Posts Tagged “Marco Hietala”

FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with Dutch singer Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER). You can now watch the chat in three parts below. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On what her role in NIGHTWISH is going to be now that she has been upgraded from a touring singer to a full-time/permanent member:

Floor: “I guess that’s something that needs to be seen, how I can grow into my role within the band, because I have been a guest musician for the whole ‘Imaginaerum’ tour. So, of course, I knew I was gonna stay, but the whole concept of all that was already there. So for the upcoming album, I don’t know how that will grow. I, of course, have my experience, and so do the guys, and I can’t imagine myself, with my personality, sitting back and saying, ‘Yeah, do whatever and I’ll follow.’ But on the other hand, they know exactly what they’re doing — they’ve proven to be able to write great songs and to put out something that totally… where all the pictures match and where the whole concept is one. And I guess it’s a process to see how I can add with my creativity and how my input is gonna be there. I can imagine, I have my feelings and ideas about stage outfits, but also with the songwriting, Tuomas [Holopainen, NIGHTWISH keyboardist] is definitely the master of the writing process, he’s the guy in charge, but Marco [Hietala, NIGHTWISH bassist/vocalist] also writes and the whole band comes together and makes the puzzle work. So somewhere in that puzzle I’ll get my share.”

On whether she will be moving to Finland from The Netherlands in order to be closer to NIGHTWISH‘s home base:

Floor: “Out of practical reasons, I don’t have to move to Finland. I mean, it’s quite nearby, and you’re there always for certain periods of time, for either a show or now for the recording period and there are facilities there where I can stay. But I’m studying Finnish, and it’s one of the five most difficult languages in the world. And the more I learn, the more I realize that’s definitely true. [Laughs] So I might move to Finland, at least for a while, to learn the language a bit better, ’cause you don’t learn any language better than in the country itself.”

On why she is studying Finnish:

Floor: “Well, imagine being in a group of 25 people. There are 20 Finnish people, there’s one German, there’s one Dutchie, and there’s one… Or 20 people, let’s say… And there are only two or three people who do not speak Finnish… whether it’s a group of German people, Dutch people — wherever you’re from. You always speak the language you hear most. So if there are 20 people, and 18 of them are Finnish, most people will speak Finnish amongst each other. Regardless of how well the NIGHTWISH guys and everyone involved speaks English, and they’re very willing to translate, they still need to translate. And I feel if I wanna be part of the whole circus even more, be more involved, understand everyone better, even now that I’m studying, understanding the culture a bit better, in the long run, it’s gonna make me feel like I fit in a little bit better. Even though they have welcomed me with open arms and I already feel at home — I call them my brothers and my family — I think being able to speak the language makes the unity even bigger.”

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NIGHTWISH bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala will guest on Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen‘s new AYREON album, “The Theory Of Everything”, due before the end of the year.

Behind-the-scenes footage from Hietala’s recording sessions for the CD can be seen below.

Lucassen previously stated about the new AYREON effort: “[‘The Theory Of Everything’ is] going to be a double album, so there is a lot to write! It’s extra challenging as well, because lyrically I’ve left the old AYREON universe behind and have to create a new one from scratch.

“I’m really excited about the lineup and how everything is PROGressing so far. There is physics involved, but mainly it’s about human relationships and the emotional costs that come with treading the fine line between genius and madness.”

AYREON‘s latest album, “01011001” (2008), sold 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 32 on the the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart (which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200).

AYREON‘s 3CD + DVD compilation album entitled “Timeline” came out in November 2008. The set followed the thirteen-year evolution of the AYREON sound from the 1995 debut “The Final Experiment” to the release of “01011001”. In addition to selecting tracks from the existing AYREON discography, Arjen also wrote and recorded a new AYREON song exclusively for “Timeline”. Titled “Epilogue: The Memory Remains”, this previously unreleased nine-plus-minute track introduced AYREON fans to the clear, powerful voice of Jasper Steverlinck (ARID).

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Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT) and Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., ex-ACCEPT) make guest appearances on “First To Go”, the new single from Finnish melodic metallers LAZY BONEZ, who feature in their ranks three members of TAROT.

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Nightwish bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala participated in an online chat with fans on Friday, November 11, 2011. The entire session was posted up on YouTube. Metal Underground was on hand for the event and was able to have some questions answered over the course of the hour.

In answer to Metal Underground’s question “Will we see anything new from Tarot or Northern Kings?”, Marco stated that there is talk of a new Northern Kings album, but nothing that will be done until after the current commitments with Nightwish are over. As for Tarot, there is nothing in the works. However, they may perform shows at larger festivals where Nightwish is playing, but there is nothing planned.

In answer to Metal Underground’s question “On Imaginareum, how much singing do you do?”, Marco stated that he sings about as much as he did on “Dark Passion Play,” but it is spread over the entire album more. He did more parts of songs then whole songs.

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Bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala of Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH took part in video chat with fans on Friday, November 11.

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Video footage of NIGHTWISH bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala singing and playing a “lullaby” in the form of BLACK SABBATH’s “Planet Caravan” to NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen’s daughter can be viewed below.

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On July 11, Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of Metal Assault conducted an interview with bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala (TAROT, NIGHTWISH, SINERGY).

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Video footage of HAIL! — the supergroup featuring vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, BEYOND FEAR), guitarist Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA), drummer Paul Bostaph (TESTAMENT, SLAYER, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN) and bassist James Lomenzo (MEGADETH) — performing a cover version of the BLACK SABBATH classic “Neon Knights” on June 12, 2010 at the Sauna Open Air festival in Tamp

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SAPATTIVUOSI, a band that performs BLACK SABBATH covers in Finnish, played a show at Tavastia in Helsinki last Friday (April 17).

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“Ihmisen Merkki” (translated: Sign of Man), the third album from SAPATTIVUOSI, a band that performs BLACK SABBATH covers in Finnish, has entered the official chart in the group’s home country at position No.

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