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MARKO HIETALA - Pyre Of The Black Heart

Friday, January 10, 2020 - Posted by Nuclear Blast, in Albums, Communiqués de presse

After starting influential career few decades ago and selling enormous piles of groundbreaking albums along the way, what might be the next logical move for one of the most gifted singing heavy metal bassists of our – or all – times? 

Yes, indeed: a solo record.
Photo credit: Andrea Beckers

Very own studio album is exactly what Savonian rooster MARKO HIETALA – oh, you read it right: artist name Marco Hietala lies in the past these days – has been planning and sketching already for ages.

The obvious question remains: why has it taken so damn long? With that kind of exceptional gifts for playing, composing, singing and writing, most fans of wonderful rock music would have expected MARKO HIETALA’s own studio recording many, many moons ago.

Well, there has been some serious speed bumps en route – most monumental of them being one certain Finnish musical ensemble named NIGHTWISH. Let’s explain this in plain English: when your band is easily one of the biggest names in the world of heavy metal, there may just be no time for external activities.

Enter 2017. Enter NIGHTWISH’s year-long sabbatical, following enormously successful “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” album and consequent 18 month long world tour. 
When we decided to allow some rest for NIGHTWISH – first time in about 20 years –, I soon reached the point of realization: The time has come – I will be spending my year off by working like hell... Working around my own album”, says Hietala with a smile.

After my musical career started in the dawn of 1980s, I have ever since been coming up with all kinds of ideas. Of course, good pile of selected works have been used by NIGHTWISH and huge number of epiphanies have been released on TAROT’s – my other band – albums, but on top of these, there has been a lot of musical discoveries that have been sounding little bit more personal and also somewhat different... You know, there is definitely different kind of mindset when you are just writing something out of the blue, and there’s simply zero need to justify these ideas to some band who already has its own style and sound.

When asked about the certain goals concerning the first solo album – namely “Pyre of the Black Heart” –, Hietala ponders for a good moment.

Well, let’s put it this way: NIGHTWISH is without a 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 ideas for this solo work, I was able to do simply anything without limits at all. Really, even if I got some completely wacky idea (that I liked), I just utilized it immediately without hesitation”, laughs bearded musician.

So if I had a goal, it was not to have any kind of limits, but to prepare unpredictable, spontaneous, adventurous, ferocious and intimate album. And when I am listening to the final album by myself these days, I can say with a hand on my heart that I – or rather us – pulled it off... The record’s really diverse musical roller coaster ride from strong emotion to another, and nothing makes me more happy at the moment!


Photo credit: Andrea Beckers

That’s the thing: when anyone voices out sentence “ MARKO HIETALA’s going to release an solo album”, some 99% of the fans of harder music are thinking that there will another “heavy metal to the bone” -album in the pipeline. Well, think again.

I would call the style of my solo record as “hard prog”. There are definitely very metallic elements, but that’s just one twist in a bigger picture. Alongside powerful riffs and sounds, there are progressive flavours, acoustic moods,
atmospheric stuff and whatnot”, Hietala points out.

Just listen to the hard rocking first single “Stones” and accompany that with more or less tongue-in-cheekkind of song “Runner of the Railways” and epic and bombastic ballad “I Dream”, and you have screatched the surface. Yes: I guarantee that there are a lot of different material to deal with!



Photo credit: Andrea Beckers

Hietala’s voice has barely faded away, when he is already homouring his prodigious 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 was really happening, I kept sending all the ideas for my long-time collaborators Tuomas Wäinölä [guitar] and Vili Ollila [keyboards], and this twosome came up with great additions and arrangements one after another. The drummer Anssi Nykänen – simply a wizard behind his set – completed the line-up like no other.”

Already mentioned “time consumer” NIGHTWISH is soon re-starting its steaming motors with new studio album and world tour, but despite this, MARKO HIETALA has found some time to head out for an European solo tour as well.

Come February... I simply can’t wait to get out and perform these songs for multinational friends of my music”, Hietala nods and continues: “I strongly recommend to come to see me and my band now, as this will be my first and last European solo tour in a long time – or ever!

