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

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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.

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Sonata Arctica Reveal New Guitarist

Finnish metallers SONATA ARCTICA have issued the following update:

"As many already know, our guitarist Jani Liimatainen has been absent from the lineup this spring and summer. The reason was his messing around with his compulsory military/civil/prison duty, or rather, complete failure to take care of it.

"This matter, and everything that goes with it, caused a split between Jani and the other band members. This split was impossible to mend without Jani's help and co-operation.

"Therefore we would like to make known the following: During fall of '06 and spring of '07, Jani's personal matters and actions drove us to a situation where we had no option but to ask Jani to leave the band.

"Jani was notified of this in May, and the separation was amicable. We wanted to give Jani the chance to get his life together before making this public, which is why we didn't make this announcement earlier. We wish Jani well on his chosen path.

"'Show must go on,' so, facing the facts, we hereby humbly announce that Elias Viljanen is from this day forward a full and official member of SONATA ARCTICA.

"Throughout this summer, on many occasions, Elias has shown himself to be able to fill the big boots Jani left behind.

"We hope our friends and our fans understand that this was the only choice left for us to make so that our band could continue. SONATA ARCTICA has always been, and always will be, more than the sum of its parts. The band has become for us a way of life, a lifeline that simply can not be cut off.

"A long 'Unia' tour lies in front of us.

"We extend Elias a warm welcome to the SONATA family, and we hope the fans will, too. SONATA ARCTICA is whole again.

"See you on the road!"

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Firewind Cancel Cheltenham, UK Show

Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND have issued the following update:

"The promoter of the venue Night Owl in Cheltenham, UK has cancelled the Firewind show that was scheduled for August 17th. The reasons are not clear to us at this moment. We're sorry to the fans that were planning on catching that show, but it wasn"t our fault. We hope to see you all at JB"s Dudley the very next day (August 18) which is not very far from Cheltenham."

Upcoming Firewind live dates include:

22 - Thessaloniki, Greece at Metal Healing Festival

11 - Rades, Tunisia at Rock A Rades Festival (with Adagio, After Forever, etc.)
16 - Derby, England at Bloodstock Open Air
18 - Dudley, England at JB’s (with Man Of The Hour)

September (North American Tour)
19 - Minneapolis, MN at Station 4 (with Epica)
20 - Mokena, IL at The Pearl Room Mokena
21 - Cleveland, OH at Peabodys (with Edguy)
22 - Toronto, ON at The Funhaus
23 - Detroit, MI at I-Rock
24 - Reading, PA at The Silo
26 - Quebec City, QC at Salle Albert Rousseau (with Sonata Arctica)
27 - Montreal, QC at Medley (with Sonata Arctica)
28 - Poughkeepsie, NY at Chance Theater (with Sonata Arctica)
29 - Bedford, NH at Marks Showplace
30 - New York City, NY at B.B. Kings Blues Club (with Sonata Arctica)

October (North American Tour)
2 - Philadelphia, PA at The Trocadero (with Sonata Arctica)
3 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx (with Sonata Arctica)
4 - Covington, KY at The Mad Hatter
5 - Fayetteville, NC at Jesters Pub
6 - Atlanta, GA at Prog Power USA (SOLD OUT)

October (Japan Tour with KAMELOT)
10 - Tokyo, Japan at Shibuya O-East
11 - Osaka, Japan at Club Quattro
12 - Nagoya, Japan at Bottom Line
14 - Yokohama, Japan at Blitz

10 - Copenhagen, Denmark at Prog Power Scandinavia

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Sonata Arctica Album Goes Gold In Finland

Right after SONATA ARCTICA's "best of" compilation, "The Collection", going gold, the band's debut album, "Ecliptica", has followed suit by reaching certified Gold status in Finland. More than 20,000 copies were sold since the release of the album. This marks the band's sixth Gold record.

