TAROT is an heavy metal band from Kuopio, Finland, formed in 1985. While enjoying a broad underground popularity in Finland, the band has gained more success in the recent years when singer Marco Hietala joined Nightwish in 2002. I had a long and enjoyable chat with Marco, on the way to a gig (April 15, 2011)…
Hi there Marco, I’m Tarja, welcome to Metal Shock! How’re you doing today?
Yeah, it’s going good. right now I’m lying here on the bed in our tour bus, we’re on the way to Oulu for a gig tonight.
Let’s talk first about the past, in early 80’s you and your brother Zachary formed Purgatory-band … what memories of those times remain in your mind and why?
In those days Purgatory began to become a more serious act, we were about 15-16 years old, we played at various events, and participated in the Rock SM- competition, where we arrived in the finals. In Rock King, organized by Suosikki magazine, we reached a shared second place. The band had a clear potential. In ’84, we changed the drummer and in that moment we realized that we had a core group of 3 persons, which could go very far. In those years, there weren’t too many metal bands around in Finland, there were more so-called oldish hard rock and punk bands, and from the very beginning, we were more oriented to harder stuff.