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SONATA ARCTICA – DIRECT SUPPORT FOR NIGHTWISH 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

June 20th, 2015
NIGHTWISH 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

NIGHTWISH 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Finnish melodic metal heroes SONATA ARCTICA have announced their highly-anticipated 26-date North American tour for 2016 with headliners NIGHTWISH! The trek launches in Sayreville, New Jersey on February 19th, hitting six Canadian cities plus Pittsburgh, Anaheim, and New Orleans, then closing out in Tampa, Florida on March 23rd.  Opening for the tour will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.

SONATA ARCTICA keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg checks in with a special message for their North American fans:

“It’s again been far too long since our last American tour, so we’re really happy to announce that we’re coming back once again…and with NIGHTWISH nevertheless. As we’ll be working on our next studio album in the spring of 2016, be ready to hear some surprises during the tour. Even if we prepared to be in the studio for the whole spring, this was an opportunity that we couldn’t pass on and we’re all looking forward to see our North American fans once again and kick some ass. Until then, take care and a big cheers!!”

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Sonata Arctica + Freedom Call + Twilight Force @ O2 Academy Islington, London

May 23rd, 2015

Sonata Arctica + Freedom Call + Twilight Force

@ O2 Academy Islington, London

1st May 2015

Review & videos by Oliver Manso
Photography by Taya Uddin

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Sonata Arctica – Interview with Tony Kakko

May 16th, 2015

Sonata Arctica

Interview with vocalist Tony Kakko

1st May 2015 @ O2 Academy Islington, London

Interviewed by Oliver Manso

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2014 was a very busy year for Sonata Arctica. First of all, they released their eighth album “Pariah’s Child” which marked the return to their old melodic speed metal roots. Then, they re-recorded the whole “Ecliptica” album to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this first opus. The Finnish wolves are currently on tour throughout Europe to promote this new re-recorded version. Before the beginning of their concert in London (the only UK show), I had the opportunity to meet their charismatic vocalist and founding member Tony Kakko. I asked him some questions about “Ecliptica – Revisited; 15th Anniversary Edition” and their early years as well.

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CAIN’S OFFERING – New Studio Album in May!

March 11th, 2015
CAIN’S OFFERING - STORMCROW

CAIN’S OFFERING – STORMCROW

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the second CAIN’S OFFERING studio album entitled “Stormcrow” on May 15th in Europe and May 19th in North America.

Cain’s Offering is the brainchild of Finnish guitarist/songwriter Jani Liimatainen, founding member of one of Finland’s biggest musical exports, Sonata Arctica.

Drawing its musical influence from both the classic Hard Rock scene, fast-paced European Power Metal and a very modern Heavy Metal sound, CAIN’S OFFERING is, just as expected, another perfect example of today’s incredible Finnish music scene. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sonata Arctica with Delain and Xandria in Calgary, Alberta

October 2nd, 2014

Sonata Arctica with Delain and Xandria

Calgary, Alberta  Sept 22, 2014

by JP

Photos by Jeff

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Sonata Arctica was about half way through their North American tour when they hit Calgary on Sept 22nd.   Touring in support of their 8th album PARIAH’S CHILD the band has even to Calgary on a few different occasions and I consider myself to have seen them seven or eight times over the years.  They brought along Delain and Xandria,  for a pretty flawless bill of speedy, clean European Metal.

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SONATA ARCTICA TO RELEASE RE-RECORDED 15th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF ECLIPTICA

August 25th, 2014
SONATA ARCTICA TO RELEASE RE-RECORDED 15th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF ECLIPTICA

SONATA ARCTICA TO RELEASE RE-RECORDED 15th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF ECLIPTICA

Finnish melodic metal heroes SONATA ARCTICA have been keeping themselves very busy lately.  Having successfully released their eighth studio album Pariah’s Child this past April – which debuted at #1 in Finland and at #6 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart – and poised to launch their world tour, band members found the time to re-record their defining 1999 debut album ECLIPTICA, known to many fans as SONATA’s flawless beginning fifteen years ago.

Keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg shares the back-story on how the project came to be:

“When it first was suggested to us by our Japanese label that we’d re-record our debut album ECLIPTICA, it felt a bit weird, but somehow the idea grew on us.  Being that only Tony [Kakko, vocalist] and Tommy [Portimo, drummer]played on the original one, we thought that it would be a fun thing to do, to give these great songs another run.  We’re definitely not trying to re-write history: the original ECLIPTICA is the starting point of this band and a very special album with a certain feel of innocence and enthusiasm which cannot be recreated as such since we’re not teenagers anymore.  Having said that, this new version is more of a tribute and an update on how these songs sound when played by our current line-up.  We wanted to stay true to the original album as much as possible and not turn this into some weird re-arranged project where you couldn’t tell which song was being played.  So here it is, the 15th Anniversary version ofECLIPTICA. Hope you enjoy it.  We certainly had a good time digging into these songs and laying down the tracks.”