Pyre Of The Black Heart Tracklist : 
  • 01. Stones
  • 02. The Voice Of My Father
  • 03. Star, Sand And Shadow
  • 04. Dead God’s Son
  • 05. For You
  • 06. I Am The Way
  • 07. Runner Of The Railways
  • 08. Death March For Freedom
  • 09. I Dream
  • 10. Truth Shall Set You Free

Line Up :
  • MARCO HIETALA - bass, acoustic guitar, vocals
  • TUOMAS WÄINÖLÄ - guitar
  • VILI OLLILA - keyboards
  • ANSSI NYKÄNEN - drums, percussion

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

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Blaze of Perdition launches new single "With Madman's Faith"

Thursday, January 09, 2020 - Posted by Replica, in Albums, Communiqués de presse

On February 14th, Blaze of Perdition will release their new album, The Harrowing of Hearts, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of The Harrowing of Hearts, the new single, "With Madman's Faith", can be streamed at 


Existing at the forefront of the Polish black metal movement, Blaze Of Perdition return with their fifth full-length, The Harrowing Of Hearts - their most urgent, refined, dynamic and accomplished work to date. Richly layered, it is also their most textured release, and they dive ever deeper into the themes they have been exploring since dropping their debut full-length in 2010, Towards The Blaze Of Perdition. "I would say the new record is to 2017's 'Conscious Darkness' what [2011's] 'The Hierophant' was for 'Towards The Blaze Of Perdition' - a continuation of the initial idea, but in more energetic and catchy form. Perhaps more approachable and listener-friendly, but it's not up to me to decide," states vocalist Sonneillon. "Although some gothic rock influences could be heard on 'Conscious Darkness', here we took them out of the shadows and let them shine in the spotlight. It's also our most collectively written effort so far, with every band member throwing something meaningful to the whole."

Working with the same producer they've been teaming with since 2013 and with artwork designed by Izabela Grabda every aspect of The Harrowing Of Hearts has come together as intended, and with Metal Blade now behind them, the band are now ready to work their asses off to spread their name ever further. It's also safe to say the members of Blaze Of Perdition don't feel like they have anything to prove going into 2020. "To me, art isn't about proving anything to anyone, it's about the expression of whatever one wants to express and channeling emotions and/or abstract concepts into something perceptible, something that might turn out to be just as precious for others. Focusing on proving anything to anyone usually doesn't do any good for artistic endeavors."

The Harrowing of Hearts track-listing
  1. Suffering Made Bliss
  2. With Madman's Faith
  3. Transmutation of Sins
  4.  Królestwo Niebieskie
  5. What Christ Has Kept Apart
  6. The Great Seducer
  7. Moonchild

Blaze of Perdition studio line-up:
  • S. - vocals & lyrics
  • XCIII - guitars, lyrics & songwriting
  • M.R. - guitars
  • DQ - drums

Blaze of Perdition live line-up:
  • Destroyer - guitars/vocals
  • Wyrd - bass/backing vocals
  • XCIII - guitars/backing vocals
  • M.R. - guitars
  • DQ - drums

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Les 20 meilleurs titres de 2019 diffusés dans la ZanZanA

Tuesday, December 31, 2019, in Podcast

2019 aura vu le retour de la ZanZanA avec un nouveau rdv : tous les mardis entre 21h00 et minuit.

De nombreux titres ont été diffusés au cours de cette année, en choisir 20 a donc été très difficile. 

Après mure réflexion, voici les 20 titres Metal diffusés dans la ZanZanA qui nous auront marqués au cours de cette année :
* 20 : Thy Catafalque - Szelvesz 
* 19 : Dream Theater - At Wit's End
* 18 : Liv Kristine - Love Decay feat. Michelle Darkness
* 17 : DragonForce - Heart Demolition 
* 16 : Jinjer - Judgement Punishment
* 15 : Kissin Dynamite & the Baseballs - Cadillac Maniac
* 14 : Wednesday 13 - Decompose
* 13 : Lindemann - Steh Auf
* 12 : Alien Weaponry - Blinded
* 11 : Stray From The Path - Fortune Teller
* 10 : Pretty Maids - Serpentine
* 09 : Ozzy Osbourne - Straight To Hell
* 08 : Kobra And The Lotus - Burn
* 07 : Rammstein - Deutschland 
* 06 : Carthagods - The Rebirth
* 05 : Opeth - Dignity
* 04 : Tool - Fear Inoculum 
* 03 : The Hu - The Great Chinggis Khaan
* 02 : Myrath - Mersal
* 01 : Borknaggar - Voices

