MARKO HIETALA “Pyre Of The Black Heart” (2020)

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Finnish singer/bassist Marko Hietala announces his signing with Nuclear Blast for the English version of his solo album “Pyre Of The Black Heart”. Hietala himself describes the style of the upcoming release as ‘hard prog’. About the goal behing his solo album, Marko Hietala comments: “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 rollercoaster ride that takes eager listeners into a world of strong emotions and deep feelings!”

That pretty much sums it up.

9/10

Marko Hietala – Pyre Of The Black Heart (Nuclear Blast)