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Tarja Turunen at Koko, London - live review

Live Review

Venue: Koko, London

The Finnish soprano wows the crowd in Camden

A classical music intro provides the epic, dramatic fanfare for the uncommon woman that is former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen, who arrives flanked by three bald meninblack (a cellist, a keyboardist and a drummer), along with two hairy metallers on guitar and bass.

Demons In You unveils the concept: symphonic goth metal featuring Finnish frontcreature Turunen, she of the soaring soprano, dressed like a Black Forest gateau and stalking the stage like, well, a night witch: think Diamanda Galás fronting Pantera for some idea of the shredding and histrionics on offer tonight, or Slayer: The Opera. Celine Dion in hell? Same difference.

For 500 Letters she throws back her raven mane and does the sign of the horns. “I’m so excited to be here,” she proclaims. “To feel you.”

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