The Shadow Self

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The Shadow Self
Tarja The Shadow Self Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Tarja
Released 5 August 2016 (2016-08-05)[1]
Recorded 2015−2016
Genre Symphonic metal[2]
Length 1:06:03
Label earMUSIC
Producer Tarja Turunen
Tarja chronology
The Brightest Void
(2016)The Brightest Void2016
The Shadow Self
Tarja album chronology
Ave Maria – En Plein Air
(2015) Ave Maria – En Plein Air2015
The Shadow Self
(2016) String Module Error: Match not found2016
From Spirits and Ghosts
(2017) From Spirits and Ghosts2017
Singles from The Shadow Self
  1. "Innocence"
    Released: June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24)
  2. "Demons in You"
    Released: October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Metal Hammer (GER)5/7 stars[3]
Metal Hammer (UK)4/5 stars[4]
Metal Injection3.5/5 stars[5]
Wiplash.net9/10 stars[6]
Myglobalmind Online Magazine9/10 stars[7]

The Shadow Self is the sixth studio album released by Finnish vocalist Tarja Turunen. The record was released on 5 August 2016. The record produced two singles.


The songwriting started just after the release of Colours in the Dark in 2013 and Tarja gave hints through her Facebook and Twitter accounts along the way. In the start of 2016 Tarja started to reveal more bits about the album and put up bits of lyrics on Facebook. Tarja also stated on her Twitter account that there would be two collaborations with two woman singers on the album.

On 17 October 2015, Tarja performed two new songs. "No Bitter End" and "Goldfinger"(a James Bond theme cover), which would be the first glimpses of the new album.

On 14 March 2016, the artwork and album name finally got revealed, Turunen said title of The Shadow Self was inspired by Scottish singer Annie Lennox: "I came across an Annie Lennox interview some time ago on the internet, and I was reading about her speaking about 'the shadow self,' about a darker side of us all. Everybody has 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".[8] On March 22, 2016, Earmusic released a snippet of "No Bitter End"[9] on YouTube.

On 7 April 2016, Earmusic revealed the prequel named The Brightest Void, released on 3 June with nine tracks. It is an album by itself but also ties together with The Shadow Self.[10] On 14 April 2016, Earmusic released a trailer for the coming video "No Bitter End", the whole video will be released on 20 April. On 27 May 2016, Tarja announced The Brightest Void was available for streaming on Apple Music. The album was once again mixed in Austin, Texas at '62 Studios by Tim Palmer.

The Yin-yang symbol or Taijitu

The Shadow Self album was influenced by the Yin-Yang concept.[11] The Brightest Void album respresents the light and The Shadow Self represents the darkness.[12]

Track listing[edit]

2."Demons in You" (featuring Alissa White-Gluz)
3."No Bitter End"
4."Love to Hate"
  • Turunen
  • Erik Nyholm
  • Angela Heldmann
5."Supremacy" (Muse cover)Matthew Bellamy5:03
6."The Living End"4:41
  • Turunen
  • Wollbeck
  • Lindblom
8."Eagle Eye" (featuring Toni Turunen) (album version)4:36
10."Calling from the Wild"
  • Turunen
  • Scholpp
  • Lindblom
11."Too Many" (Including hidden track: "This Is a Hit-Song")
  • Turunen
  • Guillermo De Medio
  • Heldmann
7:48 (12:53)
Total length:01:06:03



Additional musicians
Turunen with Alissa White-Gluz live at Wacken Open Air 2016
Turunen with Alissa White-Gluz live at Wacken Open Air 2016


  • James Dooley - orchestral and choir arrangements
  • Bart Hendrickson - orchestral and choir arrangements
  • Mel Wesson
  • Tim Palmer - mixing



Chart (2016) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14] 19
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 39
Czech Albums Chart[17] 3
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[18] 13
French Albums (SNEP)[19] 75
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 7
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[21] 46
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 11
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 149
US Billboard Top Heatseekers[24] 23

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Russia (NFPF)[25] Gold 5,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  24. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
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