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SONATA ARCTICA EXCLUSIVE: NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING

March 28th, 2014
SONATA ARCTICA "Pariah's Child"

SONATA ARCTICA “Pariah’s Child”

Pariah’s Child, the new studio album by Finnish melodic metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA, can be streamed in its entirety at this location: http://smarturl.it/PariahsChildStream  

 

Due out in North America on April 1st, Pariah’s Child is SONATA ARCTICA’s eighth studio release and is available for pre-order in CD and imported blue vinyl formats from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.

 

 

Pariah’s Child was recorded and produced by SONATA ARCTICA at Studio 57 in Alaveteli, Finland.  The mix was done by the band’s new bass player, Pasi Kauppinen.

 

Official SONATA ARCTICA videos include:

 

 

Watch the band’s track-by-track commentaries on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

 

 

The track listing for Pariah’s Child is:

 

01. The Wolves Die Young

02. Running Lights

03. Take One Breath

04. Cloud Factory

05. Blood

06. What Did You Do In The War, Dad?

07. Half A Marathon Man

08. X Marks The Spot

09. Love

10. Larger Than Life

Visit SONATA ARCTICA online at www.SONATAARCTICA.info.

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Silent Voices – bass player Pasi Kauppinen

March 24th, 2014

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Bass player Pasi Kauppinen –  Silent Voices

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for  setting up the interview, and to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.

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From Finland comes Silent Voices, a band that plays excellent melodic metal and who released their fourth album REVEAL THE CHANGE at the end of last year. I really loved the album and when I realized that Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) also was a part of this band I decided to check them out. I got in touch with Pasi Kauppinen (also a member of Sonata Arctica) and we had a long talk about the new album, the influences and the many guest appearances the band has featured. A few of the guests are Mats Levén, Mike Vescera and Mike DiMeo. Of course came Sonata Arctica up in the conversation…enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

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SONATA ARCTICA RELEASE FIFTH ALBUM TRAILER

February 20th, 2014

The fifth installment of Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA’s video trailer series featuring lead singer, songwriter, and lyricist Tony Kakko is now up on YouTube:

With 2014 declared as “a year of a wolf” by Kakko, SONATA’s eighth studio offering Pariah’s Child will be released in North America on April 1st.  The album was recorded and produced by SONATA ARCTICA at Studio 57 in Alaveteli, Finland.  The mix was done by the band’s new bass player, Pasi Kauppinen. Read the rest of this entry »

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SONATA ARCTICA RELEASE FOURTH ALBUM TRAILER

February 10th, 2014
SONATA ARCTICA "Pariah's Child"

SONATA ARCTICA “Pariah’s Child”

The fourth installment of Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA’s 5-part video trailer series featuring keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg is now up on YouTube: http://youtu.be/fUa01uAyNTg

 

 

Slated for North American release on April 1st, the track listing for SONATA ARCTICA’s eighth studio album Pariah’s Child is:

 

01. The Wolves Die Young

02. Running Lights

03. Take One Breath

04. Cloud Factory

05. Blood

06. What Did You Do In The War, Dad?

07. Half A Marathon Man

08. X Marks The Spot

09. Love

10. Larger Than Life

 

Pariah’s Child was recorded and produced by SONATA ARCTICA at Studio 57 in Alaveteli, Finland.  The mix was done by Pasi Kauppinen – the band’s new bass player.

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SONATA ARCTICA announce their first FULL North American Tour since 2010!

January 10th, 2014
SONATA ARCTICA "Pariah's Child"

SONATA ARCTICA “Pariah’s Child”

Sonata Arctica will return to the USA and Canada for their first FULL North American Tour since 2010 .   The Pariah’s Child World Tour will also have support from Dutch band  DELAIN and 1st of 3 will come from Xandria.

Sonata Arctica will offer for the 1st time , VIP tickets before each show these tickets will get you    Pre show meet/greet with the band , prior to doors—- early entry in which you can stay in the venue—- you also will recieve a customized poster for the event.

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Sept
3               Mexicali Live   Teaneck , NJ
4               Stage 48                NYC, NY
5               Trocadero               Philadelphia , PA
6               The Palladium   Worcester, MA
8               Club    Soda            Montreal , QC
9               Imperial                Quebec City,QC
10      Mavericks               Ottawa, ON
11      MOD Club                Toronto , ON
13      Soundstage              Baltimore , MD
14      Altar Bar               Pitt,PA
16        Agora Ballroom        Cleveland , OH
17      Mojoes          Joliet , IL
19      Park Theater    Winnipeg , MB
20      The Exchange    Regina , SK
21       Starlite                       Edmonton , AB
22      Republik                Calgary,AB
24        the Venue     Vancouver , BC
25      El Corazon              Seattle, WA
26      Hawthorne Theater  Portland , OR
28      Regency Center  SF,CA
29      House of Blues  West Hollywood , CA
30      The Grove               Anaheim,CA

Oct
1               Club Red                Tempe , AZ
4               Bluebird Theater        Denver,CO
5               Granada Theater Lawrence , KS
7               Tricky Falls            El Paso  , TX
8               Backstage Live  San Antonio  , TX
9               Trees                   Dallas , TX
10      Scout Bar               Houston , TX
12       Diamonds       Louisville , KY
13       Masquerade      Atlanta , GA
14      House of Blues  Lake Buena Vista , FL
15      Orpheum         Tampa , FL

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SONATA ARCTICA album “Pariah’s Child” will be released On March, 28th; Cover Art Revealed

January 9th, 2014
SONATA ARCTICA "Pariah's Child"

SONATA ARCTICA “Pariah’s Child”

On March, 28th the new SONATA ARCTICA album “Pariah’s Child” will be released. It is the band’s eighth studio album and the follow up to their successful “Stones Grow Her Name”.

