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From: Kemi, Finland
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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.
The 2005 edition of the Wacken Open Air Festival is scheduled to take place August 4th - 6th in Wacken, Germany. The latest acts confirmed for the festival are TRISTANIA, NAGLFAR and SONATA ARCTICA.
A complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...
Sweden Rock Festival will take place on June 9 to 11, 2005 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The progressive metal band Dream Theater have just been confirmed for the festival. Other confirmed band are as follows:
Swedish bands: Morgana Lefay, Satanic Slauter, Symphorce, Crystal Eyes, Yngwie Malmsteen, Candlemass, Hammerfall, Therion, Hellfueled, Statetrooper, A.C.T, Thryfing
Foreign bands: Mötley Crüe (US), Accept (D), DIO (UK), Saxon (UK), Kansas (US), Styx (US), Blackfoot (US), Magnum (UK), Sebastian Bach (US), Helix (CAN), Vixen (US), Sonata Arctica (FIN), Robin Trower (US), Nazareth (UK), Shakra (CH), Force Of Evil (DK)
The organizers of the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival have announced most of the bands that will perform at this year's event, set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:
Friday, April 22, 2005 (doors open at 3:00 p.m.): More...
Nightwish will be touring the US once again in the New Year with Sonata Arctica. Confirmed dates so far:
Apr. 18 Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
Apr. 20 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Apr. 21 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Apr. 23 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Apr. 25 New York, NY @ BB King's
Apr. 28 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
May 8 San Francisco @ The Fillmore
May 10 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
For those of you having yet to experience Nightwish, check out the E-card here.
Hilselinko seeks for the most interesting new metal talent in Finland for the Finnish Metal Expo, which is set to take place in Helsinki, Kaapelitehdas on January 28 and 29 of next year. The Finnish Metal Expo gathers consumers, musicians and businesses under the same roof. International Metal Meeting is a professional event for the industry.
Among the bands announced for live shows are the following:
For more info, visit the official FME website.
Nightwish will be returning to the US with Sonata Arctica in tow. The first confirmed date is:
April 25 - New York, NY @ B.B Kings Blues Club
Finnish power metal outfit Sonata Arctica have added more dates to their touring schedule. Check out the dates here.
The following statement regarding Sonata Arctica's cancelled Madrid and Montpellier shows has been posted on the band's official website:
On November 2nd we had a show in Paris, La Locomotive. During the sound check everything was ok, and the day went by as usual, without any worries. When the starting act played, the air ventilation system we did not know about was turned on, blowing REALLY chilled air on the middle of the stage. Tony complained about this from beginning of our show. Sweating under the hot stage lighting and getting a cold air blowing at you for 11/2 hours will get you a flu, 100% sure. Despite the efforts of our own crew, the local people were unable or unwilling to turn this "wind" off. And it was not on during the soundcheck, so... The sold out house saw the first time anyone in Sonata has gone off stage between songs to get a longsleeve, because he's on goosebumps 'cause he's freezing on the stage...indoors... On the following day Tony woke up with no speaking voice...
When we yet one more day later on Nov 4th arrived in Madrid, the situation felt a bit better, but before the soundcheck Tony started feeling he had fever. We tried a song in the soundcheck, but it was obvious we cannot play that night...this was a deep shock for the whole band. A local doctor checked out Tony and gave him something for the fever and his infected throat. The remaining members made a statement on stage about the situation, while Tony was sleeping in the bus.More...
Go to this location to check out pictures of Sonata Arctica live on stage in Hamburg and Bochum (Germany). The band is currently on tour in Europe opening for Nightwish. The complete tour itinerary can be found here.
Finish guitar maestros Sonata Arctica entered the Finish album charts on #2 with their new masterpiece "Reckoning Night." Also among the upper ranks are Rammstein (# 1) and R.E.M. (# 3). In Germany, Tony Kakko & Co. could reach a respectable chart entry as well with # 77, in Switzerland "Reckoning Night" occupied # 85, in Norway #69, in Sweden #57 and in Spain #93! Currently Sonata Arctica are on tour together with their fellow countrymen Nightwish, enthusing a variegated audience all over Europe.
