The queen of symphonic metal is back! Tarja is best known for being a founding member ofNightwish who were the pioneers of bringing us a new style of metal with symphonic and melodic styles added. Since taking a step out on her own she has shown off just quite how much talent she has through her solo rock albums and also through working with orchestra in a more classical sense. Her latest album In The Raw is no different in showcasing this and is an epic album in itself!
Across 10 tracks, Tarja provides her blend of heavy and melodic music which is captivating with her unique vocals. On top of this, she had a who’s who of the metal world with special guests including Christina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil), Bjorn ‘Speed’ Strid (Soilwork) andTommy Karevik (Kamelot). “Goodbye Stranger” which features vocals from Scabbia i s definitely a highlight from this album. The harmonies produced by the two female vocalists are beautiful to hear but it also holds this high energy melody. It is a true example of the style of music that Tarja is well known for while being an amazing track. “Silent Masquerade” with Karevik is however an opposite track. With a softer more melodic intro before heading into a heavier riff, it’s just another example of the many sides of Tarja. There is certainly a darker feel to this track with the piano melody taking centre stage throughout the track.
From start to finish, the whole album is just one fantastic track after another. Between the guest vocalists, there is Tarja’s own unique sound which stands its ground amongst the male dominated world of metal. She has certainly led the way for female vocalists and this album is a clear example of why as possibly her best album yet.
“In The Raw” was released on August 30th, 2019on earMUSIC as CD Digipak (limited print run including hardcover O-card), 2LP+Download, Limited Box Set and Digital.
1. Dead Promises with Björn “Speed” Strid
2. Goodbye Stranger with Cristina Scabbia
3. Tears In Rain
5. You And I
6. The Golden Chamber
7. Spirits Of The Sea
8. Silent Masquerade with Tommy Karevik
10. Shadow Play
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