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  1. Afrodite

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    I think it was actually a problem with the sound system, her voice started to "circle". That's how it appeared on scene at least.
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Now on Youtube too, give it the views there! I like the song, video's not at all what I expected. I'm a sucker for those pompous videos with divine sceneries and goddess Tarja (I Feel Immortal, UMLB, I Walk Alone in a way) but then again she has done plenty of them and clearly wanted something different. She broke her coccyx while practicing (poor her!) so I can't doubt her dedication to her art!!
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    Nightwish mediassa V

    "Radio Rockin 12 toimintavuoden kunniaksi selvitetään mitkä ovat ikonisimmat Radio Rockilla vaikuttavat artistit. Nightwish äänestettiin Radio Rockin Ikonit äänestyksessä listan sijalle 5. Nyt elokuussa äänestetään Nightwishin biisit paremmuusjärjestykseen. Äänestä oma suosikkisi ja voita matka syksyn 2019 Radio Rock -risteilylle!"
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III Tim's book 'Portraits' is available for pre-order!
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III

  6. Another blast from the past! Nightwish was featured in Finnair's Blue Wings magazine in 2002. Scans on Facebook, translation below: Nightwish’s Metallic Daydreams Blending operatic vocals, synthesizer, flute, choir, strings, and spoken word, heavy metal band Nightwish has shot from small-town Finnish Karelia to global success. Now the group faces some tantalising decisions. “We've got this huge, bombastic, almost corny sound," says Tuomas Holopainen, founder, songwriter, and keyboardist of Finnish metal band Nightwish. Corny it may be, but that sound — call it Kate Bush-meets-Deep Purple — has made them one of the most successful Finnish rock bands ever, second only to European stars HIM. At the heart of the sound are two young classically trained musicians with huge potential: lead vocalist Tarja Turunen, 25, and multi-instrumentalist Holopainen, who turns 26 on Christmas Day. Six years ago on that holiday, their lives fatefully linked in their small hometown of Kitee, near the Russian border. "I knocked on Tarja's door, handed her a demo tape and asked her to get in touch if she was interested," says Holopainen. "She said 'yes' almost right away. We'd known each other since we were 13. Tarja's always been like a sister to me and the other guys in the band," adds Holopainen, quashing any suspicions of intra-band romance. Holopainen's keyboards and Turunen's vocals are unusual in metal. Backed by a more familiar guitar-bass-drum trio, they've created an unmistakable sound. Live or in the studio, the sound of Nightwish in high gear is a take-it-or-leave-it proposition. A sound this massive and piercing leaves no middle ground —and sends some listeners rushing to switch radio stations. For hundreds of thousands around the world, though, it inspires near-worship. From Santiago to Seoul That sound conjures up images from the blockbuster movie Titanic: a gigantic metal machine ploughing through a stormy night world of tragedy, while a female figure spreads her arms at the bowsprit, soaring above it all. The night is the black world portrayed in Holopainen's lyrics, the hull and engine are the band's guitars and rhythm section, and the female figurehead is of course Turunen. Like Titanic, Nightwish is at heart a spectacle for the young masses. And it has found its masses: from Japan to Russia and Latin America, where the band's hotel was often besieged by passionate young fans. In Brazil, where the band has toured twice, there's a cover band that plays only Nightwish songs. The band's fourth and biggest-selling album, Century Child, also brings Titanic to mind with the power ballad “Forever Yours." One of Nightwish's biggest hits, it echoes Celine Dion's theme from the movie, with swelling strings and haunting tin whistle. "Forever Yours" showcases the progress Holopainen and Turunen have made since Nightwish's fumbling 1997 debut. He has become an assured composer and a better lyricist. Meanwhile her seven years of classical training are evident in her new-found sensitivity. Turunen began with liturgical music at Helsinki's Sibelius Academy. For more than a year now, she's been studying chamber music at the University of Music Karlsruhe in southern Germany, near the French border. "I enjoy singing a lot more now than I did six years ago," she says. "The colours and range of my voice have been increasing, which makes it more fun to sing. And the training with Nightwish has made me and my voice stronger. I've been lucky enough to enter the worlds of both of both rock and classical.” Those worlds collided when Turunen attended the Sibelius Academy. The constant band activities and her sudden celebrity-status — her image was splashed across every bus shelter — were a serious distraction from her studies. So in September 2001 she moved to Germany, throwing the band's future into doubt. Since then Turunen and Holopainen say that she has found a balance between her contrasting worlds — at least for now. This year, she took time off to record Century Child and complete an around-the-world tour, which took the band to 16 countries. For now, the band's future plans are on hold for at least a year, with the exception of two German dates in January and a few festivals next summer. "The rumour that Tarja is leaving the band has been blown out of proportion," says Holopainen. "She's not leaving, she's just taking a break to concentrate on her studies. She's more motivated than ever." Catching the Third Wave The author of a new book on Finnish metal, Jone Nikula, sees trouble down the road for Nightwish. "The question of Tarja leaving will come up as she has operatic ambitions," he says. "Nightwish is Holopainen's band, he's the musical genius behind it. But it's hard to imagine anyone else filling Tarja's PVC outfits!" Nikula, rock radio impresario and manager of glam rock legend Hanoi Rocks, has just published a history of Finnish metal titled Iron Age ("Rauta-aika"). "Nightwish represents