Marco Hietala


Marko "Marco" Tapani Hietala (born January 14, 1966 in Tervo, Finland) is the male vocalist, bassist, and songwriter of the Finnish heavy metal band Tarot and the bassist and male vocalist of the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. He joined Nightwish for their 2002 album Century Child, following the departure of previous bassist Sami Vanska. Marco was a prominent guest musician in Delain, a project involving many members of the gothic/symphonic metal community, as the bassist and vocalist for a number of songs. He also participated in the recording of Invitation, by Altaria, providing backing vocals. Hietala has also been part of the bands Sinergy and Northern Kings. Since his arrival to Nightwish, several songs have been written to include duets with the former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen, allowing songwriter and band leader Tuomas Holopainen to take full advantage of Hietala's cool, raucous voice to add a new dimension to the band. He plays bass in D tuning, which is D, G, C, F.

During Nightwish's shows, Turunen would take a break halfway through the set. Before Hietala joined Nightwish, the band used to perform an instrumental song during this time. However, after Hietala joined the band, they have performed covers of well-known songs, with Hietala singing the lead vocal part in this break. The band has performed Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train," W.A.S.P.'s "Wild Child," Dio's "Don't Talk to Strangers," Megadeth's "Symphony of Destruction," and Pink Floyd's "High Hopes." Some of these songs have also been sold on various Nightwish album releases. Hietala has had much more involvement in the new Nightwish album, Dark Passion Play, which was released in September 2007 featuring new female vocalist Anette Olzon. Marco did complete vocals for some songs, such as Master Passion Greed, and composed the music for all of The Islander.

Equipment

Warwick Vampyre SN - Marco's Newest Bass Guitar
Warwick Infinity 2000 LTD - Bass Guitar
Warwick Pro-Tube IX - Amplifier
Warwick 410Pro 4x10 - Speaker Cabinets
SansAmp Tech21 GT2 - Amp Modeler