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Marco Hietala

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Finland (1986 – present)

Famous bass player and singer of the Finnish metal acts Nightwish and Tarot. Sang two ‘metallized’ versions of traditional Christmas songs for the compilation Raskasta Joulua and two more for compilation Raskaampaa Joulua.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Marco Hietala (born January 14, 1966 in Finland) is the bassist and second vocalist of the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. He joined the band for their 2002 album Century Child, following the departure of previous bassist Sami Vänskä. Hietala is also vocalist, bassist and songwriter of the Finnish band Tarot, which he co-founded in 1986, and has also been part of the band Sinergy. Marco plays in Impaled Nazarene on album Suomi Finland Perkele (1994).

Since his arrival, several songs have been written to contain duets with the former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen, allowing songwriter and band leader Tuomas Holopainen to take full advantage of Hietala’s raucous voice to add a new dimension to the band.

During Nightwish’s shows, Turunen would take a break halfway through the set. Before Hietala joined the band, they used to perform an instrumental song during this time. Since Hietala joined the band however, they have performed covers of well-known songs, with Hietala singing the lead vocal part in this break. The band has performed Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”, W.A.S.P.’s “Wild Child”, Dio’s “Don’t Talk to Strangers”, Megadeth’s “Symphony of Destruction” and most recently, Pink Floyd’s “High Hopes”.

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