the third wave of modern Finnish metal, along with HIM, and Children of Bodom," he says. "They've all had an international approach from day one. When they came up, the infrastructure they needed was already in place, all the managers, promoters, labels, and so on. "Nightwish isn't easy to categorise, though. They're definitely old-school European metal. But the instrumentation is more innovative, and Tarja gives it flavour. I'd describe them as melodic heavy metal with a strong Teutonic influence." Holopainen calls their latest album "Wagnerian." And the Germans seem to agree. Europe's biggest music market snapped up over 15,000 copies of the band's Sleeping Sun EP within a month. Bulwarked by this German popularity, their breakthrough album Wishmaster sold 170,000 copies. And in less than half a year, Century Child has shifted 300,000 units — pushing the band's sales well past the half-million mark. Dungeons and Dragons Still, success in the English-speaking world has eluded them, as it has every other Finnish rock band. Listeners find unintentional humour in some of Nightwish's lyrics and pronunciation, especially their earliest efforts. Turunen, too, has had trouble with some of Holopainen's lyrics, which are spiced with eroticism, Biblical references, and sword-and-sorcery fantasy. "On the older albums, some of the words were very naive and funny, descriptions of nature and the deeper emotions of a young man who hadn't yet experienced much in life yet," she says. "Still, Tuomas has always been very honest with his music and with his words. And with each album he's making progress in expressing himself. The covers and lyrics are full of fantasy, but the music is very emotional. There's mystery and magic in Nightwish's music." For Holopainen, it was natural to write in English. "Somehow it doesn't sound as corny as when I write in Finnish — at least to me!" he says, laughing. Still, that word comes to mind when listening to some of the lyrics, which are a Tolkienesque blend of heroism and heartache. Ditto for the twee New Agey album cover artwork, an irony-free zone peopled with warriors and wizards, seductresses, and swans. "There's always been an element of schoolboy humour in heavy metal," notes Nikula. "But irony is very difficult to pull off, especially for a metal band." Epiphany in Kansas City Holopainen, who writes virtually all of the material, played piano as a child, moving on to saxophone. He also played clarinet for 10 years before graduating from music college. The epiphany of his musical life came unexpectedly. "When I was 15, I was an exchange student in the U.S. My host family took me to see Metallica and Guns N' Roses in Kansas City. From then on, I was hooked." Turunen, meanwhile, has conflicting feelings about heavy metal and rock in general. Despite obvious affection for her colleagues in Nightwish, other Finnish bands and their fans, she insists, "I'm really no 'rock chick.'" Rock and a Hard Place She prefers Brahms, Schumann, and Rachmaninov, and singers such as Anne-Sofie von Otter and Renee Fleming. Turunen's decision to go to Germany was a clear statement that classical is more important than rock — regardless of Nightwish's runaway success. That move suggests strength of character and artistic will. Yet is she ready to toss in this glamorous and potentially lucrative job for a much shakier future in the classics? Or could she balance both? Sure, Montserrat Caballe and Luciano Pavarotti have dabbled in rock, but only after achieving mega-stardom as classical performers. For an up-and-coming singer, wearing two hats could be difficult. Realising this, Turunen says, "If you get a job in an opera house, you just can't run here and there with a rock band and do your opera work at the same time." Whether Nightwish's star will quit the band is a hotly debated topic by fans on the band's official website (there are also at least 30 fan sites). They also speculate on whether she will marry an Argentinean who appears briefly in the band's DVD film. Turunen receives plenty of propositions, especially from Frenchmen. In Latin America (Nightwish was the first European band to play in Panama), that adulation was overwhelming when fans tried to tear strands of her hair and clothes, and jump on stage to grope her. "Obviously Tarja's a sex symbol," says Nikula, "but she's not just a pin-up girl. Most metal bands with a female singer are more Gothic, or they go for a sort of vixen image. But Tarja's a real frontwoman who has maintained her integrity." "She's really kept her feet on the ground," agrees Holopainen. "She's still the same girl-next-door as she was 15 years ago." Holopainen shakes his head at French and German women who've appeared without warning at his home in remote Northern Karelia or the band's studio in Helsinki, and at fans who fly halfway round the world to attend a Nightwish gig. With devotion like that, the sky should be the limit for the band. Holopainen and Turunen want to try a film score, and quieter, less frenetic music would clearly suit both of them. "Originally I wanted to do acoustic mood music," says Holopainen. "I'm a huge fan of New Age music and film music. "I'm fascinated by musicals, though I've only seen one, The Phantom of the Opera, in London. I'd love to do some kind of big show like that, if only I had the time and money and creativity. With a real orchestra, choir and dancers, maybe at a castle... Hey, Savonlinna is only 80 kilometres from my house!" he adds. For Turunen, a project pushing Nightwish's high-powered rock closer to opera could be just the ticket. And working in the 15th-century Olavinlinna castle would be a flashback to her days in the Opera Festival choir. "That would be just a great experience! The environment in Savonlinna is so beautiful. I spent my greatest school years there, and did some musical theatre in Savonlinna when I was 18 or so." If Savonlinna sows the seeds for a future generation of musical theatre, perhaps someone should approach these melodramatic rockers. The castle would be invaded by a youthful army of musical marauders. And a few of them might even book tickets for the next Wagner production.
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III

