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.