Tarja is a solo artist from Finland best known for her work in Nightwish with a musical style I would describe as being symphonic rock/metal and this is a review of her 2013 album "Colours In The Dark" which was released by Armoury Records.
"Victim Of Ritual" starts off with a slow drum beat before the orchestra kicks in which leads to the clean singing operatic female vocals, shortly the heavy metal guitar rhythm's kick in and join forces with the orchestra as well as some melodies being thrown into the riff's.
"500 Letters" starts with some some gothic sounding vocals and soft synths before going into a semi heavy and melodic hard rock/metal riffs for a couple of minutes until a brief guitar solo makes itself known before the song switched back and forth from soft and heavy along with a brief use of whispers,
"Lucid Dreamer" starts of with a classical music style orchestra along with some regular synths until the vocals kick in and add to the other elements which sets up the pace for some heavy metal guitar riffs to give the song more diversity, then the song goes into a more avant garde direction with some spoken word parts and samples before the classical and metal elements return.
"Never Enough" starts of with some radio friendly metal riffing before the soft parts and vocals kick in along with a powerful bass guitar and then the song goes into a more melodic and heavier direction while still utilizing goth rock elements and going back and forth between soft and heavy.
"Mystique Voyage" starts off with some soft sounds and spoken word parts before the piano's and drum programming kicks in along with some synths and vocals for awhile until going into a more orchestra rock direction while also utilizing some acoustic guitars and semi melodic guitar leads as well as the song being very long and epic in length.
"Darkness" starts off with some sound effects before the heavy metal guitar riffs and synths kick along with the vocals and industrial elements then the song goes into a more soft rock style direction for awhile before going back to the metal and gothic elements while retaining the more softer musical parts.
"Deliverance" starts off with a very symphonic sounding orchestra which leads to the metal guitars and the orchestra joining forces together before the vocals kick in which turn the song into a more gothic rock/metal direction along with some powerful drum programming and the song goes into a more mid paced direction towards the end.
"Neverlight" starts off with some powerful guitar riffs and drum beats bring a classic metal feeling to the song which leads up to the vocals combining all off the other parts with some gothic sounding synths, the music stays in t hat direction for awhile and then the orchestra starts combining with the other elements.
"Until Silence" starts off with some dark sounding synths which lead to the programming and vocals and the song stays in that direction for a few minutes before the orchestra and guitars kick in which also close the song.
"Medusa" starts off with some soft esoteric musical sounds from the folk instruments until the finger picking from the acoustic guitars kick in and then the metal guitar riffs and vocals make their presence along with the orchestra, as the song moves on the male vocals kick in as well as some drums.
Lyrics on this album cover Darkness, Nature, Feelings and Life, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound with some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is a great sounding album from Tarja and if you are a fan of this artist, you should check out t his recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE ""500 Letters" "Darkness" "Deliverance" and "Medusa". RECOMMENDED BUY.