Here are the band's upcoming tour dates:

July 7 - Turku, Finland - Ruisrock
July 13 - Vaasa, Finland - Rockperry
July 14 - Joensuu - Finland - Ilosaarirock
July 19 - Nagoya, Japan - Zepp Nagoya
July 20 - Osaka, Japan - Namba Hatch
July 21 - Tokyo, Japan - Shibuya-AX
July 22 - Tokyo, Japan - Shibuya-AX
July 27 - Kuusamo, Finland - Kuusamo Ruka Open Air
July 28 - Oulu, Finland - Qstock Festival
Aug. 5 - Vantaa, Finland - Ankkarock
Sept. 7 - Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador
Sept. 8 - Monterrey, Mexico - Café Iguana
Sept. 9 - Guadalajara, Mexico - HRL
Sept. 12 - Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
Sept. 14 - Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
Sept. 15 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse
Sept. 16 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Sept. 17 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theater
Sept. 19 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
Sept. 21 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
Sept. 22 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
Sept. 23 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
Sept. 24 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
Sept. 26 - Quebec City, QC - Salle Albert Rosseau
Sept. 27 - Montreal, QC - The Medley
Sept. 28 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance Theater
Sept. 29 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sept. 30 - New York, NY - B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill
Oct. 2 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Oct. 3 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Oct. 5 - Atlanta, GA - ProgPower USA VIII
Oct. 6 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Oct. 7 - Winter Park, FL - The Haven
Oct. 9 - Houston, TX - The Meridian
Oct. 31 - Stockholm, Sweden - Arenan


Nov. 1 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
Nov. 3 - Göteborg, Sweden - Lisebergshallen
Nov. 4 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet
Nov. 5 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Nov. 7 - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
Nov. 8 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA-Longhorn
Nov. 9 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Nov. 10 - Kaufbeuren, Germany - All Kart Halle
Nov. 12 - London, UK - Carling Academy
Nov. 13 - Paris, France - Elysée Montmartre
Nov. 14 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
Nov. 16 - Madrid, Spain - Heineken
Nov. 17 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz II
Nov. 19 - Milano, Italy - Alcatraz
Nov. 20 - Budapest, Hungary - Petöfi Hall
Nov. 21 - Vienna, Austria - Planet Music
Nov. 23 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
Nov. 24 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Lo
Nov. 25 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013
Nov. 26 - Amsterdam, Holland - Melkweg

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Mehida Signs To Napalm Records

MEHIDA, a new band of Mikko Harkin (ex-Sonata Arctica) and Thomas Vikström (Therion, ex-Candlemass) has signed to Napalm Records. Ex-Am I Blood guitarist Jani Stefanovic (ex-Am I Blood) is also involved in the project. "MEHIDA manage an extraordinary feat by converging their progressive roots and technical prowess with strong, memorable vocal lines and first-class songwriting," states the label.

The release of the band's debut album, "Blood & Water" is set for 31.8.2007.

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Sonata Arctica Announce Full US Tour Dates

Sonata Arctica will return to North America touring in support of their latest album, "Unia". Tour dates feature The Agonist in support dates are as follows:

09-16-2007 The Key Club Hollywood CA
09-17-2007 The Galaxy Theatre Santa Ana CA
09-21-2007 Metro/ Smart Bar Chicago IL
09-22-2007 Harpo’s Concert Theatre Detroit MI
09-23-2007 Peabody’s Down Under Cleveland OH
09-24-2007 The Opera House Toronto ON Canada
09-26-2007 Albert Rousseau Quebec City QC Canada
09-27-2007 Medley Montreal QC Canada
09-28-2007 Chance Theater Poughkeepsie NY
09-29-2007 The Palladium Worcester MA
09-30-2007 B.B. Kings Blues Club New York City NY
10-2-2007 The Trocadero Philadelphia PA
10-3-2007 Jaxx West Springfield VA
10-5-2007 Center Stage Atlanta GA
10-6-2007 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale FL
10-9-2007 Sonata Arctica Meridian Houston TX
09-12-2007 Palladium Dallas TX
09-15-2007 The Clubhouse Tempe AZ
09-16-2007 The Key Club Hollywood CA
09-17-2007 The Galaxy Theatre Santa Ana CA
09-19-2007 Bluebird Theatre Denver CO
09-21-2007 Metro/ Smart Bar Chicago IL
09-22-2007 Harpo’s Concert Theatre Detroit MI
09-23-2007 Peabody’s Down Under Cleveland OH
09-24-2007 The Opera House Toronto ON Canada
09-26-2007 Salle Albert Rousseau Quebec City QC Canada
09-27-2007 Medley Montreal QC Canada
09-28-2007 Chance Theater Poughkeepsie NY
09-29-2007 The Palladium Worcester MA
09-30-2007 B.B. Kings Blues Club New York NY
10-2-2007 The Trocadero Philadelphia PA
10-3-2007 Jaxx W. Springfield VA
10-5-2007 Center Stage Atlanta GA
10-6-2007 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale FL
10-7-2007 The Haven Winter Park FL

