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Latest Tarja News

Below is our complete Tarja news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Tarja To Issue Christmas Album

This holiday season, you can expect the unexpected.

Tarja is bringing the festive season early with the release of her brand new Christmas album "From Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas)" on November 17th via earMusic.

The album includes 11 Christmas classics and brings them to a never-before-seen level, uniquely blending Tarja's classically-trained voice with darker gothic influences.

Utilizing the sound of a grand orchestra, the successful Finnish solo artist puts a sinister spin on traditional songs like "O Tannenbaum," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "Feliz Navidad," reminding the listener of a dark movie score.

Besides covering classic carols, "From Spirits and Ghosts" also features a twelfth track, the brand new original song "Together." This song is aligned with the dark sound of the album and embodies the theme of ghosts and mysticism throughout, in a brilliant, Tarja-styled manner.

"Producing a dark Christmas album in the middle of the summer is a very interesting process, especially if you are doing it by the turquoise Caribbean Sea," Tarja said. "It's significantly different from the snowy Christmas that I am used to in my home country Finland — another proof that the darkness comes from deep within.

"On this album, I explored the other side of Christmas — the Christmas of the lonely people and the missing ones, the Christmas for those that do not find joy in the blinking lights and the jingle bells."

"From Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas)" will be issued as a 1CD digipak, 1LP Gatefold (180g, black) and digital download. There will also be a wide variety of exclusive, limited fan items and bundles. More...

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ProgPower USA Announces 2018 Lineup

With the 2017 edition of ProgPower USA in the books (Metal Underground.com reports/photos forthcoming), promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block announced the Days 1-2 and 3-4 lineup just after Orphaned Land's performance on Wednesday, September 6th and Myrath's performance on Friday, September 8th, respectfully.

The event will take place on September 5-8, 2018 at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets for Days 3-4 will go on sale on October 7th via Ticketmaster. Days 1-2 will go on sale November 11th.

In the roster video for Days 3-4, California progressive metal act Redemption announced that vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning) has departed the band and the new vocalist is Evergrey's Tom Englund. The forthcoming new album also features guitar appearances from Simone Mularoni (DGM) and Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth).

The featured headliners are Voyager (Australia), Angra (Brazil), James Labrie (USA) and Tarja (Finland). The complete lineup is as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 - DAY 1:

Voyager (Australia) (Headliner)
Nocturnal Rites (Sweden)
Gloryhammer (Scotland/UK)
Ross The Boss Band (Special Manowar set) (USA)

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 - DAY 2:

Angra - 25th Anniversary "fans pick the set list" Show (Brazil) (Headliner)
Dream Evil (Sweden)
Kingcrow (Italy)
Cellar Darling (Switzerland)

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 - DAY 3:

James Labrie (Canada) (Headliner)
Redemption (USA) with new vocalist, Tom Englund
Labyrinth (Italy) "Return to Heaven Denied" part I in its entirety
Bloodbound (Sweden)
Persefone (Andorra)
Manimal (Sweden)

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 - DAY 4:

Tarja Turunen (Finland) (Headliner)
Alestorm (Scotland/UK)
VUUR (The Netherlands)
Soen (Sweden)
Eclipse (Sweden) *US Exclusive
Triosphere (Norway) More...

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Wacken Open Air Live Stream Available

This weekend, you can stream portions of the 2016 edition of Wacken Open Air live via Arte.tv. Some of the top bands offered for streaming: Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Saxon, Testament, Eluveitie and Ministry (among others).

The live stream can be accessed at this location.

The schedule for streaming can be found below (note: all times are CET):

Thursday, August 4th:

16h50-17h35 Henry Rollins
17h40-18h05 Hämatom
18h10-19h25 Saxon
19h30-20h30 Panzerballett
20h35-21h25 Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band
21h30-23h30 Iron Maiden
23h35-00h15 Therapy?
00h15-00h45 (tba)
00h45-01h00 Born to Lose, Lived To Win (A Farewell to Lemmy Kilmister)

Friday, August 5:

16h20 17h20 Entombed A.D.
17h25-18h25 Axel Rudi Pell
18h30-19h45 Eluveitie
19h50-21h05 Bullet For My Valentine
21h10-22h25 Tarja
22h30-00h00 Blind Guardian
00h15-01h30 Ministry
01h45-03h00 Testament

Saturday, August 6th:

15h40-16h55 Borknagar
17h00-18h10 Metal Church
18h15-19h30 Therion
19h35-20h50 Steel Panther
20h55-22h10 Clutch
22h15-23h30 Triptykon
23h35-00h35 (tba)
00h40-01h55 Parkway Drive
01h55-03h10 Arch Enemy More...

