Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen has released the official lyric video for a brand new song called "Dead Promises". The track is taken from her upcoming studio album, "In The Raw", due later in the year via earMUSIC. It's a first look at the new disc and combines the stunning power of Tarja's voice with thunderous guitars.
"I really like how the guitar sounds: in your face," she says. "If I'm singing powerfully, I need something powerful behind me so that I don't feel like I am left alone."
The aggression she speaks of is brought to the front, not threatening to shatter something fragile, but reinforcing its power.
Fans will find that the album includes an amazing duet version of the song with guest vocals by Björn "Speed" Strid of SOILWORK.
More details on "In The Raw" including release date, formats and pre-order will be revealed on Friday, May 3, the same day that "Dead Promises" will be available for download and streaming.
Last year, Tarja told Bloodlines that her new album would be "darker" and "a bit heavier" than 2016's "The Shadow Self". But she added that she would never forget "the symphonic side of mine, as my first love of music was classical music, so I will never get away from that."
Turunen was fired from NIGHTWISH at the end of the band's 2005 tour by being presented with an open letter which was published on the NIGHTWISH web site at the same time. In the letter, the other members of NIGHTWISH wrote: "To you, unfortunately, business, money, and things that have nothing to do with emotions have become much more important."
NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen later called the decision to split with Turunen "the most difficult thing I ever had to do." For her part, Tarja said the way she was kicked out of the group proved that her former bandmates were not her friends. "Maybe one day I'll forgive, but I will never forget," she said.