Coinciding with the start of Tarja Turunen's European tour in Hanover, Germany, this Friday, the Finnish queen of heavy rock surprises fans with the digital release of her new single, "Demons In You". On November 11, the single will also be released as an exclusive, limited 1CD digipak collector's item on earMUSIC.
"Demons In You" features ARCH ENEMY's powerful lead vocalist Alissa White-Gluz and captures the darker, heavier atmosphere of Tarja's recent studio album "The Shadow Self" perfectly. The duo's performance of the song in front of 75,000 enthusiastic metal fans at this year's Wacken Open Air was one of the festival's spectacular highlights and most widely noted.
The two contrasting voices — on the one hand Tarja's almost angelic clean soprano, on the other Alissa's deep, dark growling — goad and challenge each other, giving the third single from Tarja a surprising edge. Combined with a catchy guitar riff, the bombastic drumming of Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) and the crisp clear mix by Tim Palmer (PEARL JAM, U2), "Demons In You" is definitely a collaboration between two of the strongest females in heavy rock and metal.
The physical and digital single also includes two previously unreleased versions of the song: one with only Tarja on vocals, one with Alissa taking the lead.
01. Demons In You (with Alissa White-Gluz)
02. Demons In You (Tarja Solo Version)
03. Demons In You (Alissa Lead Vocals Version)
Regarding the inspiration for "The Shadow Self" album title, Tarja said: "I [came across] an Annie Lennox interview some time ago on the Internet, and I was reading about her telling about 'shadow self,' about a darker side of us all.
"Everybody, every one of us, we have a darker side, [and] we should probably just appreciate that it exists, but especially we artists, we get a lot of inspiration from our darker side. Many writers or artists in general, they write darker songs or they use it somehow. We don't probably even understand where all the darkness comes from."
She continued: "Since many years, I realized that I have a darker side in me, even though I still believe I'm a very positive person. But still, there is still darkness that makes me write music and create in general, and it affects everything that I do. I believe it's a beautiful darkness.
"And so, I found this interview of Annie, and it was very inspiring. She was just telling about our dark side, calling it as a 'shadow self,' and I said, 'Hmmmm… What a great title for an album!' I really felt like, 'That's it. That's my album title.' That is where everything comes from."