GOD DETHRONED releases first single/video of new album ‘The World Ablaze’

7. April 2017

On May 5th Dutch Death Metallers GOD DETHRONED will release their new album ‘The World Ablaze‘ worldwide via Metal Blade Records!


Surf now over to where you can check out the first single ‘On The Wrong Side Of The Wire’ as a videoclip!


GOD DETHRONED comments: “‘The World Ablaze’ is our final album in the WWI trilogy. We aimed to create an album that is very dynamic and diverse. It contains typical GD riffing with loads of melodies and catchy hooks. The songs are perfect for our live shows as they contain many mid-tempo parts combined with faster and more brutal parts. Diversity to the max! Dan Swanö mixed the album in his typical fashion but without robbing the band of its own identity. Mastering was handled at the Wisseloord Studios where they also mastered albums for bands like Rammstein among many others, and they put the icing on the cake. The album sounds crystal clear and heavy as fuck at the same time. We are very proud to present this album during our upcoming Serpent Fest album release shows early May!


GOD DETHRONED will play two German release shows on the weekend of release and one Belgium and two Dutch ones the following weekend. Please spread the word!


05/05/17 DE – Oberhausen – Helvete w/ Lifeless & Visionary 666
06/05/17 DE – München – Backstage w/ Revel In Flesh & Commander & Visionary 666
11/05/17 BE – Kortrijk – De Kreun w/ Visionary 666 & Fractured Insanity
12/05/17 NL- Lelystad – Poppodium w/ Visionary 666 & Disquiet
13/05/17 NL – Groningen – Vera w/ Visionary 666 & The Heritage


Other GOD DETHRONED shows:
08/04/17 NL – Erica – Pitfest
15/04/17 NL – Rotterdam – Baroeg
22-24/06/17 DE – Gräfenhainichen – With Full Force
13-15/07/17 DE – Neukirchen-Vluyn – Dong Open Air
10-12/08/17 DE – Schlotheim – Party.San Open Air
02/12/17 DE – Dresden – Skullcrusher


Henri Sattler – vocals/guitars
Mike Ferguson – guitars
Jeroen Pomper – bass
Michiel van der Plicht – drums


31. March 2017

“We are thrilled to announce our co-operation with Dragon Productions
and to have an enthusiastic and amibitious representative (Pelle) in
our team helping us conquer the European venues and stages. This is an
important milestone in our journey and opens up new opportunities
considering touring and live shows.” – Shiraz Lane

SEA signed with Dragon Productions and reveals details about new album “The Grip Of Time”

17. March 2017





On Friday the 12th of May SEA will release one of the most anticipated Danish rockalbum in years ,”The Grip Of Time”.

Recently SEA secured a deal with Dragon Productions and Mighty Music CEO Michael H. Andersen pulled a few strings to have the band on as support act for TYGERS OF PAN TANG on their UK tour in Autumn of 2017. The future is indeed looking bright for SEA.

When SEA released their self-titled debut album in 2014, Sweden Rock Magazine gave them 8/10 and mentioned Tony Iommi and Bruce Dickinson. Rock It from Germany likewise gave the album 8/10 and compared it to Soundgarden. Scream from Norway gave a blistering 5/6 review and categorized SEA with Rival Sons. SEA also played a tremendous show at Copenhell.

The band’s raw and challenging style is a blend of the classic heavy rock from the giants of the past and their own unique and powerful expression. Combining strong vocals, heavy riffs, catchy choruses, twin guitars and a mission to keep the guitar led rock alive, the band is a huge adrenaline boost into the heavy rock scene.

Their sound is reminiscent of rock legends like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy, but with the touch of a young, hungry Scandinavian band in their twenties.

“Some songs take months to perfect, but “Once We Were Dead” took 30 minutes. Once the riff started rolling, the rest came naturally. This is the result. Enjoy!” – Anders Brink, SEA.

