A worthy follow -up to solo debut "Winter Storm", "What Lies Beneath" is a tighter more coherent work-more "normal length" (where the earlier album sprawled over 21 tracks and 75 minutes)but every bit as listenable
Previous reviews already do it full justice, so really just one point to add:
The 4th track "In for a Kill" includes "sampling" of the opening bars of Stravinsky's "Rites of Spring" -the Rite being all about a woman sacrificially dancing herself to death . Once that penny drops the opening tracks "Anteroom of Death" and "Until my last breath" begin to suggest there is something of a "concept album " going on here , though not in the more usual obvious way....but I'll leave you to listen, enjoy, figure the rest for yourself
For anyone h who might not have already heard much of Tarja,this is what I'd call "Operatic Metal", hers is the sort of sound/technique classic opera singers had to develop to make themselves before humankind discovered electricity then how to make mikes and amps. As such its a colder more metallic sound than the more often emulated and more self-taught "Rock-Operatic" styles evolved by Sharion den Adel and Liv Kristine ...so, "vive la difference "!