Tarja is this international artist that is unlike any other in her genre.  She is essentially an opera trained and a classically trained vocalist that happens to sing with thunderous riffs and a pulsating bass serving as the background.  Tarja is the clear definition of what European metal is all about, and that is bombastic riffs with symphonic pieces of music overladen the arrangements in order to encapsulate the stories that are being sung about.  Tarja’s previous live release “Act I” was a top-ten bestseller in Europe and the live video was at the top of the Finnish charts for two months. Today, Tarja released her epic live album entitled “Act II” via earMUSIC.

One thing that Tarja has an uncanny ability to do is to create vivid imagery and emotions through the way she carries herself as a vocalist.  Fans will be able to her her sorrow and melancholy through the song “Lucid Dreamer”, while the arrangements of the song sound full and complete.  Tarja is able to sound somewhat like a dark angel in the song “Love To Hate”, which was performed in an intimate setting in London, United Kingdom.  The symphony arrangement makes the song sound absolutely larger than life.

Tarja carries her fans through the nostalgia of her time with Nightwish with rousing medleys of Nightwish classics “Tutankhamen”, “Ever Dream”, “The Riddler”, and “Slaying The Dreamer”.  The keys and arrangements make people wanting Tarja to return to the beloved Nightwish.  The transitions in the medley are seamless as well.

This live album package promises visual effects and a stage setup that will enhance the stories behind the songs, along with the poignancy and determination that Tarja sings with.  Through her vocal style, which is operatic and classical, Tarja sings with that perfect combination of technical and pinpoint precision while carrying the emotions in the songs.  Madness To Creation rates “Act II” a 9 out of 10 stars.  Here is the track listing below.

1st CD of “Act II”:

  1.  No Bitter End
  2.  500 Letters
  3.  Eagle Eye
  4.  Demons In You
  5.  Lucid Dreamer
  6.  Shameless
  7.  The Living End
  8.  Calling From The Wild
  9.  Supremacy
  10.  Tutankhamen/Ever Dream/The Riddler/Slaying The Dreamer

2nd CD of “Act II”:

  1.  Goldfinger
  2.  Deliverance
  3.  Acoustic Set:  Until Silence/The Reign/Mystique Voyage/House of Wax/I Walk Alone
  4.  Love To Hate
  5.  Victim Of Ritual
  6.  Undertaker
  7.  Too Many
  8.  Innocence
  9.  Die Alive
  10.  Until My Last Breath

For further information on “Act II”, click here.

Tarja will be performing all over the world, including a Christmas run in December, check out the tour dates below:

Saturday, July 28th- Vaasa Festival in Vaasa, Finland

Saturday, August 4th- Satama Open Air in Kemi, Finland

Monday, August 6th- Byblos International Festival in Byblos, Lebanon

Saturday, August 25th- Circo Voador in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sunday, August 26th- Cine Theatro Brasil Vallourec in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Tuesday, August 28th- Area De Eventos Shopping Vila Velha in Vila Velha, Brazil

Thursday, August 30th- Teatro Manauara in Manaus, Brazil

Saturday, September 1st- Grupo Tom Brasil in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sunday, September 2nd- Toinha Brasil Show in Brasilia, Brazil

Thursday, September 6th- Patio Theater in Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, September 8th- ProgPower USA in Atlanta, Georgia

Sunday, September 9th- Gramercy Theatre in New York, New York

Friday, September 14th- El Rey in Los Angeles, California


Monday, October 1st- Batschkapp in Frankfurt, Germany

Tuesday, October 2nd-  Max Kiel in Kiel, Germany

Wednesday, October 3rd- Capitol Hannover in Hanover, Germany

Friday, October 5th- Substage in Karlsruhe, Germany

Sunday, October 7th- TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, Netherlands

Tuesday, October 9th- Matrix Bochum in Bochum, Germany

Wednesday, October 10th- Essigfabrik in Cologne, Germany

Thursday, October 11th- Garage Saarbrucken in Saarbrucken, Germany

Saturday, October 13th- Kulturfabrik Kofmehl in Solothurn, Switzerland

Sunday, October 14th- Le Summum in Grenoble, France

Tuesday, October 16th- Orion in Rome, Italy

Wednesday, October 17th- Alcatraz in Milan, Italy

Thursday, October 18th- Backstage Munchen in Munich, Germany

Saturday, October 20th- Music Hall in Innsbruck, Austria

Sunday, October 21st- Forum Karlin in Prague, Czech Republic

Monday, October 22nd- Festsaal Kreuzberg in Berlin, Germany

Wednesday, October 24th- B90 in Gdansk, Poland

Thursday, October 25th- Klub Studio in Krakow, Poland

Friday, October 26th- Reithalle Strasse E in Dresden, Germany

Sunday, October 28th – Barba Negra in Budapest, Hungary

Monday, October 29th- Universaida Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria


Tuesday, December 11th- Vystaviste Flora Olomuac a.s. in Olomuac, Czech Republic

Wednesday, December 12th- Filiharmonie Bohuslava Martinu in Zlin, Czech Republic

Thursday, December 13th- Znojmo in Znojmo, Czech Republic

Friday, December 14th- Dolni Vitkovice a Landek Park in Ostrava, Czech Republic

Friday, December 21st- Moscow International House of Music in Moscow, Russia

For tickets and further information on any of the shows listed above, click here.

Fans can find Tarja at the following locations:





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