Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen will release a new single,“Victim Of Ritual”, as a digital download, CD single and on seven-inch vinyl on July 12 via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group.
The official “Victim Of Ritual” video can be seen below.
An evocative snare-drum that sounds like it was coming from a mysterious place, the tender sound of an orchestra joins followed by a familiar and seductive melody played by an oboe. When Tarja‘s distinctive voice resounds through the speakers, her warm timbre fills the room. Her melody is full of emotions and tender, before the song explodes into an epic, heavy chorus: “Hysterical, tragical, Victim of ritual, Cynical, critical, Victim of ritual, She’s a killer, killer, She’s a killer, killer.”
Inspired by the one-movement orchestral piece “Boléro” by Maurice Ravel, the almost-six-minutes-long “Victim Of Ritual” is the first single from Tarja‘s forthcoming album, “Colours In The Dark”.
Both physical releases will surely become rare collector’s items, being made available in strictly limited quantities. The four-song digipak CD-single is limited to 3,000 copies worldwide, whereas the two-track sevn-inch vinyl is limited to only 1,500 units worldwide.
A video to “Victim Of Ritual” is scheduled for release in July.
“Victim Of Ritual” 7″ vinyl track listing:
Side A: Victim Of Ritual
Side B: Victim Of Ritual (First Demo)
“Victim Of Ritual” maxi single track listing:
01. Victim Of Ritual
02. Victim Of Ritual (first demo)
03. I Walk Alone (live from Luna Park)
04. Underneath (live from Luna Park)
“Colours In The Dark” will be released in Europe on August 23 viaearMUSIC. The CD wil be made available in North America on August 27 through Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records.
The“Never Enough” lyric video, which can be seen below, was filmed in Zlin, Czech Republic. Tarja says: “I didn’t want to make a traditional, boring lyric video for the song, so I appear on the video not just the lyrics of the song…. This video is not what we can call the official first music video from my new album, but just an improved version of a lyric video. The filming took only couple hours with Martin, who worked also on directing my first solo live rock DVD, ‘Act I’.”
The cover artwork for “Colours In The Dark” was created by Dirk Rudolph and can be seen below. Also available is the artwork that will grace the CD’s “special edition.”
Despite her light and shiny personality, Tarja‘s music has always been dressed “in black” — the color of heavy rock, of mystery and elegance.
With Tarja‘s new album, fans will find out what happens when a splice of color is added to the mix. Or — better said — when the full-color spectrum enters the picture it does not cover the black but makes it shine through with many emotions and landscapes.
Following up on the success of the multi-platinum and gold-awarded previous records “My Winterstorm” (2007) and “What Lies Beneath”(2010), Tarja finally returns with her long-awaited new rock album.
Mixed and mastered by Tim Palmer (PEARL JAM, U2) in Austin, Texas, the songs on “Colours In The Dark” do not shy away from taking a risk and surprising musical turns, introducing new sounds and new musical atmospheres. Still, they maintain a heaviness that will surely bring a big smile to the hardest of rockers. With its grand orchestra and choir arrangements, Tarja‘s next milestone emphasizes once again the impressive vocal range of the Finnish artist and shows her artistic growth. With ten brand new songs and over one hour of music, “Colours In The Dark” is definitely going to be one of the brightest moments for rock in 2013.
In a recent interview with the Music Legends web site, Turunen stated about her upcoming CD: “I have just recently found my style and sound so I would like to establish it with the third studio album. The elements on the album will remain the same as in my previous albums, also the versatile style of songs. I like to keep the big dynamic changes between my songs, so that album songs feel radically different from each other.
“I am not stressed at all this time, even though I am producing the album on my own again. I have been lucky to gather around a group of musicians who are willing to work with me, so everything is going smoothly.”
Tarja and her husband/manager Marcelo Cabuli recently became the parents of their first child.
“Act I” was released in North America on September 4, 2012 in 2-CD, 2-DVD and Blu-ray format via the Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC.
Tarja‘s sophomore solo album, “What Lies Beneath”, sold around 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 24 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
Relapse Records will re-release MASTODON’s “Call Of The Mastodon” collection on limited-edition vinyl on February 18 in North America, February 14 in Germany/Benelux/Finland and February 17 in the the rest of the world.
Pressed for the first time in over eight years, this compilation collects all of the band’s earliest material including demo material, 2001’s “Slick Leg” seven-inch single, and 2001’s “Lifesblood” EP.
“Call Of The Mastodon” is a vital piece of heavy metal history and the crucial starting point in the still-burgeoning MASTODON legacy. The vinyl repress follows last year’s represses of the seminal MASTODON debut, “Remission”, and their now-legendary sophomore LP, “Leviathan”.
The “Call of the Mastodon” vinyl includes a digital download of the full album and is being pressed on three color variations: red; clear with gold and blue splatter; and blue and gold merge.
Pre-orders are currently available via this location.
Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently conducted an interview with drummer Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, FLYING COLORS, THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Icon Vs. Icon: Do you feel there are a lot of misconceptions circulating about you?
Portnoy: I think I am one of the most misunderstood artists in the world! [laughs] Any time I go on the Internet and I see these web sites with an article with a quote for shock value as the headline, I realize the misconceptions about me that are out there by the fans and non-fans as well. I think the biggest one is that I am band-jumping or opportunity-jumping and jumping from band to band. That is not the case. Like I just said to you, it is me following my heart. I spent 25 years in one band and was so unbelievably dedicated to one band. I don’t think you will find more dedication than I do for what I did for DREAM THEATER for 25 years. I mean, I literally oversaw every single step, every minute of the day. You won’t find a more committed artist than me. I did that for 25 years, so I think the biggest misconception is that I am not committed. That is so far from the truth. I am just doing lots of different things. I am enjoying having this musical freedom right now. Every one of the bands and projects I am involved with are so different from each other. THE WINERY DOGS is one thing, TRANSATLANTIC is another, ADRENALINE MOB is something else. There are each so different from the other and I give all I can to each of them. The biggest problem is when you give 100% to five different things, inevitably there are going to be schedule clashes and it is not always going to be easy to juggle so many things. That is one of the difficulties I have been having lately and I am trying to make it all work. I am doing my best and I don’t think you are going to find an artist with a stronger work ethic than I have. I am a total workaholic and passionate about everything I do. It is hard to always juggle it all without a scheduling conflict here or there! That has been the only problem, trying to solve that and make it all work.