SONATA ARCTICA – Let fans design cover artwork

Finnish melodic metal heroes SONATA ARCTICA have launched a fan contest where people can design the cover artwork of the upcoming promotional single to the song “Flag In The Ground”.

Commented mainman Tony Kakko:

“People, attention! Now here’s your big chance to make an impact to the whole music industry! Or at least all Sonata fans! Create a cover for our promotional single and have your artwork printed on a cardboard for promotional use like radios, clubs etc.
The Song is called “Flag In The Ground”, which also going to be our video song. It’s an uplifting story about a young couple fighting their way to freedom and their own land in North-America back in early 1800’s. Join the race, have fun, create us a cover art work and win! Do it today!
Good luck!
Best regards,
~ Tony – Sonata Arctica”

The artwork chosen as the best from all participants will be the new cover of the promotional single of “Flag In The Ground”. The winner will also get tickets to a Sonata Arctica show at one of the upcoming tourdates as well as to meet the band! 2nd and 3rd winners will get exclusively signed Sonata Arctica stuff!

The artwork can be sent to:

Format: JPG
Res: 300 dpi
Colours: RGB
Size: 20 x 20 cm
Be part of the SONATA ARCTICA family!
Deadline for this contest is August 10th, 2009!

The new album “The Days Of Grays” will be out on September 18th via Nuclear Blast Records!


For the content that you transfer as possible Sonata Arctica “Flag in the ground” cover on this website including intellectual property rights and all parts included photos, graphics etc. (“Delivery Materials”), you specifically give us the following permission: you grant us a exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide and timely unlimited license to use any content that you post here in connection with Sonata Arctica “Flag in the ground” (“SP License”).

This SP License ends for all contents when we publish the winner, except for the cover we chose to use, for which shall be agreed the following:

Any and all of the services of the winner to be rendered hereunder, including without limitation, the Delivery Materials are agreed hereto to be “Works Made for Hire”, as this term is defined under German Law. In this regard, we and you further acknowledge, understand and agree that any and all rights, titles, and interest in and to the Delivery Materials are assigned to us. The parties hereto further acknowledge and agree that your work is specially ordered and commissioned by us for use, without limitation, as contributions to collective works and/or as part of certain audio / audio visual works and all kind of merchandise products.
As a consequence, we shall have the sole and exclusive irrevocable right, in perpetuity, to use, exploit, advertise, exhibit, distribute and/or otherwise turn to account, or refrain there from, any or all of the foregoing results and proceeds of your services in any and all formats, now or hereinafter devised, throughout the universe, as Company, in its sole discretion, shall determine, including without limitation, in all formats of records / audio and/or audio visual media, interactive media, multimedia media, Internet, on-line services, print media, motion pictures, video clips and/or broadcast media and all kind of band merchandise.
In the event any of such results and proceeds are determined not be a “Work Made for Hire” than you hereby exclusively, immediately and irrevocably assign to us, in perpetuity, all rights, titles, interests and copyrights, including without limitation, all renewals and extensions thereof, in and to such results and proceeds. We shall further have the sole, exclusive and irrevocable right of all visual elements used in the creation of the cover including the right to change, but not limited to, the colours, brightness etc. We shall have no obligation whatsoever to utilize the results and proceeds of your services hereunder; our sole obligation shall be to provide the following compensation: The winner will get as compensation besides meeting the band and tickets to one of their shows, one free sample of all products that will be manufactured with his cover.

THE DAYS OF GRAYS (new album out in September)

SONATA ARCTICA have unveiled the new artwork, track listing as well as the album title of their forthcoming album.

“THE DAYS OF GRAYS” will see a worldwide release (excluding Asia) through Nuclear Blast Records on September 18th, 2009 (September 16th in Finland and September 22nd in the USA).

Formats / track listing:
Ltd. 2CD-Digipak:

  1. Everything Fades To Gray (Instrumental)
  2. Deathaura
  3. The Last Amazing Grays
  4. Flag In The Ground
  5. Breathing
  6. Zeroes
  7. The Dead Skin
  8. Juliet
  9. No Dream Can Heal A Broken Heart
  10. As If The World Wasn’t Ending
  11. The Truth Is Out There
  12. Everything Fades To Gray (full version)

Bonus Track:

  1. In The Dark

Bonus CD: track listing TBA.

CD Jewelcase:

  1. Everything Fades To Gray (Instrumental)
  2. Deathaura
  3. The Last Amazing Grays
  4. Flag In The Ground
  5. Breathing
  6. Zeroes
  7. The Dead Skin
  8. Juliet
  9. No Dream Can Heal A Broken Heart
  10. As If The World Wasn’t Ending
  11. The Truth Is Out There
  12. Everything Fades To Gray (full version)

Additional headliner shows in USA/Canada

A few more shows for the USA/Canada tour have been confirmed. All those are Sonata Arctica headliner shows without Dragonforce.

