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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 Plan Finnish Tour

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.

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Sonata Arctica Posts Wacken Open Air Photos Online

Sonata Arctica has posted photos of the band's performance at Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. Check them out here.

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Sonata Arctica to Tour with Into Eternity

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

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Machine Men Still On Finnish Charts

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...

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Sonata Arctica To Tour North America In 2006

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...

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Nightwish Get Special Guest For Europe Show

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.

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Nightwish To End World Tour In Helsinki, Finland

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).

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Sonata Arctica Confirms 2 More Festival Shows

Sonata Arctica have confirmed two more shows: Metalway Festival in Gernika, Spain on Aug. 12 and Summer Darkness in Utrecht, Netherlands on Aug. 13.

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Thunderstone, Machine Men Support Sonata Arctica

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".

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France's Raismesfest Line-up Complete

Raismes, north of France, will welcome the 8th edition of Raismesfest, heavy & melodic metal festival on the 10th and 11th of September.

Saturday 10:

- (local band to be chosen after the contest that will take place in Raismes on June 4th*)
- Edenbridge
- Dragonforce
- Nightmare
- Manigance
- Loudness
- Sonata Arctica

Sunday 11:

- Conscience
- Wild West
- The Old Dead Tree
- Anyone's Daughter
- Deadsoul Tribe
- Anathema

One day ticket: € 15 (€ 20 without reservation)
Two days ticket: € 25 (€ 30 without reservation)
Camping: € 5

For more information, visit www.raismesfest.com.

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Sonata Arctica To Embark On European Tour

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

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NEHMF 2005 Live Report

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...

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Wild West, Old Dead Tree Added To Raisemesfest

Raismesfest has announced two new bands, Wild West and The Old Dead Tree.

It seems that Saturday (Sept. 10) will be more power metal oriented and Sunday (Sept. 11) is going to be slighty doom/gothic oriented:

Sept. 10 Sonata Arctica, Edenbridge, Manigance, Wild West
Sept. 11 Anathema, Dead Soul Tribe, Anyone's Daughter, the Old Dead Tree

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Dragonland Confirmed For Thirteenth Day Fest

Swedish power metal band Dragonland are finally confirmed for the first festival in 2005. On July 24th 2005 they burn the stage on the Thirteenth Day Festival in The Academy, Birmingham, UK. First confirmed bands playing the festival are Sonata Arctica as headliner, Finntroll, Norther, Epica and many more.

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Schedule For NEMHF 2005 Announced

The 7th Annual New England Metal And Hardcore Festival is set to take place April 22-24 in Worcester, MA. As previously announced, this year's festival features stellar headlining acts such as KING DIAMOND, HATEBREED, DANZIG, OBITUARY, NILE, HYPOCRISY, DARK TRANQUILLITY and BEHEMOTH among others.

The following set times have been posted ( subject to change):

Main Stage Friday, April 22:

3:00 - 3:20- Winter Solstice
3:30 - 3:50- Kylesa
4:00 - 4:20- The Esoteric
4:30 - 4:50- Nora
5:00 - 5:20- Since the flood
5:30 - 5:50- Haste The Day
6:00 - 6:20- Premonitions Of War
6:30 - 7:00- All That Remains
7:15 - 7:45- Throwdown
8:00 - 8:30- As I lay dying
9:00 - 10:00- Obituary
10:30 - 11:30- Unearth
12:00 - 1:00- Hatebreed

Second Stage, Friday:

3:10 - 3:30- Ion Disonanance
3:40 - 4:00- Catastrophic
4:10 - 4:30- Scurvy
4:40 - 5:00- T.B.A.
5:10 - 5:30- The Minor Times
5:40 - 6:10- With Honor More...

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Danzig Confirmed To Headline NEMHF

Danzig and special guest Doyle have been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for the seventh annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.

In addition to the regular Danzig set, Doyle with join the band for a blistering 30-minute set of classic Misfits material. Danzig and Doyle have performed together just three times during Danzig’s recent tour – their first performances together in over 21 years.

Hatebreed, Unearth and Obituary will headline Friday night.

Saturday’s other headliners will include Chimaira and Cryptopsy.

Sunday’s headliners are King Diamond, Nile and Soilwork.

Also appearing are A Life Once Lost, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Blood Has Been Shed, Bury Your Dead, Dark Tranquility, Darkest Hour, Evergreen Terrace, Full Blown Chaos, Glass Casket, Hypocrisy, If Hope Dies, Internal Bleeding, Ion Dissonance, It Dies Today, Kylesa, Maroon, Misery Signals, Mnemic, Premonitions Of War, Pro-Pain, Red Chord, Reflux, Remembering Never, Scurvy, Sonata Arctica, Stemm, Strapping Young Lad, The Acacia Strain, The Agony Scene, The Esoteric, The Killing, The Minor Times, Throwdown, Trivium, Winter Solstice, and many more to be added.

Single day tickets are $35 per day. Three-day passes are $99. Tickets are on sale at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.

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Sonata Arctica, Norther, To Play Thirteenth Day

Sonata Arctica, Norther, Intense and Season's End are the play Thirteenth Day 2005, a festival that happens at the Birmingham Academy on July 24.

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6 Bands Confirmed For France's Raisemesfest

Raismesfest announced that the following bands will be performing for the 8th edition of the festival (September 10 & 11, France):

Sonata Arctica
Dead Soul Tribe
Anyone's Daughter

For more information, visit Festival de Raismes.

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Sonata Arctica Add Dates To North American Tour

Sonata Arctica have added new dates to their forthcoming North American tour starting in April. Their itinerary now includes: More...

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Candlemass Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Reunited Swedish doom legends Candlessmass have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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