Category Archives: symphonic metal

Anneke Van Giersbergen


? Mark Uyl

Anneke Van Giersbergen needs no introduction, she has graced the pages of the old blog frequently, in particular in 2009, 2010 and 2012. But there were other times between.

Today I want to feature a mainly quieter softer side of Anneke Van Giersbergen.

But some time soon, she’s been teasing she is going to be presenting a new band VUUR!!
For the past few months they have been busy writing and rehearsing songs for their debut album that will be recorded early in the year and released in the fall of 2017. Be prepared for something heavy, melodic and progressive. Me, I can’t wait.

So let’s get to this softer music.

First up one of the most poignant Queen songs, and one of Freddie’s finest. Anneke does a beautiful interpretation here, with some great guitar backing from Esa Holopainen. A great live performance from Helsinki earlier this year.
Who Wants to Live Forever

Esa Holopainen from Amorphis joins Anneke Van Giersbergen on stage to perform an acoustic cover version of Queen’s classic song Who Wants to Live Forever. 25th of August 2016. Semifinal, Helsinki.

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With her beautiful voice, clear as a bell, and her wonderful guitar work I’m sure Pink Floyd would be pleased with this version. There are several Pink Floyd cover bands out there, many of them very good, but they all cover with the same sound as the original. This is a brilliant difference to change it up a bit and perform it simply and acoustically. And her voice, simply sublime.
Wish You Were Here

The Gentle Storm Acoustic Tour, Hybrydy, Warszawa; 27.02.2015

A brilliantly haunting song from Anneke, this from her days with the band The Gathering.
Just awe-inspiring with its simple beauty.
Locked Away

Anneke Van Giersbergen performs an acoustic version of The Gathering song Locked Away. Live at Semifinal, Helsinki, 25th of August 2016.

Chris Isaac once upon a time wrote this amazingly beautiful song, and Anneke takes it to new heights, to a new place. Devastating. Speechless.
Wicked Game

Live on GI:EL ~ a Dutch radio station

Finally today a wonderful song that families all over the world will appreciate. Oh Anneke, you have such a beautiful voice.
My Mother Said

2013 Anneke van Giersbergen – Taken from the album “Drive”
Produced, filmed and edited by Raymond van Olphen – Bullet-ray Xraymultimedia

OK, I lied, but I thought you may like to see this brief introduction to her new band VUUR.

Marcela Bovio


You probably know today’s artist from her earlier days in the band Stream of Passion which was a Dutch progressive metal band with symphonic, Latin and Gothic influences founded by guitarist and composer Arjen Anthony Lucassen and our artist today Mexican singer, violinist, lyricist and songwriter Marcela Bovio. The band disbanded this year.

This lady has no limits in the talent department.
Marcela Bovio is a soprano was also one of the founding members of the Mexican band Elfonía.

Marcela is now setting out on her own solo career, to this end she is releasing her first solo album, “Unprecedented”, to be released September 23. I for one can’t wait.

So let’s give you a little tease.

Beautiful voice, beautiful song and ohh those strings.
This track is the complete package, beyond cool.
It is the first single of Marcela’s upcoming solo album “Unprecedented”.

Video by ADEH


Track eight from the upcoming solo album “Unprecedented”, to be released September 23. A very dramatic piece, maybe it’s the video, it could be from a very tense movie. Or the song itself could be a tense movie. Another beautiful piece.
Saboteurs (official lyric video)


We’ll finish up with a reminder of her previous career with the band.
What a powerful band they were and Marcela’s voice soars to lead them.
Stream of Passion ~ Monster


Track Listing

1- Hay Amores
2- The Treasure Hunter
3- Found!
4- Dime
5- The Cartographers
6- Powerless
7- Alicia
8- Saboteurs
9- Stars
10- The One

You can pre-order the new album here (digital).

or CD / Vinyl here.

