Tarja.

Review by Matthew York.


Tarja - Colours In The Dark

With Support From Elyose

Rock City Nottingham 12th February 2014.

For me, tonight was seen as something a little different, yet very special. With the operatic metal or ‘symphonic metal’ genre being ever popular, it was only made possible thanks to this, very talented musician and amazing vocalist, Tarja.

Supporting Tarja, which can’t be easy, was Elyose who is also an amazing talent, in her own right. Formed in 2009, the band has grown in popularity at a steady pace, firstly gaining support in their home country, France. Gradually, as they relentlessly travelled through Europe, performing show after show, they gained an ever increasing troop of loyal followers who discovered this superb talent. Over the years, their sound has evolved (and will continue to do so) to what we hear today, a heavy guitar riffed, metal, operatic fussed masterpiece.

Thankfully, for Justine Daaé, (Lead Singer) tonight’s set started bang on 7pm, as she’s not an early riser (Her words) on this very wet and windy Wednesday night. Justine is a very tall and attractive brunet, with a figure to die for however, it’s her vocal talents that took our breaths away. To look at her, with her delicate frame, you wouldn’t expect such powerful vocals, maybe a little too powerful sometimes but it was a mostly a pleasurable experience by enlarge.

Justine Daaé - Elyose

The band has seen several guitarists over the years, but Marc De Lajoncquière seems to be the right choice for the band now and what a great choice he is too! Tonight he played out of his skin, producing some great technical guitar playing and one of the performances of the night, for me, great guitarist!

Marc De Lajoncquière - Elyose

Ghislain Henry, is the bands bass player and looked uber cool in his sun glasses. A trademark stage persona, it seems and I can’t blame him, especially tonight as Rock City got given a lighting boost as the bands bought their own kit and along with the house lights, these helped to illuminate them! It’s safe to say the stage was awash with colour and were great conditions to photograph in, helping us to produce some fantastic images of these guys tonight! Finally, Patrick Kzu, on drums helped to keep the band sounding tight and doing a superb job as percussionist!

Ghislain Henry - Elyose

So, tonight I’ve been given the opportunity to witness the legendary vocal talents of Tarja, which is the same honour previously bestowed upon the Finnish President at the celebrated National Independence Day Party. My, what a career – how she has grown!

Tarja is celebrated as being a founding member of Nightwish where she produced four albums, the most successful being “Once”. Sadly her role as lead singer came to an abrupt end, as the rest of the band dismissed her by letter. It seems Nightwish are somewhat unlucky in their pursuit of the perfect vocalist as still to this day, I’m reading of another vocalist who’s been dismissed and replaced with their now vocalist Floor Jansen!

Anyway, before Nightwish the ‘symphonic metal’ genre was still unexplored, but thanks to her remarkable and diverse talents, Tarja Turunen made it become every bit a reality. Seen as being the genres founder and leading figurehead, without her, this genre would probably cease to exist!! First and foremost Tarja was seen as being an outstanding opera singer and has had great success in being so too. It seems, however, her love for all things metal has helped shape who she and this genre have become today. With plenty of Sisu (Finnish for strength, loosely translated), after splitting from Nightwish Tarja embarked on her now illustrious solo career and has produced six studio albums, to date the latest being “Colours in the Dark”.  This current set of European tour dates is to promote her new album, and my, what an album – if you are a fan of this genre, I’d highly recommend it. Tonight’s Nottingham show was the second of only two UK dates in 2014, the first being in London, where else!


As Tarja took to the stage, she was greeted by rapturous applause, from a less than packed Rock City, I doubt the weather helped but those that were there, certainly made enough noise. Dressed in a sexy all black number, she went about rocking the crowd, in her unique way. It was clear for all to see, this is a woman that has found her true calling in life and loves what she does. There can be no disputing that Tarja’s exceptional beauty and powerful vocals are a great combination, which simply blew me and everyone in the room tonight away!


