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!


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