Sonata Arctica's guitarist Jani Liimatainen has posted an announcement on the band's official website, stating that he will sit out the coming live activities due to civil duty. Guitar virtuoso Elias "E.Vil" Viljanen has been announced as substitute.

The complete translation of the statement from Finnish, provided by Blabbermouth, reads as follows:

"Unfortunately, we have come to a situation in where I'm unable to play Sonata Arctica's scheduled gigs this spring. The reason for this is that I have to fulfill my civic duties. The band will, in any case, perform the agreed gigs with a substitute guitarist and I'm sure he will meet the high standards the fans expect from Sonata Arctica's gigs. I hope I'll be able to return to the band as soon as possible, because the tour break has already taken too long and I miss the sweaty nights on stage and the sweaty days in the tour bus! I want to wish a nice spring to all fans; hopefully we will meet soon!"


In other news the band has published the release dates, covers and tracklists of the upcoming album "Unia" and the preceding single "Paid In Full".

Tracklist "Unia" - release date: May 25th, 2007 (cover)
01. In Black And White
02. Paid In Full
03. For The Sake Of Revenge
04. It Won't Fade
05. Under Your Tree
06. Caleb
07. The Vice
08. My Dream's But A Drop Of Fuel For A Nightmare
09. The Harvest
10. The Worlds Forgotten, The Words Forbidden
11. Fly With The Black Swan
12. Good Enough Is Good Enough

Tracklist "Paid In Full" - release date: April 27th, 2007 (cover)
01. Paid In Full [radio edit]
02. Out In The Fields [Gary Moore cover]
03. Paid In Full


Source: sonataarctica.info
Band profile: Sonata Arctica
 
Posted: 07.03.2007 by Promonex



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Spyroid - 07.03.2007 at 15:40  
Their old logo is much cooler...
kaos666 - 07.03.2007 at 16:55  
The new album cover looks like one of those old Sega games.
Lord Hellbender - 07.03.2007 at 17:22  
Written by Spyroid on 07.03.2007 at 15:40

Their old logo is much cooler...


I agree!
Bad English - 07.03.2007 at 17:52  
I hear one of mambers if band shood go to army
Spyroid - 07.03.2007 at 18:08  
Written by Lord Hellbender on 07.03.2007 at 17:22

Written by Spyroid on 07.03.2007 at 15:40

Their old logo is much cooler...


I agree!


The cover art is pretty cool though, but it doesn't feel very Sonata. Reckoning Night is a decent album but the cover art is one of the best I've seen!
=maD.Doc:. - 07.03.2007 at 21:05  
Written by Bad English on 07.03.2007 at 17:52

I hear one of mambers if band shood go to army

Jani Liimatainen ffs. Read the news Going to the army is a sort of Civil Duty
Bad English - 07.03.2007 at 21:08  
Written by =maD.Doc:. on 07.03.2007 at 21:05

Written by Bad English on 07.03.2007 at 17:52

I hear one of mambers if band shood go to army

Jani Liimatainen ffs. Read the news Going to the army is a sort of Civil Duty


But he are rich ppl he can pay and be free from army, here it was 150 punds and you're free from army or army doctor some 300 pouns and he find a some deasese and you coud t go coruption are great isnt it
=maD.Doc:. - 07.03.2007 at 21:20  
Jani Liimatainen ain't rich what are you thinking with? And btw, learn some english spelling ^^
Lord Grim - 07.03.2007 at 21:47  
Hahaha, they should have Nils Norberg of Nocturnal Rites fill in. Then I'd consider them having a good guitarist.
insanity.peppers - 07.03.2007 at 23:54  
This is wierd to say the least. Definitely very different to their usual formula. I still hope it rocks just as much as their previous stuff, cos you can't always judge an album by the cover/new logo.

haha that paid in full cover looks like army supplies, and Jani has to serve in the army or something . Irony
Arcaliz666 - 08.03.2007 at 00:43  
I wait much of this new work, but the old logo was better.
insanity.peppers - 08.03.2007 at 03:21  
Haha omg its the first time they use a male name (caleb) in a song instead of a female name
tulkas - 08.03.2007 at 04:44  
hmm, too bad for jani.
anyway, I see I'm not the only one who doesn't like the new logo and the cover of both the single and the album, but still I expect it to be a great album
Jonathan Tweet - 08.03.2007 at 06:56  
ooh gary moore cover, that's a catchy song!
=maD.Doc:. - 18.03.2007 at 14:31  
I actually like the new logo more than the old one. It's a bit more simple and more clean. I just love it. And the album cover is really great. Also simple and clean, BUT EXCELENT!
rui_prog_metal - 29.03.2007 at 12:40  
in my opinion, these guys suck... i've seen them live already...
They're nothing special on stage. But if you compare them to Lost horizon, blind guardian, symphony x, DT....well then, they relly suck!
Milena - 20.02.2012 at 22:29  
Just being nostalgic and reading old news again... and then I came to this.

"I hope I'll be able to return to the band as soon as possible, because the tour break has already taken too long and I miss the sweaty nights on stage and the sweaty days in the tour bus! I want to wish a nice spring to all fans; hopefully we will meet soon!"

God, Jani, you were such a liar when people slander me for preferring Elias over the "great glorious original guitarist", I just tell them the complete details of the break up.

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