Nightwish bassist Marco Hietala was interviewed by while the group was performing in Hamburg on its recent European tour in support of the new album Imaginaerum. It's a lengthy and in-depth conversation that runs nearly a half hour, in which he discusses his preference for music that defies categorization, the limitations of the female-fronted symphonic metal genre, and more. Enjoy!

Nightwish tour dates in North America are coming up in September; in the meantime, Imaginaerum is available now in the Roadrunner webstore!