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Sonata Arctica Writes "Da Best Song Ever"

"The guys from SONATA ARCTICA have Sopranos fever, and nothing makes them happier than visiting New York City," writes Brian Stillman of Revolver magazine. And so starts the story of how two of Finland's favorite sons stopped in on the Revolver offices, stumbled over a portable recording unit, and recorded "Da Best Song Ever." To read the rest of the adventure, pick up the August 2007 issue and turn to Page 42.

You can check out some exclusive, behind-the-scenes shots of the SONATA ARCTICA recording session while at Revolver online. You can also listen to "Da Best Song Ever" at Revolver's site.

Sign up to win a CD-R of "Da Best Song Ever" and the one-of-a-kind autographed lyric sheet used in the 2-hour recording session here.

Recorded and mixed at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, SONATA ARCTICA's latest album, Unia, which has been available in North America since May 22nd, landed on the following international album charts: Finland - #1; Japan - #7; Sweden - #27; Germany - #35; Switzerland - #40; Austria - #62. The "Paid In Full" single (video available for viewing here) also secured the #1 Single slot in their native land.

SONATA's third North American tour begins September 12th in Fort Worth, Texas and includes a headlining performance at the ProgPower VIII Festival in Atlanta Georgia. Complete tour dates can be found here.

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Sonata Arctica Post 'Paid In Full' Video Online

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have posted their video for the song "Paid in Full" at YouTube. The track comes off the group's new album, "Unia" (Finnish for "Dreams"), due in North America on May 22 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was mixed at Finnvox studio in Helsinki and was mastered at the Cutting Room in Stockholm, Sweden. More...

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Sonata Arctica Announce More Japanese Live Dates

SONATA ARCTICA have updated their 2007 tour schedule with two more shows for Japan. They will play Zepp Nagoya in Nagoya on July 19th and Namba Hatch in Osaka on July 20th.

Following their North American tour the band will do another headlining tour of Europe in October/November. The support act will be announced later.

Sonata Arctica's tour schedule is now as follows:

27 - Teatria - Oulu, Finland
28 - Holiday Club Katinkulta (RockKatti 2007) - Vuokatti, Finland (with CHARON)
29 - Pakkahuone - Tampere, Finland
30 - Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland

9 - Sauna Open Air - Tampere, Finland
21 - Himos Festival - Jämsä, Finland

6 - Ruisrock - Turku, Finland
13 - Rockperry - Vaasa, Finland
19 - Zepp Nagoya - Nagoya, Japan
20 - Namba Hatch - Osaka, Japan
21 - Shibuya-AX - Tokyo, Japan
22 - Shibuya-AX - Tokyo, Japan
27 - Kuusamo Ruka Open Air - Kuusamo, Finland
28 - Qstock Festival - Oulu, Finland More...

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Progpower USA Sold Out

The organizers of the ProgPower USA festival have announced a surprise headline set for this year's sold-out edition of the internationally renowned festival. Saturday night (October 6) will now finish with an all-star cover set featuring vocalists from both the showcase and the festival. Each vocalist will be given the opportunity to perform 1-2 cover songs of their choice with the music being provided by the members of PAGAN'S MIND. Additional guests will join them throughout the set.

