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Marko Hietala Releases Video For ‘Stones’ – New Album Coming In January

Finnish singer and bassist Marko Hietala has announced that he has signed with nuclear blast records to release his upcoming English solo album debut, “Pyre Of The Black Heart.” Earlier this year in an interview with Marko, he mentioned to us that he would be releasing this English version of his solo debut. Album is set to be released on January 24th 2020. Marko describes the release as ‘hard prog.’

Well, let’s put it this way: NIGHTWISH is without any doubt my main band, and thanks to income from that direction, I don’t have to be that commercially aware… What I mean is that when I was coming up with the musical thoughts for this solo record, I was able to do simply anything without limits. So if I had a goal, it was to not have any kind of limits, but to prepare an unpredictable, spontaneous, adventurous, ferocious and intimate solo record. And now when I am listening to the final album by myself, I can say with my hand on my heart that I – or rather us – pulled it off… The record is a really diverse musical roller coaster ride that takes eager listeners into a world of strong emotions and deep feelings!

Today he is also releasing his first single from the upcoming album, ‘Stones.” The album is also up for pre-orders via the following link:

Hietala’s voice has barely faded away, and he is already honouring his skillful band mates. “Even if “Pyre Of The Black Heart” is definitely my solo album, I didn’t compose everything on my own. When the song writing process was really in full swing, I kept sending all the ideas to my long-time collaborators Tuomas Wäinölä [guitar] and Vili Ollila [keyboards], and this ingenious two-some came up with great additions and arrangements, one after another. Drummer Anssi Nykänen – who is simply a wizard behind his set – completed the line-up like no other.”

The tracklist

  1. Stones
  2. The Voice Of My Father
  3. Star, Sand And Shadow
  4. Dead God’s Son
  5. For You
  6. I Am The Way
  7. Runner Of The Railways
  8. Death March For Freedom
  9. I Dream
  10. Truth Shall Set You Free

Shortly after the album release there will also be a Marko Hietala solo tour. “Come February… We simply can’t wait to get out on the road! It will be amazing to perform these solo songs for all those multinational friends of my music”, Hietala says and continues: “I strongly recommend coming out to see my band during this run, entitled “Tour of the Black Heart”, as this will be my first and last European solo tour in a long time – or ever!”

Tour Of The Black Heart 2020

02.02. D Hamburg – Markthalle
04.02. D Frankfurt – Batschkapp
06.02. D Munich – Backstage
07.02. D Leipzig – der ANKER
08.02. PL Wroclaw – Centrum Koncertowe A2
09.02. CZ Prague – Roxy
11.02. H Budapest – Barba Negra
13.02. D Stuttgart – Im Wizemann
14.02. CH Pratteln – Z7
16.02. D Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
17.02. NL Amsterdam – Melkweg
18.02. F Paris – La Machine du Moulin Rouge

05.05. RCH Santiago – Teatro Caupolicán
07.05. RA Buenos Aires – Luna Park (w/ BOUDIKA)
09.05. BR São Paulo – Espaço das Américas
10.05. BR Rio de Janeiro – Vivo Rio

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