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First Thoughts About Tanja Lainio
Tanja Lainio is a name that many people including heavy metal fans may not know about. This Finnish beauty had been the lead vocalist for the Finnish heavy rock band Lullacry. She joined the band in 2002 after the departure of then vocalist Tanya Kemppainen due to musical differences. I had the chance to chat with her on a few occasions in the band’s message board and I am honored to have gotten a reply from someone I really respect. The band was in the process of redesigning their website at the time that I first wrote this.
I can notice that Tanja really puts her energy and effort into singing. She doesn’t strain to get the voice out and she has such passion in her voice. It is a real shame that Lullacry are not more recognized in the hard rock and heavy metal community. In addition to her awesome voice, Tanja is also really cute.
Tanja Lainio Interesting Facts
- Tanja Lainio was born on July 5th. The year of her birth is not known though.
- Her favorite Lullacry songs are The Autumn, Soul in Half and Killing Time. Tanja Lainio says that her favorite songs do change all the time.
- When she was asked what band she would like to open up for, Tanja mentioned the band KISS. The best concert that she has ever seen is Motley Crue in the summer of 2005 in Helsinki. The best Lullacry concert the band has ever had according to Tanja is in Seattle, Washington on September 5th, 2004.
- Tanja’s favorite foods are Chinese, Mexican and other Finnish food that is not so typical.
- Her favorite movies include Matrix Trilogy, Star Wars, James Bond movies, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean and all Tarantino movies.
- Her favorite drinks are water, milk, red wine, cider and other sodas.
- Tanja loves to sleep and she gets disappointed if she is not able to sleep when she is touring.
- Tanja Lainio also says that she loves to dance.
And in discussing Tanja Lainio’s significance to the music industry, we would be totally amiss if we didn’t discuss her role on the 2 CD set album called Legacy. But first, let us discuss her significance briefly before we go into discussing her legacy.
"Stranger in You" One of the Best Performances for Tanja Lainio
Reasons for Tanja Lainio's Significance to the Heavy Metal Genre
So why is Tanja Lainio significant to the heavy metal genre? First of all, she proves that the metal genre is not just a man’s job and that a woman is very capable of providing solid vocals that are also soothing in some cases. A few examples of Tanja’s soothing voice can be found in songs like Stranger in You and Heart Shaped Scars which are on the band’s album Vol. 4. A reviewer on the website Metal Archives provides an interesting perspective about the vocal style of Tanja adding: “she has the sound of a pop music type voice, which you would think is a bad thing but makes it work with the band's metal edge,” (Macllelan, 2003).
The description of Tanja having a pop music style voice is actually quite accurate because I can detect that as well. She has one of those melodic yet “cute” voices at the same time if that makes any sense at all. Her voice is more of a young girl’s voice with a soothing flair as opposed to a more powerful operatic voice or a deeper voice as was the case with Helen Vogt of the band Flowing Tears.
"Heart of Darkness"
The Legacy of Tanja Lainio
Speaking of Legacy, it is a double CD set featuring B-sides, previously unreleased material and re-mastered versions of the band’s songs on their original studio albums. I would say that there was a good chance that Lullacry decided to release this 2 CD set as a way of making their triumphant exit but it still isn’t any less sad or disappointing to see them disband. It is often said that all of us will try to leave behind a legacy and Tanja Lainio isn’t an exception. I look at Tanja Lainio as having a really good soothing pop music kind of voice but it still worked well with Lullacry’s music. Looking back, I can say that it is great that Lullacry ended their career with the one and only Tanja Lainio! There is also a vocal contrast and this is in the song called Thousand Suns where Tanja switches between a more aggressive style versus a more melodic, harmonic style and she shows that she can switch between styles in spite of not having a super high vocal range. It is not about how high you can sing but whether you can make the vocals stand out and mesh well with the songs and I think the performance in that song shows us that Tanja can sing very well. Her legacy is not contained in a 2 CD set but as part of 12 years of being part of one of Finland’s best Gothic rock bands.
Macllelan, J. (2003, July 23). Encyclopaedia Metallum The Metal Archives. Retrieved March 11, 2019, from Metal Archives: https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Lullacry/Crucify_My_Heart/15443/
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