It feels like only yesterday that I was watching the mighty Sonata Arctica tearing up the stage in NYC and as a matter of fact it was That’s right, the Big Metal Apple was treated to the last night of the bands brief headlining tour which ended at Stage 48 in Hell’s Kitchen. It was a fantastic time and I was glad to be a part of it and also to toast to their continued adventures after the show before they headed back to Finland. Today amounted to some special news which made my own celebrations about the 11th Anniversary of the site all the more awesome because you see the band has announced that they will be returning in the Fall with support from both Leaves’ Eyes and Omnium Gatherum. Check out the full press release below along with the poster and dates and then I’ll return with some closing thoughts.
The Press Release:
Finnish melodic metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA has started to work on the follow-up album to the successful Pariah’s Child record. To top off the already great news, the band has announced they will return this fall for a 33-date headlining tour of North America. The kick-off show is slated for November 6th at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC. Supporting the band will be German-Norwegian symphonic metallers LEAVES EYES and Finnish melodic death metallers OMINIUM GATHERUM opening for the band. Advanced tickets for the confirmed tour dates are now available exclusively at EnterTheVault.com. A limited number of VIP Meet & Greet tickets which include a poster will be available for for purchase for each show. Tickets will go on sale April 29th at all other outlets.
11/06 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
11/07 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
11/08 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
11/09 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
11/11 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
11/12 – Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
11/13 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC Canada
11/14 – Mavericks – Ottawa, ON Canada
11/16 – Dallas – Kitchener, ON Canada
11/17 – Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
11/18 – Token Lounge – Westland, MI
11/19 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
11/21 – Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/22 – Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
11/24 – The Exchange – Regina, SK Canada
11/25 – Dickens – Calgary, AB Canada
11/26 – Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB Canada
11/28 – The Venue – Vancouver, BC Canada
11/29 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
11/30 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
12/02 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
12/03 – Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
12/04 – The Grove – Anaheim, CA
12/05 – Club Red – Tempe, AZ
12/06 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
12/08 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
12/09 – Granada – Lawrence, KS
12/10 – Trees – Dallas, TX
12/11 – Cine el Rey – McAllen, TX
12/13 – Alamo Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
12/14 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
12/16 – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
12/17 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Watch the lyric video for “Cloud Factory,” the track-by-tracks for Pariah’s Child as well as the video for “The Wolves Die Young” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel!
About SONATA ARCTICA: Born in 1996 at the edge of the world in the northern Finnish town of Kemi, these humble music makers of melodic metal never tire of the sweet taste of victory. Achieving gold status in their native Finland and securing their ninth career gold record with 2012’s Stones Grow Her Name just seven days after release, SONATA ARCTICA also have a long-established history of global chart domination and sold-out shows around the world. Celebrating their 15th year in existence as a recording artist in 2014, SONATA ARCTICA unleashed their eighth studio album, Pariah’s Child, which debuted in Finland at #1. Later that year they released Ecliptica – Revisited; 15TH Anniversary Edition. SONATA ARCTICA members include: Tony Kakko – Vocals & Keyboards, Elias Viljanen – Guitar, Tommy Portimo – Drums, Henrik Klingenberg – Keyboards and Pasi Kauppinen – Bass
About LEAVES’ EYES: For more than a decade now, LEAVES’ EYES have been setting world history to music and undeniably, by doing so, have raced to the top of the symphonic metal tree. With their new monumental epic “King Of Kings”, the band now further justifies their leading position as a compass in the genre and re-awakes the thousand-year legend of Norway’s first king, ‘Harald Fairhair’, in the process. Again this band prove their amazing talent of capturing sagas and legends of the past and truly making them come alive in the here and now. Welcome the Vikings!
About OMNIUM GATHERUM: Hailing from Finland, OMNIUM GATHRUM is a band playing fierce death metal with breathtaking melodies andprogressive originality for people in the metal field looking for something different that still is catchy. A band that truly walks it’s own path proudly and shows some new exciting sides on identifiable character. A band of many directions and styles, some of them clearly visible while others were more unseen – namely working and keeping it all together under the moniker of melodic life-and-death metal and bastardizing it with various influences. Adult oriented death metal that it is!
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I really cannot add much more to this other than I am a little sad that it is going to be taking place in NJ for my region as opposed to my Metal Metropolis. Starland is a bit of a hike for me but is surely worth the time based on the bands solid performance and the presence of those two incredible supporting acts. I’m going to close my thoughts up here and suggest that you clear space on your calendar to make sure you welcome the lads back properly and don’t miss out on a truly exciting Metal event. You can let me know what you think of this tour in the comments below. See you next time and now back to the anniversary celebrating.