Tarja - 'Act II' - Album Review
Tarja - 'Act II' - Album Review9
Tarja - 'Act II' - Album Review9
Tarja - 'Act II' - Album Review9
Tarja - 'Act II' - Album Review9
Tarja - 'Act II' - Album Review9
9Overall Score
Reader Rating: (5 Votes)
9.8

‘The Shadow Shows’ tour was very impressive, taking in some 200 shows over 40 countries and enjoyed by huge numbers of people, and now here it is recorded for those to re-live or just enjoy for the first time.

Act II is the combination of high quality live shows recordings in London and Milan, you can hear the audience, but not at the expense of what is produced on stage to the point that it is easy to forget that you are listening to a live album until the applause at the end of the tracks.

Tarja produces a set full of Operatic Metal, with the backing of face melting guitars, heavy drums and the overall sound of a Heavy Rock band, contrasted by the beautiful vocal provided by the Finnish front. The soprano singer has the vocal power to not just match that of the instruments behind, she easily over powers that produced by the band and enchants the listeners with her precision and pitch.

Songs like ‘Shameless’ display the differing styles that the vocal range fit nicely into, providing a more traditional vocal during the verses, then bursting into the powerful, enchanting narration, whilst ‘Calling From The Wild’ begins as a slow, atmospheric number, before the guitars shatter the ambience and the power takes over again followed later by ‘Supremacy’ which is an absolute beast, with heavy riffs, hooks and a darker overall sound. Act II takes a  turn to an acoustic, slower pace for 5 songs as a medley is played with perfection, beauty and raw passion. The silence from the audience is deafening as they are caught under the spell beingcast in front of them

The 20 tracks on this release are the prime example of how different backgrounds and styles can combine and work in perfect harmony, to produce an engaging, theatrical sound, that transforms to the live stage seamlessly to provide a special experience, one that if you couldn’t be there, listening to this is the next best thing. In fact, close your eyes and you could easily be down the front taking it all in.

Act II is not just a live album, it is a live performance of something very special. The emotion, mood and passion is shared from the stage to ears so be prepared to be moved, empowered and bewitched by Tarja.

 

Ed Ford

 

Act II is released July 27th2018 on earMUSIC.

 

  1. Track List
  2.  2CD
    CD1
    No Bitter End / 500 Letters / Eagle Eye / Demons In You / Lucid Dreamer / Shameless / The Living End / Calling From The Wild / Supremacy / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer

    CD2
    Goldfinger / Deliverance // Acoustic Set: Until Silence – The Reign – Mystique Voyage – House of Wax – I Walk Alone // Love To Hate / Victim of Ritual / Undertaker / Too Many / Innocence / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

    3LP+download code
    Side A
    No Bitter End / 500 Letters / Eagle Eye / Demons In You
    Side B
    Lucid Dreamer / Shameless / The Living End / Calling From The Wild
    Side C
    Supremacy / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer / Goldfinger / Deliverance
    Side D
    Until Silence – The Reign – Mystique Voyage – House of Wax – I Walk Alone
    Side E
    Love To Hate / Victim of Ritual / Too Many
    Side F
    Undertaker / Innocence / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

    BD // DVD
    Filmed at Metropolis Studios, London, UK, 6thof June 2016
    No Bitter End / Eagle Eye / Sing For Me / Love To Hate / The Living End / Medusa / Calling From The Wild / Victim Of Ritual / Die Alive / Innocence / Until My Last Breath / Too Many

    Filmed at Teatro della Luna Assago in Milan, Italy, 29thof November, 2016
    Against The Odds / No Bitter End / 500 Letters / Eagle Eye / Demons In You / Lucid Dreamer / Shameless / The Living End / Calling From The Wild / Supremacy / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer / Goldfinger / Deliverance // Acoustic Set: Until Silence – The Reign – Mystique Voyage – House of Wax – I Walk Alone // Love To Hate / Victim of Ritual / Undertaker / Too Many / Innocence / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

    Bonus Material
    Interviews with Tarja and band members
    PhotoGallery 1:Through the eyes of the fans
    PhotoGallery 2:From stages and streets by Tim Tronckoe

    Limited Mediabook
    BD1
    Filmed at Metropolis Studios, London, UK, 6thof June 2016
    No Bitter End / Eagle Eye / Sing For Me / Love To Hate / The Living End / Medusa / Calling From The Wild / Victim Of Ritual / Die Alive / Innocence / Until My Last Breath / Too Many

    Filmed at Teatro della Luna Assago in Milan, Italy, 29thof November, 2016
    Against The Odds / No Bitter End / 500 Letters / Eagle Eye / Demons In You / Lucid Dreamer / Shameless / The Living End / Calling From The Wild / Supremacy / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer / Goldfinger / Deliverance // Acoustic Set: Until Silence – The Reign – Mystique Voyage – House of Wax – I Walk Alone // Love To Hate / Victim of Ritual / Undertaker / Too Many / Innocence / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

    Bonus Material
    Interviews with Tarja and band members
    PhotoGallery 1:Through the eyes of the fans
    PhotoGallery 2:From stages and streets by Tim Tronckoe

    BD2
    Filmed at Woodstock Festival, Poland, 16thof July, 2016
    Against The Odds / No Bitter End / Demons In You / 500 Letters / Ciaran’s Well / Supremacy / Calling From The Wild / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer/ Innocence / Victim Of Ritual / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath / Over The Hills And Far Away

    Filmed at Hellfest, France, 19thof June, 2016
    No Bitter End / Never Enough / Ciaran’s Well / Calling From The Wild / Supremacy / Victim Of Ritual / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer/ Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

    CD1
    No Bitter End / 500 Letters / Eagle Eye / Demons In You / Lucid Dreamer / Shameless / The Living End / Calling From The Wild / Supremacy / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer

    CD2
    Goldfinger / Deliverance // Acoustic Set: Until Silence – The Reign – Mystique Voyage – House of Wax – I Walk Alone // Love To Hate / Victim of Ritual / Undertaker / Too Many / Innocence / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

 

Online Links

https://tarja.tmstor.es/

https://tarja-act2.com/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/tarjaofficial

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