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"Suffer Our Pleasures"

Label: Spinefarm Records
Spinefarm Cat.#: SPI176CD Universal Cat.# : 038 274-2
Ean #: 0044003827424
Style: Classic Heavy Metal
Release date: Autumn 2003

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 lineup 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 which 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!"

1. I Rule
2. Pyre of Gods
3. Rider of the Last Day
4. Follow the Blind
5. Undead Son
6. Of Time and Dust
7. From the Void
8. Convulsions
9. From the Shadows
10. Painless

Spell of Iron 1986
Follow Me into Madness 1988
To Live Forever 1993
Live 1994
Stigmata 1995
For the Glory of Nothing 1998
Suffer Our Pleasures 2003

Marco Hietala - vocals, bass
Pecu Cinnari - drums
Zachary Hietala - guitar
Janne Tolsa - keyboards

the hard side of life
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