Today, Finnish singer/bassist Marko Hietala releases his solo album Pyre Of The Black Heart via Nuclear Blast Records. To celebrate the occasion, he also releases a new lyric video for the new single ‘Runner Of The Railways,’ which can be seen below.
Hietala himself describes the style of the upcoming release as “Hard Prog”, but to give his fans a first impression of what the new album is going to be like, he also reveals the first single and video “Stones.”
About the goal behing his solo album, Marko 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 roller coaster ride that takes eager listeners into a world of strong emotions and deep feelings!”
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.”
Pyre Of The Black Heart track listing:
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