17.09.2009 (USA) The Jumping Turtle, San Marcos
12.10.2009 (USA) Webster Theater, Hartford
13.10.2009 (USA) Rex Theater, Pittsburgh
15.10.2009 (CAN) Music Hall, London
16.10.2009 (USA) Peabody’s, Cleveland
17.10.2009 (USA) Uncle Pleasant’s, Louisville
18.10.2009 (USA) The Rave, Milwaukee

USA/Canada tour in Sep/Oct 2009 supporting DRAGONFORCE

Sonata Arctica will be touring the U.S. and Canada in September/October 2009 supporting Dragonforce (UK) together with Taking Dawn (USA).
The confirmed tourdates are below. More dates will be added to the list as soon as they are confirmed.

18.09.2009 (USA) House of Blues, Los Angeles, CA
19.09.2009 (USA) Regency Center @ The Grand, San Francisco, CA
20.09.2009 (USA) Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
21.09.2009 (CAN) Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver
23.09.2009 (CAN) Edmonton Events Centre, Edmonton
24.09.2009 (CAN) MacEwan Hall Ballroom, Calgary
25.09.2009 (CAN) Odeon Events Centre, Saskatoon
26.09.2009 (CAN) Burton Cummings, Winnipeg
28.09.2009 (USA) Beaumont, Kansas City, MO
29.09.2009 (USA) The Cabooze, Minneapolis, MN
30.09.2009 (USA) House of Blues, Chicago, IL
02.10.2009 (CAN) Sound Academy, Toronto
03.10.2009 (CAN) Le Medley, Montréal
04.10.2009 (CAN) Theatre Imperial, Québec City
06.10.2009 (USA) The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza, New York City, NY
07.10.2009 (USA) Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore, MD
09.10.2009 (USA) The Palladium, Worcester, MA
10.10.2009 (USA) The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY
11.10.2009 (USA) Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Sonata Arctica Open Air (Kemi, Finland – 08.08.2009)


Sonata Arctica Open Air -festivaali järjestetään jälleen Kemissä 8. elokuuta 2009.
Lavalla nähdään SONATA ARCTICAn lisäksi Vaasalainen STURM UND DRANG.
Edellisen kotiyleisölle järjestetyn menestyskonsertin tapaan Kemin rannan Makasiinien alue muuntuu suureksi ulkoilmafestivaalialueeksi.
Kun tapahtuma järjestettiin ensimmäistä kertaa syksyllä 2006, Meripuistoon kokoontui noin 3 000 hyvän musiikin ystävää.
Kemin sisäsataman mainio tapahtuma-alue mahdollistaa tällä kertaa jopa 4 000 henkeä ylittävän kapasiteetin.
Konsertti avaa Sonata Arctican maailmankiertueen ja luvassa on varsinainen spektaakkeli!

Lauantaina 8.8.2009 portit auki klo 19.
Sonata Arctica klo 22:00
Sturm und Drang klo 20:00
Kemin sisäsatama
Ei ikärajaa.

Ennakkoon alkaen 29,50 euroa, portilta 35 euroa
-S-/K18 = anniskelualueet
Ennakkomyynti alkaa maanantaina 4.5.
Kemissä: Hotelli Merihovi
Torniossa: Kauppakeskus Rajalla -Arnolds-

Järjestäjä: EventWorks Oy
Promoottori: Markku Köngäs,

European tour in November/December 2009!

Sonata Arctica are going to tour through Europe in November/December. This time they are also playing in some countries that weren’t included in any previous European tours.
See the tourdates below. Some more shows will be announced later.

12.11.2009 (CZ) PRAGUE / Club Roxy
13.11.2009 (CZ) ZLIN / Masters of Rock Cafe
14.11.2009 (SK) KOSICE / Cassosport Hall
15.11.2009 (SRB) BELGRADE / SKC
17.11.2009 (H) BUDAPEST / Petöfi Csarnok
18.11.2009 (HR) ZAGREB / Boogaloo
19.11.2009 (A) VIENNA / Szene
20.11.2009 (D) MUNICH / Backstage
22.11.2009 (CH) PRATTELN / Z7
23.11.2009 (D) STUTTGART / Longhorn
24.11.2009 (D) NUREMBERG / Löwensaal
25.11.2009 (I) MILAN / Alcatraz
27.11.2009 (E) BARCELONA / Razzmatazz 2
28.11.2009 (E) MADRID / Heineken
29.11.2009 (F) BORDEAUX / Theatre Barbey
30.11.2009 (F) PARIS / Elysée Montmartre
02.12.2009 (D) DORTMUND / FZW
03.12.2009 (GB) LONDON / Carling Academy Islington
04.12.2009 (GB) PRESTATYN / Hard Rock Hell Fest
05.12.2009 (GB) DUDLEY / JB’s
06.12.2009 (B) ANTWERP / Hof Ter Lo
08.12.2009 (D) HANNOVER / Capitol
09.12.2009 (NL) TILBURG / O13
10.12.2009 (NL) AMSTERDAM / Paradiso
14.12.2009 (S) GOTHENBURG / Trädgårn
15.12.2009 (S) STOCKHOLM / Klubben