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Formed: 1996
From: Kemi, Finland
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Kamelot Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

Tampa-based power metallers KAMELOT are the latest act confirmed for the 2008 edition of the Wacken Open Air, which is scheduled for July 31st - August 2nd, in Wacken, Germany. This will be an exclusive German Festival appearance for 2008.

Acts on the Wacken bill now include headliners IRON MAIDEN, CARCASS (reunion show), AT THE GATES (reunion show), AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CREMATORY (Best Of Show), DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, HATEBREED, KAMELOT, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES.

In other Kamelot news, the band are busy working on a special edition live CD, new songwriting and also preparing for the upcoming Headliner European tour and eventual North American Tour for 2008. Kamelot released it's blockbuster CD Ghost Opera in June 2007 on SPV/Steamhammer. The album charted in the following countries:
Norway - #25
Sweden - #29
Finland - #35
USA - #48 (indie charts)
The Netherlands - #51
Germany - #61
France - #83
Switzerland - #88
Greece - #23 (foreign albums)
Japan - #13 (international albums)
United Kingdom - #24 (rock & metal charts)

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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Essence of Sorrow Post New Demo Song Online

ESSENCE OF SORROW, the Finnish band led by DIVINEFIRE guitarist Jani Stefanovic, has posted a demo version of a new song, "Blind Man", on its MySpace page.

ESSENCE OF SORROW released its debut album, "Reflections of the Obscure", in December 2006 in Japan through King Records and in January 2007 in Europe via Rivel Records. The band, initially a solo project, began to take shape during the spring of 2005 in Gothenburg, Sweden when Stefanovic started composing intricate music that expressed various feelings through strong melancholic melodies. As time passed, Jani began to expand his vision by transforming his solo project into a full-fledged band. More...

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The Bones Confirmed For Wacken 2008

Swedish punk 'n' roll masters THE BONES have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

IRON MAIDEN (headliners)
CARCASS
HATEBREED
CHILDREN OF BODOM
AVANTASIA
KREATOR
SONATA ARCTICA
SALTATIO MORTIS
THE BONES

THE BONES recently posted another track from their upcoming album, "Burnout Boulevard", which will hit stores on October 22. You can listen to "Mighty Touchdown" at the group's MySpace page.

"Burnout Boulevard", the band's first album for Century Media Records, will be available as a CD and luxurious limited-edition digipak, including two bonus tracks, a video enhancement, poster and sticker. The CD was produced by lead guitarist Marcus "Boner" Petersson and recorded at the renowned MWC Studio in the band's hometown of Karlskrona, Sweden while the pre-production was done at Music-A-Matic Studios in Gothenburg (MILLENCOLLIN, THE HELLACOPTERS, THE NOMADS, D.A.D.).

"Burnout Boulevard" track listing:

01. Mighty Touchdown (3:52)
02. Flatline Fever (2:36)
03. She Hates Me (Yeah Yeah Yeah) (1:49)
04. Stuck In The Mud (2:57)
05. Not My Kind (1:42)
06. Straight Flush Ghetto (2:08)
07. Sealed With A Fist (2:28)
08. Dead Weight (2:14)
09. Ain't Life A Motherfucker (2:32)
10. Not Predictable (3:29)
11. Destination X (1:40)
12. Black Day Boogie (3:18)
13. Too Many Miles (3:25)
14. Fools Vacation (2:33)
15. Fit In My Skin (2:35)

THE BONES lineup:

Boner - Lead Guitar and Backup/Lead Vocals
Spooky Fred - Drums and Backup Vocals
Andi Nero - Bass and Backup Vocals
Beef Bonanza - Guitar and Lead Vocals

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Hatebreed Confirmed For Wacken 2008

Connecticut-based hardcore/metal band HATEBREED has been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

IRON MAIDEN (headliners)
CARCASS
HATEBREED
CHILDREN OF BODOM
AVANTASIA
KREATOR
SONATA ARCTICA
SALTATIO MORTIS

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Huge Helsinki Gig Announced

Finnish Metal Events, the parent company behind world renown Tuska Festival and Finnish Metal Expo, presents the biggest ever SONATA ARCTICA show in Helsinki, Finland.

