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From: Kemi, Finland
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Below is our complete Sonata Arctica news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Sonata Arctica has posted the eighth part online of a video series chronicling the bands time touring in Latin America. The video clip can be viewed below.
You can also check out part 7 of the video series at this location.
Sonata Arctica has posted a seventh Latin American tour diary video clip online, which can be viewed below.
You can also check out the previously uploaded tour video here.
Sonata Arctica has posted a sixth Latin American tour documentary video clip online, which can be viewed below.
In recent news it was announced that the band's April 15, 2011, 2011 concert in Oulu, Finland will be filmed for the band's second live DVD, to be released in late 2011.
Finnish melodic metal act Sonata Arctica has released the following statement concerning the filming of its forthcoming live DVD:
"We're writing this in order to clear up some confusions about where, when and how we're going to film our next DVD.
"When the original DVD show in Milan was postponed when Elias [Sonata guitarist] broke his hand, we put off the preparations for the time being. Some days ago as we were starting to finish the preparation for the show, we realized that we've been misled about some of the costs for doing the DVD shoot. Mainly we're talking about the pyrotechnics permits, which would have cost roughly 10 times more than anywhere else. This, along with some other unexpected expenses, came as a total surprise to the band. In order to make things work we had to pull the plug on the shoot in Milan and move it to Finland where we can afford to do a proper DVD shoot. Our management jumped the gun here and told our webmaster to change the info on the website, without us knowing about it and without an explanation.
"So, that's the situation we're in right now.
"We cannot even by a long shot afford to do a proper DVD shoot in Milan and will do it in Oulu instead [on April 15, 2011]. By doing so we realize that we're letting down all our fans who were planning to come to the show. For that we apologize sincerely. We will play the show in Milano, with all the planned extra numbers, as well as a couple of extra tricks to make up for this mishap... only the cameras won't be rolling this time. Rather than disappointing all our fans around the world who truly deserve a perfect live DVD, we have to let down some of you. We are very sorry that things turned out this way."
Sonata Arctica has posted a fourth Latin American tour documentary video clip online, which can be viewed below.
With the weekend on the horizon it's time to take another look at the new additions to the Rock Band Network. This week the Xbox 360 edition gets new songs from Heaven Shall Burn, Kittie, and Sonata Arctica. The complete list of new Rock Band Network additions, including the non-metal songs is as follows:
Hellfire Society - "Run Rabbit Run"
Heaven Shall Burn - "Endzeit"
Portugal. The Man - "Do You"
Cate Sparks - "Angels We Have Heard On High"
D Money Pros - "Saw Down (He Knows)"
Broken Equilibrium - "November"
Mike Phirman - "Lollytown"
The Break Down - "So Fine"
A Day to Remember - "Have Faith In Me"
The Last Good Year - "Lipstick Cigarette"
Rosaline - "Model Ships"
Kill Hannah - "Strobe Lights"
Judy Buendía y Los Impostores - "Me Elevas"
Shylo Elliott - "Alpha Strike"
Sonata Arctica - "Flag in the Ground"
Kittie - "The Truth" More...
Sonata Arctica has posted a fourth Latin American tour documentary video clip online, which can be viewed below.
Sonata Arctica has uploaded a third documentary clip online, which details the band's tour in Latin America. The footage can be viewed in the video clip below.
Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica has announced the following tour dates:
Jan 24 - Port of Miami – Dodge Island - Miami, FL
Mar 11 - Sala Apolo - Barcelona, CT, es
Mar 12 - Sala La Riviera - Madrid, Madrid, es
Apr 6 - Pakkahuone - Tampere, FI
Apr 7 - Tavastia - Helsinki, FI
Apr 8 - Tavastia - Helsinki, FI
Apr 9 - Finlandia-klubi - Lahti, FI
Apr 16 - Umpitunneli - Tornio, fi
Apr 21 - Bar Kino w/ Order! Order! - Pori, Satakunta , FI
Apr 22 - Rytmikorjaamo - Seinäjoki, FI
Apr 23 - Klubi - Turku, fi
Apr 24 - Klubi - Turku, fi
Apr 27 - Nosturi - Helsinki, fi
Apr 28 - Lutakko - Jyväskylä, fi
Apr 29 - Puikkari - Kuopio, FI
Apr 30 - Kerubi - Joensuu, FINLAND
Symfonia, the new melodic metal project featuring former members of Helloween, Stratovarius, Angra and Sonata Arctica, has announced that it will enter Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden on November 25 to begin recording 12 songs for its debut album, which is scheduled for a March 25, 2011 release. Symfonia has signed a four-album deal with the biggest Japanese metal and rock label Marquee Avalon for the territory of the entire Asian region, including China. Negotiations for the other territories are still in progress.
Timo Tolkki - Guitar
André Matos - Vocals
Jari Kainulainen - Bass
Mikko Härkin - Keyboards
Uli Kusch - Drums
Sonata Arctica has posted a second documentary clip online detailing the band's tour in Latin America. The footage can be found below.
Finnish melodic metal act Sonata Arctica has annnounced its participation for next year's edition of Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place between July 15th and 16th, 2011 in Balingen, Germany.
