Marco Hietala: With hardprog

Marco Hietala – Mustan Sydämen Rovio


Mustan Sydämen Rovio is from the Finnish language and means Black Heart Rovio. Mustan Sydämen Rovio is the new album from Marco Hietala from Nightwish bassist and vocalist. In addition Hietala have played in the band Sinergy from 2000 to 2002, Nothern Kings from 2007 to present, and Tarot from 1986 to present.

Hietala states about Mustan Sydämen Rovio «It’s a lot of stuff, lyrical, musical stuff and some of them started somewhere like 10, 15 years back, little tidbits of ideas that I hadn’t used. I had been waiting and it’s really a load of years. Some are from the couple of years behind some ideas when we started working on this album with the guys. Like I said, even back 15 years some ideas that developed into songs or got parts in songs. It’s all kinds of stuff. Of course, I’ve been writing a lot for Tarot and quite a few pieces of music and some lyrical stuff with Nighwish, too, but these things were kind of more personal. Like I said, this album people think of heavy metal immediately when they see me, but I figured the right term for this album would be hard prog. There’s some very metallic elements, but there’s also a lot of acoustic and atmospheric stuff that I’ve been writing a lot of. It’s a wide variety of items, musically». Interview with Heitela,

Regarding whether he enjoyed being able to do what he wanted with his solo album versus writing for Tarot or even Nighwish, Heitela said: «In a way, you don’t have to justify your songs to a band who already has its own line and vision and all that. Then again, also being responsible for everything that is written, is also a heavy thing. I’m really happy the guys, Tuomas Wäinölä on guitar and Vili Ollila on keyboards really got into the music that much themselves. They really worked on doing the arranging. For instance, all the string quartet arrangements, they wrote them down on paper and gave them to the players when we were recording that. I don’t know…in this case, the pressure and the responsibility have been greater because you’re in the line yourself even though you have friends helping you. But the responsibility is heavier, therefore the pressure, also. In Nightwish or Tarot, Nighwish, especially since Tuomas Holopainen writes almost everything, it’s kind of easier not to carry that much».

On the topic of when he decided now was a good time to release a solo album, Heitela said: «It was when we had the sabbatical with Nighwish that I figured it’s time to ask the guys if they want to start working with me. We started, but then, of course, we originally planned for the release for the year and it didn’t happen. Just way too much with everyone. So, then it took this much time to kind of finish, then I already did last year in between and recording some stuff here and there, some demo things and obscure German backstage with some vocals being sent over to Finland: What do you guys think of this?».

Asked if it was important for Mustan Sydämen Rovio to reflect him properly as a solo artist, Heitela said, «As a matter of fact, it doesn’t have that kind of ego-based thinking at all. Of course, it might present me and I’m writing the whole thing in Finnish and in English. It’s not something many people have done. I just had an ambitious plan for it and I start».


About Ulf Backstrøm (7209 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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