Posts Tagged ‘Sonata Arctica’

Battlebeast—how can that name not bring a smile to a metalhead’s face? The Finnish band combines power metal and traditional ’80s metal into something special: anthemic songs with big hooks and choruses to bring out that inner headbanger in us all. Formed in 2008 and originally featuring vocalist Nitte Valo, the band was left in a compromising position in 2012 when she had to leave the band prior to a coveted opening slot on a tour with Sonata Arctica. In stepped the wild-haired, big voice of a frontwoman, Noora Louhimo, who up until this point had never performed in a heavy metal band. Well, Noora (or as she had me pronounce it, New-rrr-a, with an emphasis on the tongue roll) now has become the heart and soul of Battlebeast, as the band prepares to release its third album with her as vocalist, Bringer of Pain (Feb. 17, 2017, Nuclear Blast Records). The band—rounded out by bassist/vocalist Eero Sipilä, drummer Pyry Vikki, guitarist Juuso Soinio, keyboardist Janne Björkroth and his brother, guitarist Joona Björkroth—will serve as openers, along with Leave’s Eyes, for Sabaton on a U.S. tour this spring. Live Metal’s Jeff Maki talked with Noora about Bringer of Pain, the interesting story of how she joined the band, it’s ’80s metal style and much more. (more…)

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Nightwish

Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers Nightwish are kicking off their highly anticipated  26-date headlining tour of North America at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey on February 19th! The trek hits six Canadian cities plus Pittsburgh, Anaheim, and New Orleans, then closing out in Tampa, Florida on March 23rd. Direct support is Finnish melodic metal heroes and label mates Sonata Arctica. Opening the momentous night will be Dutch symphonic metallers Delain! View tour dates inside. (more…)

Mutiny Within

Mutiny Within

With a monster of a debut album, Mutiny Within has stormed the American metal scene in 2010. Heavy, technical and majestic, the band has been described as a cross between Dream Theater and Killswitch Engage (members of the former count themselves among their fans). After introducing themselves to the masses last fall on tour with Soulfly and in early 2010 on the road with Arch Enemy, Mutiny Within’s touring schedule has continued with opening slots on tours with Sonata Arctica and Dark Tranquility, and will include a summer run with Soilwork. At a recent stop at Jaxx in Springfield, Va., bassist (and sole remaining founding band member) Andrew “A.J.” Jacobs sat down with Live Metal’s Greg Maki to discuss his band’s self-titled debut, touring with his musical heroes and more. (more…)

SA-uniaThough it may not seem like it for those familiar with the band, Finland’s Sonata Arctica started in 1999 but have only released four studio albums up until 2007’s Unia. The band easily could have released another album full of their trademark classic and power metal anthems. But instead they incorporate a dark atmosphere, which goes along with album title’s meaning: dreams. (more…)

SA-revengeI try my best to ignore current trends and just take music for what it is, nothing more, nothing less. Living in the United States I’m not subjected to power metal. Metal is deemed “uncool” by most people in the States. In a place where Korn and Godsmack are the leaders of the metal scene, apparently there’s no room on standard FM stations for classic, traditional or power metal. The cliches and style are a bit too over the top for most people and these bands are not taken seriously. But if people would just take a few moments and actually listen, they would discover many great bands. (more…)