The confirmed line-up includes:
Boston video game power metal band Powerglove has posted studio footage of the recording of their latest album , titled "Saturday Morning Apocalypse," which is is set for release on September 28th, 2010 through eOne Music. The album features a guest appearance from Sonata Arctica frontman Tony Kakko. Watch the studio footage below:
Sonata Arctica has issued the following announcement about postponing the previously scheduled show in Milan due to guitarist Elias Viljanen breaking his hand:
"Sonata Arctica regret to inform their Italian fans that the announced show in Milan at the Alcatraz on September 30th, 2010 needs to be postponed. Reason: while doing his daily exercise routine Elias Viljanen (guitar) broke his right hand. Due to this accident he will not be able to play guitar for the next 5 or 6 weeks. The new date for the show will be now Sunday, February 27th, 2011 also at the Alcatraz. Of course all tickets for the show September 30th remain valid for the new date.
"It was pretty shocking to hear from Elias about his accident. We are really sorry we need to postpone the show to a later date and want to excuse for any inconveniences this might cause to our fans in Italy and to all fans who had made travel plans from around the world. We really hope to see you all again in February at the Alcatraz."
Boston power metallers Powerglove have announced further details regarding the band's upcoming studio album. The album, titled "Saturday Morning Apocalypse," is set for release on September 28th, 2010 through eOne Music and will feature a guest appearance from Sonata Arctica frontman Tony Kakko. Tony Kakko is set to perform vocals on both the theme songs to the cartoon series' Pokemon and The Simpsons.
"Saturday Morning Apocalypse" tracklisting:
2. Gotta Catch Em All
3. The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest
4. This Is Halloween
7. Inspector Gadget
8. Heffalumps and Woozles (Winnie The Pooh)
9. The Simpsons (feat. Tony Kakko)
10. The Flinstones
11. Gotta Catch 'Em All (feat. Tony Kakko)
Thrash Metal band Exodus, among several other bands, have just been added to one of the most epic cruises of all time: the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise (Jan 24-28th of 2011). So far, eighteen bands out of the forty have been confirmed on the official site. The bands that have been confirmed are as followed:
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Sonata Arctica has issued the following announcement about recording a new live DVD:
"Sonata Arctica are extremely excited to announce their upcoming recording of their second DVD, which will take place at the Alcatraz in Milan, Italy September 30th, 2010. Sonata Arctica will perform a pretty unique show of at least 120 minutes, next to songs of their latest albums The Days Of Grays and Unia they also will perform some of the older songs from previous albums plus some very rare songs they didn’t play live during the last years. For sure an unforgettable event and a journey from the beginning of their career as one of the most popular Finish metal bands until now - you definitely shouldn’t miss it.
"The DVD will be released in spring 2011 (tba) thru Nuclear Blast Records and will contain next to the show in Milan another show, recorded 2009 during the Sonata Arctica Open Air Festival in their hometown Kemi, Finland. And of course there will be massive bonus material such as 'The Making of,' interviews, and plenty of video footage the band recorded the last few years during their career on tour."
On Friday, April 23rd, Sonata Arctica keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg and bassist Marko Paasikoski ventured out to Kat Von D’s High Voltage Tattoo in Hollywood for some ink work. The “Skull in a Top Hat” design on Klingenberg’s left forearm took roughly 90 minutes to complete. Paasikoski’s Chinese-styled dragon on the upper left arm took about four hours.
Klingenberg states: "Ever since we found out about the possibility to get some ink done at High Voltage Tattoo, I nearly freaked out. Now having been there and done that, I can easily say that it was the best tattoo experience I've ever had. The atmosphere and overall feel of the place was great. Adam Forman - who did our tattoos - was fuckin' amazing... great vision and talent. Cheers and a big thanks... and I'll sure be back the next time we're in L.A."
Read more about the experience on Henkka’s exclusive tour blog for at this location. The remaining dates on Sonata Arctica's current headlining tour with Mutiny Within and Powerglove are as follows:
04/27/10 Emo’s – Austin, TX
04/28/10 Meridian – Houston, TX
04/29/10 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK
04/30/10 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
05/01/10 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
05/02/10 Jaxx Nightclub – W. Springfield, VA
Sonata Arctica keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg has checked in with a video report from the tour rehearsal room as the band prepares for their second North American tour in support of the new album "The Days of Grays." The video clip can be viewed below.
Nuclear Blast and Amazon.com have teamed up to provide metalheads
everywhere in the U.S.A. with the “Sinister Spring Sampler” featuring the following eleven bands and tracks from the label’s roster:
EXODUS, “The Hammer And Life” (demo)
ARSIS, “Beyond Forlorn”
ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY, “Cryogenica”
MNEMIC, “Sons Of The System”
NILE, “Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld”
EPICA, “Resign To Surrender”
THREAT SIGNAL, “Through My Eyes”
SONATA ARCTICA, “Flag In The Ground”
AUGURY, “Faith Puppeteers”
HYPOCRISY, “Hang Him High”
All tracks are in MP3 format and compatible with MP3 players (including the iPod), iTunes, and Windows Media Player. Download all tracks from the Amazon free sampler at this location.