After entering the Finnish single charts at # 1 with "Don't Say A Word" in August, Sonata Arctica have done it again - "Don't Say A Word" has shot to the #1 position on the Japanese foreign artist charts.
Sonata Arctica's brand new full-length album, "Reckoning Night," is slated for release in Japan on October 6 and throughout Europe on October 11 through Nuclear Blast.
Bloodstock has shuffled their set times, so take note if you are planning to attend. This means bands will start earlier in the day on both days. Nearly all stage 2 bands will be playing during changeovers of stage 1 so you should all get to see all the bands on the bill if you want to. The festival takes place 2 weeks from today in The UK.
Here are the new set times: More...
Several photos taken at the Gates Of Metal festival from this past weekend on July 31 in Hultsfred, Sweden, which included performances by Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica, Morbid Angel, Finntroll and Meshuggah, have been posted online. Check out the photos from these bands' performances:
Wednesday, August 18th, Sonata Arctica will have an autograph session in the Nuclear Blast shop in Donzdorf, from 6-7 pm. Attendants will also get the chance to have a listen in advance to their upcoming single “Don’t Say A Word.”
The new Sonata album is entitled "Reckoning Night" and it's, preliminary, going to be released October (11th).
And for the upcoming single, a cover of the song "Two Minds One Soul" by Vanishing Point is being recorded.
Both the album and the single are going to be released through Nuclear Blast!
Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have set an October 11 European release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their new album, "Reckoning Night". The album will arrive in Japan on October 6. Mastering will take place on Monday, June 28 and shortly after that the band will start rehearsing for the summer shows, according to a posting on their web site.
"Reckoning Night" track listing:
02. Blinded No More
03. Ain't Your Fairytale
04. Reckoning Day, Reckoning Night…
05. Don't Say A Word
06. The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Real Puppet
07. My Selene
09. White Pearl, Black Oceans…
11. Wrecking the Sphere (Japan only)
As previously reported, SONATA ARCTICA also laid down cover versions of VANISHING POINT's "Two Minds One Soul" and DEPECHE MODE's "World In My Eyes" during the recording sessions for the new CD.
Upcoming SONATA ARCTICA shows: More...
Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have commenced the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2003's "Winterheart's Guild", due later in the year through Spinefarm Records.
In other news, SONATA ARCTICA drummer Tommy Portimo became the father of a "beautiful little baby girl" (46 cm, 2950 g) early in the morning on Saturday, March 6. "Both the child and the mother are doing well," according to a post on the band's web site. "The whole SONATA camp congratulates the parents and warmly welcomes the first newcomer of our 'extended family'!"
In live news, Sonata Arctica have confirmed the following festival appearances:
The 2004 edition of Finland’s Tuska Festival will take place July 16th to 18th At Kaisaniemi in Helsinki. A NIGHTWISH act has just been confirmed.
So far, the lineup includes: DARK TRANQUILLITY, IMPALED NAZARENE, DARKWOODS MY BETROTHED, NIGHTWISH, SOILWORK, DEW-SCENTED, SINERGY, SONATA ARCTICA, DIABLO, SWALLOW THE SUN, TWILIGHTNING, MOKOMA, SUBURBAN TRIBE, MACHINE MEN, KILPI, KOTITEOLLISUUS and TIMO RAUTIAINEN/TRIO NISKALAUKAUS.
More acts to be added soon
HYPOCRISY and SONATA ARCTICA are the latest bands confirmed for this year's Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 19-21, 2004 in Abtsgmünd, Germany.
The complete list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows (in alphabetical order):
Finnish metalers CHILDREN OF BODOM are set to headline the Bloodstock festival on Saturday 4th September 2004. They will be joined on the Saturday by fellow countrymen SONATA ARCTICA for their first ever UK show, and from the UK, THRESHOLD, will be promoting their new CD and Live CD/DVD, in the special guest slot on Friday 3rd September.
The Lineup so far is: More...