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Formed: 1996
From: Kemi, Finland
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Sonata Arctica Releases "Love" Music Video

Finland's Sonata Arctica posted the new music video "Love." The song appears on the new album "Pariah's Child," which is available now via Nuclear Blast Records (see review here).

Check out the video here:

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Sonata Arctica Streaming Full New Album

Finally the day has come: the brand new Sonata Arctica new album "Pariah’s Child" is out in Europe now, with the North American release officially coming April 1st, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today you can also hear the entire album online. Give it a listen in the SoundCloud player below, courtesy of Metalhammer.co.uk.

Be sure to also read our very own CROMCarl's tongue-in-cheek review of the new album over at this location. More...

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Sonata Arctica Posts Track-By-Track Part II

Finnish metal act Sonata Arctica released the second part in a track-by-track video series for the upcoming new album "Pariah's Child." The album drops on March 28th (EU), March 31st (UK) and April 1, 2014 (North America) via Nuclear Blast. A review for the new album can be found at this location.

The track list is as follows:

1. The Wolves Die Young (see music video)
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory (see lyric video)
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
7. Half a Marathon Man
8. X Marks the Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life

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Sonata Arctica Posts Track-By-Track Breakdown

After previously releasing "Cloud Factory," the second single of upcoming new album "Pariah’s Child," Finnish melodic metal quintet Sonata Arctica now launches the first track-by-track video.

In this episode the whole band gives an insight on the creation of the first five tracks off "Pariah’s Child." Check it out below. The new album will be out on March 28th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast, and the track listing is as follows:

1. The Wolves Die Young
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
7. Half a Marathon Man
8. X Marks the Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life More...

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Sonata Arctica Posts "Cloud Factory" Lyric Video

Sonata Arctica released the second single from the upcoming new release "Pariah's Child." The band released a lyric video for the track "Cloud Factory," which is available as a CD single as well as a digital download today. "Pariah's Child" is set for release on March 28th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

The track list for the album is:

1. The Wolves Die Young (see music video)
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
7. Half a Marathon Man
8. X Marks the Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life

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Sonata Arctica Posts "Pariah's Child" Trailer

Finnish power metal quintet Sonata Arctica has now put out a fifth album trailer for upcoming release "Pariah’s Child," which will be out on March 28th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Check it out below. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Wolves Die Young (watch the video here)
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
7. Half a Marathon Man
8. X Marks the Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life

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Sonata Arctica Posts New Music Video Online

Finnish melodic metal act, Sonata Arctica has posted their new music video online for the song, "The Wolves Die Young." You can check it out below. The song comes from their forthcoming new studio album, "Pariah's Child," which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on March 28th in Europe, with a North American release date of April 1st to follow.

Frontman Tony Kakko said about the song, "'The Wolves Die Young’ was pretty much born to be a single. And it is. It also paved the road for the rest of the album. Set a mood in a way. It just felt real good to start with. 2014 is a year of a wolf." More...

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Sonata Arctica Posts 4th Preview Clip

Finnish power/progressive act Sonata Arctica released the fourth preview trailer for the upcoming new release "Pariah's Child." The trailer features keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg speaking about the new release. "Pariah's Child" will be released via Nuclear Blast Records on March 28th (EU), March 31st (UK) and April 1, 2014 (North America).

The track list for the album is:

1. The Wolves Die Young
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
7. Half a Marathon Man
8. X Marks the Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life

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Sonata Arctica Announces Single, Posts Trailer

Finnish melodic metal heroes Sonata Arctica will release the track "The Wolves Die Young" from upcoming eighth full-length album "Pariah’s Child" on February 7th, 2014.

The single will be available digitally and on CD, and can be pre-ordered here.

Today Sonata Arctica releases a 3rd studio trailer for "Pariah's Child" featuring Elias Viljanen. Check it out below.

The full album is due out this coming March 28th via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Sonata Arctica Posts 2nd "Pariah's Child" Preview

Finland's Sonata Arctica posted the second preview clip of the upcoming new release "Pariah's Child" (see the first here). In this video, new bassist Pasi Kauppinen (Winterborn) talks about joining the band. "Pariah's Child" drops on March 28th via Nuclear Blast Records.

In support of the release, the band will embark on the first full North American headlining tour with Delain and Xandria this September/October. More information can be found at this location.

The track list for "Pariah's Child" is:

1. The Wolves Die Young
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
7. Half a Marathon Man
8. X Marks the Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life

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Sonata Arctica Posts First Preview Of New Album

Finland's Sonata Arctica posted the first preview clip of the upcoming new release "Pariah's Child." In the video, drummer Tommy Portimo explains the recording process for the album, which drops March 28th via Nuclear Blast Records.

In support of the release, the band will embark on the first full North American headlining tour with Delain and Xandria this September/October. More information can be found at this location.

The track list for "Pariah's Child" is:

1. The Wolves Die Young
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
7. Half a Marathon Man
8. X Marks the Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life

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Sonata Arctica Announces North American Tour

Finnish metal act Sonata Arctica announced a major and lengthy North American Tour for September-October. In support is Dutch act Delain and German symphonic metal act Xandria.

Sonata Arctica will support its upcoming new album "Pariah's Child," which is set for release on March 28th via Nuclear Blast Records. Xandria will have its new release "Sacrificium" issued by May 2nd via Napalm Records, well before the start of the tour.

VIP packages (which include a meet and greet with Sonata Arctica and a poster of each event) are available at this location.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Sept 2014

3 - USA - Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ
4 - USA - Stage 48, NYC, NY
5 - USA - Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
6 - USA - Palladium, Worcester, MA
8 - CAN - Club Soda, Montréal, QC
9 - CAN - Impérial de Québec, Québec City, QC
10 - CAN - Mavericks, Ottawa, ON
11 - CAN - Mod Club, Toronto, ON
13 - USA - Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
14 - USA - Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
16 - USA - Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
17 - USA - Mojoes, Joliet, IL
19 - CAN - Park Theater, Winnipeg, MB
20 - CAN - The Exchange, Regina, SK
21 - CAN - Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB
22 - CAN - Republik, Calgary, AB
24 - CAN - The Venue, Vancouver, BC
25 - USA - El Corazón, Seattle, WA
26 - USA - Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR
28 - USA - Regency Center, San Francisco, CA
29 - USA - House of Blues, Los Angeles, CA
30 - USA - The Grove, Anaheim, CA More...

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Sonata Arctica Reveals Album Name, Cover Art

Sonata Arctica announced that the band's new album will be entitled "Pariah's Child" and the release date will be March 28th via Nuclear Blast Records. It is the band's eighth studio album and the follow up to their successful "Stones Grow Her Name" (see review here). More information, including the track listing, is expected soon.

The cover artwork for "Pariah's Child" can be viewed below. Vocalist Tony Kakko explains he thoughts behind the album title and the artwork like this: "As always it's pretty hard coming up with a name for the new baby. I tried to approach it from many angles; how this is our 8th album and how easy it would be to abuse that fact. All the symbolism of figure eight, eternity and so on. But that just did not feel right as it's been done so many times. Then I started to think how we'd in ways abandoned our 'totem animal,' the wolf and all what comes with the territory. As the music on the album is bowing more towards the 'old' Sonata, meaning more power metal style elements and wolves in many of the songs in one form or another, it was clear we need a wolf on the cover. An abandoned wolf. A pariah. Or Pariah's child, actually. The new generation to bring the old logo back."

Right after the release, Sonata Arctica will start touring again. Keyboard player Henrik "Henkka" Klingenberg left the following message: "It's been a while since we last toured Europe, so I'm very happy that we can announce our first tour with our new album. Since the album will be out in March 2014, we don't want to waste any time but will head out for a full European Tour. Our tour will start in Eindhoven, NL on April 10th, 2014. The whole band is really looking forward to playing some new songs for you and introduce our new bass player, Pasi, to all our fans. He's a monster live, you'll see. Check below for the tourdates and we'll see you in a few months!"

The tour dates are as follows:

10.04.2014 - NL - Effenaar, Eindhoven
13.04.2014 - NL - Melkweg, Amsterdam
14.04.2014 - DE - Markthalle, Hamburg
16.04.2014 - DE - Meier Music Hall, Braunschweig
17.04.2014 - DE - C-Club, Berlin
18.04.2014 - DE - Hellraiser, Leipzig
19.04.2014 - DE - Matrix, Bochum
21.04.2014 - DE - Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg
22.04.2014 - DE - Garage, Saarbrücken
23.04.2014 - FR - Bataclan, Paris
24.04.2014 - DE - Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg
26.04.2014 - DE - Hirsch, Nürnberg
27.04.2014 - CH - Z7, Pratteln
28.04.2014 - IT - Live Club, Trezzo
30.04.2014 - HU - Club 202, Budapest
01.05.2014 - CZ - Retro Music Hall, Prague
02.05.2014 - AT - Szene, Vienna
04.05.2014 - FR - Transbordeur, Lyon
05.05.2014 - ES - Bikini, Barcelona
06.05.2014 - ES - Arena, Madrid More...

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Sonata Arctica Announces New Tour Dates

Sonata Arctica is currently about to finalize the recordings for an upcoming, yet-untitled new studio album, which is scheduled to be released in March of 2014. This new full-length follows previous album "Stones Grow Her Name" (reviewed here).

Right after the release, Sonata Artctica will start touring again. Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg comments:

“Hello out there. It’s been a while since we last toured Europe, so I’m very happy that we can announce our first tour with our new album. Since the album will be out in March 2014, we don’t want to waste any time but will head out for a full European Tour.

"Our tour will start in Eindhoven, NL on April 10th, 2014. The whole band is really looking forward to play some new songs for you and introduce our new bass player, Pasi, for all our fans. He’s a monster live, you’ll see. Check below for the tour dates and we’ll see you in a few months!” More...

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Nuclear Blast To Release New "Monsters Of Metal"

Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.

"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.

Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:

01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...

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Sonata Arctica Announces Album, Anniversary Shows

Sonata Arctica will release an 8th studio album in April of 2014, which follows previous album "Stones Grow Her Name" (reviewed here).

The band also announced special shows in Finland to celebrate 15 years as an recording artist. Sonata Arctica comments:

"Next year, it's been 15 years since we released our debut album Ecliptica back in 1999. To honour this milestone we will play some special shows in Finland and Latin-America.

"These gigs will be extended shows with songs from the bands entire catalog. We might even throw in a couple of new songs from the upcoming album. See you on the road and a big cheers!"

29.01. Circus, Helsinki
30.01. Tamperetalo, Tampere
31.01 Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna
01.02. Kerubi, Joensuu
08.02. Radio Rock Risteily
11.02. Sibeliustalo, Lahti
12.02 Lutakko, Jyväskylä
13.02. Kylpylähotelli Rauhalahti, Kuopio
14.02 Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki
15.02. Logomo, Turku More...

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Sonata Arctica Posts New Music Video

Finnish metal act Sonata Arctica posted a new music video for the track "Alone in Heaven."

The song appears on the band's latest release "Stones Grow Her Name," which was issued last year via Nuclear Blast Records (see review here).

Comments vocalist Tony Kakko: "'Alone In Heaven' got sparked lyrically after I had suffered few personal losses in relatively short period of time. Those will make you think about a possibility of after life and such things. At least for me it was like that. I will always remember those passed on thru this song every time we play it. I was initially a little hesitant whether or not this is a suitable track for SONATA, being rather 'hard/soft rockish.' But the guys fell in love with it immediately and it fell right in on the quite mellow mooded 'Stones Grow Her Name' album.

