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Formed: 1996
From: Kemi, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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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."

Check out the video here: More...

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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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Sonata Arctica Posts Mexico Tour Footage

After posting video tour recaps from the Japanese and Russian stops of the "Stones Grow Her Name" tour, Sonata Arctica has now uploaded another clip, this time from Mexico City.

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.

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Sonata Arctica Posts Japanese Tour Footage

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.

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Sonata Arctica Posts Russian Tour Footage

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!"

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Sonata Arctica Posts Tour Video

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.

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Sonata Arctica Video Interview Available

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).

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Sonata Arctica Posts New Music Video

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:

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2012 , Day 2

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...

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Sonata Arctica Streaming New Album Online

"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
8. Cinderblox
9. Don't Be Mean
10. Wildfire II: One With The Mountain
11. Wildfire III: Wildfire Town Population 0

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Sonata Arctica Posts "Making Of" Pt. III

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:

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Sonata Arctica Posts New Music Video

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:

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Sonata Arctica Posts More "Making-Of" Footage

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.

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Sonata Arctica Posts "Making Of" Pt. I For New LP

Finnish symphonic/progressive metal band Sonata Arctica posted part one of a "making of" video series for the band's new album "Stones Grow Her Name." The album is scheduled for release on May 18, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. Recently, singer Tony Kakko revealed that the band will be incorporating new elements into the sound.

Check out the video here:

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Sonata Arctica Posts "Stones Grow Her Name" Teaser

Finnish symphonic/progressive metal band Sonata Arctica posted a teaser video for the band's new album "Stones Grow Her Name." The album is scheduled for release on May 18, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. Recently, singer Tony Kakko revealed that the band will be incorporating new elements into the sound.

Check out the teaser here:

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Sonata Arctica Announces New Album Details

Finnish symphonic/progressive metal band Sonata Arctica announced that the band's new album will be entitled "Stones Grow Her Name." The album is scheduled for release on May 18, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the artwork and track listing below.

Vocalist Tony Kakko had the following comments:

Our newest adventure is only a final touch short of being ready. The recordings went extremely well and the mixing is in schedule. Have to say I am enjoying myself greatly. I've had a very hard and work filled two year period writing the songs while touring extensively with our previous album, The Days of Grays. But it has all been worth it! Yet again we are introducing new things to keep the music alive and interesting. New elements, styles and new moods, talented quest artists and ideas for the enjoyment of the loyal friends of our music. Can't wait for you to get your hands and ears on Stones Grow Her Name! Hope to see you all again on tour! Be well!

The track list for "Stones Grow Her Name" is a 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
8. Cinderblox
9. Don't Be Mean
10. Wildfire II
11. Wildfire III More...

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Sonata Arctica DVD Hits The Charts

Finnish melodic metallers Sonata Arctica have hit the official Finnish DVD charts at #1 with their latest effort "Live In Finland." Henrik Klingenberg commented:

"Once again our fans came through and ripped the DVD off the shelves, resulting in the no.1 position on the Finnish DVD charts ! We're very happy about this and send out our sincere thanks to all of you. It's always very inspiring to get these kind of news, especially now when we're working our asses off in the studio with our next album which will be out this spring."

“Live In Finland” shows a full gig played on the 15th of April 2011 in Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland. The enclosed bonus CD features eight audio recordings of the open-air concert to put the final touches on the release. You can pick up your copy here.

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