Fourth full-length album by legendary Finnish Operatic/Symphonic Rock/Metal soprano singer and composer Tarja Turunen.
It was released on 30 August 2013, in Austria, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland; 2 September in Norway, Poland, and the Czech Republic; 3 September in the United States and Canada; and 4 September in Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK.
The name of the album, as the cover image, came as a metaphor from the idea that life has a large range of colors and the dark absorbs all of them, containing every color. Titles of the album's songs were revealed from times to times through Tarja's blog, like she did with "My Winter Storm" (2007). The album's name came out of the song "Until Silence". This is the third time the album's name came out of one of the songs. The artwork and some promotional pictures for this album were taken mainly in India during the What Lies Beneath World Tour in 2011.
Tarja Turunen’s voice is a force of nature, dominant and dominating. The former lead singer for Nightwish fills her lungs and turns "Colours In The Dark" into the fury of the four winds. From the bombastic opener “Victim of Ritual” to the exquisite closer “Medusa,” in which she shares her hurricane-proof microphone with Blue October’s Justin Furstenfeld, "Colours In The Dark" is a colossal battle royale of operatic soprano, keyboard orchestra and Alex Schlopp’s ENGL amplifier madness.
On "Colours In The Dark", the guitars are to die for, so to speak. The rhythm section is perfection and above all, Christian Kretschmar’s keyboards are magical. There are many instances where the orchestral emulation invokes the old question, is it The Hamburg Philharmonic or is it a bank of Access synthesizers?
"Colours In The Dark" is riskier than Tarja’s previous three solo albums. The album is a huge panorama of Operatic Metal, where some artistic experimentation is attempted, but repeatedly crushed under the album’s bombast. The dramatic scope of the strings and choirs, guitars and woodwinds, arrangement and high-gloss presentation is truly wondrous.
This is definitely one of the brightest albums in Rock in 2013. Praised by worldwide media as “simply fantastic!” (Sonic Seducer, de),“Tarja’s strongest solo release to date” (Classic Rock Prog, uk), “Overwhelming, surprising and massive” (Aardschok, nl), ”best solo album so far” (Soundi, fi), “a superb performance” (Rock Hard, it), and “by far and away the finest that Tarja has sounded for the best part of a decade” (Powerplay, uk), the album proves to be a milestone for Heavy Symphonic Rock!!
The Special Edition includes a download code for the studio version of "Into the Sun", special designed slip case, hard-book cover and 40-page booklet!
earMusic/Edel Germany/Nems Enterprises, 2013 (0208795ERE) Made in Germany. First press.
1. Victim of Ritual 5:54
2. 500 Letters 4:22
3. Lucid Dreamer 7:28
4. Never Enough 5:20
5. Mystique Voyage 7:14
6. Darkness 5:38
7. Deliverance 7:27
8. Neverlight 4:33
9. Until Silence 5:03
10. Medusa 8:12
Total playing time: 61:11