Marko Hietala leaves Nightwish

2021-01-12 by trackbytrackreviews | 9 Comments
Bassist and backup vocalist Marko Hietala has left Finnish symphonic metal outfit Nightwish after a 20-year tenure.

You can read his full statement here:

https://www.facebook.com/nightwish/posts/249683246519633

Dear people. I am leaving Nightwish and my public life.

For a quite a few years now I haven’t been able to feel validated by this life. We have streaming company big guns demanding 9/5 work from artists of inspiration while unfairly sharing the profits. Even among the artists. We’re the banana republic of the music industry. Biggest tour promoters squeeze percentages even from our own merchandise while paying dividends to Middle East. Apparently some theocrasies can take the money from the music that would get you beheaded or jailed there without appearing as hypocrites. Just a couple of examples here.

This past year forced me to stay home and think. And I found myself very disillusioned about these and a lot of things. I found out that I am in need of that validation. For me to write, sing and play, I need to find some new reasons and inspirations. ”My Walden” so to speak. And it’s even in my book that I’m a chronic depressive. It’s dangerous for me and the people around me, if I continue. Some of the thoughts a while back were dark.

Don’t worry, I’m fine. I have my two sons, a wife, the rest of the family, friends, a dog and lots of love.

And I don’t think that I’ll be gone for good.

Conspiracy is the word of the day. For the people who like them I need to say that my 55th birthday is now on 14th of Jan and I’ve certainly done my time for now. Blaming for instance Tuomas is an insult to both him and my free thinking. This is a very sad thing to all of us too. Have a care please.

But of course now we’ll know, if some go there on purpose.

There are a couple of things agreed on that I will do on 2021. Otherwise I kindly and with respect ask the media, bands, artists projects etc. to not ask me for anything within the next year. I have some reinventing to do. I hope to tell you about it on 2022. It’s not a promise though.

I am so sorry about this.

Marko Hietala

Tagged: Nightwish

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DarkNoctus
January 12th 2021
11370 Comments


but his track was the best one on the last record waaaaaaaa

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rufinthefury
January 12th 2021
3189 Comments


Sounds like typical music industry burnout. Hopefully he refreshes at home away from all the music business trash.

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Bfhurricane
January 12th 2021
6249 Comments


Marco worked his ass off behind the scenes as one of the main writers for Nightwish. I hope to see more of his creativity in future projects after he takes some time off. Easily one of my favorite bassists and vocalists, and a very wholesome guy on top of that. I wish him the best.

DivergentThinking
January 12th 2021
6922 Comments


Hopefully he keeps writing music in the meantime. That solo album he did was solid

Flugmorph
January 13th 2021
23640 Comments


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
this is the worst thing ever!
I hate nightwish now, don't even care what happened, they are dead without him.

Flugmorph
January 13th 2021
23640 Comments


ok this is post reading flug and i calmed down. hope this will help him regain his faith in humanity and out of depression.

Xenorazr
January 13th 2021
1450 Comments


Well this sucks, but I understand where he's coming from. Not sure how well Nightwish can continue without him.

LeddSledd
January 13th 2021
3144 Comments


never was super interested in these guys but i had a band teacher that was a huge fan, damn shame. hopefully he finds some more inspiration in the midst of all the industry noise

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Eons
January 13th 2021
2897 Comments


seems like a good idea to me, what he said was reasonable he probably should take time out and care more for himself regardless what others think about it



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