* The most anticipated rock album from Denmark in years.
* Recorded in Vibe Factory Studios in Copenhagen with producer Jakob Winther (Justin Hawkins, Lukas Graham)
* Mastered in Abbey Road Studios by Alex Wharton (The Beatles, My Bloody Valentine)
* Gig at Nordic Noise Rock Festival with Denner/Shermann, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Bullet, Artillery etc.

Michael Schenker announces Michael Schenker Fest tourdates!

17. March 2017

Today, Michael Schenker is proud to announce that he will touring Michael Schenker Fest throughout Europe in October / November 2017.

In recent memory, Michael Schenker’s endeavor to unite rock fans together at his concerts has enraptured his audiences and so it is fitting that his most recent concept of ‘Michael Schenker Fest’ does not disappoint one bit. The project reunites the original Michael/McAuley Schenker Group vocalists – Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley, plus MSG musicians Steve Mann (guitar, keys), Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums).


Since the first Michael Schenker Fest concert at Sweden Rock in June 2016 the project has gained serious momentum. Performing at a SOLD-OUT Tokyo show in August 2016 they recorded a live DVD, which has gathered critical acclaim worldwide.


Today, Schenker is proud to announce that he will touring Michael Schenker Fest throughout Europe in October / November 2017. Including three Spanish concerts, a show in Holland plus four UK concerts:


27.10.17 ES – Santander, Escenario Santander

28.10.17 ES – Pamplona, Sala Totem

29.10.17 ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz


31.10.17 NL- Zoetermeer, De Boerderij


02.11.17 UK – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

03.11.17 UK – Sheffield , O2 Academy

04.11.17 UK – Manchester , O2 Ritz

05.11.17 UK – Hull, City Hall


Says Schenker, “It’s a miracle that after all these years, a tour like this will take place with the original band members of “M.S.G.”. Being able to go back to those days and celebrate the music is an exciting experience for us, as well as for old and new fans. To being able to re-experience, and for the new audience to get a feel of what it was like, is incredibly enjoyable.”


Continues Schenker, “It’s an amazing feeling to have all of my M.S.G. Family from the ’80’s performing together and especially with Graham Bonnet, who I never got to play any concerts after our Assault Attack album that was originally released in 1982.  Fortunately, being able to have the participation of original M.S.G. members including Gary Barden, Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums) being part of it, and to perform with Robin McAuley and Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards) again as well, is pretty awesome.”


The Band:

Michael Schenker – Lead Guitar

Ted McKenna – Drums

Steve Mann – Guitar, Keyboards

Chris Glen – Bass


The Vocalists:

Gary Barden

Graham Bonnet

Robin McAuley


Schenker reflects on the concert that was performed in Tokyo in August 2016. “It was just one enjoyable event from beginning to end,” says Schenker. “Seeing those happy, excited fans right from the beginning before the show even started, was incredible. It was like Budokan all over again.”

“It’s wonderful how we all got on with each other. It felt incredibly natural, as if it was always like this. Right from the start of rehearsal, the chemistry was great. No problems, just pure fun. We plan to continue this when we tour Europe in October / November 2017.”

SMASH INTO PIECES announces tour dates

3. March 2017

We welcome the multiple-awarded international rock-export Smash Into Pieces to



Smash Into Pieces recently released their third album ”RISE AND SHINE” on the 27th of January 2017 WORLD WIDE.

With the album passing 2,1 million streams on Spotify in just 1 month after the release, several top-list placings and with 31 executed shows in January / February (2017) alone the band now points their aim on Europe.



Music is religion 

The Apocalypse Dj is the creator 

The time has come to RISE AND SHINE 


Like the rest of you, I was born on disaster highway.  A place where you travel for a lifetime, without going nowhere. Like a big, never-ending freeway for your predestined life that doesn’t seem to have any exits. 

While people around me accepted to live sadly ever after, like ants building a pile of dirt for their queen, that wasn’t enough for me.

I always felt different. I always felt like I was meant for something else. I needed to rock my microphone.

I lost track of time, lost track of what was real and what was fiction. And sometimes I think I almost lost my mind, but in the end I came out on top. A brand new me was born. A recreation of my being. A remix that had developed a set of super-skills. With this power, I knew my dreams could become true. I just needed to find a group of like-minded individuals.

