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Tarot live in Nürnberg
|Also known as||Purgatory (1982–1984)|
|Genres||Heavy metal, power metal|
|Labels||King Foo Records, Spinefarm|
|Associated acts||Nightwish, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Turmion Kätilöt, MESS, Cardiant, Impaled Nazarene, Northern Kings, Sinergy, Marenne, Lazy Bonez|
|Members|| Marco Hietala |
Tommi “Tuple” Salmela
|Past members||Mako H|
Tarot is a heavy metal band from Finland. They are most famous for the song “Wings of Darkness” from the 1986 album Spell of Iron . While having enjoyed a broad underground popularity in Finland, the band has never been notable elsewhere until gaining new success in recent years, when their singer and bassist Marco Hietala joined Nightwish in 2002.
Tarot was originally formed by the Hietala brothers in the early 80's. Back then the band was called “Purgatory”. As Purgatory reached the point when they got the record deal, the label wanted them to change their name. Since then the band has been known as Tarot. The line-up settled into the form of Marco Hietala (bass/vocals), Zachary Hietala (guitars), Mako H (guitars) and Pecu Cinnari (drums).
The "Wings of Darkness" single saw the daylight in April 1986 and in December that same year Tarot released their first full-length album Spell of Iron . In April 1988, following the release of a single "Rose on the Grave", their second album Follow Me into Madness was released.
After the second album, there was a hiatus in the band. During this 'vacation' the line-up changed a little bit and a keyboardist was added to the band as Janne Tolsa joined Tarot and replaced the second guitarist Mako H. After long preparation, the third album To Live Forever came out in February 1993. Tarot received good publicity in Japan, making their first live album To Live Again to be released as a Japanese special edition in November 1994. The live album was recorded at Tavastia Club, Helsinki in August 1994. Some of the songs from the live album were released the following year on a limited edition bonus CD with the next studio album, Stigmata . To Live Forever was remixed and re-released in 2006 together with all the previous albums.
Much anticipated For the Glory of Nothing came out in 1998. Shining Black, a Tarot compilation album, came out in Japan in December 1998. While Tarot was inactive, Marco also played in the bands Conquest and Sinergy. Together with other members of Conquest, Marco played cover songs under the name Metal Gods. Marco became a member of Nightwish in 2001. Tolsa played the keyboards for Virtuocity's Secret Visions album as Marco sang a few songs on it. In summer 2002 Tarot played a special 80s' gig in Kuopio, playing material only from the first two albums.
In March 2003, the compilation Shining Black was released again in the rest of the world. Tarot signed a new record deal with Spinefarm Records and the new studio album Suffer Our Pleasures was released. While the album did well in Finland, it was barely noticed elsewhere.
During these years Marco was busy with his other band Nightwish by recording and touring around the world. Tolsa worked on an album with Eternal Tears of Sorrow and toured with the industrial metal band Turmion Kätilöt.
Early spring 2006, Tarot's earlier label Bluelight Records released a collection of the band's first six albums remastered with a large amount of bonus material, unreleased demos, live and special versions of the songs and some covers. Some of the albums were also remixed.
The fans had been expecting the re-releases for years and the collection was so successful that in May 2006, when Tarot released the new single "You", it made number one on the Finnish charts for the first time in the history of the band.During that time, the band formalized their long-time roadie/backing vocalist Tommi 'Tuple' Salmela as a band member after being with the band for more than a decade.
Early 2006, Tarot was signed to KingFoo Entertainment in Finland, with Nuclear Blast covering the rest of Europe. During summer of 2006, the band not only toured various clubs and festivals but also composed, demoed and recorded new material. The album Crows Fly Black was released in October 2006.
On June 11, 2008, Tarot released their first live DVD, Undead Indeed . The DVD also had a live album counterpart. They followed the release with a short tour in support of Undead Indeed, which began January 30, 2009.
Their new album, entitled Gravity of Light was released in Finland on March 10, 2010, in Europe on April 23, 2010,the UK on April 26, 2010, and in the US on June 8, 2010.
Re-recorded first album, some updated lyrics and updated sound. Released in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of their No. 1 single "Wings of Darkness" back in 1986.
On September 11, 2016, it was announced on Facebook that drummer Pecu Cinnari had died due to a long-term illness. It is unknown whether the band will continue without him or split up.
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Spell of Iron is the first album by Finnish metal band Tarot, released in 1986 by Flamingo Music. Spell of Iron has been released on CD in 1994 by Bluelight Records, and a remastered version was released in 2006 by Spinefarm Records.
Follow Me into Madness is the second album by Finnish metal band Tarot, released in 1988 by Bluelight Records. A remastered version was released in 2006 by Spinefarm Records. Rose On The Grave was released as a single in 1988. This is also the last album with Mako H., as he is replaced by Janne Tolsa, the current keyboard player.
Suffer Our Pleasures is the sixth album by Finnish metal band Tarot, released in 2003 by Spinefarm Records.
Crows Fly Black is the seventh album by Finnish heavy metal band Tarot, released on 27 October 2006. This album is accompanied by the single "You", and the music video "Ashes to the Stars". This is the first album to officially acknowledge Tommi 'Tumple' Salmela as a member of the band, referred to as an 'old-new' member; until then, Tommi's role was limited to sampling and backing vocals, while in this album, Tommi takes role of fully fledged vocalist.
Janne Tolsa is a Finnish heavy metal musician. Known for his keyboard work in Tarot from the late 1980s, Tolsa also takes part in the melodic death metal band Eternal Tears of Sorrow, which he joined in 2005 for their album Before the Bleeding Sun, as well as the industrial metal band Turmion Kätilöt. Tolsa is also known to work as a composer for television. Janne Tolsa plays keyboards in Marenne Band and is one of the composers in the band's debut album The Past Prelude.
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The band's debut album Spell of Iron was originally recorded in 1986 and met reasonable critical acclaim. For the band's 25th anniversary, the album was re-recorded, bringing the sound, production and lyrics up to date and out of its more glam/hair metal stylistic origins. Spell of Iron MMXI was then released on April 11th 2011.
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