Lena

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  1. Great interview!! Ooh, I'd have loved to see that concert and hear Johanna's cover of The Skye Boat Song! I don't really get his stance on music videos. Ok, it would be one amongst millions, but it still would be special for the fans. We have too much of everything these days, that doesn't take away from the loveliness of the great stuff. On the contrary, when you're constantly bombarded with crap, it makes you appreciate the good stuff even more. But since they haven't made an amazing video since The Islander, I'm ok with lyric videos... Epica's Universal Death Squad was great.
  2. Lena

    Within Temptation II

    I really like the cover, it's like an abstract Jeanne d'Arc. It's fitting for the whole concept and the song in particular, I much prefer it to the album cover anyway. As for the song, again, I loove it... especially her vocals - punchy and then high & sorrowful lovelovelove.
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    Within Temptation II

    Yeah, no one said "disliked", more like they liked the direction they headed in, but didn't feel like they got it perfect and didn't know where to go from there. You know, the crying incident made me appreciate her even more. It's further proof that she doesn't sing mechanically, but actually connects emotionally with whatever she's singing.
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    Within Temptation II

    Sure. At first they talk about their writer's block. They felt burned out and uninspired. The band wasn't satisfied with Hydra, they felt that they were moving in the right direction but didn't get it quite right and had doubts about their abilities to write. "I was burned out. I was tired. I was stuck and bored. I was at a complete loss, and didn't have a clue on where to start with new music. I had to ask myself, 'How long do I want to do this? Do I want to do this? There was a point where I didn't think we would continue with WT." ... "I wouldn't go want to go in a new direction with the band where people would go, 'what a has-been'. I'd rather not bring out a record than bring out a record I don't feel confident about." Then they say that on top of their professional issues they had personal problems too: Sharon was starting to struggle with being away from her family for those long stretches on tour, noting: "I've missed things. Kids are growing up, parents are getting older... you have to make choices about getting a balance in your life.' While she has since worked out a new touring routine for the band that she hopes will ease those problems - "we're dividing the tours: two weeks at home, two weeks away, something like that" - she reveals that, on top of all this uncertainty, she suffered a devastating family loss that only added to her conflicted feelings about the band's future. "My dad died this year," she states quietly. "It made everything more difficult. My mum is going through a grieving process, so I want to be at home more for her, and I felt guilty not being at home as much when my dad was sick. I felt insecure, like an open nerve." Then they talk about My Indigo, how she used it as an emotional outlet and how it made her feel open to WT again. Then they talk about the new album. The interviewer says that "there's a big electronic presence across the whole album" and talks about some of the songs a bit: Mad World - "a pop-tinged industrial metal banger", Endless War - has "syncopated sluttery chords", Supernova - "bouncy, EDM-indebted with waves of warm synth", Holy Ground - they used vocoder on this, Firelight - dark folk-pop ballad (it was written for My Indigo, but it was too dark, so they roughened it up for WT). Also, Sharon was asked to go on talent shows, but she doesn't want to, and, surprise, surprise she also wouldn't do a reality show about her and her family.
  5. Lena

    Within Temptation II

    Oh, and she tried to continue, bless her. After reading that Metal Hammer interview I feel really bad for her, it's horrible that she had to go through that. Heartbreaking but at least the crowd was there for her
  6. Lena

    Decades World Tour 2018

    Hahahahh i can't breathe!! Amazing!
  7. Lena

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Lovely interview, would love to see 3 year-old Tarja singing on a table. She has such a sweet smile/laugh.
  8. Lena

    Within Temptation II

    ^No, he's not Really liked the video, great quality and cool costumes. I hope the next one will be a sequel in some way.
  9. Lena

    Within Temptation

    I really like the song, but it kinda feels like Sharon is the featured artist, seeing that the music is not typical WT and Jacoby's voice is more prominent. The cover is my third least favourite after The Unforgiving and TSF (my fav being THoE), I think it's too impersonal and would be more suitable for a video game.
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    Within Temptation

    Ooh all of this is so cool the hype is real!!
  11. Lena

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    ^Oh, that IS better! Cool outfit as well. Ahem. Anyway, nice to see that she takes good care of her body and health, and Naomi sure is one very lucky little girl! Thank you @Afrodite!!
  12. Lena

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    You think? I hope so, but the fact that she went through every last bit of the Act II production in that home cinema of hers and she still sings like that, doesn't reassure me.
  13. Lena

    Epica

    Beautiful! I prefer Simone's timbre, but she sang it amazingly! Wow
  14. Lena

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Just finished watching Act II. Loved the production, it was very clever to make one show colourful and go all out (loved the added photos and videos) for CitD and the other black and white and stripped down, kind of representing the last two albums. She also looked so beautiful, especially in that white-purple dress. That's what frustrates me the most! She usually sings parts of a song absolutely gorgeously and then she goes very sloppy. It's almost worse than if she was completely bad. You just never know if the next verse will sound good or bad. At one moment she takes your breath away and gives you straight up chills with her voice, at another you just cringe hearing her. I did gather from the interview that she likes mixing things up vocally to make her shows special and different from each other. But, maybe, she could just play around with the setlists or the compositions, and remain steady in the vocal department? Ughh, she might be the only singer in the whole wide world that sounds bad intentionally. As for people around her not telling her that sometimes she sounds bad, I can see why they're not. Tarja is very much the boss in the band, plus the line-up changes often. I can see why the band members would hesitate to tell her that she sounds bad at times. I can only really see Marcelo doing that.
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Her house looks so cool.