I searched for many years for the most devoted, the most talented and the most well hung musicians out there. I wasn’t sure how they would react to me and my powers, so I made them come together, directing them from the shadows. As the band grew, I grew with them.

With “Unbreakable” I was just a spirit in the booklet, With “The Apocalypse DJ”, my name and photo made it to the cover. With “Rise and Shine”, I’m taking my place as a superhero, DJ and drummer of the band. We are ready to let the world know what lies beyond disaster highway, and all of you are welcome to follow!

Anything standing between us and our dreams, we Smash Into Pieces!

// The Apocalypse DJ




13.05. DE-Marneukirchen – F & W Music Hall*

14.05. DE-Berlin – Maze*

15.05. DE-Hamburg – Marx*

16.05. DE-Cologne – MTC*

17.05. UK-London – Underworld*

18.05. DE-Münster – Sputnik Café

19.05. DE-Lübeck – Uni-Festival

25.05. SE-Stockholm – Adrenaline Cruise

26.05. SE-Motala – Bomber Bar

27.05. DK-Copenhagen – Lygten Station

*Special guest: Blind Channel




NITROGODS reveal Coverartwork and configurations of upcoming album “Roadkill BBQ”

24. February 2017

The new NITROGODS album “Roadkill BBQ” will be released worldwide via Steamhammer / SPV at May 26, 2017. The German Rock n Roll three-piece recorded 14 brand new Nitrogods songs for album number three and on top of that… 4 great cover versions which will be pressed on an exclusive EP, only available in the Limited Edition Box Set. This is the first time that we release a Box Set for the band and we put some real cool and worthy extras together for the fans! All details and the complete tracklistings will be announced soon.

Roadkill BBQ will come in these physical configurations:

  1. CD digipak
  2. Ltd. Vinyl Edition incl. CD
  3. Lmited Edition Fan Box containing the album, the exclusive bonus EP and some more great extras


10.03.D-Schweinfurt – Stattbahnhof

11.03.D-Hechingen – Rock Cafe

25.03.D-Andernach – JUZ Live Club

01.04.D-Zwickau – Club Seilerstrasse

08.04.D-Hannover – Musikzentrum (Nitrofest)

28.04.A-Fusch – Rockfest Fusch

29.04.D-Reinhardsthagen – Weser Metal Meeting

20.05.D-Schwäbisch-Hall – Club Alpha 60

26.05.D-Wuppertal – Live Club Barmen

27.05.D-Arnsdorf – Rainy Days

03.06.D-Aerzen – Schrappmühlen Open Air

09.06.D-Nürtingen – Kuckucksei

10.06.D-Starnberg – Food Rock Festival

16.06.D-Homberg – MISE Open Air

24.06.I-Natz – Alpen Flair

15.07.D-Manrode – Fest Evil


NITROGODS – Roadkill BBQ Tour 2017

Special guests: MF Ruckus (USA) + Kickin Valentina (USA)

29.09. D-Hamburg – Logo

30.09. D-Klingenthal – Gambrinus

01.10. D-Erfurt – From Hell

02.10. D-Mannheim – 7er Club

03.10. D-München – Backstage

04.10. D-Stuttgart – Cann

05.10. D-Düsseldorf – Pitcher

06.10. D-Hagen aTW – Stock

07.10. D-Oldenburg – Cadillac

GOD DETHRONED announces new album ‘The World Ablaze’ for release on May, 5th! Release shows scheduled!

9. February 2017

Dutch Death Metal masters GOD DETHRONED have announced ‘The World Ablaze’ as the title of their new album scheduled for release on May, 5th via Metal Blade Records!


‘The World Ablaze’ is the band´s first album since ‘Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross’ from 2010 and marks the grand comeback for the Dutchmen!


The album has just been mastered two days ago, the front art and a first song will be revealed shortly as well as the pre-order and album configurations!

