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plus interview with Tarja Turunen
Release Date: September 2nd 2013



Mark Taylor recently spoke to Tarja Turunen in an interview originally done for Record Collector magazines e-newsletter.

You can listen to that interview right here where Tarja talks about her new album 'Colours In The Dark' and what the future holds for her.

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Walking alone since her infamous split from Nightwish in 2005, Tarja releases her third proper solo album, 'Colours In The Dark', where she spreads her angelic gothic wings further than ever before swooping through symphonic Metal and classical music.

Joining her for this journey are her bosom buddy drummer Mike Terrana and guitarist Alex Scholpp who played on her previous albums 'My Winterstorm' and 'What Lies Beneath'. Also on bass is Doug Wimbish who some may remember from American funk rockers Living Colour.

This album is best enjoyed with the curtains closed, lights off, candles lit and a good bottle of red wine and let Tarja's operatic soprano voice soar over you.

The album is not instant, but embodies itself within you with each glass of wine. Opener and single 'Victim Of Ritual is a mini epic built around the classical tune of 'Bolero' whilst '500 Letters' is an all out rocker with a dash of commercial clout.


The best tracks are the growers, ones that takes a few listens to discover the hidden beauty held within.

The dark allure of 'Lucid Dreamer', 'Mystique Voyage' and 'Deliverance' take the listener on a soul searching journey guided by Turunen's high octave range. There's an impressive cover version of 'Darkness' first done by her hero Peter Gabriel of Genesis and more recently done by German 99 Red Ballooner Nena. On this track Tarja stamps her own unique identity to this song making it her own.

We still await the classic album that Tarja is capable of especially now as she has grown as a songwriter. Don't be too surprised if on her next album she veers more into classical music and moves slightly away from the gothic scene because she feels more at ease with the big bombastic orchestral sounds behind her that suit her voice the best.

But there's still plenty here to warm you on these future coming dark nights.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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