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Everyone who has followed Tarja's career knows Christmas is a time for her to do some Christmas concerts. This Christmas you can expect the unexpected.
Everyone who has followed Tarja's career knows Christmas is a time for her to do some Christmas concerts. This Christmas you can expect the unexpected.

This year, Tarja is bringing 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.

The album includes 11 Christmas classics and brings them to a never before seen level, uniquely blending Tarja“s classically trained voice with darker gothic influences. Utilizing the sound of a grand orchestra, the most successful Finnish solo artist puts a sinister spin on traditional songs like “O Tannenbaum”, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and “Feliz Navidad”, reminding the listener of a dark movie score. Besides covering classic carols, “from Spirits and Ghosts” also features a 12th track, the brand new original “Together”. This song is aligned with the dark sound of the album and embodies the theme of ghosts and mysticism throughout, in a brilliant, Tarja-styled manner.

Says Tarja: “Producing a dark Christmas album in the middle of the summer is a very interesting process, especially if you are doing it by the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Significantly different from the snowy Christmas that I am used to in my home country Finland. Another proof that the darkness comes from deep within. On this album, I explored the other side of Christmas. The Christmas of the lonely people and the missing ones. The Christmas for those that do not find joy in the blinking lights and the jingle bells.

“from Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a dark Christmas)” is going to be released on November 17th, 2017 on earMUSIC as 1CD digipak, 1LP Gatefold (180g, black) and Digital.
The “Official Store for a dark Christmas” offers a wide variety of exclusive, limited fan items and bundles.

The album is produced by Tarja, the American Emmy Award winning film score composer Jim Dooley and British producer Tim Palmer, known for his work with Pearl Jam, U2, David Bowie, Lang Lang and The Cure among others, who also mixed the album at 62“ Studio in Texas. The album was mastered at Sterling Sound in NY City.

This Christmas, gather your loved ones, dim the lights, put on some candles and play Tarja“s “from Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a dark Christmas) loud!

TRACKLIST:
01. Come, O Come, Emmanuel
02. Together
03. We Three Kings
04. Deck The Halls
05. Pie Jesu
06. Amazing Grace
07. O Tannenbaum
08. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
09. God Rest Ye
10. Feliz Navidad
11. What Child Is This
12. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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The mother of all metal festivals Wacken Open Air has announced bands for 2018. From Finland we will have at least Children Of Bodom, Nightwish and Amorphis.
The mother of all metal festivals Wacken Open Air has announced bands for 2018. From Finland we will have at least Children Of Bodom, Nightwish and Amorphis. Wacken Open Air festival is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th and you can purchase tickets at this location.

Latest acts confirmed for the festival are Judas Priest, Dimmu Borgir (exclusive German festival show), Vince Neil (Best Of Mötley Crüe show), Children Of Bodom (exclusive German festival show), and Amaranthe.

Other acts include Nightwish, Running Wild, In Extremo, Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro, Sepultura, Amorphis, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Watain, Firewind, Deserted Fear, Bannkreis and many more.

You can see festival details here.

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The best metal vacation you could ever take is the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, happening in less than six months, from February 1st through 5th and sails from Miami / Fort Lauderdale, FL to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, and back.
The best metal vacation you could ever take is the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, happening in less than six months, from February 1st through 5th and sails from Miami / Fort Lauderdale, FL to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, and back.

Tickets are now on sale to the general public. There are 60 bands slated to play and so far only 24 have been announced, and the lineup already looks insane. As Metal From Finland we are of course interested which Finnish bands are there and so far the list shows:
Insomnium, Korpiklaani, Sonata Arctica, Swallow the Sun

And as said only 24 bands from 60 are only announced so far. The list of those 24 bands are:
Aeternam
Alestorm
Benediction
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquillity
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Meshuggah
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sonata Arctica
Swallow the Sun
Wolfheart

Prices start at $766 USD per person plus taxes and fees, and include on board accommodation, access to all shows, food, non-carbonated beverages, room service, port and service charges. Book here. We'll see you on the boat.

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    Trust me friends, this isn't easy. Picking up your top-100 albums sounds easy enough but when you actually start choo...
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    Posted by Tero Tolkki 2 months ago
    I think this is a good topic to start the recommendations. Also please explain what was the wow factor on the album.I...
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    These should all be pretty common sense but since we are talking mainly about music in this forum threads might get h...

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