Dan Swanö mixed the album and has formed his opinion: “God Dethroned have taken a great turn on the fields of Death Metal. This album is a great combination of all kinds of tempos and styles the genre have to offer, each performed with crushing perfection, and catchy choruses and memorable melodic hooks! Will go down well among fans of Bolt Thrower (R.I.P.) and some of the other dutch death brigades I’ve had the pleasure of working with!”

GOD DETHRONED will play two German release shows on the weekend of release and two Dutch ones the following weekend. Please spread the word!


05/05/17 DE – Oberhausen – Helvete w/Lifeless & Visionary

06/05/17 DE – München – Backstage w/Revel In Flesh & Commander & Visionary

12/05/17 NL- Lelystad – Poppodium w/ Visionary & Disquiet

13/05/17 NL – Groningen – Vera w/Visionary & The Heritage


Other GOD DETHRONED shows:

11/03/17 DE – Heidelberg – Deathfest

08/04/17 NL – Erica – Pitfest

10-12/08/17 DE – Schlotheim – Party.San Open Air

SONATA ARCTICA to return to Europe in early 2017!

26. October 2016

Finnish melodic metal giants, SONATA ARCTICA, finished their European tour with Swedish adventure metallers TWILIGHT FORCE last Saturday with a sold out show at Zeche in Bochum, Germany. On this tour, the Finns presented their latest record titled »The Ninth Hour« (#2 Finland, #7 Sweden (Rock/Metal), #18 Switzerland, #22 Germany, #43 Austria among others) live on European soil for the first time. After SONATA ARCTICA‘s forthcoming North American tour with LEAVES’ EYES and OMNIUM GATHERUM, the band will hit European stages once more from February 20th, 2017. Support on this leg will come from Norwegian metallers TRIOSPHERE (February 20th – March 20th), also Finland-based heavy metallers THUNDERSTONE (March 22nd – April 9th) and Canadian heavy metallers STRIKER. See below for all dates!
Keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg commented:
“Since our latest European tour was merely a blip on the radar, albeit a strong one at that, we decided that we had to come back and make sure we hit all the places we missed on the first run. So, here it is: 2 months of shows in Europe, including a lot of new places and a whole bunch of cities we haven’t had the chance to visit in years. See you out there!”



»The Ninth Hour World Tour 2017«

20.02.  D         Nuremberg – Hirsch
21.02.  CZ        Zlin – Masters Of Rock Café
22.02.  A          Vienna – Szene
23.02.  D         Munich – Backstage
24.02.  I           Modena – Vox Club
25.02.  I           Rome – Orion
27.02.  CH       Zurich – Dynamo
28.02.  CH       Solothurn – Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
01.03.  CH       Lausanne – Les Docks
03.03.  F          Marseille – Le Moulin
04.03.  E          Barcelona – Bikini
05.03.  E          Madrid – La Riviera
06.03.  E          Sevilla – Custom
07.03.  P          Lisbon – Lisboa Ao Vivo
09.03.  E          Pamplona – Totem
10.03.  F          Bordeaux – Barbey Theatre
11.03.  F          Toulouse – Le Metronum
12.03.  F          Lyon – Le Ninkaso Kao
14.03.  F          Besancon – La Rodia
15.03.  F          Nancy – L’Austre Canal
16.03.  F          Rennes – Antipode
17.03.  UK       Southampton – Engine Rooms
18.03.  UK       Bristol – Marble Factory
19.03.  UK       Cardiff – Tramshed
20.03.  UK       Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
22.03.  UK       Manchester – Club Academy
23.03.  UK       Sheffield – Corporation Room 1
24.03.  UK       Glasgow – The Classic Grand
25.03.  UK       Belfast – Limelight 2
26.03.  IRL       Dublin – The Academy
28.03.  UK       Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms
29.03.  F          Lille – Le Splendid
30.03.  D         Herford – X
31.03.  D         Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
01.04.  NL        Eindhoven – Effenaar
02.04.  NL        Utrecht – Tivoli Pandora
04.04.  D         Cologne – Essigfabrik
05.04.  D         Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
06.04.  D         Leipzig – Hellraiser
07.04.  S          Malmo – KB
08.04.  S          Orebro – Frimis Salonger
09.04.  S          Gothenburg – Pustervik
SONATA ARCTICA‘s »The Ninth Hour« hit the charts in several countries all over the globe:


