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CONCERT REVIEW: Sonata Arctica & Thunderstone, Oulu, Areena Oulu 20.1.2017 (in Finnish)


Teksti: Samuli Keskitalo
Kuvat: Samuli Keskitalo & Anneli Keski-Petäjä

Sonata Arctica on kuin Suomen vastine In Flamesille; ei suinkaan musikaalisesti vaan sen suhteen, että teki bändi mitä tahansa studiossa tai lavalla, tuntuu rapaa tulevan niskaan. ”Sontiaisten” tuoreimman levyn tiimoilta viime keskiviikkona Jyväskylästä alkanut The Ninth Hour -kiertue on saanut sosiaalisessa mediassa osakseen rapaa niskaansa 13 biisin muodostavasta settilistasta. Taannoiset lehtijutut antoivat osviittaa bändin treenanneen ison määrän vaihtoehtoisia kappaleita tulevalle kiertueelle. No, mielipiteitähän mahtuu maailmaan yhtä monta kuin on ihmistäkin. Itse olen sitä osastoa, joka kehrää tyytyväisyydestä, kun bändit osoittavat seisovansa uusien tuotoksiensa takana ja soittavat uutta materiaalia kunnolla sisään. Juuri tällaista tapausta sain todistaa perjantaina Oulun Areenalla.
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SONATA ARCTICA – New Album »Pariah’s Child« comes in March, Cover released


On March, 28th the new SONATA ARCTICA album »Pariah’s Child« will be released. It is the band’s eight 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.”


Right after the release, SONATA ARCTICA will start touring again. Keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg left the following message: “It’s been a while since we last toured Europe, so I’m very happy that we can announce our first tour with our new album. Since the album will be out in March 2014, we don’t want to waste any time but will head out for a full European Tour. Our tour will start in Eindhoven, NL on April 10th, 2014. The whole band is really looking forward to play some new songs for you and introduce our new bass player, Pasi, for all our fans. He’s a monster live, you’ll see. Check below for the tourdates and we’ll see you in a few months!”


April 10th NL              Eindhoven                   Effenaar

April 13th NL              Amsterdam                Melkweg

April 14th GER            Hamburg                    Markthalle

April 16th GER            Braunschweig             Meier Music Hall

April 17th GER            Berlin                          C-Club

April 18th GER            Leipzig                        Hellraiser

April 19th GER            Bochum                      Matrix

April 21st GER            Aschaffenburg            Colos-Saal

April 22nd GER-          Saarbrücken               Garage

April 23rd F                Paris                           Bataclan

April 24th GER            Ludwigsburg               Rockfabrik

April 26th GER            Nürnberg                    Hirsch

April 27th CH              Pratteln                      Z7

April 28th I                 Trezzo                         Live Club

April 30th HU             Budapest                    Club 202

May 01st CZ               Prague                        Retro Music Hall

May 02nd A                Wien                           Szene

May 04th F                 Lyon                            Transbordeur

May 05th E                 Barcelona                   Bikini

May 06th E                 Madrid                       Arena

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SONATA ARCTICA – ‘Alone In Heaven’ Videoclip released

Finnish Melodic Metal Heroes SONATA ARCTICA have just published a video clip to their divine track ‘Alone In Heaven’, taken from their most current output »Stones Grow Her Name«. Released on May 18, 2012 via Nuclear Blast, »Stones Grow Her Name« achieved gold status in the bands’ home country after just one week and additionally entered charts worldwide. Among those entries were the top 5 of Sweden Rock Charts (#5), Canada Rock Charts (#7) and UK Rock Charts (#9) and the record debuted at #9 of the US Billboard Heatseeker Charts. Continue reading SONATA ARCTICA – ‘Alone In Heaven’ Videoclip released

SONATA ARCTICA Part Ways With Bassist Marko Paasikoski; Replacement Announced

VIA: Bravewords.com


Finland’s SONATA ARCTICA have parted ways with bassist Marko Paasikoski.

A message from the band states: “It’s with much sadness and heavy hearts that we have to announce that our bass player for the past decade, Marko Paasikoski, is no longer in the band.” Continue reading SONATA ARCTICA Part Ways With Bassist Marko Paasikoski; Replacement Announced

KING DIAMOND Confirmed To Headline Metaldays 2013

KING DIAMOND has been confirmed as a headliner for MetalDays, which will take place July 21st – 27th, in Tolmin, Slovenia.

On the official Facebook of MetalDays, this post was made: “With great pride and joy we would like to announce the last MetalDays 2013 headliner. There comes King Diamond! One of the greatest and most influential musicians in heavy metal, with absolute and undisputed cult status will rule the stage on our metal holiday. King Diamond, who has been sitting on his throne for over three decades, will prove to you with his bombastic performance that his kingdom is eternal. The climax of this year’s MetalDays festival is an evening of first class heavy metal that could not be more spectacular and epic. Bow to the King!” Continue reading KING DIAMOND Confirmed To Headline Metaldays 2013