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Get With The Metal: Graspop & Hellfest Live Stream

The annual Graspop Festival (from Belgium) and Hellfest (from France) are in full stream this week and throughout the weekend. Both have live streams available.

As for Graspop, you can check out two channels of live metal at this location.

Among the many acts to check out: Arcturus, Heaven Shall Burn, Moonspell, Dark Funeral,
God Dethroned, Dropkick Murphys, Steak, Sacred Reich and much more.

As for Hellfest, there is a page with multiple live streams for each day and stage, which can be accessed over here.

Among the many acts to check out:

Today (06/17/2016) (all times in CET):

18h35 Inquisition
19h30 Sacred Reich
20h30 Korpiklaani
21h35 Overkill
22h40 Aura Noir
23h45 Testament
00h45 Abbath More...

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Tarja Issues "No Bitter End" Music Video

Former Nightwish vocalist Tarja issued a music video for the new track "No Bitter End." The song is the first single from the upcoming new "prequel release" entitled "The Brightest Void." The release is set to drop on June 3rd via earMusic

"No Bitter End" is the first glimpse on Tarja’s heaviest work to date. Surprising with massive guitar riffs, a driving beat provided by no other than Chad Smith and of course Tarja’s incredible vocals, the powerful rock tune paves the way of what is yet to come.

“No Bitter End” is available as iTunes Instant Grat with immediate effect as part of the preorder of “The Brightest Void” at this location.

"The Brightest Void," is a specially priced prequel album with over 50 minutes of brand new music, will be released as 1CD Digipak, 1LP+Download Code and Digital. It will sweeten the wait until the release of the new studio album "The Shadow Self," which will be released on August 5th in various formats, including 1CD Digipak, Special Edition CD+DVD and Digital with further formats to be announced soon.

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Tarja Issues Snippet Of New Single

EarMUSIC and former Nightwish vocalist Tarja are proud to announce the release of the new heavy rock album “The Shadow Self." Over the last couple of weeks, the most successful Finnish solo artist has been teasing her fans on various occasions, revealing bits and pieces of the new studio album.
Finally, the highly anticipated news and the cover artwork are officially revealed: “The Shadow Self” will be released on August 5th, 2016 on earMUSIC.

Today, a preview snippet of the new single "The Bitter End" was issued and can be heard in the player below.

"I am very excited to finally be able to share the first details of my new heavy rock album with all of you,” says Tarja. “‘The Shadow Self’ is full of songs that are very dear to me. I cannot wait for you to hear the record that I believe is one of my heaviest albums to date. Keep your eyes open as there will be many surprises along the way to the album release on August 5th. I really mean it. Surprises will follow very soon.”

With the release of her fourth rock album, the versatile singer is following up on the success of the multi-platinum and gold awarded previous records “My Winter Storm” (2007), “What Lies Beneath” (2010) and her most recent album “Colours In The Dark” (2013) which charted all over the globe including 4 Top 10 entries.

“The Shadow Self” is now available for pre-order in various formats, including CD Standard, Special Edition CD+DVD. The Digital pre-order is available now at this location.

Tarja will perform songs from her upcoming album for the first time on festival dates this summer. More...

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Tarja Releases "The Crying Moon" Clip From DVD

Ex-Nightwish vocalist Tarja released a live clip for the track "The Crying Moon." The clip was taken from the latest DVD/2CD/2LP live release "Luna Park Ride," which was issued back in May via earMusic.

The release features fan filmed material topped with 14 bonus live performances and offers the full package including previously unseen photos.

Check out "The Crying Moon" here:

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Tarja/Terrana Post DVD Clip "Witch-Hunt"

Former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen and former Rage drummer Mike Terrana posted the clip "Witch-Hunt" from the upcoming live release "Beauty & The Beat." The release is a celebration of the successful tour over 2011 and 2013 and will be made available on 2CD/DVD/Blu-ray and digital download on May 30th via earMusic.

The full track list can be found just following the clip, which can be seen below:


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Tarja/Terrana To Release "Beauty & The Beat"

In 2011, Former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen teamed up with former Rage drummer Mike Terrana for the "Beauty & The Beat" live performance - which consisted of interpretations of classic music pieces ranging from Bach to Mozart to Rossini as well as rock classics from Queen, Led Zeppelin and Tarja. In spring of 2013, the team toured throughout the world, from Poland to Russia to Mexico.

