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“Act. I” by Tarja

Artist: Tarja
Title: “Act I”
Label: Armoury Records
Release Date: 9/4/2012
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Rating: 4.25/5

You loved her voice in Nightwish for so many years and cried true tears at her departure from the group but despite the sadness, there would be no sitting idle for the amazing vocal talent that is Tarja Turunen as she would press on with original material and release two albums since with “My Winter Storm” and “What Lies Beneath”. I remember in the past how we always had to wait a long time for live albums to come out but now these are faster and more furious and with this being the case I offer up “Act 1”, Tarja’s first-ever solo live recording and a release that brings you listeners at home to the front row and center of concert and what a concert it is. Recorded over the course of two shows at the Teatro El CìrculoIt in Rosario, Argentina. Delivered on audio CD, DVD and Blu-ray video; my review is of the audio companion to the video being released simultaneously but is not included in the same package which is a shame for this particular issue in my opinion.
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Tarja @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (4/29/2009)

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Artist: Tarja
Venue: Fillmore NY (New York, NY)
Opener: Urn, The Eternal
Date: 4/29/2009
Label: Universal Music

If my calculations are correct in this, the USA has not had a visit from the singer known as Tarja Turunen since the summer of 2004 when she last toured these parts with the band Nightwish. Since that time a world of dramatics and other events found the singer adventuring out on her own and releasing new music for the fans she had made over the years. While she had released a holiday themed album in 2005, it was not until 2007 that a more Symphonic Rock oriented release would be unveiled. The album “My Winter Storm” was an interesting album that had elements of what fans expected from Tarja and also a few melodies that came as a complete surprise. The very melodic release showcased the singers beautiful voice but would not be as bombastic as many had come to accept her when she fronted Nightwish. Tonight would be the first night of the singers US Tour and I was very happy to be a part of the fun as she returned to us after far too long an absence. The gig would be at the Fillmore NY and offer up two interesting openers by way of Urn and The Eternal. Here is how the night went if you were not there to enjoy it.
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“Cult” by Apocalyptica

Artist: Apocalyptica
Title: “Cult”
Label: Spitfire Records
Release Date: 11/6/2001
Genre: Classical Metal
Rating: 7/10

The influences of classical music and the use of symphonic elements has been very apparent in Heavy Metal music for a number of years now. One can find this when listening to the music of Nightwish and most specifically Therion. However, this is taken to different levels by Finland’s Apocalyptica for this band is not only classically trained but is also fronted by three cellists. If you had never heard of them before I can tell you that it is very interesting music and the overall presentation on the CD is something that merits a listen. The mixing of classical instruments in Metal has also seen its presentation in albums by Metallica and KISS who recorded live concerts with full symphony orchestras. This practice of being accepted by such major artists has led bands who do this the way Apocalyptica does be taken a little more seriously. That is a good thing for there is a lot of music out there and its all the more interesting when something unique is the case.
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