Tarot: Marco Hietala – Bass & vocals. Zachary Hietala – Guitar. Pecu Cinnari – Drums. Janne Tolsa – Keys.
Okay, I REALLY love this CD. Marco Hietala sounds like Dio and anybody that reminds me of Dio I love insanely. He opened his mouth on the opening track I RULE and it was all over. Anything that reminds me of HEAVY eighties metal and is done well wins my cold little heart instantly. Marco Hietala plays bass and acoustic guitar on the CD too. So not only is he a big, sexy motherfucker with a great voice-he can play guitar. -Tarot is HEAVY and METAL and BEAUTIFUL and TIMELESS. –Speaking of fucking guitars, Zachary Hietala is absolutely fucking brilliant on this cd. The man has been definitively touched by Randy Rhodes. I love the way Janne Tolsa sets the fucking mood on the keyboards. Pecu Cinnari is a drum GOD. –I can honestly say I love EVERYTHING about this CD, and I am fucking hard to please. The man on fire on the cover is absolutely outrageous, and I love the gaping hand with the sharp teeth and the people trapped inside-it is sort of like Satan in Dante’s Inferno munching on people in the final level of hell. –There is a deep, dark element that will appeal to fans of death metal-just read the lyrics to Convulsions and I Rule. The heavy metal freaks will love it-it makes me think of Slayer, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath. –There is something for everybody here and it is done well. Tarot doesn’t sound like a rip off of anybody, but there are enough elements of other shit there to remind you of other bands. I think Tarot would have fit in an amazing fucking way with OZZFEST 2004, but it wouldn’t have come to fucking Atlanta anyway and I wouldn’t have been able to shoot them live and been really pissed off about it. –I really like this Finnish band, and I hope to see a lot more out of them. Tarot fucking rules. Tarot fucking rocks. –I almost never give ANYTHING a ten out of ten because I listen to a lot of shit and I need it to be TRULY outstanding and DIFFERENT to tell you that you MUST have it, but here we go: Tarot gets a TEN out of a possible TEN OH FUCK YEAH’s. You MUST have it in your CD collection. If they come to the states, you MUST go see them. You won’t be sorry. My favorite tracks on the CD were I RULE, CONVULSIONS, OF TIME AND DUST, and FROM THE SHADOWS.
Pyre Of Gods
Rider Of The Last Day
Follow The Blind
Of Time And Dust
From The Void
From The Shadows
About the Band (Courtesy of Metal Blade Records):
Formed by brothers Marco and Zachary Hietala in the mid-80s, Tarot has always been a lasting favourite among Finnish metal fans. Their debut album “Spell of Iron” was released in 1986 with a line-up of the Hietala brothers in bass, vocals and guitar, Pecu Cinnari in drums and Mako H in guitars. The debut was followed by the 1988 album “Follow Me into Madness”, and also by a five-year vacation during which Mako H. was replaced by keyboardist Janne Tolsa.
1993’s “To Live Forever” made the band known also among Japanese heavy-fanatics for whom Tarot recorded an exclusive Japan-only live album in 1994. Some of the live tracks were later added to the bonus CD of 1995’s “Stigmata”, an album that once again marked a small
break in the band’s career. The band gathered its forces in 1998 “For the Glory of Nothing”, but for years it seemed that it was to be Tarot’s final album. Although the band played occasional gigs here and there, the limelight was turned to the members’ other projects. Marco Hietala joined Conquest and played bass in Sinergy while Janne Tolsa took part in the recordings of Virtuocity’s “Secret Visions”. The year 2001 saw Marco Hietala joining the ranks of Nightwish, and as Nightwish’s record company Spinefarm also took interest in the future of Tarot. After months of persuasion and long conversations with Spinefarm’s representatives, Tarot finally agreed and started the recordings of a new album in October 2002. Now after five years of silence, Tarot returns with one killer of an album, “Suffer Our Pleasures”! In the words of Imperiumi.net, the biggest Finnish metal webzine: “Dear friends, the waiting is finally over and this album has certainly been worth waiting for. Believe it or not, “Suffer Our Pleasures” is without a doubt the best Tarot-album ever!” ALBUM Suffer Our Pleasures.