Daily Archives: June 4, 2013

TARJA to release “Victim Of Ritual” single and video

Tarja Turunen, former Nightwish singer, will release a new single entitled “Victim Of Ritual” on July 12th via earMUSIC.

Based on her press release:

An evocative snare-drum that sounds like it was coming from a mysterious place, the tender sound of an orchestra joins followed by a familiar and seductive melody played by an oboe. When Tarja’s distinctive voice resounds through the speakers, her warm timbre fills the room.

Her melody is full of emotions and tender, before the song explodes into an epic, heavy chorus:

“Hysterical, tragical

Victim of ritual

Cynical, critical

Victim of ritual

She’s a killer, killer

She’s a killer, killer”

– Excerpt of ‘Victim Of Ritual’ by Tarja”

Inspired by the one-movement orchestral piece ‘Boléro’ by Maurice Ravel, the almost six minutes long, ‘Victim Of Ritual’ is the first single from Tarja’s forthcoming album “Colours In The Dark”. The song will be released as download, CD single and 7” vinyl on June 12th, 2013.

Both physical releases will surely become rare collector’s items, being made available in strictly limited quantities. The 4-songs digipak CD-single is limited to 3.000 copies worldwide, whereas the 2-track 7” vinyl is limited to only 1.500 units worldwide.

A video to ‘Victim Of Ritual’ is scheduled to follow in July.

Tarja’s forthcoming new album “Colours In The Dark” will be released in August 2013 via earMUSIC. Mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2) in Austin, Texas.




CHTHONIC’s new album “Bú-Tik” available for streaming

Taiwanese metallers, Chthonic release their seventh studio album, ‘Bú-Tik’, via Spinefarm Records.

Recorded at Sweden’s Sweetspot Studio by producer Rickard Bengtson, who also worked on 2011’s ‘Takasago Army’, ‘Bú-Tik’ sees the band returning to the scene with their signature brand of symphonic ‘orient metal’, as they choose to define it; as usual, the musicians continue on their mission to build awareness of the myths of Taiwan and the tragic events in their country’s history.

Bú-Tik’ – based around the story of the 228 Massacre, the Bú-Tik Palace and the Mirror Of Retribution – highlights “righteous violence & justifiable defence”; once more, it takes the listener deep into the folklore & history of exotic Taiwan…

Says bassist and band spokesperson, Doris Yeh:-

We are very proud to present ‘Bú-Tik’ to the world; it talks about self-defence, righteous violence and the armed spirits! With this album, we have pushed ourselves to achieve new heights – heights we’ve never imagined before! We are leading metal fans to the next episode of Chthonic!

From Fuji Rock & Loud Park in Japan, through to Ozzfest in the US, Bloodstock & Download in the UK, and Wacken Open Air in Germany, Chthonic have already made their mark around the world, touring in over 30 countries, picking up awards (including the Golden Melody Award – the Taiwanese equivalent of a Grammy), featuring on magazine front covers, supporting political causes, releasing photo books, appearing in the charts and of course making powerful, unique music steeped in their own culture.

Chthonic is:

Freddy Lim – Vocals & erhu
Doris Yeh – Bass &  backing vocals
Jesse Liu – Guitar & backing vocals
Dani Wang – Drums
CJ Kao – Keyboards