Marko Tapani “Marco” Hietala is a heavy metal vocalist, bass guitarist and songwriter. Internationally, he is best known as the current bass guitarist, male vocalist and secondary composer to Tuomas Holopainen, of the symphonic metal band, Nightwish.
Finnish symphonic metallers Nightwish will release their new DVD, “Showtime, Storytime“, on November 29 as a limited 2Blu-ray + 2CD digipack, limited 2DVD + 2CD digipack, limited 2CD digipack, 2LP (colored) in gatefold and an exclusive Nuclear Blast mailorder edition.
“Showtime, Storytime“ contains Nightwish‘s entire August 3 performance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. The show, which was played in the front of 85,000 screaming metalheads, was directed by Ville Lipiäinen, filmed with seventeen cameras and has a total running time of 85 minutes. The second disc consists of a 120-minute tour documentary, “Please Learn The Setlist In 48 Hours”, also directed by Ville Lipiäinen, with no shortage of drama or overall madness. Also, there is a 16-minute Nightwish Table Hockey Tournament, filmed on tour. In addition, there are two music clips: “I Want My Tears Back” (live at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland) and “Ghost Love Score” (live in Buenos Aires).
This week Metalholic and Metal Wani connected with Hietala for an update on the band after the recent announcement of their permanent new vocalist, Floor Jansen and multi-instrumentalist, Troy Donockley. In the following interview Marco discusses his role in the creative process as well as his first impression of new vocalist, Jansen. He expresses how difficult it was for former vocalist Anette Olzon to fill in the shoes of their original long time vocalist Tarja Turunen.
On asked whether he thinks there is any another vocalist who could have sung the songs on “Dark Passion Play” and “Imaginaerum” better than Anette, he offers:
“She did a hell of a good job especially with Imaginaerum since she got more used to the band. The singing on that album is brilliant and they are my favorite albums from the entire catalog.”
You can listen to the full interview below: