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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:
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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."
Check out the video here: More...
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."
'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...
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:
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."
Check out the latest in the band's series of tour video diaries through the YouTube clip below, or read our review of the "Stones Grow Her Name" album right here.
Sonata Arctica has continued to post more tour footage from the "Stones Grow Her Name" tour, in support of the new album of the same name (reviewed here).
Check out this latest footage from Japan in the player below. You can also check out the previous video clip from Russia over at this location.
Sonata Arctica has posted more footage online from the band's time on the road supporting latest album "Stones Grow Her Name" (reviewed here).
Check out the clip below, and the band also comments: "Stones Grow Her Name tour adventures just keep on pouring in! Here we go with Moscow and St. Petersburg!"
Finnish act Sonata Arctica has posted a new tour video online titled "Hello again, Cleveland!" Check out the video below.
Sonata Arctica has been touring in support of latest full-length album "Stones Grow Her Name" (reviewed here). You can also check out the band's previously posted music video for the track "Shitload of Money" at this location.
A new video interview has been posted online, conducted by metal-trails.com, with Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica.
Check out the clip below, in which Tony talks about the "Stones Grow Her Name" tour, the key motives of his songwriting, arrangement variations live on stage, and the band's next album. Sonata Arctica has been performing in support of latest album "Stones Grow Her Name" (reviewed here).
Finnish act Sonata Arctica posted a new music video online for the song "Shitload of Money."
The song appears on the band's latest album "Stones Grow Her Name," which is available now through Nuclear Blast Records (see Metal Underground.com's review of the album at this location).
Check out the video here:
And then it was Saturday! Day two of Tuska again started a bit earlier then the hungover and tired festival goers may have wished but the drowsy vibes quickly vanished (though not the rain clouds) as the day started on a much folkier note. Tuska Day Two promised another heavy day of good music, good people and the summer vibe that has Finns and Non Finn's coming from all over to partake in the festivities.
First up today was Estonian folk metallers Metsätöll! I have been excited to see these guys for years now and it was with bated breath that I entered the photo pit this morning! And here I will be a bit blasphemous and state that Lauri (Varulven) Õunapuu is quite simply a god of folk instruments. Throughout the set he seamlessly switched from bagpipes, to flutes, and numerous stringed Estonian folk instruments. Each one was expertly played and gave the performance a mysterious lovely quality. The Estonian language is quite obviously similar to Finnish, and in fact singer Markus "Rabapagan" Teeäär wows the predominantly Finnish crowd (and presumably wins their hearts) by speaking to them in Finnish. It needs to be said: his accent is much better than mine. Metsätöll is one of those folk metal bands that clearly love what they do, and though the music is fun and foly as ever, there is a lovely mysterious undertone that lends one’s mind to thinking thoughts of dark forests and legends of old. More...
"Stones Grow Her Name" (reviewed here), the seventh studio album by Finnish melodic metallers Sonata Arctica, is now available for streaming in its entirety through May 21st. Check out the full album stream at this location.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Only The Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful)
2. Shitload Of Money
3. Losing My Insanity
4. Somewhere Close To You
5. I Have A Right
6. Alone In Heaven
7. The Day
9. Don't Be Mean
10. Wildfire II: One With The Mountain
11. Wildfire III: Wildfire Town Population 0
Sonata Arctica has posted the third "making-of" video in a series on the band's recording of the forthcoming LP "Stones Grow Her Name." The album is due out on May 18, 2012 (EU) and May 22, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. If you missed the previous parts, head over to this location and this location.
Check out part three here:
Finnish symphonic progressive metal act Sonata Arctica has posted a new music video for the track "I Have A Right." The song is the first single from the band's new LP "Stones Grow Her Name," which is due out on May 18, 2012 (EU) and May 22, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out "I Have A Right" here:
Sonata Arctica has posted the second "making-of" video online for the new album "Stones Grow Her Name," which is due out on May 18th (EU) and May 22 (NA) via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out this second video clip below, or you can also find the previously posted first video at this location.