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

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Sonata Arctica Posts "Live In Finland" Teaser

Sonata Arctica has posted a teaser clip online for the band's upcoming "Live in Finland" release, which consists of two DVDs and two CDs. Check out the clip below. "Live in Finland" is due out on November 11th (Europe) and November 15th, 2011 (North America) through Nuclear Blast.

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Sonata Arctica Reveals "Live In Finland" Details

Finnish metallers Sonata Arctica have revealed the cover artwork for their new DVD "Live in Finland," which can be viewed below. The main show was recorded at Teatria in Oulu, Finland on April 15th, 2011. The release includes material from the band’s own Sonata Arctica Open Air Festival held in Kemi in August 2009 as well as documentaries, making of's, and music videos. “Live In Finland” will be released on the 11th of November 2011.

The track listing is as follows:

Sonata Arctica: Live in Finland

1. Intro (Everything Fades To Gray)
2. Flag In The Ground
3. Last Amazing Grays
4. Juliet
5. Replica
6. Blank File
7. As If The World Wasn't Ending
8. Paid In Full
9. Victoria´s Secret
10. Instrumental Exhibition
11. The Misery
12. Fullmoon
13. In Black & White
14. Mary-Lou
15. Shy
16. Letter To Dana
17. Caleb
18. Don´t Say A Word
19. Outro (Vodka/Everything Fades To Gray)

Extra Features:
Sonata Arctica Open Air II

1. White Pearl, Black Oceans
2. Draw Me
3. In Black & White
4. Don't Say A Word

Making of "Live in Finland"
Making of "Flag In The Ground"
Latin-American Tour Documentary
Made in Finland - Tour Documentary
Music Videos:Don't Say A Word, Paid In Full, Flag In The Ground
Acoustic live at Alcatraz, Milano
The Flag in the ground- cover contest
Photo Galleries

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Sonata Arctica Announces Live DVD Release

Finnish act Sonata Arctica has announced a new live DVD titled “Live In Finland,“ which shows a full concert performed on the 15th of April 2011 at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland. The set list includes classic Sonata Arctica tracks along with songs from the latest album "The Days of Grays." The release also includes music videos for "Don’t Say A Word," "Paid In Full," and "Flag In The Ground," as well as a photo gallery and some making-of clips that document the DVD’s creation. An included bonus CD features audio recordings from the concert.

Keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg states, "It's been a very hot summer here in Finland, and while most people headed to the beach, we've been working our asses off editing and compiling our new DVD. This time around we wanted to give you a show from our homecountry Finland. The main show was filmed at the Teatria club in Oulu, Finland, last April. It showcases Sonata Arctica towards the end of the Days of Grays World Tour which started back in 2009. We played a total of over 180 shows in almost 40 countries during the tour.

"This will be a 2-DVD release with lots of bonuses, we'll have tour documentaries, making of's as well as music videos and bonus songs from our very own Sonata Arctica Open Air festival, held in our hometown, Kemi in August 2009. Wether you missed us or checked us out during this world tour, this DVD will be the complete guide to what we've been up to these past two years. I'm sure you all will enjoy watching this DVD as much as we’ve enjoyed making it. The Days of Grays World Tour has been absolutely fantastic and I'm very happy that we’ve managed to capture all the ups and downs on film. You'll know what I’m talking about when we get this monster package out!“

The live DVD set is scheduled for release on October 28th, 2011.

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More Metal Songs Added To The Rock Band Network

The recently announced demise of Guitar Hero may be leaving some metal fans in the lurch, but anyone who wants to rock out to heavy music this weekend can still look forward to new tracks added to the Rock Band Network.

Xbox 360 players get songs from Dying Fetus, This or the Apocalypse, Oceano, Motionless in White, Dirge Within, Cephalic Carnage, Decrepit Birth, and Nightrage. Starting on February 15th, the PS3 edition will receive more music from The Red Chord, A Day To Remember, and Sonata Arctica.

The newly added Xbox 360 tracks, including all non-metal songs, are as follows:

Hellfire Society - "Seed of Discord"
Where the Ocean Meets the Sky - "We Are But Instruments"
Kiev - "Rational Animal/Layered Line"
Bluefusion - "Fighting Spirit (2x Bass Pedal)"
A Wilhelm Scream - "Skid Rock"
Ricky Graham - "Refraction"
Dying Fetus - "Your Treachery Will Die With You"
Dying Fetus - "Your Treachery Will Die With You (2x Bass Pedal)"
This or the Apocalypse - "Lamnidae"
High Voltage - "Supernova"
Majestic - "Voodoo Treasure"
Cosmic Ballroom - "Painprovider"
Jenium - "Tea and Taxes"
Oceano - "District of Misery"
Motionless in White - "Abigail"
Mystakin - "A Fresh Start"
CyLeW - "Crinoline"
Dirge Within - "Forever the Martyr (2x Bass Pedal)"
Maplerun - "For You"
Minutes Like Ours - "Lights Out"
Enemy Remains - "Live for Today"
Chaotrope - "Septilogy"
Cephalic Carnage - "Abraxas of Filth (2x Bass Pedal)"
Decrepit Birth - "The Resonance (2x Bass Pedal)"
Those Among Us - "Disco Ball"
Perfect Hero - "Passion Of My Life"
Nightrage - "Shed the Blood"
With Life in Mind - "The Collapse of Men"
Lost in the Crawlspace - "Spyglass"
Captor - "Burn"
Anybody Who's Anybody - "Come Outside" More...

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Sonata Arctica Posts More Tour Footage

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.

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Sonata Arctica Posts Tour Footage

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.

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Sonata Arctica Posts Sixth Tour Video

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.

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Sonata Arctica Comments On Upcoming Live DVD

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."

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Sonata Arctica Posts Fifth Tour Video

Sonata Arctica has posted a fourth Latin American tour documentary video clip online, which can be viewed below.

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New Metal Songs Added To Rock Band

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...

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Sonata Arctica Posts Fourth Latin American Video

Sonata Arctica has posted a fourth Latin American tour documentary video clip online, which can be viewed below.

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Sonata Arctica Posts More Latin American Footage

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.

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Sonata Arctica Announces European Tour dates

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

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Timo Tolkki Joins Metal Super-Group Symfonia

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

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Sonata Arctica Posts Second Latin American Video

Sonata Arctica has posted a second documentary clip online detailing the band's tour in Latin America. The footage can be found below.

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Sonata Arctica Confirms Festival Appearance

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:

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Powerglove Posts Studio Footage Online

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:


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Sonata Arctica Postpones Show Due To Injury

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."

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Powerglove Reveals Guest Musician For New Album

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:
1. X-Men
2. Gotta Catch Em All
3. The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest
4. This Is Halloween
5. Batman
6. Transformers
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)

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Exodus Confirmed for 70000 Tons of Metal

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:

Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Sonata Arctica
Uli Jon Roth

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