"I think it's a nice emotional rock song with some extremely beautiful parts to it. It has become a little bit of a fan favorite and crowd pleaser, being quite approachable and straight forward arrangement wise. Very live friendly track we'll surely play also in the future. The video is like the song, fairly simple and ...soft. Enjoy."

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Bassist Paasikoski Splits With Sonata Arctica

Marko Paasikoski, bassist for Sonata Arctica, has split with the band. He sites the fact that he wishes to explore other things as the option to be part of a touring band no longer exists. Replacing Paasikoski will be Winterborn bassist Pasi Kauppinen.

The band will enter the studio in October to record the follow up to the latest album "Stones Grow Her Name" (see review here). The new release is targeted for a Spring 2014 release.

The announcement reads: "It's with much sadness and heavy hearts that we have to announce that our bass player for the past decade Marko Paasikoski is no longer in the band."

"States Marko:

'I have come to a situation in my life where being a part of a touring band is not an option for me anymore and it's time to explore other things. I wish to thank all the fans and my bandmates for all the good times, great shows and adventures that we have had over the last decade.

'The memories from this time will stay with me forever but at the moment I don't have the motivation or the passion that is required to be in the band so it's better for all parties involved that we go our separate ways. I wish all the best for the guys ! -Marko'

"We understand Marko's decision and this is of course a thing that we have talked about during the last tour. We appreciate Marko being a stand up guy and finishing up the Stones Grow Her Name- World Tour. Thank you Marko for all these years and best of luck and fortunes with your future endeaveurs, we'll miss you bro !!

"Our new bass player is Pasi Kauppinen (Silent Voices, ex-Requiem, Winterborn). We've known him for many years and he has mixed both our DVDs as well as recorded parts of our last 3 studio albums. He will join the band starting with the upcoming album.

"Sonata Arctica will start rehearsing in September and enter the studio in October. The new studio album will be out next spring with a world tour to follow." More...

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Wacken Open Air 2013 Live Stream Details Revealed

The 2013 installment of the Wacken Open Air Festival kicks off today, but you don't have to be there to catch some of the action over the course of the weekend. Select bands from the festival will be shown via live stream at this location. There is no guarantee that the broadcast will be available in every country.

According to the schedule, highlights of the Wacken Metal Battle with Annihilator will be shown today at 18:30 (CET), 12:30pm (EST), 9:30am (PST). In addition, for Friday and Saturday, bands broadcast will be:

Friday, 2 August 2013 - Start: 18.30 CET (12:30pm EST)

Agnostic Front @ Black Stage
Ugly Kid Joe @ Party Stage
Corvus Corax @ Party Stage
Pretty Maids @ True Metal Stage
Amorphis @ Party Stage

Saturday, 3 August 2013 - Start: 16.45 CET (10:45am EST)

Black Messiah @ Headbangers Stage
Legion Of The Damned @ Headbangers Stage
Ihsahn @ Black Stage
Candlemass @ Party Stage
Sonata Arctica @ Party Stage
DevilDriver @ Party Stage
Lingua Mortis feat. Rage @ Black Stage

In addition, on August 3, 2013 beginning at 8pm CET (2:00pm EST), Wacken will be broadcast live at this location. At this point, the following artists will be streamed live:

Trivium
Alice Cooper
Deep Purple
Doro More...

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Sonata Arctica Posts More Tour Footage

Sonata Arctica has posted more footage online from the band's time one the road supporting new album "Stones Grow Her Name" (reviewed here).

Check out this latest road report clip from Colombia below. The band also comments:

"Hola Colombia! Arrival day and night in Bogota plus Sonata's first ever show in beautiful Colombia. Medellín!

"Coming up next week: Colombia part II -Cali followed by Bogota, and as soon as possible: Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, UK, and Summer Festivals! Brought to you by Kakkoslaatu Productions."

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