Sonata Artica, Battle Beast
2727 Canton St
Next to Bomb Factory
Dallas, TX, 75226
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Power Metal (Heavy Metal) band from Tampa, Florida (USA).
Thomas Youngblood and drummer Richard Warner founded KAMELOT in Tampa, Florida back in 1992. In 1994 the band signed a deal with Noise Records, and the release of the debut Eternity followed in August of the next year.
Guitar: Thomas Youngblood
Vocals: Tommy Karevik, former: Mark Vanderbilt, Roy Khan
Bass: Sean Tibbetts, former: Glenn Barry
Drums: Johan Nunez, former: Richard Warner (2), Casey Grillo
Keyboards: Oliver Palotai
In 1996 Sonata Arctica was formed in the northern Finland city Kemi. Their first name was Tricky Beans.
After some line-up changes in 1997, they changed their name to Tricky Means. In 1999 the band recorded the new demo “Full Moon” in the Tico Tico Studios in Kemi.
This new demo was the first survey for the band in heavy metal waters. The trade marks of the band were a faster and melodical sound, keyboard oriented heavy metal with clear and high vocals. How the destiny wanted it, and with help from Athi Kortelainen and the Tico Tico Studios, the demo “Full Moon” found the way to the metal label Spinfarm. Meanwhile Tricky Means changed the name to Sonata Arctica.
In summer 1999 the first single “UnOpened” was released. The release of the first real full legend album “Ecliptica” designated the fall 1999. At first it was only sold in Finland, but other countries were soon to follow. Shortly after this release Tony Kakko decided to concentrate more on singing, as opposed to trying to sing and play keyboards at the same time. Mikko Härkin (ex-Kenziner) became a new member and replaced Tony on the keyboard.
After the last show of the Silence tour at Jörisrock in 2002, Mikko Härkin decided to leave the band because of personal matters. The band announced the search for a new keyboarder and got a lot of applications from all over the world. After a night in a bar with the two candidates that had been invited, the band voted for Henrik Klingenberg.
The national success continued after "Winterheart's Guild" was released in Finland. It entered the charts on the 3rd place and stayed in the top 10 for five weeks.
After this, Sonata Arctica signed a contract with Nuclear Blast.
The recording session for the next album now also featured Henrik who added fresh spices to the soup, later on called "Reckoning Night". In Finland the album came up to the second position for the most sold exemplars in the first two weeks. Finland wasn’t the only country, where “Reckoning Night” stayed in the charts. In Germany it was on place 77, in Switzerland on place 85 and in Norway on place 69. In fact, there should follow a headliner tour after the release, but the band got the unique bargain to play with Nightwish on their European tour as special guest. The band decided to do so and thus they toured with Nightwish through all over Europe and played in arenas with capacities up to 12 000 people!
In October 2004 the band received remarkable news: They would exceeded the Gold record because of their album “Silence”, which arrived a sale of more than 15.000 copies and finally became to the most sold albums of the band.
The last gig on this tour was at the newly-formed Finnish Metal Expo at Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki.. The last show of the Finnish tour wasn’t only a sold out performance with an enormous audience, it was also a good practise for the band for the coming Japan tour. For the first time, Sonata Arctica had played the same set which would be later released as their first DVD “For The Sake Of Revenge”, it was recorded in Tokyo.
The Japanese label Marquee/ Avalon released the compilation album “The End Of This Chapter”. The composition contained a previously unreleased version, an instrumental issue of “Draw Me” of the album “Winterheart’s Guild”. The first limited pressing of the compilation was arranged with a DVD, which contains seven acoustic songs.
In the second half of December 2005, once again the magic of Sonata Arctica was showed: Their third album “Winterheart’s Guild” received the gold disc, because more than 15.000 copies were sold before the beginning of 2006. Once again the have captured Finland and for the second time they gained the once-in-a-lifetime goal during one month.
Shortly after “Winterheart’s Guild”, the fourth studio album “Reckoning Night” was also awarded with the golden disc in Finland, while the band still toured through North America in February 2006. More than 100.000 copies of this album were sold worldwide. In a little while after the end of the North American tour in February, Sonata Arctica started a Europe tour to promote their forthcoming live DVD "For The Sake Of Revenge".
While the band recorded the fifth album “Unia” in different studios, the Finnish press announced an official documentary film about Sonata Arctica. This documentary followed Sonata Arctica in their hometown Kemi and also showed how a song of Sonata Arctica is developing from the scratch to the very end of the creative process. Meanwhile this documentary isn’t the only non-musical work in combination with Sonata Arctica, there was also a Sonata Arctica 3d role playing game for PC, with the name “Winterheart’s Guild”, developed.
