Therion and Marko Hietala join forces for Tuonela single

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Former Nightwish bass player Marko Hietala guests Therion's brand new single Tuonela. The song is taken from the band's new album Leviathan, the band's seventeenth, which is released through Nuclear Blast Records today, January 22.

"Like everyone else I'm very sad and was also surprised to read that Marko is leaving Nightwish," says guitarist and vocalist Christofer Johnsson. "But I understand the meaning of his reasons and there are many that are frustrated about the same things. 

"But Marko has been active as a professional recording artist with various quality bands since the mid 80’s, so I am absolutely sure we will see his return to the scene in time. He is simply too good to not be involved with music. But right now I hope he will take a good amount of time to just find him self and get the full energy and inspiration back on track.”

Hietala announced two weeks ago that he was leaving Nightwish after 20 years as bassist and vocalist, citing disillusionment with the music industry and the impact on himself of the current pandemic.

Leviathan is available as a CD jewelcase, CD digipak, Ltd. CD digipak with patch (Ltd. to 500/mail order only), black vinyl LP, clear vinyl LP (Ltd. to 300), gold vinyl LP (Ltd. to 300/mail order only) and silver vinyl LP (Ltd. to 600/USA exclusive).

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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.