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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 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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Sonata Arctica To Tour Europe In April/May

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.

Tour dates:

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

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Sonata Arctica Give Post-Euro Tour Update

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!"

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Spinefarm Metal DVD 2 Out Now

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.

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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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