In May 2007 the album “Unia” was released. Before the release of the album, the single “Paid In Full” was released in Finland, Japan and Germany. This single got the first place in the official Finnish charts, the second place in the following week and stayed in the national top ten, till the release of “Unia”, a month later.
After 17 years as a team, the wolf pack has moved from classic Power Metal to more progressive shores, but went back to their initial roots on the last release 'Pariah’s Child. Fans know that SONATA ARCTICA constantly deliver their high quality sound, but are also up for a little surprise here and there, hence every one of the band’s 8 full-length releases carried its own charm that always added a fresh new touch to the genre.
Therefore the ever-active quintet rarely finds time to breathe and once again, it only took them less than two years to produce the follow-up to their last hit album - their new brainchild The Ninth Hour will see the light of day on October 2016. But just like their last two releases, this album also gives the listener food for thought due to its thoughtful lyrical and visual content. After a North American tour plus many headline shows around the globe, the band was able to take a close look at the entire world as it is at the moment – on the edge of a possible armageddon.
Silence was reigning in the camp of Finnish heavy metallers BATTLE BEAST during the last few months… The group had retired to forge their brand-new, fourth studio album. But now the young beast-tamers with powerwoman Noora Louhimo are back with a loud roar entitled »Bringer Of Pain«!
Formed in 2008 BATTLE BEAST won the Wacken Metal Battle back in 2010. Followed by signing a record deal with German metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast and releasing their highly-acclaimed debut album »Steel« (2012), the band were seen touring successfully with their labelmates, symphonic metal masters NIGHTWISH.
After the arrival of new frontwoman Noora Louhimo in 2012, the release of their self-titled sophomore record (2013) delivered them support slots for well-known bands such as SONATA ARCTICA and POWERWOLF among others.
BATTLE BEAST’s unstoppable way to the top of the metal world went on: With their third studio album entitled »Unholy Savior«, the band hit the charts in several European countries (#1 Finland, #23 UK Rock, #39 Germany,…). On the release day, the group embarked on a big European tour with Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON and DELAIN. In support of this record, BATTLE BEAST also toured European soil as a headlining band for the very first time.
But now the time of the »Bringer Of Pain« is here: Once more, the Finns have crafted a top-notch piece of powerful heavy metal with the incomparably strong roars of frontbeast Noora Louhimo, catchy keyboards and earworm invasions. From the opening classical up-tempo opening track, "Straight To The Heart" to the last note of the closing ballad "Far From Heaven" BATTLE BEAST’s new opus is full of heaviness and emotions.
“The title is more than just a catchy punchline,” bassist Eero Sipilä explains. "Bring the pain"
as a phrase means giving your best, stepping up against the odds - something that really sums up the spirit of this band and this album. The fact that the name also brought to mind a certain JUDAS PRIEST album definitely didn’t hurt either...”
Recorded and produced at JKB Studios by keyboardist Janne Björkroth, the 10-track album was also mixed by him alongside Viktor Gullichsen and Mikko Karmila, while mastering was done by Mika Jussila at the world famous Finnvox Studios. The colourful cover artwork was crafted by the specialist of realistic fantasy art, Jan Yrlund, who already worked with KORPIKLAANI and TYR among others and delivered a true piece of crazy metal art:
“The cover art is mainly involved with the title track of the album, »Bringer Of Pain« which - obviously - is about this super evil female character destroying stuff. We brainstormed a little around this topic and then sent some sketches to Jan (Yrlund), who returned with the picture: Some mean-looking woman who appears like she's coming through the box art to kick your ass. And since "kicking ass" is pretty much exactly what this band is about, we considered it a very fitting cover.”
And "no pain, no gain" has definitely been an issue during the last two years of the Finnish highflyers - in the middle of their touring cycle for the critically acclaimed »Unholy Savior«, they split with guitarist and main songwriter Anton Kabanen, but soon revealed Joona Björkroth as a new fulltime member. Although fans might have feared a major style change, the Finns managed to keep their true signature sound alive:
“Most elements of our signature sound are still very much intact. Joona [Björkroth; guitars] has been a friend of the band for a long time, and he always understood what BATTLE BEAST is about, both musically and ideologically. You could say the spirit of BATTLE BEAST was in him before he even joined, and that shows in his songwriting. Of course, when you have six people, each with their own ideas, influences and wishes, some clashes can’t be avoided when conveying the creative energies. But in the end, I think that all works for the benefit of
the band. With »Bringer Of Pain« we managed to strike a good balance between sticking to
our signature sound and covering some new ground. Keeping things fun and interesting while still sounding like ourselves.”
And they do indeed. In the end, BATTLE BEAST’s formula is as simple as can be - so prepare
for “100% Heavy Metal - 0% Bullshit!”