(Helsinki) The bassist of the Finnish symphonic metal group Nightwish announced on Tuesday that he was leaving the group and “withdrawing from public life”, citing his disillusion with the music industry.
“I have things to reinvent (…) it’s dangerous for me and the people around me if I continue,” said Marko Hietala in a long message posted on Twitter.
The 54-year-old musician accuses music producers of putting pressure on artists and “unfairly sharing the profits”.
Formed in the late 1990s, Nightwish reached international fame in the early 2000s, notably carried by the lyrical voice of its singer Tarja Turunen, who left the group in 2005.
Marko Hietala joined the band in 2001 as bassist and co-vocalist.
With over 9 million records sold worldwide, Nightwish is the best-selling Finnish metal band internationally, in a country known to be one of the genre’s biggest stages.