I though this was a nice touch, Tarja had a Cello player Max Lilja, performing along side her, who also gave the band great depth to their sound. The rest of the band consisted of Mike Terrana, on drums, playing on quite possibly, the most futuristic and largest set of drums I’ve ever come across! Christian Kretschma on Keyboards, Anna on Bass, who I recognised from when she played with Mitch Malloy, at Firefest in 2012 and finally Alex Scholpp on the Guitar, whoose performance tonight was incredible and helped to compliment Tarja’s amazing voice. His solo at the end of the track “Never Enough” (whilst Tarja goes off to change her outfit, something she’s used to doing with Nightwish) was a great display of the man’s talent and the crowd showed their appreciation, at the end, with a massive round of applause.

Mike Terrana - Tarja

Tonight’s set list consisted of: 1. Deliverance 2. In for a Kill 3. 500 Letters 4. Dark 5. Star 6. I Walk Alone 7. Anteroom of Death 8. Never Enough [with Band Outro Solo] costume change 9. Sing for Me 10. Die Alive 11. Mystique Voyage 12. Neverlight 13. Medusa

(Encore) 1. Victim of Ritual 2. Ciarán’s Well 3. Wish I Had an Angel (Nightwish cover) 4. Until My Last Breath

Words and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)



London and Nottingham gigs confirmed for February 10th and 12th

February UK concerts confirmed following rave reviews of new solo album colours in the dark – Supreme Symphonic metal artist Tarja Turunen has lined up two UK concerts in February -her first UK shows since 2010 – in the wake of a slew of rave reviews for her third solo album, ‘Colours In The Dark’, released on earMUSIC / Edel, in August 2013. Dates are:-

10th February – LONDON 02 Islington Academy. Tickets are £25 via ticketweb.co.uk.
12th February – NOTTINGHAM Rock City. Tickets are £22.50 via all-tickets.co.uk


Select album review quotes:-

“The marriage of classical stylings with rock/metal makes for an interesting genre, of which Finnish soprano Tarja Turunen is something of a First Lady. On this, her third solo effort, she builds on her illustrious reputation with compellingly gothic material, not to mention wide-ranging, beautifully executed operatic vocals. Its varying shades provide consistent intrigue. ‘Lucid Dreamer’ throws in two minutes of mystical water effects, wind chimes and new-agey samples; ‘Neverlight’ leaps straight in with intense fuzzed guitar, and ‘Deliverance’ generates an ambient goth-metal feel before swelling into orchestral strains. High point ‘Medusa’ moves tantalisingly between haunting choral harmonies, eerie passages and punching metal chops. An electrifying close. 7/10”.
Polly Glass, Classic Rock, August 2013.

“Arguably the most instantly recognisable female artist in rock and metal circles, Tarja Turunen returns with ‘Colours In The Dark’, her third full-length release of original material as a solo artist, the sound of a very talented artist at the top of her game. A varied album that, whilst rooted in the dark of rock and metal, seeks to incorporate colourful influences from across the musical spectrum. It is by far and away the finest Tarja has sounded for the best part of a decade. 9/10”. Matt Spall, Powerplay, August 2013.

“‘Colours In The Dark’ is more fluid, more coherent and even more dramatic than anything she’s previously produced on her own. On progressive opener ‘Victim Of Ritual’, marching rhythms part to reveal the symphonic metal sound the soprano has been associated with for the best part of three decades. The pop element she has flirted with has been polished up by producer Tim Palmer, whose credentials include Bowie’s Tin Machine, Robert Plant, and Turunen’s previous album. This one is packed with rock anthems (the galloping ‘Never Enough’ and ‘Neverlight’) and twists through grandiose orchestral arrangements, driving metal riffs and piano-led ditties soaked in rich atmospheres. ‘Colours In The Dark’ must surely be Tarja’s strongest solo release to date.”
Natasha Scharf, Prog Magazine, August 2013.

No other voice and artist influenced and basically created the female fronted symphonic metal genre as much as Tarja Turunen. A pioneer in goth and symphonic metal, the classically trained Finn rose to fame with the metal outfit Nightwish, whose face and voice she had been for 9 years. With a vocal range of a lyrical soprano, Turunen started her solo career in 2004. Releasing two very successful metal rock solo albums (2007 and 2010), awarded gold and platinum in multiple countries, Tarja Turunen has been constantly touring the world with her live band. Adored by many fans as their “Goddess”, the Finnish Soprano has the skill to carry her fans away just by her presence – probably more than any other female artist in this genre. When classical meets rock and heavy metal, it inevitably leads to Tarja.