The winter cold is in full sway and we are already getting more snow that we bargained for here on the East Coast but the news about Finland’s own Sonata Arctica returning to our shores for a tour just warms my Metal heart to its very core. Speaking personally, I have been a fan of Sonata Arctica’s music for a few years longer than I have been doing my Metal Music Scribe thing. They impressed me and when I finally met up with them for interview stuff during a performance at B.B. King Blues Club many moons ago, the level of support increased. Check out the press release below their logo.
The Press Release:
Celebrating their 15th year in existence as a recording artist, Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA are proud to announce their 2014 North American tour in support of their upcoming eight studio album, Pariah’s Child, due out in the U.S. & Canada on April 1st. The 33-show trek launches in Teaneck, New Jersey on September 3rd, hits nine Canadian cities, and wraps up in Tampa, Florida on October 15th. Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN will be direct support; XANDRIA from Germany will open each night. SONATA ARCTICA keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg checks in from the frozen tundras of Finland with a special message for North American fans:
“Good Morning America! It’s been what seems like an eternity since we last did a proper tour in the States and Canada, which makes this so much more anticipated, at least for us. After a lot of ‘if’s, ‘but’s, and what have you, we can finally announce a proper North American Tour as part of our Pariah’s Child World Tour. In September and October we’ll be coming over for a full tour with our friends in Delain and Xandria, hitting both new and familiar places all across the U.S. and Canada. As it’s been 15 years since SONATA released the first album [1999’s Ecliptica], we’ll bring out some older stuff that haven’t been played in a while along with the best tracks from our latest album Pariah’s Child. Join our celebration or stay at home and listen to your friends brag about it later. Either way, we’re gonna have an amazing time and kick some major ass at these shows!!!”
The Pariah’s Child World Tour will mark the North American on-stage debut of SONATA ARCTICA’s new bass player, Pasi Kauppinen (SILENT VOICES, ex-REQUIEM, WINTERBORN), who replaced long-time band member Marko Paasikoski this past summer.
Sounds exciting right? Check out the tour dates that are below and start saving your pennies and nickels to secure yourself a ticket. Be sure to tell your friends since you know you don’t want to hit a gig like this alone.
09/03/14 – Mexicali Live – Teaneck, NJ
09/04/14 – Stage 48 – New York, NY
09/05/14 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
09/06/14 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
09/08/14 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
09/09/14 – Imperial de Quebec – Montreal, QC – CANADA
09/10/14 – Mavericks – Ottawa, ON – CANADA
09/11/14 – MOD Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
09/13/14 – Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
09/14/14 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
09/16/14 – Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
09/17/14 – Mojoes – Joliet, IL
09/19/14 – Park Theater – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
09/20/14 – The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
09/21/14 – Starlite Ballroom – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
09/22/14 – The Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA
09/24/14 – The Venue – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
09/25/14 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
09/26/14 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
09/28/14 – The Grand Ballroom at the Regency – San Francisco, CA
09/29/14 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
09/30/14 – The Grove – Anaheim, CA
10/01/14 – Club Red – Tempe, AZ
10/04/14 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
10/05/14 – Granada – Lawrence, KS
10/07/14 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
10/08/14 – Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
10/09/14 – Trees – Dallas, TX
10/10/14 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
10/12/14 – Diamond Pub & Billiards – Louisville, KY
10/13/14 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/14/14 – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
10/15/14 – Orpheum –Tampa, FL
My plan is to hit the NYC show when it lands at Stage 48 and it will be great to see the guys doing their thing again here after the couple of years absence that it has been. With three kick ass bands like this hitting our side of the Atlantic Ocean you know that you will want to follow along with them as the tour progresses. The best way to do that it is via their Official Websites which also happen to contain links to their own social networks for your Metal pleasure.
I’ve loaded up the music links for you kind readers because there is so much to enjoy from this touring package and to be completely fair I have given you four albums from each of the bands.