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Tarja – Act II album review

Operatic singer extraordinaire Tarja shines at different scales in Act II

Tarja - Act II cover

Talk about a tale of contrasts. What Tarja does on the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the multi-format Act II is to bring together both an intimate performance at Metropolis Studios in London and a grandiose presentation from Teatro della Luna Allago in Milan. 

However, the CD and LP formats of this release focus on the Milan show. This spans her entire career, even dipping into the Nightwish era for Ever Dream, Slaying The Dreamer and The Riddler. It also has a stylised cover of Muse’s Supremacy and an astonishing take on the classic James Bond Goldfinger theme. 

Tarja’s operatic vocal prowess is certainly ideal for the overblown symphonic approach in Milan, and this is when she’s at her best. But she can also rein back and allow the musical emotions to percolate. A true quality display. 

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Tarja – Act II tracklist

CD1

1. No Bitter End
2. 500 Letters
3. Eagle Eye
4. Demons In You
5. Lucid Dreamer
6. Shameless
7. The Living End
8. Calling From The Wild
9. Supremacy
10. Tutankhamen/Ever Dream/The Riddler/Slaying The Dreamer

CD2

1. Goldfinger
2. Deliverance
3. Acoustic Set: Until Silence/The Reign/Mystique Voyage/House Of Wax/I Walk Alone
4. Love To Hate
5. Victim Of Ritual
6. Undertaker
7. Too Many
8. Innocence
9. Die Alive
10. Until My Last Breath

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.