On December 29th, the Kemi-based sextet takes the Cable Factory in Helsinki by blizzard, showcasing unforeseen special effects and unhindered Northern glory.

In addition this, Finnish Metal Events will also present the long-awaited resurgence of NIGHTWISH in Helsinki. The new and improved Nightwish will perform at the Helsinki Icehall on New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2008.

If that’s not enough, the very best of German power metal, namely HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY and AXXIS will storm the stage of the Cable Factory on December 11th in yet another Finnish Metal Events extravaganza.

All this is merely foreplay to the fourth annual Finnish Metal Expo during February 15th - 16th, a weekend of total carnage and metal mayhem, consisting of live bands, instrument clinics and the expo area.

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Sonata Arctica Announce Further Tour Dates

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA — whose third North American tour begins September 12 in Fort Worth, Texas and includes a headlining performance at the ProgPower USA VIII festival in Atlanta, Georgia — are planning on returning in February 2008 for another batch of dates that will cover mostly Canada and will include some U.S. shows. Support on the trek will come from VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Feb. 08 - Winnipeg, MB @ The West End Cultural Centre
Feb. 09 - Regina, SK @ Exchange
Feb. 10 - Edmonton, AL @ Starlite Room
Feb. 11 - Calgary, AL @ The Warehouse
Feb. 13 - Vancouver, BC @ Plaza Club
Feb. 14 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Feb. 15 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Feb. 16 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
Feb. 18 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Feb. 19 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Tickets for the above-listed dates go on sale on Friday, August 31 at noon EST exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until October 1 when they go on sale through normal ticketing systems.

SONATA ARCTICA recently parted ways with guitarist Jani Liimatainen and replaced him with Elias Viljanen.

The band's new album, "Unia", was certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 15,000 copies. This brings the band's total number of gold albums to seven, with their debut LP, "Ecliptica", and "best-of" compilation, "The Collection", reaching gold status in the past few weeks.

Recorded and mixed at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, "Unia" — which has been available in North America since May 22 — landed on the following international album charts: Finland - #1; Japan - #7; Sweden - #27; Germany - #35; Switzerland - #40; Austria - #62. The "Paid in Full" single also secured the #1 single position in the band's native land.

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The Agonist Tour Schedule

The Agonist will be touring in September and October. Here are the tour dates:

dates w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
9/6 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
9/8 Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
9/9 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom

dates w/ Sonata Arctica, Firewind
9/12 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
9/14 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
9/15 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
9/16 Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
9/17 Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy Theatre
9/19 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
9/21 Chicago, IL @ Metro/Smart Bar
9/22 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's Concert Theatre
9/23 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
9/24 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
9/26 Quebec City, QC @ Salle Albert Rousseau
9/27 Montreal, QC @ Medley
9/28 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
9/29 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (no Firewind)
9/30 New York, NY @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
10/02 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
10/03 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
10/06 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
10/07 Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
10/09 Houston, TX @ Meridian

dates w/ Overkill
10/11 Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
10/12 Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
10/13 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
10/14 Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
10/15 Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
10/16 Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
10/17 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
10/18 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under

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Unexpect Announce More Upcoming Shows

Canadian experimental metallers UNEXPECT have lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates:

August 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Metal Bar
September 9 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
September 14 - Oshawa, ON @ Royal Canadian Legion
September 30 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Sonata Arctica
October 13 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Rock and Shock Festival)
October 14 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
October 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
October 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House w/ After Forever
October 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks w/ After Forever
October 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft w/ Prong
October 27 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place w/ Prong
November 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Enslaved, Arsis

The band will also be taking part in the previously announced North American tour featuring TRAIL OF TEARS, CELLADOR, and ECHOES OF ETERNITY. You can check out the dates for that tour online here.

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Sonata Arctica Confirmed For W.O.A. 2008

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. Also scheduled to appear are IRON MAIDEN (headliners), CHILDREN OF BODOM, AVANTASIA and KREATOR.

SONATA ARCTICA recently parted ways with guitarist Jani Liimatainen and replaced him with Elias Viljanen.

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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:

July
22 - Thessaloniki, Greece at Metal Healing Festival

August
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

November
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

w/ EPICA and RIDE THE SKY:

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:

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

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

July
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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