Tarja Turunen


I was surfing and found this first video and being a huge Mike Oldfield fan I had to watch it. Featuring Tarja Turunen, the name didn’t ring a bell, but the voice intrigued me, as did the video.
That beautiful voice. I had to check my other computer with the massive storage and found this track on the 2013 album “Tubular Beats” but Tarja is uncredited on my version.

So I searched some more and duhhhh! Tarja Turunen was the lead singer and one of the founders of Nightwish the Finnish symphonic metal band. I came late to the symphonic metal genre having given up on heavy metal when Deep Purple and Black Sabbath sort of imploded and Metallica came on the scene. I had become aware of Nightwish back in 2010, even had one of their tracks on a series I was doing on the old Bearly Rambling blog featuring songs with the word “Angel” in the title. I used “Wish I had An Angel” on one of the posts.
At the time I was fascinated by their lead singer, but I guess other things came up and I forgot to follow-up, my bad.

Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen-Cabuli, generally known as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish singer-songwriter, a soprano with a vocal range of three octaves.

So this time I was determined to do justice to that fine voice.

There is a lot of music to get through, so let’s get to it.

This is the aforementioned video of Mike Oldfields track with Tarja as vocalist. A beautiful tune with wonderful vocalizing and some enticing visuals.
Mike Oldfield “Never Too Far” feat. Tarja Turunen

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Check out this video from GEMINNA with edited clips from Game of Thrones and the awesome voice of Tarja. A beautiful song from her “What Lies Beneath” album. Just beautiful.
I Feel Immortal [CINEMATIC]


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Moving along into the current day, very much so, Tarja’s new album “The Shadow Self” was released a week ago. A truly fine album.

Directed by Argentinean movie director Mariano Cattaneo and filmed in Buenos Aires, the video surprises with a movie like optic and a corresponding, emotional plot.
But it is not only the video clip that leaves you astonished – so does the song.
“Innocence” perfectly captures the essence of Tarja: her unique way of melting heavy rock and classical music. Adding a melancholic piano etude inspired by Chopin, a driven beat and a striking chorus, the first single from “The Shadow Self” leads the way to even more inspiring music of Tarja.
If you don’t have it yet you must get “The Shadow Self”.

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Here Tarja is guesting on Within Temptation‘s first track on their 2014 album Hydra. Awesome vocals on a driving symphonic rock gem.
A terrific collaboration.
Paradise (What About Us?)

Directed by Maarten van Welzen.

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“No Bitter End”, the opening track of the prequel album “The Brightest Void”, is the first glimpse on Tarja’s new work – her heaviest to date. Surprising with massive guitar riffs, a driving beat provided by no other than Chad Smith and of course Tarja’s incredible vocals, the powerful rock tune paves the way of what is yet to come.
A true rocker, Tarja in great voice, what else do you want, or need. Rock on.
No Bitter End

“The Brightest Void”, is a specially priced prequel album with over 50 minutes of brand new music, was released on June 3rd, 2016 on earMUSIC as 1CD Digipak, 1LP+Download Code and Digital. It was to sweeten the wait until the release of the new studio album “The Shadow Self”, that was released on August 5th, 2016.

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OK, let’s slow things down a bit and see what Tarja can do with a classic. And what a classic. Such a beautiful voice. Chills and goose bumps. This is from YLE TV in Finland, not sure how long ago though, maybe 2008. Just beautiful.
Ave Maria

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This is the final one for today, and we are going out with a bang.
This is an awesome amazing version of this theatre classic.
Such a brilliant arrangement, love the metal touch added to this it really fits the song. This was featured on the “Act 1” album.
This was live in Rosario,Argentina. Simply the best.
The Phantom of the Opera 


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Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Another amazing version.
This is the Nightwish version. No more words.
The Phantom Of The Opera

Tarja Turunen – vocals
Emppu Vuorinen – guitar
Marco Tapani Hietala – bass,vocals
Jukka “Julius” Nevalainen – drums, percussion
Tuomas Holopainen – synthesizer

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