|Born on: 10.08.1962
Zachary Hietala (born 10 August 1962 in Tervo, Finland) is guitarist, co-songwriter and founding member of Finnish heavy metal band Tarot (formerly Purgatory) in early 80's, together with his younger brother Marco Hietala, who joined Nightwish in 2002. Zachary works as a youth instructor in his hometown, Kuopio, as well as teaching music theory to ninth and tenth grade students, and takes part in the management of the official Tarot website, responding to questions and comments made by fans on the forum. Zachary has been said to be very open and friendly in interviews and testimonies.
Tarot has so far released eight studio albums, latest has been released in early 2010. Zachary Hietala plays guitar in Marenne, and is one of the composers in the band's debut album that was released in February 2009.
Zachary is currently married, and has no children of his own.