We’ll Be There: Rock the Coast Festival (14th-15th June)

It’s that time of year when we are all getting excited about the festival announcements for Download, Bloodstock and many of the others based here in the UK. I have a different plan, while many of you are packing your waterproofs and heading for Download, I will be breaking out my pasty legs in the … Continue reading We’ll Be There: Rock the Coast Festival (14th-15th June)

Album News: Armonite, Tarja, Lux, Disowning

A quick roundup of a handful of the many, many new releases coming your way! Armonite Armonite, the instrumental rock collective led by composer Paolo Fosso and violinist Jacopo Bigi, signed with LA-based indie label Cleopatra Records for the release of their new album, And the Stars Above on May 25th (today!). Armonite's instrumental music is perfectly … Continue reading Album News: Armonite, Tarja, Lux, Disowning

24 Songs of Xmas Day Twelve: Tarja – “Feliz Navidad” (Solo Version)

This year Tarja brought the festive season early with the release of her brand new Christmas album From Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas) on November 17, via earMusic. David was certainly impressed with this yuletide soundtrack. The album includes 11 Christmas classics and brings them to a never before seen level, uniquely … Continue reading 24 Songs of Xmas Day Twelve: Tarja – “Feliz Navidad” (Solo Version)

Review: Tarja – From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas)

Some of you may recognise the name Tarja as the (former) lead singer of Nightwish. According to the mighty Wikipedia (and who am I to disagree?) Nightwish essentially defined the genre of opera metal. Is From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas) an operatic metal Christmas album? Well, almost. Operatic, yes. Metal... not really. … Continue reading Review: Tarja – From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas)

Review: Tarja – The Shadow Self

After my recent review of Tarja's last album, The Brightest Void, our esteemed editor has decided I am the best person to review her latest review – The Shadow Self. The album's opening track, "Innocence", is piano heavy, with Tarja's rather haunting vocals over the top. As an opening track, it's intriguing, but the piano … Continue reading Review: Tarja – The Shadow Self

Thursday Video Roundup: Twin Heart, In Dynamics, Faulkner, Tarja, Zeit

This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays. Twin Heart - "Suffocating" Twin Heart release their debut EP, Progress:Decline, tomorrow. Melding elements of slickly composed emo-pop with an altogether more abrasive quality to their musicianship, Scottish alternative rock three-piece invite you to check out a quick sample - "Suffocating". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZPiHHlKyqg In Dynamics - … Continue reading Thursday Video Roundup: Twin Heart, In Dynamics, Faulkner, Tarja, Zeit