#2 Finland
#7 Sweden (Rock/Metal)
#18 Switzerland
#22 Germany
#43 Austria
#53 Belgium (Wallonie)
#60 Sweden
#67 Hungary
#68 Italy
#86 Spain
#112 Belgium (Vlanders)
#125 Canada
#163 Netherlands


#7 Heatseeker
#12 Hard Music
#15 Hardcharts
#48 Rock Album
#113 Billboard Top 200

Order »The Ninth Hour« here:
Order the album digitally:


More on »The Ninth Hour«:


4. October 2016


10 years of Hackneyed, dear fans and supporters! A whole decade! It’s almost 10 years ago since Phil and Tim came up with the idea to start this band. From this moment on, everything was different. We wrote our first tracks, rehearsed them together and played our first live shows. We don’t want to lie, it was a beginning with many ups and downs, but it was all worth it.

And then in 2008: the big bang! Discovered by Achim Ostertag (thank you so much for everything!), we got our first record deal with gigantic Nuclear Blast, followed by two great albums and uncountable shows all over the world. Two years later, our journey went into different directions and we got the chance to release a third album at Lifeforce Records back in 2011. The next great step came in 2015: our very own music label, CoMa Tone Records, and a fourth album that we released ourselves – which makes us extremely proud! Furthermore, we toured all over Europe with idols like Morbid Angel, Kataklysm, Nile or Arch Enemy and played at big festivals like Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze, With Full Force or Barge To Hell.

We achieved so much, way more than we ever imagined and we are incredibly thankful for everyone who has been a part of this journey! You guys are the reason why we made it that far!
But time changes interests and priorities and after 10 years of band history, we feel like we are ready to close this amazing chapter of our lives, move on and take on new challenges. Yes, you’ve read correctly: Hackneyed will split up!
But of course we won’t leave without saying goodbye to you, our fans and supporters. We want to celebrate the 10 years we were together – which is why we’ve planned several (festival) shows in 2016, topped off with a farewell concert towards the end of the year. We’re really counting on you to take part in this last step of Hackneyed’s journey. Let’s make it BIG! Let’s make Hackneyed remain in our minds and hearts FOREVER!



And we as Dragon Productions send nothing but love and respect to them.

This have been 10 great years with these fantastic young men. We’ll miss ya!

ULI JON ROTH announces Tour dates

14. September 2016

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We are proud to present guitar legend Uli Jon Roth on his ‘Tokyo Tapes Revisited World Tour 2016’:

24.09.2016 DE – Braunschweig, Tegtmeyer
25.09.2016 DE – Braunschweig, Tegtmeyer (2nd show)

29.09.2016 FR – Toulouse, Le Metronum
30.09.2016 FR – Riom (near Clermont ferrand), La Puce a L’Oreille
01.10.2016 FR – Salon de Provence, Portail Coucou
02.10.2016 FR – Ensisheim, Wood Stock Guitares

04.10.2016 RU – Moscow, Stereo Hall
05.10.2016 RU – Yaroslavl, GORKA Club
06.10.2016 RU – St. Petersburg, Jagger Club

08.10.2016 JP – Tokyo, Loud Park Festival

27.10.2016 SE – Gothenburg, Sticky Fingers // Göteborg
28.10.2016 SE – Sala, Rockland
29.10.2016 FI – Mariehamn /Åland, Dino’s Pub
31.10.2016 FI – Helsinki, TAVASTIA-klubi

19.11.2016 DE – Worpswede, Music Hall Worpswede e. V.
20.11.2016 DE – Bochum, Matrix Bochum (Rockpalast)
21.11.2016 DE – Köln, Underground Cologne
22.11.2016 DE – Augsburg, Spectrum Club Augsburg
23.11.2016 DE – Mannheim, 7er Club Mannheim
24.11.2016 DE – Freiburg, Jazzhaus Freiburgus
25.11.2016 DE – Siegen, Vortex Surfer Musikclub
26.11.2016 DE – Lübeck, treibsAND – Live Club Lübeck