"The fans have made this festival a success and it's time to give something back to them," said ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston. "I wanted to announce this after the sell-out as a reward instead of in advance as an incentive. It's going to be one hell of a party on stage."

As a result of the additional performance, there has been a major change in the schedule and door times. "I had to shake things up quite a bit to make this work," Harveston explained. "However, the fans can relax knowing that not one band will have a single minute cut from their previously announced set lengths."

The new schedule and door times can be found at the festival web site. More...

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The Agonist Sign Worldwide Deal With Century Media

Century Media announce the signing of montreal's The Agonist:

It is extremely rare to find an up-and-coming metal band taking strong political stands, much less one that’s led by a dominating, beautiful, edgy female. But it is exactly this unique dynamic that led Century Media Records to sign Montreal’s THE AGONIST (formerly The Tempest) to a worldwide deal. This quartet delivers introspective, scathing lyrics, and their debut album Once Only Imagined, which is set for a summer release, will definitely catch people’s attention.

Vocalist Alissa White-Gluz’s vegan roots fuel her need to promote the protection of the planet and its inhabitants, and she does so through this outlet. Along with guitarist Danny Marino, bassist Chris Kells and drummer Simon McKay, each member brings their own rich musical backgrounds to the table, creating the perfect expression of melody and madness. Make no mistake, this is a straight-up metal band that holds nothing back with one goal in mind: to make music that is as catchy as it is heavy; as sweet as it is loud; and as angry as it is melancholy. Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/theagonist for new photos and new tracks. A new track, “Rise and Fall,” also appears on Century Media’s free spring sampler.

Alissa states: “We were definitely intrigued when Century Media took notice, simply by chance, after hearing a few unmastered tracks of ours. This partnership with Century gives us the platform to say what we need to say and do what we need to do, and that is promote and educate the public on some fundamental causes that are quickly being forgotten, voiced through provoking music that carries the message home.” More...

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Sonata Arctica Host Listening Party in NYC

SONATA ARCTICA lead vocalist Tony Kakko and keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg will host a listening party for their new album, Unia, at Lit Lounge (93 Second Avenue - between 5th & 6th Streets) in New York City on Monday, April 2nd. Scheduled for North American release on May 22nd, Unia will be played in its entirety on the Main Floor between 8 and 11 p.m. A 21 & Over event, admission is FREE, and Vice TV will be on hand to interview fans in attendance. Tony & Henrik will also be Guest DJs at the club.

Checking in from his home base in Kemi, Finland is Tony Kakko:

"'Unia' means 'dreams' in our native tongue Finnish. I reckon we are not gonna have much time to sleep & dream 'cause we will be actually LIVING ours in NewYork City, USA! Can't wait! Finally, the fifth studio album we've worked our asses off for is ready and we could not be any happier with the result! The sound is so full and warm, heavy while being gentle... The production is so much bigger than on any other SONATA ARCTICA album with choir, strings, and all sorts of weird instruments, like the bouzouki [a stringed instrument with a pear-shaped body and very long neck], to mention one. The only fear I have is that all the people who listen to 'Unia' will not be able to pick up everything we've knitted in there, 'cause the whole album is so full of little details. This album will open and open and open up more and more with each listen - like a good novel or a movie - and really stand the thousand spins that people want to give the album. I've lived with this music for almost 2 years now and you'd think I'd be bored with it by now, knowing all the tiny details there, but no! This rollercoaster ride still gives me a rush! You'd need to be me to know how great it feels. So I've tested it for you. It's safe. Just sit back and enjoy! Henrik and myself will tour the world meeting you all, partying with ya all, walking you through 'unia.' North America, ready or now, here we come - and beware, 'cause I'm bringing Henkka with me... HAHA!"

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Sonata Arctica Post Album Tracklisiting And Art

The cover art for Sonata Arctica's new album, Unia, can be viewed at this location.