Today the beautiful cover artwork for “Pariah’s Child” will be released. Vocalist Tony Kakko explains he thoughts behind the album title and the artwork like this:
“As always it’s pretty hard coming up with a name for the new baby. I tried to approach it from many angles; how this is our 8th album and how easy it would be to abuse that fact. All the symbolism of figure eight, eternity and so on. But that just did not feel right as it’s been done so many times. Then I started to think how we’d in ways abandoned our “totem animal”, the wolf and all what comes with the territory. As the music on the album is bowing more towards the “old” Sonata, meaning more power metal style elements and wolves in many of the songs in one form or another, it was clear we need a wolf on the cover. An abandoned wolf. A pariah. Or Pariah’s child, actually. The new generation to bring the old logo back.”

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Sonata Arctica Stones Grow Her Name World Tour: Scandinavia, leg 2013 at Pumpehuset Copenhagen Denmark

February 19th, 2013

Sonata Arctica

Stones Grow Her Name World Tour Scandinavia, leg 2013

Pumpehuset
Copenhagen, Denmark
Jan 26, 2013

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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The melodic/power metal act Sonata Arctica is making fans in Scandinavia happy. Usually, the band performs in their native country of Finland and on festivals around Scandinavia, so it was quite surprising to see the Finns on a stage in Denmark. The tour began last summer and they toured throughout Finland and they did a shorter tour in Europe, America, Canada, and festivals in Europe. Last summer the band released the studio album STONES GROW HER NAME and it is the bands seventh album since their birth in 1995. STONES GROW HER NAME is (in my opinion) a really great piece of work. It takes a while before it settles, but its worth the time and effort. The venue of choice this night was Pumpehuset which is located near the central station in downtown Copenhagen. No support act was revealed and the band was scheduled to be on stage at 9 o clock. I was really looking forward to see Sonata Arctica perform on a much smaller stage than I had seen them before. Read the rest of this entry »

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SONATA ARCTICA: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From North American Tour

December 28th, 2012
SONATA ARCTICA

SONATA ARCTICA

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have posted the first five video clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from their recent North American tour in support of the band’s latest album, “Stones Grow Her Name”. Check them out below.

SONATA ARCTICA’s latest album, “Stones Grow Her Name”, was certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. Released in Europe on May 18 and in North America on May 22 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was recorded in several studios all over Finland, mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Mikko Karmila and mastered at Chartmakers by Svante Forsbäck. The effort was released as a limited-edition digipak, standard jewel case, vinyl and download.

“Stones Grow Her Name” sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 9 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

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SONATA ARCTICA: A DECEMBER RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA

November 9th, 2012
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SONATA ARCTICA

Finland’s SONATA ARCTICA will be returning to North America next month and cranking their melodic metal to “11” for eleven shows!  Debuting new material off their seventh studio album Stones Grow Her Name, the tour will launch in New York City on December 6th and close with a raucous party on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood on December 20th.  Direct support will be provided by melodic tech-deathsters and label mates ARSIS.

 

Confirmed dates for SONATA’s “Stones Grow Her Name North American Tour 2012”are:

 

12/06/12  Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

12/07/12  The Palladium – Worcester, MA

12/08/12  The Note – West Chester, PA

12/09/12  Empire – West Springfield, VA

12/11/12  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA

12/12/12  The Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA

12/13/12  Peabody´s – Cleveland, OH

12/14/12  Harpo’s – Detroit, MI

12/15/12  Mojoes – Joliet, IL

12/17/12  Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

12/20/12  Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, CA

 

Stones Grow Her Name achieved “Highest 1st Week Sales” status for the band in North America and debuted at #9 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart this past May.  In Canada, the album debuted at #74 on the Top 200 and #7 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart.  In Europe, Stones Grow Her Name  debuted at #9 on the English rock album charts.  In SONATA’s native Finland, the new album achieved Gold status in seven days.

 

Stones Grow Her Name can be purchased from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop, your local independent retailer, Amazon, and iTunes.

 

Shitload Of Money” and “I Have A Right” are SONATA’s latest videos.

 

Watch Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of “The Making Of: Stones Grow Her Name” on SONATA ARCTICA’s YouTube channel.

 

 

 

Visit SONATA ARCTICA online at:

www.SONATAARCTICA.info
www.facebook.com/SONATAARCTICA
Twitter.com/SONATAARCTICA

YouTube.com/SONATAARCTICA

 

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