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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.
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...
"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.
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.
Sonata Arctica have set a tentative release date of March 31st for their long-awaited live CD/DVD, "For the Sake of Revenge." Tracklisting:
- Blinded No More
- Fullmoon / White Pearls Black Oceans
- Victoria's Secret
- 8th Commandment
- Kingdom for a Heart
- My Land
- Black Sheep
- Sing in Silence/the End of this Chapter
- San Sebastian
- Don't Say a word
- The Cage
- Vodkaa....(hava nagila)
Sonata Arctica will do another European tour in April/May 2006. There will be headliner shows in Holland, France and Switzerland - all other shows will be headlined by Doro.
Apr. 15 Herne, GER - Gysenberghalle
Apr. 16 Nuremberg, GER - Löwensaal
Apr. 18 Vienna, AUT - Planet Music
Apr. 19 Munich, GER - Georg Elser Halle
Apr. 21 Stödtlen, GER - Springtime Festival
Apr. 22 Kaiserslautern, GER - Kammgarn
Apr. 23 Stuttgart, GER - Longhorn
Apr. 24 Pratteln, SWI - Z7
Apr. 26 Osnabrück, GER - Hyde Park
Apr. 27 Hamburg, GER - Fabrik
Apr. 28 Helmond, NETH - Plato
Apr. 29 Aalst, BEL - Oktoberhallen
Apr. 30 Paris, FRA - TBA
May 02 Montpellier, FRA - Rockstore
May 04 Porto, POR - Hard Club
May 05 Madrid, SPA - Aqualung
May 06 Barcelona, SPA - Razzmatazz 2
May 07 Bergara, SPA - Jam
SONATA ARCTICA's keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg has issued the following update on the "Sonata Boys":
"We just returned from our first European headlining tour, which exceeded everybody's expectations, and was basically sold out apart from a couple of gigs. Next up, we will be warming up for our peers Nightwish at the last show of the Once World Tour. The concert will be in Helsinki, Finland at the Hartwall Arena (capacity's around 10 000), and it was sold out in one hour! After a short Finnish tour November through December '05, SONATA ARCTICA will return to the States and Canada for 6 weeks of headlining shows starting in mid-January 2006. See y'all there!"
Spinefarm Record has released "Spinefarm Metal DVD 2." The contents:
1. Children of Bodom - Trashed, Lost & Strungout
2. To/Die/For - Little Deaths
3. Finntroll - Trollhammaren
4. Norther - Mirror of Madness
5. Tarot - Pyre of Gods
6. Entwine - Bitter Sweet
7. Children of Bodom - Sixpounder
8. Turmoin Katilot - Verta Ja Lihaa
9. Nightwish - Bless the Child
10. Ajattara - Haureus
11. Norther - Death Unlimited
12. Ram-Zet - Queen
13. Lowe Motor Corporation - Soul of a Pagan
14. Rotten Sound - Burden
15. Reverend Bizarre - Doom Over the World
16. Amoral - Other Flesh
17. Sonata Arctica - The Cage (Tavistia live)
18. To Separate the Flesh from the Bones - The Final Extinction (Tavastia live)
19. Rotten Sound - Targets (Tuska live)
20. To Separate the Flesh from the Bones - Drowned in Semen (Tavastia live)
21. Sonata Arctica - Kingdom for a Heart (Tavastia live)
22. Ensiferum - Battle Song (Party San live)
23. Children of Bodom - Bodom Beach Terror (Tuska live)
For more information, visit the Spinefarm Records website at www.spinefarm.fi.
Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA will be embarking on a headlining tour of Finland in late November/early December. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Nov. 24 - Raumanlinna - Rauma, FIN
Nov. 25 - Nosturi - Helsinki, FIN
Nov. 26 - Tuiskula - Nivala, FIN
Nov. 30 - Puijonsarvi Nightclub - Kuopio, FIN
Dec. 01 - Lutakko - Jyväskylä, FIN
Dec. 02 - Pakkahuone - Tampere, FIN
Dec. 03 – Sibeliustalo - Lahti, FIN
Dec. 05 – Teatria - Oulu, FIN
Prior to the Finnish trek, SONATA ARCTICA will undertake a European headlining tour in September. Support on the European trek will come from fellow Finns MACHINE MEN and Germany's SYMPHORCE. SONATA ARCTICA's fourth studio album, "Reckoning Night", was released last year via Nuclear Blast Records.
Sonata Arctica has posted photos of the band's performance at Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. Check them out here.
Sonata Arctica and Into Eternity have announced dates for a tour starting early next year, they are as follows:
January 14 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
January 15 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
January 17 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 18 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
January 20 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
January 21 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
January 22 - Quebec City, QC @ Theatre Capitole
January 24 - Rouyn-Noranda, QC @ Petit Theatre
January 25 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
January 26 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
January 28 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
January 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
January 31 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
February 6 - Vancouver, BC @ Richard's On Richards
February 7 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
February 10 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
February 11 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
February 13 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
February 15 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
February 16 - San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
Machine Men are happy guys these days. The young Finns earned great reactions during their performance at Earthshaker Fest last weekend and made a lot of new friends. What´s happening right now in the official Finnish single charts can easily be described as little sensation: the single “Falling”, taken from the upcoming album “Elegies”, is still in the top 20 on position 17 in its third week. Wow!
