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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 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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Sonata Arctica Issues Album Update

Tony Kakko of Finnish act Sonata Arctica has checked in with the following brief update about progress on the band's upcoming new album and follow-up to "The Days of Grays:"

"Hi ya all! Greetings from a photoshoot! The next studio album is in making and already it was a high time to take care of the visual side. Time flies...can't wait to get this baby out! Cheers!"

The band recently stated in an interview that the new album will differ in sound from "The Days of Grays," with excerpts from the interview available here.

Sonata Arctica will also be releasing the "Live in Finland" DVD on November 15th, 2011. You can check out a teaser trailer at this location.

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New Sonata Arctica LP To Be "A Bit Different"

Sonata Arctica keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg was recently interviewed by Rock Overdose (Greece), in which he revealed some information on the direction of the next Sonata Arctica Release. The following Q&A represents an excerpt from that interview:

Q: So you are in the studio right now?

A: "We're going into the studio next month. We have one week of rehearsals left. We pretty much know the songs already."

Q: I suppose you know the direction of the album. Will it be similar to the previous one?

A: "No. I think this one will be a bit different from anything we've done before. It's not going to be so progressive as the two last ones were. That's for sure. Also I think this one will be more hard rock than our other works. It's hard to tell. I know how it will sound but it's hard to describe it."

Q: So it will not be so metal like the previous releases. It will be more hard rock?

A: "Well yeah. Of course it's going to be metal. It's not going to be like BON JOVI or something like that."

Q: Will you use symphonic elements?

A: "Well, probably not. We tried that on the previous album and it worked really well but the sound for this album doesn't really need symphonic elements."

Q: When are you planning to release the new album?

A: "Well it should be out before the summer of 2012. Somewhere around April or May."

Read the full article at this location.

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Sonata Arctica Posts Time Lapse Preview Video

Finnish symphonic metal band Sonata Arctica posted a new time lapse trailer video for the upcoming 2-CD, 2-DVD set "Live in Finland." The package is due for release on November 11th (Europe) and November 15th, 2011 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records. The Artwork and track listing for "Live in Finland" are both available at this location.

Check out the video here:

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Sonata Arctica Posts New "Live In Finland" Trailer

Sonata Arctica's upcoming 2-CD, 2-DVD set "Live in Finland" will be released on November 11th (Europe) and November 15th, 2011 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has now posted a new teaser clip online for the release, which can be viewed below. Artwork and track listing for "Live in Finland" are both available here.

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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:

DVD1
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)

DVD 2
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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