My Winter Storm

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Band Name Tarja
Album Name My Winter Storm
Type Album
Erscheinungsdatum 19 November 2007
Musik GenreSymphonic Metal
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 Ite, Missa Est
 I Walk Alone
 Lost Northern Star
 Seeking for the Reign
 The Reign
 The Escape of the Doll
 My Little Phoenix
 Die Alive
 Boy and the Ghost
 Sing for Me
 Poison (Alice Cooper Cover)
 Our Great Divide
 Damned and Divine
 Minor Heaven
 Ciarán's Well
 Calling Grace

 Damned Vampire & Gothic Divine
 I Walk Alone (Artist Version)
 I Walk Alone (In Extremo Remix)

Total playing time: 01:15:16

 Photo Gallery
 I Walk Alone (Single Version)
 I Walk Alone (Artist Version)
 I Walk Alone (Making of the Video)
 My Winter Storm (Making of the Album)

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Review @ Julien

08 November 2007
I’m going to review here an album I fear is going to be very controversial in the coming weeks. I hope it won’t be judged simply in terms of ‘it’s too commercial’, ‘it’s too much this’, ‘it’s too much that’. With My Winter Storm, there will always be pros and cons, one will either like or dislike it completely. I’m going to be one of those who will prefer that album to Dark Passion Play, but who cares, at the end it is only Tarja’s voice which will make the difference…

I must admit that I had been enthusiastic by the 5-track promo release. I had found there what I used to love in Nightwish. Vocals as only Tarja can do, coupled with very good heavy. I feel exactly the same with My Winter Storm. When listening to « Ciriàn’s Well » I am charmed as much by the vocals than by the aggressiveness of the intro riff. But that, I already wrote it in my review of the 5-track release (indeed you’ll have to have a look at both reviews at the same time).

Compared to the promo released (I Walk Alone, Lost Northern Star, Oasis, Ciaràn’s Well, The Reign), each of these already-known tracks is here preceded by a one-minute intro. All these intros really add a lot to the general ambience of the album. A little like with the famous Blind Guardian’s Nightfall In Middle-Earth, these intros considerably reinforced the whole album. These intros explain why the album contains 18 tracks. It also means that 8 other tracks remain to be discovered.

And these 8 remaining tracks are not going to disappoint me. What a proof of musical mastery ! Each instant reveals something great. The arrangements are impressively subtile. Without saturating the songs, each instrument bring a little something extra which, if missing, would create an huge void. The delicate sound of a toy, the breath of air, a perfectly measured touch of violin, all are subtile details which bring a lot. The quality of the violins is also quite impressive. Omnipresent on some songs, they are feline and aggressive at the same time. Their notes move from a glimmer to a grating in the second. Usually I’m not a big fan of violins, but here it is so perfectly in harmony with the musicality of the songs that I do. My Winter Storm knows also to be more basic with the pop-oriented ‘Poison’. The chorus will push you to sing and this song should have its success during concerts. Despite being quite different from the other ones, and so being a bad surprise for some of you, this song is quite appealing. The balance between calmer and heavier tracks bends on the former side, but it is in fact a good thing as it better showcases the powerful voice of this beautiful Finnish girl.

Yes, I suddenly realize I’ve not talked yet about the most important : Tarja herself. After all, it is her album and it really sounds so. The music follows the marvelous melodies of her unique voice. A melancolic track such as ‘Our Great Divine’ is a pure vocal demonstration. Warm and catchy, one lets her voice freely take one wherever she desires. That feeling also participates to the whole magic of My Winter Storm. Among the songs left for investigation, I think ‘Damned and Divine’ is probably the most impressive one. The clarity of the chorus is so bluffing that, such as singing mermaids, it manages to carry me to faraway places slightly underlined by a violin which is discrete to the perfection.

To conclude, I think this album is really different from Dark Passion Play and comparing them is useless. Some will love this album (as I do) while other will hate it. The decision is yours but I think that at least this album is a very personal one which doesn’t show any animosity as some others do…

Translated by Heavyboy

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Kommentar @ Vinrock666

28 März 2009
The 2008 U.S. release of ex-Nightwish frontwoman Tarja Turunen's "My Winter Storm" is a most grandiose showcase by the most technically proficient operatic vocalist ever in heavy metal. Using the solo album format, Tarja fares very well - especially from songs specifically written to portray the vocalist more akin to a diva. "The Boy And The Ghost", "Our Great Divide", and "Minor Heaven" provide excellent examples of simplicity and softness to backdrop Tarja's vocal command. Of course, the familiarity of Tarja fronting symphony, choir, and metal guitar is most represented in "My Winter Storm" as well. "Die Alive" is not only guitar driven and heavy, but also includes a bombastic rising middle section enhanced by some great drumming and classical choir. "My Little Phoenix" is another song that perfectly blends metal and symphony. Even "Ciaran's Well", perhaps the heaviest track on the the album, blends a broadway musical singing approach with an operatic choir background. Although the music varies greatly throughout "My Winter Storm" the one constant is Tarja's voice. Without question, she is a master vocalist and every song highlights that regardless of tempo and style. A most interesting case in point comes from the Alice Cooper cover "Poison". By definition, rock vocals are not technically precise, so it is with a bit of a chuckle to hear this most admirable version sung "correctly" by Turunen. Does that make this version better - of course not, but it does provide another proof of Turunen's abilities. Musically, much credit should go to the Czech Film Orchestra and Choir for their contribution, and as one would expect, many other musicians/intruments are featured throughout the album as well, including some wonderful cello, ("Calling Grace" and "Minor Heaven") piano, ("Minor Heaven"), and accoustic guitar ("Calling Grace"). Elements of heavy metal are kept to a minimum, but that wasn't the point of "My Winter Storm". What Tarja's solo effort does succeed at is presenting a most accomplished vocal feature surrounded by a wide and very pleasent soundscape, truly a wonderful work of sonic art.

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