The tracklisting is as follows:

01. In Black And White
02. Paid In Full
03. For The Sake Of Revenge
04. It Won't Fade
05. Under Your Tree
06. Caleb
07. The Vice
08. My Dream's But A Drop Of Fuel For A Nightmare
09. The Harvest
10. The Worlds Forgotten, The Words Forbidden
11. Fly With The Black Swan
12. Good Enough Is Good Enough

Unia is due out in stores on May 25th, 2007.

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Sonata Arctica New Album Update

SONATA ARCTICA have named their forthcoming new album Unia. The album will be released on May 25 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band were recently confirmed to play the Kuusamo Ruka Open Air in Kuusamo, Finland on July 27th. Their Finnish tour schedule is now as follows: More...

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Sonata Arctica Announce Finnish Dates

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have lined up the following dates in their home country in April:

Apr. 27 - Teatria - Oulu, FIN
Apr. 28 - Holiday Club Katinkulta (RockKatti 2007) - Vuokatti, FIN (w/ CHARON)
Apr. 29 - Pakkahuone - Tampere, FIN
Apr. 30 - Tavastia - Helsinki, FIN

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Sonata Arctica Announce 2007 Tour Dates

Sonata Arctica have announced a slew of North American tour dates for the new year. Dates announced so far take place September through October. Dates include a performance at the ProgPower festival held each year in Atlanta, Georgia.

September 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
September 17 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
September 21 - Chicago, IL @ The Metro
September 22 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
September 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
September 24 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
September 27 - Montreal, QC @ The Medley
September 28 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
September 29 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
September 30 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
October 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
October 3 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
October 5 - Atlanta, GA @ ProgPower USA VIII
October 9 - Houston, TX @ The Meridian

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Sonata Arctica Begin Rehearsing For New Album

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have commenced the songwriting process for their follow-up to 2004's "Reckoning Night". A rehearsal "diary" detailing the band's progress has been launched via the group's official web site at this location.

As previously reported, SONATA ARCTICA's live DVD, "For the Sake of Revenge", has been certified gold in the band's home country for sales in excess of 5,000 copies. The set entered the Finnish Music DVD chart at position No. 1 back in June. The CD version of "For the Sake of Revenge" landed on the national album chart at No. 26.

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More Bands Confirmed For Tuska Open Air

VENOM, CELTIC FROST and OPETH are among the confirmed bands for the ninth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, set to take place June 20 – July 2 at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. A total of 32 bands will perform on three stages over the course of three days. In addition, a couple of dozen bands will be appearing at the infamous evening clubs during the three-day festival run. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...

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Sonata Arctica Certified Gold

"Reckoning Night", the latest album from the Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA, has been certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 15,000 copies. SONATA ARCTICA had previously achieved the same feat with their third album, "Winterheart's Guild".

SONATA ARCTICA's fourth studio album, "Reckoning Night", was released in 2004 via Nuclear Blast Records. A live SONATA ARCTICA DVD/CD, entitled "For the Sake of Revenge", is scheduled for release on March 31, 2006.

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Nevermore Confirmed For Gods Of Metal Festival

Nevermore have announced that they will be playing this year's installment of the Gods of Metal festival, which is set to take place in Italy on June 3-4. The festival also features Stratovarius, Dimmu Borgir, Sonata Arctica, Testament, and more.

Nevermore have also been confirmed for the Live N Louder festivals in Mexico City, Mexico on October 7th, Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 12th and Sao Paulo, Brazil on October 14th.

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Sonata Arctica To Release Live CD/DVD In March

Sonata Arctica have set a tentative release date of March 31st for their long-awaited live CD/DVD, "For the Sake of Revenge." Tracklisting:

- Intro
- Misplaced
- Blinded No More
- Fullmoon / White Pearls Black Oceans
- Victoria's Secret
- Broken
- 8th Commandment
- Shamandalie
- Kingdom for a Heart
- Replica
- My Land
- Black Sheep
- Sing in Silence/the End of this Chapter
- San Sebastian
- Gravenimage
- Don't Say a word
- The Cage
- Vodkaa....(hava nagila)

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