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++ 2010-06-30

ALTARIA live - the festival season kicking in!

ALTARIA just conquered the legendary Nummirock Metal Festival - the one and only midsummer heavy metal festival of Finland. Oh, and it was a blast! The band played just before the whole three-day festival headliner, fellow tourmate SONATA ARCTICA, and there's some photos to show what ALTARIA's capable of! And as you know, the festival period has just begun - the next chance to see ALTARIA blasting is at Jyrkkärock festival (with Stormwarrior, Kalmah, Burning Point et al.) next weekend! Be there!

 
++ 2010-05-22

ALTARIA confirmed for Nummirock Metal Festival

ALTARIA has been confirmed for the legendary Nummirock Metal Festival. The band will hit the stage on Saturday June 26th at 23:45 - being the last band before the headliner and closing act, former tourmates Sonata Arctica! Other bands confirmed for Nummirock 2010 include Tarot, Sepultura, Venom, Thyrfing, Dark Tranquillity et al.

 
++ 2010-04-18

ALTARIA confirmed for Jyrkkärock festival | New reviews available

ALTARIA has been confirmed for Jyrkkärock festival (Pudasjärvi, Finland) with artists like Stormwarrior (Germany), Finnish prog metallers Malpractice and cult act National Napalm Syndicate. The band will be playing on July 2nd at the main stage.

Additionally, here's some reviews of ALTARIA's latest album Unholy:

Dangerdog: 4/5
Imperiumi: 7½/10 (in Finnish)
Rockingboy: 8,5/10 (in German)
Rock United: 7/10
Hardrock Haven: 7,2/10
STRYKE: 9/10 (in Portugese)
The Metal Fields: 6/10
Rock Realms

If you find any other reviews of Unholy, please do post the link to our guestbook!

 
++ 2009-12-23

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

ALTARIA wishes Heavy Christmas and a Rocking New Year for all the fans and friends out there!

 
++ 2009-08-28

Unholy - out now!

ALTARIA's fourth longplayer Unholy has now been released! You can buy the album from your local CD store or purchase it online:
The Music Shop
Record Shop X
CDON.eu

Samples of all songs are available at Escape Music's website.

 
++ 2009-08-20

Tony & Marco on the radio

ALTARIA's Marco Luponero and Tony S. will be participating in a three-hour radio show Metallrepubliken broadcasted on Finland's Radio X3M.

The program is aired Monday 24th at 21:00 (9pm UTC+2) Finnish time. Online streaming is available at their website. The recording of the show is also available online for a week after its airing.

The show will also feature multiple songs from "Unholy", which will be released next week.

 
++ 2009-08-13

Marco Luponero on Finnish TV!

ALTARIA's vocalist Marco Luponero will be performing at FST's Fångad av en sång TV show on Saturday August 15th. The show will feature e.g. Warrior from the forthcoming ALTARIA album "Unholy". Fångad av en sång is shown at 19:50-20:50 Finnish time. The show will also be later available online at Yle Areena web service.

 
++ 2009-06-27

ALTARIA: UNHOLY unleashed on August 28th!

ALTARIA's fourth longplayer Unholy will be released in Europe on August 28th. A new song titled Pride & Desire can be listened to at Altaria's Myspace page.

Unholy can be preordered at Levykauppa X (Finland). The Finnish release date is August 26th.

 
++ 2009-05-16

New album Unholy on its way!

ALTARIA has inked a recording contract with British label Escape Music.

After six months of hard work in the studio the new album Unholy has now been finished! The unholy result can be described as more guitar-based and "dirtier" than the earlier works of Altaria. Unholy will be unleashed in 2009, the final release date is yet to be announced. Until then Altaria would like to thank the fans for their patience and offer a brand new track Warrior as an appetizer.

Unholy: cover art

01. Alterior Motive
02. Warriormp3-download: Warrior (full song)
03. Unholy Invasion
04. Pride & Desire
05. The Lake
06. Danger Zone
07. Steal Your Thunder
08. Wind Beneath My Wings
09. We Own The Fire
10. Ready!
11. Never Wonder Why
12. Underdog

 
++ 2009-03-10

ALTARIA finishes recording the fourth album!

ALTARIA has been working hard during the last three months, recording 12 brand new tunes. The recording of the fourth album has now been finished, and the yet untitled album will be mixed by Esa Orjatsalo at Sevik Audio.

"The new material is the meanest and rawest ALTARIA so far, as we decided to let the guitars do the talking while NO keyboards whatsoever will be heard on the album.", reveals drummer Tony S.

Stay tuned for more news!

 
++ 2008-12-22

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from ALTARIA to everybody out there!

 
++ 2008-11-28

New Album in 2009! / New MP3 Sample available!

ALTARIA will shortly begin to record the long-awaited fourth album. Recordings will take place at several different locations during the coming three months and 12 brand new tracks will be recorded. The mixing and mastering will be taken care of by Esa Orjatsalo at Sevik Audio in March 2009. A release date for the still untitled album has not yet been decided but it will definately hit the streets in 2009. Drummer Tony S comments: "We wrote a lot of songs and chose twelve to be recorded. The new stuff has been written very much as a team this time and every member has contributed to the songwriting. I've felt that an important thing for us this time is to musically take a step forward but still keep the ALTARIA-vibe in the songs. So, prepare for an angry, cruchy, guitar-based album filled with the big ALTARIA-choruses! Thank you for your patience - we'll see you all somewhere along the road in 2009!"

To give you a taste of what's to come an MP3 clip (recorded during rehearsals) of a new song titled "Pride & Desire", is now available for download.

 
++ 2008-11-12

New photos & breaking news soon!

There's now fresh photos from the latest ALTARIA show at Semifinal club, be sure to check them out!

Additionally, be prepared for some breaking news from the ALTARIA camp, to be released soon!

 
++ 2008-09-11

ALTARIA live, October 29th!

ALTARIA will play in Semifinal club, Helsinki, on October 29th. The advance tickets will cost 6 euros (available later on from Tiketti). Sharing the stage is Finnish rarely-seen (first gig since 2002!) prog metal act Mantra X. Be there!

 
++ 2008-07-02

Tony & Marco on Radio X3M's Metallrepubliken!

ALTARIA's Tony and Marco are visiting Yle X3M's Metallrepubliken on Monday, July 7th at 21:00 (Finnish time). During their three-hour visit the Altarians are acting as guest DJs playing some of their favourite tunes.

X3M can be listened online at www.yle.fi/extrem/radio/ (can be listened also outside Finland), remember to tune in next Monday at 9PM (GMT+3).

 
++ 2008-04-24

ALTARIA confirmed for Heavy Corner, Helsinki

ALTARIA esiintyy Heavy Cornerissa (Hietaniemenkatu 2, Kamppi) lauantaina 3. toukokuuta. Illan aloittaa STURM UND DRANG -kaksikko André ja Alex akustisella show'llaan klo 20:30. ALTARIA valtaa lavan kello 21:30, joten ole ajoissa paikalla - luvassa on timanttinen show!


ALTARIA will be playing at Heavy Corner in Helsinki on Saturday, May 3rd. The evening will start at 20:30 (8:30 pm) with André and Alex from STURM UND DRANG performing acoustically. ALTARIA will hit the stage at about 21:30 (9:30 pm) so be sure to be there on time. ALTARIA hope to see you there and promises an action-packed show!

 
++ 2008-03-03

ALTARIA @ Elements Of Metal pt. II

ALTARIA on varmistettu lyhyellä varoitusajalla esiintyjäksi Elements Of Metal pt. II -tapahtumaan, joka järjestetään keskiviikkona 5.3. Helsingin On The Rocksissa

Muina esiintyjinä ovat Tacere ja Kill The Romance. Liput 6 euroa, ovet aukeavat klo 21:00 ja showtime on klo 22:30.


Elements Of Metal pt. II, at On The Rocks, Helsinki, on March 5th will feature ALTARIA as a last-minute addition!

Other bands playing there are Tacere and Kill The Romance. Tickets cost 6 euros, the doors will be opened at 9pm and the showtime is at 22:30.

 
++ 2008-01-25

ALTARIA news for 2008!

ALTARIA has parted ways with record company Metal Heaven and is currently negotiating a new contract. Material for the fourth album, which earlier was scheduled to be released in 2007, is basically ready just waiting to be recorded and unleashed upon the world this year.

Altaria - 2008
Photo by Fredrik Pelin

In the aftermath of this split bass player Marko Pukkila decided to quit. ALTARIA will not look for a replacement and the bass will as of now be handled by Marco Luponero who in his previous band Terrorwheel also held the position as bassist/vocalist. Rehearsals have shown that the band now is working better than ever as a solid and creative unit and the ALTARIA-camp is very exited about everything going on in the "History Of Times To Come" =). Thanx also to Marko for his input and stay tuned for more news as it happends! 2008... here comes ALTARIA!

 
++ 2008-01-07

ALTARIA nominees at Femmagaala

ALTARIA is one of the nominees in the annual Femmagaala awards. You can vote for ALTARIA at www.femmagaala.fi (in Finnish; first field is for name, second one is for email address and the last one is for comments).

 
++ 2007-12-23

Merry Christmas!

Merry X-mas and a rocking new year from Altaria to everyone out there!

 
++ 2007-11-28

THANXX!

ALTARIA would like to thank everyone involved in the Hammerfall Ocean Crusade! Bands, crew, audience... The Crusade was very well organized and the band had a great trip and awesome time on stage. A very special thanxx also to Hammerfall for inviting us along! Photos of ALTARIA on stage at the Hammerfall Ocean Crusade have also been added.

 
++ 2007-11-20

ALTARIA on the sea!

This coming friday (November 23d) Altaria will perform at the HammerFall Ocean Crusade. The festival, which starts on Thursday the 22nd, will take place at Silja Festival on the open sea (Stockholm - Turku - Stockholm). This will be the first time Swedish audience has the chance to experience Altaria live and the band is very much looking forward to it. Välkommen ombord alla rockare!!!

 
++ 2007-10-31

ALTARIA confirmed for East Club, Helsinki

One more live show added, ALTARIA will play at East Club, Helsinki (Itäkeskus), November 9th.

 
++ 2007-10-08

New gigs confirmed - including Ocean Crusade with HammerFall!

ALTARIA will play two gigs in November. On the 10th ALTARIA will take the stage in their hometown of Pietarsaari once again. Also, on the 23rd, ALTARIA will be part of the HAMMERFALL Ocean Crusade, which celebrates 10th anniversary of HAMMERFALL. Check the live section for details.

 
++ 2007-08-19

Photos from Jalometalli festival

ALTARIA conquered Jalometalli festival this weekend, and there's few nice photos available at Jalometalli's website.

 
++ 2007-07-18

ALTARIA plays in Kokkola / New material on the way

A live show in Kokkola has been confirmed, ALTARIA will play in English Pub, August 17th. This show along with the show at Jalometalli festival are the only shows ALTARIA will play during the summer. Next live shows will be at the end of the year, and will be announced later on. In other news, the band has retreated to their rehearsal place for composing new material for the forthcoming album. So far there's more-or-less completed songs for a complete full-length album.

 
++ 2007-07-05

ALTARIA conquers Jalometalli in August

As earlier confirmed, ALTARIA will conquer Jalometalli festival in August. The schedules have now been released - be sure the check the main stage at 15:10 local time to see ALTARIA's show on Saturday, August 18th.

 
++ 2007-05-24

Divine Invitation to be released with new video!

The time has come! On friday the 25th Divine Invitation is finally unleashed. And to celebrate the release, a brand new video to the song Keeper Of Mystique will be posted on ALTARIA's MySpace page the same day, so stay tuned!

 
++ 2007-04-24

New samples available!

Samples of the two new songs Keeper Of Mystique and Ball And Chain have been added to ALTARIA's MySpace page. The songs can be found on the Divine Invitation compilation (release date May 25th 2007) and are the first tracks featuring the new members Marco Luponero on vocals and Petri Aho on guitar.

 
++ 2007-03-15

ALTARIA on MySpace

ALTARIA has had a MySpace account for a while already, but not much has been happening around there. From now on ALTARIA's MySpace will be updated more frequently, so be sure to check it out! www.myspace.com/altariametal

 
++ 2007-03-13

ALTARIA: Divine Invitation

ALTARIA: Divine Invitation compilation album will be released on May 25th 2007. The compilation is a mid-price release made for fans! Due to the high demand and ongoing requests for the songs of the completely sold out first two albums of the band, Invitation (2003) and Divinity (2004), the idea came up to make the best five songs each available again, to introduce new singer Marco Luponero with two brand new songs and add another seven(!) bonus tracks which originally appeared on the band's sought after demos Sleeping Visions (2001) and Feed The Fire (2002).

Altaria: Divine Invitation (cover image)  01. Fire & Ice
02. Unchain The Rain
03. Darkened Highlight
04. History Of Times To Come
05. Try To Remember
06. Unicorn
07. Prophet Of Pestilence
08. Ravenwing
09. Innocent
10. Final Warning
11. Keeper Of Mystique*
12. Ball & Chain*
13. Fire & Ice (Demo 2001)
14. Innocent (Demo 2001)
15. Kingdom Of The Night (Demo 2001)
16. Unicorn (Demo 2002)
17. History Of Times To Come (Demo 2002)
18. Immortal Disorder (Demo 2002)
19. Emerald Eye (Demo 2002)
    * new song

Also, don't miss ALTARIA's next live show (with Machine Men) this saturday at Club Teatria, Oulu.

 
++ 2007-02-27

ALTARIA confirmed for Jalometalli Festival

The first festival appearance for the forthcoming summer is now confirmed. ALTARIA will play at Jalometalli festival, Oulu, Finland, on August 18th. For more information, see www.jalometalli.net.

 
++ 2007-02-15

Another Finnish show confirmed

ALTARIA is playing at Diskotek Diiva, Pietarsaari, on March 31st. More shows TBA.

 
++ 2007-02-14

ALTARIA conquered Pietarsaari - Photos available!

ALTARIA has conquered their hometown Pietarsaari in front of 3000 metal-hungry people! The first show featuring their new charismatic vocalist Marco Luponero was solid ten-song set. Photos from the ALTARIA show are available below.

New live photos

 
++ 2007-02-11

HammerFall cancels Finnish shows - New ALTARIA gigs confirmed

HammerFall has cancelled the forthcoming Finnish shows where ALTARIA was chosen as support act. Instead of these two gigs ALTARIA will be playing few club gigs in Finland during the spring. The first confirmed show is at Teatria, Oulu, March 17th with Machine Men. More club gigs and the first confirmed festival appearances will be announced shortly.

 
++ 2007-02-08

New album in autumn, compilation album in spring, new photos...

ALTARIA has been busy both rehearsing for the upcoming live shows (see exclusive photos below!) and composing new material for the follow-up of The Fallen Empire, to be released tentatively in the autumn. Altaria will play few shows during the spring plus multiple festivals during the summer. The year 2007 will be extremely busy for Altaria.

Photos from the ALTARIA rehearsal sessions

In other news, since the first two albums are sold out, Metal Heaven is releasing a compilation album entitled Divine Invitation including songs from the first two studio albums. The compilation will also include two new tracks with the new line-up, including Marco on vocals. There'll be also more bonus material.
Altaria training sessions

 
++ 2007-01-22

ALTARIA nominees at Femmagaala

ALTARIA is one of the nominees in the annual Femmagaala. You can vote for ALTARIA at www.femmagaala.fi (in Finnish; first field is for name, second one is for email address and the last one is for comments).

 
++ 2007-01-09

Marco Luponero joins ALTARIA!

The search is over! ALTARIA has found their man to take the place behind the microphone. Multitalented vocalist Marco Luponero attended the auditions and managed to impress the band to the point that he was invited to join. The things apart from Marco's singing that caught the band's eye (and ear) was his high-class songwriting skills as well as his stage charisma. Altaria is currently rehearsing for the following shows with LORDI and HAMMERFALL as well as writing material for the forthcoming album. Here's a greeting from the man himself:

Marco Luponero "Hello everyone! My name is Marco Luponero and I'm proud to introduce myself as the new singer of ALTARIA. Considering that I've known both Tony and Marko for many years, and that we've shared the same stage on several occations, it seems almost odd that it's not until now that we have joined our forces. My musical background is somewhat different from the other members', I've been singing mostly in more brutal kinds of bands than Altaria, the most recent being Terrorwheel, from which a few of you might recognize me. But as I started my solo project Luponero I switched to a more melodic style of singing, that also fits Altaria's sound. I'm looking forward to play my first gig with the band and I also hope to see you all very soon! Take care!"

 
++ 2007-01-06

ALTARIA nominees for Bubbling Under Award

ALTARIA is one of the nominees for annual Bubbling Under Award of Noise.fi. The public voting is located at www.noise.fi/vuosiaanestys/ (only in Finnish). The voting is open until January 31st, so please remember to vote for ALTARIA while you still can.

 
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