Today, Finnish singer/bassist Marko Hietala announces his signing with Nuclear Blast for his upcoming solo album "Pyre Of The Black Heart", that is set to be released on January 24th. Hietala himself describes the style of the upcoming release as "Hard Prog", but to give his fans a first impression of what the new album is going to be like, he also reveals the first single and video 'Stones'. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifc3gBsM6B0 Get the single digitally here: https://nblast.de/MarkoHietala-Stones Pre-order "Pyre Of The Black Heart" now on CD (Jewelcase) or Clear Vinyl via the following link: https://nblast.de/MarkoHietala-POTBH About the goal behing his solo album, Marko Hietala comments, "Well, let's put it this way: NIGHTWISH is without any doubt my main band, and thanks to income from that direction, I don't have to be that commercially aware... What I mean is that when I was coming up with the musical thoughts for this solo record, I was able to do simply anything without limits. So if I had a goal, it was to not have any kind of limits, but to prepare an unpredictable, spontaneous, adventurous, ferocious and intimate solo record. And now when I am listening to the final album by myself, I can say with my hand on my heart that I – or rather us – pulled it off... The record is a really diverse musical roller coaster ride that takes eager listeners into a world of strong emotions and deep feelings!" Hietala's voice has barely faded away, and he is already honouring his skillful band mates. "Even if "Pyre Of The Black Heart" is definitely my solo album, I didn't compose everything on my own. When the song writing process was really in full swing, I kept sending all the ideas to my long-time collaborators Tuomas Wäinölä [guitar] and Vili Ollila [keyboards], and this ingenious two-some came up with great additions and arrangements, one after another. Drummer Anssi Nykänen – who is simply a wizard behind his set – completed the line-up like no other." The tracklist reads as follows: 01. Stones 02. The Voice Of My Father 03. Star, Sand And Shadow 04. Dead God’s Son 05. For You 06. I Am The Way 07. Runner Of The Railways 08. Death March For Freedom 09. I Dream 10. Truth Shall Set You Free Shortly after the album release there will also be a Marko Hietala solo tour. "Come February... We simply can't wait to get out on the road! It will be amazing to perform these solo songs for all those multinational friends of my music", Hietala says and continues: "I strongly recommend coming out to see my band during this run, entitled "Tour of the Black Heart", as this will be my first and last European solo tour in a long time – or ever!" See him live on one of the following shows: »Tour Of The Black Heart 2020« w/ OCEANHOARSE 02.02. D Hamburg - Markthalle 04.02. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp 06.02. D Munich - Backstage 07.02. D Leipzig - der ANKER 08.02. PL Wroclaw - Centrum Koncertowe A2 09.02. CZ Prague - Roxy 11.02. H Budapest - Barba Negra 13.02. D Stuttgart - Im Wizemann 14.02. CH Pratteln - Z7 16.02. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle 17.02. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg 18.02. F Paris - La Machine du Moulin Rouge w/ NIGHTWISH 05.05. RCH Santiago - Teatro Caupolicán 07.05. RA Buenos Aires - Luna Park (w/ BOUDIKA) 09.05. BR São Paulo - Espaço das Américas 10.05. BR Rio de Janeiro - Vivo Rio