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 »
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.
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.”
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.
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 »
The fifth installment of Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA’s video trailer series featuring lead singer, songwriter, and lyricistTony Kakko is now up on YouTube:
With2014 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 »
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.
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
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
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.”
Stones Grow Her Name World Tour Scandinavia, leg 2013
Jan 26, 2013
Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
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 »
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.
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
StonesGrow 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.
Finnish metallers SONATA ARCTICA have issued the following update regarding a delay with their ‘Shitload Of Money’ signed edition CD singles.
“The singles will be shipped to the customers on September 14th as a priority delivery. We are very sorry for the delay. This single is strictly limited, and only available from the official Sonata Arctica web shop. If you haven’t ordered yours yet, you can get it from http://shop.sonataarctica.info/”
SONATA ARCTICA – ‘Shitload Of Money’
Sonata Arctica recently released a video for ‘Shitload Of Money’, taken from their latest album Stones Grow Her Name. Check it out below:
Stones Grow Her Name features the following tracklisting:
‘Only The Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful)’
‘Shitload of Money’
‘Losing My Insanity’
‘Somewhere Close To You’
‘I Have A Right’
‘Alone In Heaven’
‘Don’t Be Mean’
The official Mobile Songpier app for Stones Grow Her Name is available at this location.
The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Sivulahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is a new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with the burning and hot asphalt underfoot. When raining, at least the area won’t turn to one hell of a big mud fest.
Another thing forcing Tuska to make a change was the date. Originally the festival was supposed to be at the beginning of July, but another big more international based festival took over the date and Tuska was postponed until three weeks later. Well at least some people got pissed off at the changed date. Obviously a few band negotiations needed to start all over. Hopefully Tuska will return back to the original date.
The line-up looked once again – amazing. Megadeth and Ministry and of course the Swedish war trad metallers were headliners, but Lamb Of God had to pull out of Tuska because of the arrest of the frontman in Republic Czechia and was replaced by Finntroll and Animals As Leaders had to cancel as the band managed to miss the flight. Of course a few cult metal bands like Saint Vitus, A.R.G. could be witnessed. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 26,000 people visited Tuska during three days.
Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the sun and rain.
Review and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Petri Da Costa
The SONATA ARCTICA video for “I Have A Right” – directed by Tuukka Tenmonen – is now available for viewing on the band’s YouTube channel and below.
Sonata Arctica - Stones Grow Her Name
The song comes from the Finnish melodic metallers’ seventh studio album, Stones Grow Her Name, due out in North America on May 22nd & in Europe on May 18th.
Vocalist, lyricist, and songwriter Tony Kakko shares some background on the song & the video:
“’I Have A Right’ was the very last song I wrote for this album. At that point, Tommy [Portimo, drummer] had already played his last track for Stones Grow Her Name, gotten ready to go to sauna AND opened his first beer for that night, when I [texted] him to check his e-mail and record yet one more ‘easy track.’ He was mildly pissed. And perhaps fueled by that, he nailed the song on the first take. It was a very emotional moment for him, I was told. The song hits home, if you know the subject and can relate to it. To put it short, it’s a song about how we should not pass the burden we get from the past generation onto the shoulders of our future offspring. It’s a Children’s Rights subject. Not the most metal subject ever, I suppose, but then again, I think it fits our band well and is pretty universal. Funny to actually have fans from each age group that this songs speaks about. Let’s see what comes of it.
“Choosing the first single and video from this album was not very easy this time around, as we had so many candidates – the best possible problem to have! ‘I Have A Right’ won the vote.
“The playing parts for this video were shot in our home town Kemi, here in Finland. The location was an old, abandoned school building, somehow spooky and COLD. It was mid-March. Could say we were lucky the weather was unseasonably warm, yet way below zero.
“Director Tuukka Temonen and his crew did a great job with editing and all the additional footage. All in all, from my point of view, this was the easiest ever SONATA ARCTICA video to make. No twelve hours standing in a room filled with bird shit, no freezing my ass off on the ice in the middle of the sea from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. or running in the woods in the middle of the night and not sleeping for 48 hours… I had all that with the past videos.
“I am more than pleased. I hope you like the song and video as much as we do. See you on tour, folks!”
Stones Grow Her Name was recorded in several studios all over Finland, mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Mikko Karmila, and mastered at Chartmakers by Svante Forsbäck.
The track listing for the new album is:
01. Only The Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful)
02. Shitload Of Money
03. Losing My Insanity
04. Somewhere Close To You
05. I Have A Right
06. Alone In Heaven
07. The Day
09. Don’t Be Mean
10. Wildfire, Part II – One With The Mountain
11. Wildfire, Part III – Wildfire Town, Population: 0