What Lies Beneath Deluxe Edition, Enhanced
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Her voice is tested on a lot of the tracks but the way Tarja pulls them off you can hardly tell.
Some of the songs on what lies beneath are heavier then the songs on my winter storm with argubly 'dark star' being the heaviest and 'Underneath' being the softest.
This album has a good mix of heavy and soft songs and I would recomend this album to any one who liked any of her previous work or just like's to listen to nice music.
There are maybe 1 or 2 songs that are not as good as the rest of the album but that's only a matter of opinion you may not feel the same way when you listen to it.
Im happy with this album It will have you head banging in some parts and have you relaxed in others. Give it a try you might like it
Tarja Turunen is one of Finland's sweethearts. She won the heart of many metal and classical fans around the globe for her soprano vocal ranges as the lead singer of Symphonic/Melodic metal band Nightwish, which is one of the most successful bands in their genre. Nightwish was founded in 1996 by herself, Tuomas Holpainen and Emppu Vuorinen.
Tarja and Nightwish stood out by mixing metal, rock, opera and classical elements together.
She was kicked out by the band through an open letter which is still available to read on the official Nightwish website. She was replaced by Anette Olzen and recorded their best selling album to date: Dark Passion Play without Tarja. Despite criticism, controversy and fans rage over Tarja's dismissal, Nightwish still remains as one of the best selling bands to originate in Finland.
Since being expelled on the band in late October in 2005, Tarja has made three studio albums: A Christmas album in 2006 (Henkays Ikuisuudesta), My Winter Storm in the following year and this year, What lies Beneath.
I will primarily be reviewing the standard version of What Lies Beneath but I will also mention the bonus tracks.
The cover and inlay design content are simple and effective. It uses a lot of black so the white swirls and patterns stand out. Some of the images remind me of musical promo pictures.
Lyrics are also included.
Release dates for the album
Finland: September 1st
Germany, Switzerland and Austria: September 3rd
Worldwide: September 6th
Brazil and North America: September 14th
The album was released in September in 2010. She spent until April this year recording the tracks and keeping up to date with her blogs.Read more ›
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 "!
I would love for her to now release a live dvd. I've seen the 'warm up' concert footage that was/is on YouTube and that was superb. It would be nice for that materail, or and updated verion to be released on dvd.
I can recommend this cd. It had moved the goalposts.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Usual polished performance from Tarja - especially 'Naiad' - mystical!Published 1 month ago by frostie
Fantastic album from a great band with one of the finest singer in the world. I highly recommend.Published 21 months ago by Gareth J. Blackwell
Darker and heavier than its predecessor "My Winter Storm", this is in every way a worthy follow-up from Tarja. Read morePublished 21 months ago by oleskipper