02.-06.02.2017 70000tons of Metal

The live DVD ‘Tokyo Tapes Revisited’ will be released on UDR Records 21.10.2016-

Get your tickets for Germany at Metaltix:


TWILIGHT FORCE enter European charts

12. September 2016


TWILIGHT FORCE‘s album »Heroes Of Mighty Magic« saw the light of day on August 26th via Nuclear Blast. And glorious news can be revealed: The band’s sophomore record hit the charts in various European countries (#54 in Germany among others; find all entries below!). Congratulations to the Twilight Kingdoms!

Lynd commented:
“»Heroes Of Mighty Magic« has made its way to the bazaars of the world. Sold by many a merchant, among livestock, magic potions and other goods; the album has proven itself to be a popular item indeed. So popular that it has been inscribed in the weekly sonic tablets of the merchants!”

#17 – Sweden (Rock)
#20 – UK (Rock)
#41 – UK (Indie)
#44 – Switzerland
#54 – Germany

Additionally, the fourth part of their lore series has been launched:
Learn more about bass player Born:

Missed the previous parts?

Watch the brand-new ‘Powerwind’ video here:

Listen to the track-by-track commentary version of »Heroes Of Mighty Magic« over on Spotify:

More on »Heroes Of Mighty Magic«:
‘Battle Of Arcane Might’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
Trailer #1:
Trailer #2:
Trailer #3:
Trailer #4:
Trailer #5:


07.10.  N         Trondheim – Byscenen *SOLD OUT*
08.10.  S          Borlänge – Liljan
09.10.  S          Huskvarna – Folkets Park
11.10.  DK       Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
12.10.  D         Hamburg – Markthalle
13.10.  NL        Haarlem – Patronaat
14.10.  NL        Tilburg – 013 *SOLD OUT*
15.10.  UK       London – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
16.10.  F          Paris – La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
18.10.  F          Strasbourg – La Laiterie
19.10.  CH       Pratteln – Z7
20.10.  I           Milan – Alcatraz
21.10.  D         Mannheim – MS Connexion Complex
22.10.  D         Bochum – Zeche

06.01.  D         Hamburg – Sporthalle
07.01.  D         Oberhausen – König Pilsener Arena
08.01.  B          Antwerp – Lotto Arena
10.01.  IRL       Dublin – Vicar Street
11.01.  UK       Glasgow – o2 Academy
13.01.  UK       Manchester – o2 Apollo
14.01.  UK       London – o2 Brixton Academy
15.01.  F          Lille – Aeronef
16.01.  F          Paris – Olympia
18.01.  F          Toulouse – Le Bikini
19.01.  E          Bilbao – Santana 27
20.01.  P          Porto – Coliseu Do Porto
21.01.  E          Madrid – Barclaycard Center
22.01.  E          Barcelona – Sant Jordi
24.01.  F          Lyon – Transbordeur
25.01.  I           Milan – Live Club
27.01.  A          Vienna – Gasometer
28.01.  D         Ludwigsburg – MHP Arena
29.01.  NL        Amsterdam – Heineken Music Hall
31.01.  D         Frankfurt – Jahrhunderthalle
01.02.  D         Saarbrücken – Saarlandhalle
03.02.  CH       Basel – St. Jakobshalle
04.02.  D         Bamberg – Brose Arena
05.02.  D         München – Zenith
24.02.  FIN       Helsinki – Icehall
25.02.  EST      Tallinn – Kultuurikatel
27.02.  PL        Gdansk – Ergo Arena
28.02.  PL        Wroclaw – Hala Stulecia
01.03.  PL        Warsaw – Torwar
03.03.  PL        Cracov – Wisla Hall
04.03.  CZ        Prague – Tip Sport Arena
05.03.  H         Budapest – Barba Negra
06.03.  SRB      Belgrade – Belexpo
08.03.  GR       Athens – Peiraios Academy
09.03.  GR       Thessaloniki – Fix Factory Of Sound
10.03.  BG       Sofia – Universiada Hall
11.03.  RO       Bucharest – Arenele Romane
13.03.  HR       Zagreb – Dom Sportova
14.03.  SK        Bratislava – Aegon Arena
15.03.  D         Berlin – Columbiahalle
17.03.  S          Norrköping – Himmelstalundshallen
18.03.  S          Sandviken – Göransson Arena
19.03.  S          Örebro – Conventum Arena
21.03.  DK       Copenhagen – Valby Hallen
22.03.  S          Lund – Sparbank Skane Arena
24.03.  S          Stockholm – Hovet
25.03.  S          Göteborg – Frölundaborg
26.03.  N         Oslo – Sentrum Scene
27.03.  N         Haugesund – Byscenen
29.03.  N         Trondheim – Samfundet Storsalen
31.03.  S          Umea – Umea Energi Arena Vind
01.04.  S          Lulea – Lulea Energi Arena

