Finnish singer/bassist Marko Hietala (Nightwish) has announced his signing with Nuclear Blast for his upcoming solo album “Pyre Of The Black Heart”, that is set to be released on January 24th. 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”.

Watch the video for “Stones” here:


About the goal behind 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 roller coaster ride that takes eager listeners into a world of strong emotions and deep feelings!”

“Pyre Of The Black Heart” 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

Pre-order the album HERE.

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. 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