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    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Some of the interviews Tarja did while in Finland last week: Iltalehti: Ilta-sanomat
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Another interview from today! (Click on the subtitles!)
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III New interview from today, click on the English subtitles!
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Blast from the past! Translation below:
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    Nightwish Off Topic

    The line goes "Paska bändi, paskat kamat, ei kaupallista potentiaalia" (="💩 band, 💩equipment, no commercial potential"). You can hear it said out loud in the very beginning (like first 10 seconds) of End Of Innocence documentary, which can be found on Youtube, I don't know if I'm allowed to link it here. If you want to check the review that sparked this motto, see the translation here: edit. Just remembered the no swearing, so I censored it a bit.. Left the Finnish ones as is so that spelling becomes clear, hope that's okay!
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    The Marco thread

    Interview with Translation below! Basist-singer Marko Hietala, 53, known for bands Nightwish and Tarot will release his first solo album Mustan Sydämen Rovio on May 24th. Hietala told to that the album is coming both in Finnish and English. - The plan all along was to release the album both in Finnish and English and that will happen. It was a personal goal for me, to be able to sing the same songs in both languages. The album is a wonderful journey of sound to Hietala’s own musical history. One can hear Finnish folk tunes as well as Black Sabbath on the album. - Everything that has affected me along the decades can be heard on the album. There’s all kind of influences there and I noticed it myself too. This isn’t just heavy, not hard rock nor prog, so shall we say it’s hard-prog, Hietala laughs. As many have noticed, the album will be released under Hietala’s birth name. In Nightwish Marko has always been Marco. - When the c came to my name, I was almost in my twenties and it sounded international and cool in the 80’s. Now that I’ve made it this far and began to make my first solo album and will be releasing it in Finnish, I thought that now it’s the time to be the guy I’ve really been since birth. The first single release is the album’s second song Isäni Ääni (= My father’s voice). In the song Hietala ponders about all of the things generations transfer to each other. - The song is about continuums we transfer from father to son. My dad for instance suffered from a severe drinking problem and I’ve suffered from that too, but luckily I got rid of it. The song tells about justness and goodness, that no matter how one strives for that, in some things we are blind when it comes to ourselves. Working on grief by work Hietala’s biography titled Ruostumaton was released in 2017, in which the artist for example opens up about his hard times with depression. Now the situation however has improved. - Things are getting better on the mental side. Though I have to admit that this work period has been hard enough that depression is lurking somewhere in the background. Luckily I’m aware of it and realize to take a break. When the book came out, I was living the time after my divorce and was processing all of that. Fortunately the way now is up. Hietala admits to being a workaholic. - At times that has surely been the case but now I’ve become aware of it. I used to work too much and in the end it started to burn the candle from both ends. Now that there is no grief to drown, I’m able to sometimes be lazy. I must say that I hate work and I hate authorities and bosses, Hietala smiles. Many fans noticed that some of Hietala’s solo concerts were published before there was any info about the album. This caused severe discussions online and the singer tells that the album was supposed to be ready already a year ago. - We meant to finish the album already a year ago. But then there was all kinds of mental baggage and a Nightwish tour and all that. I also drowned my sorrows in working which lead to me burning out a bit and really had to rest. I needed to get back to the way of humanity. - I was asked for shows already last year and I then told that I have this solo album coming up. I’m a lucky guy in that apparently my name has enough weight that we were able to book shows before anyone had heard anything about the album, so a big thank you for that. I promise to do things as well as I know how! Nightwish Members of Hietala’s main band, Nightwish, heard the bassist solo material in the demo stage. - None of them have heard the completely finished album. Last year I played demos for the Nightwish members and after that Tuomas Holopainen and manager Ewo Pohjola were humming them and said that they stay playing in your head! A new release from Nightwish can be expected next year. - We have booked a three month camp for next summer. Holopainen has a pile of song and then we start to train, arrange and record – like we’ve done before. A release should come next year!
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Sure she has gained attention, I'm just dubious that she wouldn't have gotten that same amount of attention by just officially releasing that song and cover. Just like Sophia, I've seen the messages by the fan club admin and if this was intentional, those are surely well crafted. But we may never know! Anyways, #newproject, colour me intrigued!! (Is that a wig?)
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    The Marco thread

    Marco said himself on Radio Rock that there will be an English version in the fall. Will the lyrics be word-for-word translations or something a bit different of course remains to be seen(/heard). :) Oh, and that link to the interview isn't working anymore because Supla and Gramex are having disagreements about making shows with music in them available online. But it's not long anyway for the song to be released!