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Rosewood - Dying Kiss Of Goodbyes

Friday, December 20, 2019 - Posted by Inverse Records, in Albums, Communiqués de presse

Release:  Rosewood - Dying Kiss Of Goodbyes
Format: CD/Digital
Release Date: January 3rd 2020
Record label: Self released
Genre: Rock / Punk rock
Country: Finland

Rosewood-band was founded in 2017 in Espoo Finland as Antti-Jussi Valkama's purpose to create a full-lenght album. He had a forced necessary to write quite easier music by his own rules and ideas after growling as a vocalist in a heavy-metal band for years.

After two years this one-man-commando-squad releases its debut album Dying Kiss Of Goodbyes. Punk-flawoured and simple pop-rock 40-minutes-lenght album contains 10 tracks. Album obeys the creater's ambition, person and sound. Valkama has collected a little bit dark and  cemetery-feeling contented ideas during ten years formulating his expression fitting Rosewood sound and style.

Valkama has played and recorded all instruments alone and worked with a session female backing-vocalist. Album has mixed and mastered at Fantom Studio in Finland by Samu Oittinen in the spring 2019.

Nowadays Rosewood-band has a live line-up and the band has played couple of gigs in Southern Finland. Rosewood's quite spontaneously started story continues with well-experienced musicians. Valkama continues making music next years with easy rock'n roll & punk stuff!


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TALISMAN reunite for song in memory of MARCEL JACOB to be released in

Friday, December 20, 2019 - Posted by Rock'N'Growl Promotion, in Vidéo, Communiqués de presse

Talisman, the band founded and created by the late Marcel Jacob in 1989, have written, produced and recorded a new song entitled “Never Die (A Song for Marcel)” for their fallen brother who took his own life 10 years ago on July 21, 2009. 



Surviving members Jeff Scott Soto, Jamie Borger and Pontus Norgren penned the song as a tribute to Jacob as well as the legacy of music they created from 1990 - 2007. The guys created the track to commemorate the 10 years of Jacob’s passing but conflicting schedules didn’t allow them to finish it before the end of the year. Rounding out the current line up who have done a handful of shows together as Talisman since 2014 are Johan Niemann (Evergrey) on bass & BJ (SOTO) on keys/backing vocals.



We felt we needed more than just a social media shout out to Marcel so we dug deep and created a song that not only sounds like the Talisman signature sound but something that I knew lyrically I could pay homage to him” says vocalist Jeff Scott Soto. “Pontus and Jamie wrote the track as well, Jamie provided me with some great melodies which made the lyrics flow with ease! On both pre-choruses, you will hear some Talisman titles incorporated into the lyric, it all came together so perfectly and organically!

Together with Christer Wedin (Sun Hill Production), who was a very close friend/associate of Marcel’s and has been working with Talisman from the very beginning stages of the band, have decided that any and all proceeds from this recording will to go to suicide awareness.

We are very grateful to be chosen as the organization and are very impressed by the commitment from all involved. This is a beautiful way to remember someone who took their own life but at the same time increase knowledge about mental illness within the music industry”, says Hanna Palmqvist, Fundraising Manager Suicide Zero.



Acclaimed producer/engineer, Fredrik Nordström (Hammerfall, Arch Enemy, Opeth) loaned his services to mix the track after it was decided this track should and would not be released for profit to the band. Artwork designer Richard Jones also contributed for no fee “because it is for a good charity cause”.

As this is a celebration for Marcel Jacob and Talisman, it is not clear if or when there might be more to come. Soto adds, “I know this will make many wonder if and when we are returning for a proper reunion album or tour but for now, as we are all SLAMMED with our other musical endeavours, this is something we wanted and had to do...anything that might follow is not quite yet decided on, but with Talisman, we learned to never say never!“

Musicians:
  • Jeff Scott Soto - Vocals
  • Jamie Borger – Drums
  • Pontus Norgren – Guitars
  • Johan Niemann – Bass
  • BJ – Backing Vocals/Keys

Never Die (A Song for Marcel) - Written, arranged & produced by Soto/Borger/Norgren 
Mixed by Fredrik Nordström

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