Machine Men will be performing on Wacken Open Air 2005 (Saturday, August 6th, W.E.T. Stage at 16:15 CET to 17:00 CET) to convince the metal fans with another brilliant show. All the metalheads who are not able to join this huge event will get their chance to catch up our newcomers on stage soon, as Machine Men are confirmed as support for Sonata Arctica on their European tour.
Upcoming Machine Men tour dates: More...
Sonata Arctica will return to North America with a big headliner tour through the US and Canada in January and February of 2006.
So far, two venues have been announced:
Jan. 18 New York City - B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill
Feb. 10 Los Angeles - Key Club
Other dates are as follows: More...
John Two-Hawks, a Native American hailing from Arkansas, will appear on the stage to perform the song "Creek Mary's Blood" with NIGHTWISH during their special concert at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki on October 21, 2005.
John Two-Hawks is a multi-instrumentalist who is devoted to spreading the culture and mentality of Native Americans. He has published six solo albums, and although he is constantly touring the U.S., Two-Hawks is very rarely seen on European soil.
"Creek Mary's Blood" was composed by NIGHTWISH keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and the song was featured on NIGHTWISH's platinum-selling (in Finland) "Once" album. On "Creek Mary's Blood" John Two-Hawks plays the flute and reads a poem translated to his native language. The song has never before been performed by its original recording lineup.
"Once Upon A Tour 2004-2005" has been selling out venues around the world for nearly 18 months and the group are now keen to end the tour on their home turf. At more than 150 shows on all continents, more than one million spectators have witnessed the NIGHTWISH spectacle. The Hartwall Arena show will be their last before NIGHTWISH take a lengthy break, estimated to last for at least 18 months, during which they will compose and record the follow-up to their highly successful "Once" album.
NIGHTWISH will be filming the Helsinki show for future release as a full-length DVD. The director will be Antti Jokinen, who has previously worked with the group on the "Nemo" clip. The show will be recorded with 20 cameras, which is unheard of in Finland. But then again, not many bands have sold 2.5 million records and are able to present a spectacle featuring such an arsenal of sound, light, visuals and pyro effects.
Tickets for the show go on sale on Monday, July 25 at 9:00 a.m. through Lippupalvelu and Menolippu.
The concert will be presented in cooperation with Radio City, whose metal program, "Rautakanki", will offer special features and contests regarding this event, as well as Sue magazine, the biggest music magazine in Finland. Also appearing on the bill will be SONATA ARCTICA.
Nightwish has announced that they will end their 1.5-year-long Once Upon a Tour world tour at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland on October 21. The supporting band is Sonata Arctica and special guest is John Two-Hawks. The concert will be filmed on DVD and will be directed by Antti Jokinen. Tickets will be on sale starting July 25 through Lippupalvelu (www.lippupalvelu.fi) and Menolippu (www.menolippu.fi).
Other upcoming Nightwish tour dates: More...
Sonata Arctica have confirmed two more shows: Metalway Festival in Gernika, Spain on Aug. 12 and Summer Darkness in Utrecht, Netherlands on Aug. 13.
THUNDERSTONE and MACHINE MEN are said to be in talks to support SONATA ARCTICA on their upcoming headlining tour of Europe, scheduled for September.
THUNDERSTONE will release their third full-length album, "Tools of Destruction", in the U.S. on June 28 via Nuclear Blast Records. "Tools of Destruction" was mixed at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne.
MACHINE MEN are scheduled to release their new album, "Elegies", on July 25 via Century Media Records. "Elegies" was recorded by THUNDERSTONE's Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump Studios (OMNIUM GATHERUM, THUNDERSTONE) and mastered at the established Finnvox Studios. The CD includes nine catchy and profoundly melodic new songs as well as a cover version of BRUCE DICKINSON's "Freak".
Raismes, north of France, will welcome the 8th edition of Raismesfest, heavy & melodic metal festival on the 10th and 11th of September.
- (local band to be chosen after the contest that will take place in Raismes on June 4th*)
- Sonata Arctica
- Wild West
- The Old Dead Tree
- Anyone's Daughter
- Deadsoul Tribe
One day ticket: € 15 (€ 20 without reservation)
Two days ticket: € 25 (€ 30 without reservation)
Camping: € 5
For more information, visit www.raismesfest.com.
Sonata Arctica will embark on their first ever European headlining tour in September. Tour dates are as follows:
Sept 08 Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany
Sept 09 Willem 2 in `S-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Sept 10 Raismes Festival in Raismes, France
Sept 12 Theatre Barbey in Bordeaux, France
Sept 13 Havanna Café in Toulouse, France
Sept 14 Transbordeur in Lyon, France
Sept 16 Planet Music in Vienna, Austria
Sept 17 Wigwam in Budapest, Hungary
Sept 19 Backstage in Munich, Germany
Sept 20 Rolling Stone in Milan, Italy
Sept 21 Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany
Sept 23 Hof Ter Lo in Antwerp, Belgium
Sept 24 Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland
Sept 25 Zeche in Bochum, Germany
It’s that time of year again- birds are chirping, trees are blossoming, the city’s Crowne Plaza Hotel is bombarded with numerous metal parties. And, of course, the local businesses in Worcester, MA hand out flyers that read “Dear metalheads (!!!), if you’re wondering where to get drunk tonight, come to our pub”.
It’s the New England Metal Fest weekend, which was held on April 22-24 and welcomed fans from all corners of the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and even UK. Probably the biggest and best festival on this side of the Atlantic. At least this year’s. I was giddy with excitement about this event since January and I lived to share my observations and opinions. More...