As a celebration of the tour, the new live release "Tarja Turunen & Mike Terrana - Beauty & The Beat" will be made available on 2CD/DVD/Blu-ray and digital download. Pre-orders can be made for: 2CD, DVD and Blu-ray.

"Beauty & The Beat" is something very different than your ordinary rock show, let alone your ordinary classic concert. It's music played in an unorthodox manner, it's the performance of a wide range of classical pieces and rock songs together with an orchestra and choir. It strikes you with awe. The music ranges from immortal classic pieces by Bach, Strauss and Mozart to Rossini, but doesn't neglect pure rock music like songs from Led Zeppelin, Queen as well as Tarja's own pieces. All combined with orchestra and choir with more than 100 musicians on stage, an enormous sound, energetic drums and Tarja's angelic voice.

Tarja and Mike complement each other musically. Whereas Mike bangs his drums with rock attitude, Tarja shines with her crystal clear voice and incredible stage presence; all lulled with the warm, full sound of an orchestra.

Tarja Turunen explains: "The idea of having a symphonic orchestra, choir and Mr. Terrana on drums was originally mine. Mike has done a recording with drums over classical pieces that I think it is great. I immediately imagined it performed live on a stage with a real orchestra as a part of a bigger concept. I believe this kind of combination of instruments, particularly playing mainly classical music, is very unique. I have been making collaborations with orchestras before and I could foresee a great outcome. More...

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Book Released Celebrating Women In Metal

Music journalist and band manager Jill Hughes Kirtland has self-published a book entitled "Not Just Tits in a Corset: Celebrating Women in Metal," which features a foreword by Doro Pesch.

Told in their own voices through a series of intimate interviews and photographs of prominent and influential women in the metal industry, "Not Just Tits in a Corset" details the unique history, challenges, and triumphs women have encountered throughout their careers in metal music, while also celebrating the compelling global community these women have created amongst each other and the fans.

Featured women include Lita Ford, Ann Boleyn, Doro Pesch, Betsy Bitch, Leather Leone, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Elize Ryd, Sharon Den Adel, Alissa White-gluz, Angela Gossow, Maria Brink, Floor Jansen, Tarja Turunen, Cristina Scabbia, Charlotte Wessels, Roxy Petrucci, Linda Mcdonald, Lzzy Hale, And Simone Simons, and more.

The book is now available as a hardcover or softcover printed book or e-book on the author's website and will be available through other online retailers soon. A book launch party open to the public (all ages) will take place on Thursday, April 3rd (6:30pm) at Roxy & Duke's Roadhouse in Dunellen, New Jersey. Female-fronted metal bands Mindmaze, A Sound Of Thunder, and Flames Of Fury will be performing that night with other special guests. More...

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Sorronia To Support Tarja On Tour

Symphonic metal band Sorronia, which released new album "Words of Silence" back in October, will support Tarja during the following stops on her "Colours In The Road" tour:

Jan 28th, 2014 - Aula Magna - Lisbon, Portugal
Jan 29th, 2014 - Sala Arena - Madrid, Spain
Jan 31st, 2014 - Santana 27 - Bilbao, Spain
Feb 1st, 2014 - Salamandra 1 - Barcelona, Spain
Feb 15th, 2014 - Rocking Chair - Vevey, Switzerland
Feb 16th, 2014 - Teatro Giovanni Da Udine - Udine, Italy More...

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Tarja Posts "500 Letters" Video

Today Metal Injection unveils the latest video from Finnish songstress/former Nightwish soprano, Tarja.

Shot in Tigre near Buenos Aires, Argentina by Florian Kaltenbach, "500 Letters" can be viewed in the player below.

The tune comes by way of Tarja's latest full-length, "Colours In The Dark." Released earlier this year, the record charted in twelve countries with four top ten entries. For the first time in Tarja's history, the singer herself is the main character in the video's storyline, which is fitting as "500 Letters" is, in many ways, Tarja's most private song to date, offering great emotional insight into the artist herself. More...

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Within Temptation Releases New "Paradise" Video

Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation has posted the video for the band's new single, "Paradise (What About Us?)," featuring Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen. You can watch the video below or on YouTube.

