I felt really honoured that I could attend at the pre-listening session of Tarja’s new album “Colours In The Dark” on the 1st of July. Now I would like to share my impressions with you. This new album is not just a simple “next album” by Tarja, it’s also new in a sense that Tarja has ventured to new territories. Tarja has not made this album alone, and you can feel that the songs were written with love and courage. And this feeling may idemnify the listeners for getting only 10 songs. But now I would like to give my personal impressions on the songs which often gave me goosebumps. (Which is very rare for me except if we are talking about The Lion King musical.) 1. Victim Of Ritual The beginning of the song is classical, but it’s also rocky and faster at the same time. You just want to jump up and down and dance to it. It might be surprising that despite of its title the song is not a typical “ritual song”. It has a great finale. 2. 500 Letters The story behind this song was inspired by a personal experience that Tarja had with a “very enthusiastic” fan. It’s a bold song with its confident lyrics and punching music. The song has a message which tells that complete strangers should leave her alone. 3. Lucid Dreamer The song invites you into a dreamy fairy tale, but later it gets a bit scary. When the song started to play, the beginning of Lordi’s Blood Red Sandman and a horror movie (Evil Death) came to my mind. Naomi’s sudden loud voice gives you the shivers, because you wouldn’t expect a sweet baby to make that sound. I can’t wait to listen to this song live. 4. Never Enough One of the strongest songs of Tarja. It starts out hard and you can really feel that Tarja is singing from the soul. The story behind the song is a kind of reckoning with the past and this story is accompanied by the powerful and solid sound of the guitar. 5. Mystique Voyage With the chanting Tarja is inviting us into her world. It really gives me goosebumps. Also here Tarja uses her normal voice for the first time on this album. It’s not a classical piece, but not rock either. It has a totally new kind of music which is hard to describe. For me this is the best song on the album, which really captures you and stays in your head. 6. Darkness The creepy beginning takes you by the hand and leads you towards darkness. It has a chilly atmosphere. However the song is searching for the light and will lead you to freedom in the end. 7. Deliverance The first notes of the song promise some relaxation after escaping from the darkness. But as the song goes on, it turns into a violent storm. When I heard the music and the singing, it reminded me of Anteroom Of Death. 8. Neverlight The title might give you the impression that this song will be a ballad. But the harder elements like those of what death metal songs have make you forget about this. Again Tarja’s powerful vocals together with the sound of the violin gave me goosebumps. The end of the song stays in your head as it fades into the next one, and you need some seconds to realize that "oh, it's the next song playing now". 9. Until Silence A rock ballad that captivates its listeners. There is some chanting in this song as well, and it’s easy to understand the meaning behind this piece. 10. Medusa (feat. Justin Furstenfeld) The beginning reminds me of Dark Star, but the hard and noble riffs, which interrupt the song, make me think of the sound of sirens. This destroys the illusion of a ballad and you can feel that something is about to come. Justin Furstenfeld's voice is the bomb. I don’t really like explodes and loud and powerful screams, but this force appears in the lyrics as well. Overall impression: Tarja went into a new direction with this album. It doesn't follow the trend of a concept album. Each song is a different story/world that really captures you and won’t let you go. You can feel the love that all the musicians, who worked on the album, put into it. I can’t wait to hear these songs live. On all the four cover artworks of the CD, the people betray their leader who knows how to read colours. Every colour has its dark side. If you love the music, you should get this album. It was worth the wait and I can’t wait to get this into my collection.