- the brightest void-
If one has to name the best known female singer in metal, Tarja Turunen is a name that will came to the mind of many.
The Ex-singer of the symphonic metal band "Nightwish" started her solo carrier with "My Winter Storm“, followed by "What Lies Beneath" and "Colours In The Dark“. With every release, Tarja developed her carrier farther and became heavier with time.
While her “heavy rock albums“ like she calls them remain her focus, she also does various side projects like "Harus" and "Beauty and the Beat“ where she stays true to her classical roots. Being a juror in the Finnish version of "The Voice“, Tarja has been working hard lately.
While the release of the regular fourth studio album called "The Shadow Self" is on the 5th of August 2016, fans of the Finnish Metalqueen got pleasantly surprised:
"The Brightest Void" is a prequel album that gives a first taste of "The Shadow Self". It consists of nine songs and has a running time of roughly over 40 minutes.
The first song "No Bitter End" starts right where "Never Enough" ends. It is a catchy pop-rock sound which is mixed up with 80’s metal. Followed by "Your Heaven and Your Hell" featuring Michael Monroe, the album has a fast start.
This continues with "Eagle Eye“, a song that's typical for Tarja. It rocks like hell with a catchy chorus. A nice bonus is that a small part of the song is sang by Tarja's brother Toni Turunen.
The first little gem is "An Empty Dream". Tarja-Fans may already know it as the main theme of the
cover song? With "House of Wax" and "Goldfinger" she keeps continuing her tradition. Both songs are well performed and stay true to the original.
"The Brightest Void" finishes with a new mix of the already known collaboration "Paradise (What about us?)" with Within Temptation. This version is frankly the same as the original, only Tarja's voice is more emphasized.
While it certainly sweetens the wait for "The Shadow Self", "The Brightest Void" cannot rise as a conventional long-playing record. It's very clear that these are different songs that couldn't be included on the regular album. They range from