The extended single/EP is now available in Europe and will be released in North America on October 1, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. Pre-orders can be made through iTunes. Here is the track list:

1. Paradise (What About Us?)
2. Let Us Burn (Demo Version)
3. Silver Moonlight (Demo Version)
4. Dog Days (Demo Version)

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Within Temptation Teams Up With Tarja For New Song

Dutch act Within Temptation announced that the band's upcoming new single/EP "Paradise (What About Us?)" will also see a guest appearance by former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen. The extended single will be available on September 27th (EU) and October 1st (North America) via Nuclear Blast. Pre-orders through iTunes can be made at this location.

The track list for the EP is:

1. Paradise (What About Us?)
2. Let Us Burn (Demo Version)
3. Silver Moonlight (Demo Version)
4. Dog Days (Demo Version) More...

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Hollow Haze Announces German Show; Special Duet

Italian metal act Hollow Haze announced that the band will support Tarja in Germany on October 25th at Festhalle Durlach in Karlsruhe, Germany. According to the band, vocalist Fabio Lione will also perform a duet of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" (which was covered by Nightwish in Tarja's tenure).

Hollow Haze has just issued the new album "Countdown to Revenge" in Europe this week, with September 10th as the North American drop date via Scarlet Records. Tarja's new LP "Colours in the Dark" dropped in North America this week via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records and is scheduled for European release on August 30th. More...

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Tarja Posts New Single & Music Video Teaser

Ex-Nightwish vocalist Tarja posted a teaser clip for the new single "Victim Of Ritual." The single will be released in July along with a music video. The song will also appear on the new LP "Colours in the Dark," which is set to be released in North America via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records on August 27th, 2013. A lyric video for the first single "Never Enough" can be seen over at this location.

Check out the teaser clip here:

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Tarja Posts New "Never Enough" Lyric Video

Ex-Nightwish vocalist Tarja posted a lyric video for the new track "Never Enough." The song will appear on the new LP "Colours in the Dark," which is set to be released in North America ivia Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records on August 27th, 2013. "Colours in the Dark" was mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam/U2).

Check out "Never Enough" here:

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Tarja Announces New Album Details

Tarja (formerly of Nightwish) has announced new album "Colours In The Dark" will be released in North America via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records on August 27th, 2013. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Despite her light and airy character, the music of Finnish songstress/former Nightwish soprano, Tarja has always been shrouded 'in black' – the color of heavy rock, mystery and elegance. With her latest studio recording, fans will find that same darkness highlighted by an array of new emotions, multihued landscapes and musical atmospheres.

"Tarja’s latest milestone emphasizes once again her impressive vocal range and continued artistic growth. Titled 'Colours In The Dark', the ten-track offering was mixed and mastered by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2) in Austin, Texas and delivers over an hour of music which includes grandiose orchestra and choir arrangements.

"Colours In The Dark follows the charting successes of 2007’s My Winterstorm and 2010’s What Lies Beneath. Further info, including cover art and track listing, to be revealed in the coming weeks. In the meantime, keep up with Tarja’s personal blog entries and recording updates at this location."

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Tarja To Release New Album This Year

After the success of “Act I," former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen has renewed her album deal with earMUSIC for a set of new releases spanning over the next few years. The first release will be the yet untitled follow up to the 2010 LP "What Lies Beneath," which is scheduled for release in August/September. The album was mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam/U2) and details about the first single, its music video and extensive worldwide tour will be revealed soon.

Turunen commented on the new release: "It’s going to be a killer, killer…In few days I am going to record the final vocals for the last song on the album. It will be a hard ending for the vocal recordings, since the song has several choirs and even some sort of ethnic touch, so I will have to sweat. Anyway this album production has gone very smoothly forward since all the pieces are together and the team that has been working with me before is still the same. It’s only getting better!"

Although rock will remain Tarja‘s main musical field, she also plans to release productions in a diverse array of musical genres. The upcoming "Beauty and The Beat" tour (side project of Tarja and former Rage drummer Mike Terrana) will be filmed this year, and the success of the album "Harus" will be followed up by the first-ever classical studio album by the Finnish vocalist.

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Tarja Posts "Unboxing Act I Mediabook" Video

Former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen posted a video clip featuring the "Unboxing of Act I Mediabook," the new live release. "Act I" is released today in North America through Ear Music in 2-CD, 2-DVD and Blu-Ray format. Two video cips from the release, featuring the unreleased tracks "Into the Sun" and "In for a Kill," can be seen at this location.

Check out the "unboxing" footage here:

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