|Born on: 14.01.1966
Marco Hietala (born January 14, 1966 in Tervo, Finland) is a heavy metal vocalist and bassist. Internationally, he is most known as the current bassist, male vocalist and composer of the symphonic power metal band Nightwish. He is also the vocalist and bassist as well as composer/lyricist for heavy metal band Tarot.
He joined Nightwish for their 2002 album, Century Child, following the departure of previous bassist Sami Vänskä. He was a prominent guest musician in Delain, a project involving many members of the Gothic/symphonic metal community. He also participated in the recording of Invitation by Altaria, providing backing vocals. Hietala has also been part of the bands Sinergy and Northern Kings.
Since his arrival to Nightwish, several songs have been written to contain duets with the former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen, allowing songwriter and band leader Tuomas Holopainen to take advantage of Hietala's distinctive raucous voice to add a new dimension to the band. A famous example is Nightwish's cover of "The Phantom Of The Opera", from Century Child.
During the band's shows, Turunen would take a break halfway through the set. Before Hietala joined the band, the band would 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". Some of these songs have been put up for sale as well on various Nightwish album releases. Hietala has had much more involvement on Dark Passion Play, which was released in September 2007. He sang some songs completely and wrote the music for the song "The Islander".
In Delain, Hietala played the bass for the album Lucidity and was also the main male vocalist on the album. He is also featured as vocalist in two of the songs on April Rain.
In March 2009, Hietala joined the band Sapattivuosi. They cover Black Sabbath songs in Finnish.
On April 1, 2010, it was said that Hietala would leave the band to concentrate on a choir career. This was identified as an April's Fool joke.
Marco uses Warwick basses, particularly Infinity and Vampyre 4-string models tuned D Standard (DGCF) and Drop C (CGCF).
Hietala is married and has two children, twin boys. He and his family currently live in Kerava, Finland. When he is not touring he enjoys reading books, playing video games and watching movies. He especially likes fantasy, horror and science fiction books.