PICKS OF THE WEEK: Tarja – “Love To Hate”

Tarja has revealed the first song from her brand new live-art-album and video “Act II.” The bombastic live version of “Love to Hate” was recorded at renowned Metropolis Studios in London, UK, and showcases Tarja’s impressive vocal range and talent for compositions.

In London, Tarja and her band performed an intimate, yet rocking version of the fan favorite in front of 20 lucky winners from all over Europe. The song, originally from her worldwide chart success “The Shadow Self,” gives a powerful taste of the forthcoming live release and can be found on the video version of “Act II” only.

“Act II,” the follow up to Tarja’s worldwide Top 10 chart success, combines two incredible, yet slightly different live performances on video.

The first chapter, “Metropolis Alive,” was filmed two months prior to the release of Tarja’s 2016 success “The Shadow Self” in an intimate surrounding at renowned Metropolis Studios in London, UK. The second chapter of “Act II” was recorded on November 29, 2016 at the magnificent Teatro della Luna in Milan, Italy, and includes numerous hits from all four Tarja albums.

Even though the shows deliberately differ in look, sound, approach to the music and adrenaline, both have one thing in common: from the very first to the very last tune, the state of the art production displays Tarja’s energetic performance and her graceful, charming presence.

“Live videos became more and more mere documentations focusing on a band’s performance in a remote, distant, and technical way,” said Tarja. “The light show and the LEDs only support the band’s performance but have no significance of their own.

“With Act II, it is different. Here, everything has significance, every little detail is important because it is not only a live-recording, a live-documentation.

“In the video, every song was treated in order to transport the feeling I wanted to express live at the show. As close as possible to the way the audience might have felt it that night. We used additional footages, used video snippets, photos and graphics, and worked with lights, framings and reflections, changed colours and created moods, distorted pictures and inserted slides. And sometimes, we kept the pure picture because itself it transported everything we wanted.

“Act II is not a live-video — it is a live-art-video and you are free to discuss it very controversially, which is exactly what I want.”

Act II will be released on July 27 on earMUSIC as 2CD digipak, 3LP Gatefold (180g, black), 2DVD, Blu-ray, Limited Mediabook 2CD+2BD (including two full live shows filmed at Woodstock Festival in Poland and Hellfest in France as bonus) and Digital.

A wide variety of exclusive, limited fan items and bundles can be found on Tarja’s official web shop.

Act I, Tarja’s first-ever live release, charted Top 10 all over Europe as well as almost all over the world, with a sensational No. 5 in Germany’s General Charts. The video version even remained for over two months at the peak of the Finnish music video charts.

“Act II” keeps the energy and aesthetics of its predecessor, but adds a new chapter to the live saga in a brand new way.

Turn off the lights, volume up, and dive into the show!

 

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“Act II” will be released on July 27, 2018 on earMUSIC as 2CD digipak, 3LP Gatefold (180g, black), DVD, Blu-ray, Limited Mediabook 2CD+2BD (including two full live shows filmed at Hellfest in France and Woodstock Festival in Poland as bonus) and Digital.

A wide variety of exclusive, limited fan items and bundles can be found on Tarja’s official web shop here

TRACK LIST

CD1
No Bitter End / 500 Letters / Eagle Eye / Demons In You / Lucid Dreamer / Shameless / The Living End / Calling From The Wild / Supremacy / Tutankhamen / Ever Dream / The Riddler / Slaying the Dreamer

CD2
Goldfinger / Deliverance // Acoustic Set: Until Silence – The Reign – Mystique Voyage – House of Wax – I Walk Alone // Love To Hate / Victim of Ritual / Undertaker / Too Many / Innocence / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

3LP+DOWNLOAD CODE
Side A
No Bitter End / 500 Letters / Eagle Eye / Demons In You
Side B
Lucid Dreamer / Shameless / The Living End / Calling From The Wild
Side C
Supremacy / Tutankhamen / Ever Dream / The Riddler / Slaying the Dreamer / Goldfinger / Deliverance
Side D
Until Silence / The Reign / Mystique Voyage / House of Wax / I Walk Alone
Side E
Love To Hate / Victim of Ritual / Too Many
Side F
Undertaker / Innocence / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

BD//DVD
Filmed at Metropolis Studios, London, UK, June 6, 2016
No Bitter End / Eagle Eye / Sing For Me / Love To Hate / The Living End / Medusa / Calling From The Wild / Victim Of Ritual / Die Alive / Innocence / Until My Last Breath / Too Many

Filmed at Teatro della Luna Assago in Milan, Italy, November 29, 2016
Against The Odds / No Bitter End / 500 Letters / Eagle Eye / Demons In You / Lucid Dreamer / Shameless / The Living End / Calling From The Wild / Supremacy / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer / Goldfinger / Deliverance // Acoustic Set: Until Silence / The Reign / Mystique Voyage / House of Wax / I Walk Alone // Love To Hate / Victim of Ritual / Undertaker / Too Many / Innocence / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

Bonus Material
Interviews with Tarja and band members
PhotoGallery 1: Through the eyes of the fans
PhotoGallery 2: From stages and streets by Tim Tronckoe

Limited Mediabook
BD1
Filmed at Metropolis Studios, London, UK June 6, 2016
No Bitter End / Eagle Eye / Sing For Me / Love To Hate / The Living End / Medusa / Calling From The Wild / Victim Of Ritual / Die Alive / Innocence / Until My Last Breath / Too Many

Filmed at Teatro della Luna Assago in Milan, Italy, November 29, 2016
Against The Odds / No Bitter End / 500 Letters / Eagle Eye / Demons In You / Lucid Dreamer / Shameless / The Living End / Calling From The Wild / Supremacy / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer / Goldfinger / Deliverance // Acoustic Set: Until Silence / The Reign / Mystique Voyage / House of Wax / I Walk Alone // Love To Hate / Victim of Ritual / Undertaker / Too Many / Innocence / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

Bonus Material
Interviews with Tarja and band members
PhotoGallery 1: Through the eyes of the fans
PhotoGallery 2: From stages and streets by Tim Tronckoe

BD2
Filmed at Woodstock Festival, Poland, 16th of July, 2016
Against The Odds / No Bitter End / Demons In You / 500 Letters / Ciaran’s Well / Supremacy / Calling From The Wild / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer / Innocence / Victim Of Ritual / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath / Over The Hills And Far Away

Filmed at Hellfest, France, June 19, 2016
No Bitter End / Never Enough / Ciaran’s Well / Calling From The Wild / Supremacy / Victim Of Ritual / Tutankhamen / Ever Dream / The Riddler / Slaying the Dreamer / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

CD1
No Bitter End / 500 Letters / Eagle Eye / Demons In You / Lucid Dreamer / Shameless / The Living End / Calling From The Wild / Supremacy / Tutankhamen / Ever Dream / The Riddler / Slaying the Dreamer

CD2
Goldfinger / Deliverance // Acoustic Set: Until Silence / The Reign / Mystique Voyage / House of Wax / I Walk Alone // Love To Hate / Victim of Ritual / Undertaker / Too Many / Innocence / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

 

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