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What Lies Beneath
Studio album by Tarja
Recorded 2009-2010
Genre Symphonic rock, symphonic metal, classical crossover
Label Vertigo Records
Producer Tarja Turunen
Tarja chronology
The Seer EP
What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath is the third studio album by Finnish rock/classical singer Tarja. It will be released in 2010. [1]


Background and Composing

After the first leg of the Storm Tour, Tarja took time to compose new songs [2]. She revealed in her blog two songs that she composed in her off time, "Wisdom Of Wind" and "Enough", the latter being released on the My Winter Storm Extended edition. [3]. On 25 January, Tarja posted on her blog announcing the name of her follow up to My Winter Storm and talking about the album:

My friends,

Happy 2009! In the last months I’ve been writing a lot of music for my new album. [...] Song writing is always an amazing learning experience and it has been a pleasure to discus music with different people. The album process is still going on and I have more songs that are in the working. [...] With My Winter Storm I chose the name of the album in the early stages and that helped me to create the concept for the album. With the new album I decided to do it the same way, so I searched for an inspiring title and all the songs are one way or another related to it. So I leave you now with the working title of my new album: “What Lies Beneath”.[4]

After the break in her tour Tarja returned with the second leg, called "Summer Storm", which started on June 5, in which she played a new song called "If You Believe", which is meant to be released on What Lies Beneath [5]. In a video interview with Metalhead magazine, on 21 June, Tarja said that it "[...] will be a continuation of the method that I used on my first album, My Winter Storm. It is a very experimental album and has been or is My Winter Storm. But some elements are more worked, for example the guitars in some songs. It's an album (that is) more mature and more personal that the first"[1]. In another interview in a Romanian magazine, she stated that the album "is an album more mature, the songs are more "film" and has strong lyrics. People around me affect me, the books of Paulo Coelho, the nature and the mysteries of life. Musically the album is a mixture of metal, soundtrack and classical music. It will be a continuation of the previous one. It will be very experimental."[6]


In an interview with a Venezuelan radio on 19 May, Tarja said that she has twenty songs ready to record.[7] Spinefarm Records UK confirm that she will start recording the new album in January 2010. [8]

Supposed tracks

  • "Montañas de Silencio"[2]
  • "The Crying Moon"[2]
  • "If You Believe"[9]
  • "Love To Hate"[10]
  • "Witch-Hunt"[11]
  • "In For A Kill"[11]
  • "Naiad"[12]
  • "Crimson Deep"[13]
  • "Anteroom Of Death"[14]

Musicians on the album

  • Vocals and piano : Tarja Turunen
  • Guitars : Alex Scholpp & Marzi Nyman
  • Bass : Doug Wimbish
  • Keyboards & Hammond organ : Christian Kretschmar
  • Drums : Mike Terrana & Will Calhoun
  • Cello : Max Lilja
  • Violins (musicians from Lahti symphony orchestra) : Jyrki Lasonpalo, Pauline Fleming and Rémi Moingeon


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