SONATA ARCTICA – announce new album “The Ninth Hour”!

22. July 2016


Only two years after the release of »Pariah’s Child« and a massive world tour, the Finnish Melodic Metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA are already back for more – their ninth masterpiece entitled »The Ninth Hour« will see the light of day on October 7th.


Once again, the album was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen, to create a typical yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year 2016.


“The studio work for the new record started seriously in mid-April 2016 in several home studios around Finland,” singer Tony Kakko explains. “But the main recording and mixing took place at the Studio57 in Alaveteli, Finland. It functions as a kind of centre point and all work finally ends up there. We aimed to create another melodic, beautiful, surprising SONATA ARCTICA album… Did it turn out that way? I surely think so. But maybe I should leave that for you to decide!”


After a North American tour with their friends from NIGHTWISH plus many headline shows around the globe, the band was once again able to take a look at the entire world as it is at the moment – on the edge of a possible armageddon. This spirit is reflected in the new artwork of »The Ninth Hour« :


“The artwork of our ninth studio album »The Ninth Hour« depicts a future utopian landscape on the background. Nature and human technologies are in balance. In the middle we have an hour glass contraption with a knob for us to meddle with. The right-hand side cup represents the nature side with no humans left, on the left we have the human dystopia after we have destroyed Nature. The idea I had was, that turning the knob will tilt the hour glass in one direction or another, and the other cup will slowly empty and that future will be erased. Biblically we are expected to repent and sacrifice on »The Ninth Hour«…to dive right back to a more mundane reality, it’s a fact that we are currently living in critical, historical times. Our decisions will define the future. Not only ours as a race, but the future of this entire planet. We need to make sacrifices and in many cases we will repent our already made choices.”
Right after the summer festival season and the release of their anticipated record, the band will embark on a European tour together with their label mates TWILIGHT FORCE to present the new songs to their fans. Here are the dates:


Special Guests: TWILIGHT FORCE
presented by: Metal Hammer, Musix, Blast, Rock it + & Dragon Productions
07.10.16 NOR – Trondheim, Trondheim Metal Fest
08.10.16 SE – Borlänge, Liljan
09.10.16 SE – Huskvarna, Folkets Park
11.10.16 DK – Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
12.10.16 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
13.10.16 NL – Haarlem, Patronaat
14.10.16 NL – Tilburg, 013
15.10.16 UK – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
16.10.16 FR – Paris, La Machine du Moulin Rouge
18.10.16 FR – Strasbourg, La Laiterie
19.10.16 CH – Pratteln, Konzertfabrik Z7
20.10.16 IT – Milan, Alcatraz
21.10.16 DE – Mannheim, Alte Seilerei
22.10.16 DE – Bochum, Zeche


Watch their latest clips:
‘The Wolves Die Young’ official video:
‘Love’ official video:
‘Cloud Factory’ lyric video:
‘Kingdom For A Heart’ – official track: