Original news, posted on 30.04.2009

Sonata Arctica guitarist Elias Viljanen will release his third solo album via Spinefarm Records in mid-June. According to the label "the music of Elias Viljanen is much influenced by Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. There will be 12 tracks on the album and 10 of the tracks will be instrumental. Marco Hietala and Tony Kakko will be the two singers performing on the album."

Apocalyptica drummer Mikko Sirén, Evergrey/ex-Stratovarius bassist Jari Kainulainen and Sonata Arctica keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg are also featured on the album. Audio samples will be added to Viljanen's MySpace page soon.


UPDATE (thanks to Bad English)

Spinefarm Records has set a June 24 Finnish release date for the third solo album from Sonata Arctica guitarist Elias Viljanen, entitled "Fire-Hearted". According to the label "there will be 12 tracks on the album and 10 of the tracks will be instrumental." Guest musicians on the CD include vocalists Marco Hietala and Tony Kakko keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica), bassist Jari Kainulainen and drummer Mikko Sirén.

"Fire-Hearted" tracklisting:

01. Fire-Hearted
02. Last Breath of Love (feat. Marco Hietala)
03. Cruel Groove
04. Kiss of Rain (feat. Tony Kakko)
05. Head up High
06. Up to Speed
07. Supernatural
08. One Tonight
09. The Triumph
10. My Guiding Light
11. Showstopper
12. Beautiful Piece


Source: eliasviljanen.com
Band profile: Sonata Arctica
 
Posted: 04.06.2009 by Bad English



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Janne - 30.04.2009 at 14:52  
He should rather write songs for Sonata Arctica..
Chaosweaver - 30.04.2009 at 16:18  
He's no Jeff Loomis.
Uirapuru - 30.04.2009 at 16:22  
His solo albuns are not that big deal...
matthioso - 30.04.2009 at 17:34  
Written by Janne on 30.04.2009 at 14:52

He should rather write songs for Sonata Arctica..


agree
Daggon - 30.04.2009 at 20:45  
Written by Uirapuru on 30.04.2009 at 16:22

His solo albuns are not that big deal...


agree, when I listened to his first album I got bored to death hehehe
tulkas - 30.04.2009 at 22:09  
So, if 10 out of 12 songs are instrumental, is this like a prog album, or what?
Dane Train - 30.04.2009 at 22:44  
Written by tulkas on 30.04.2009 at 22:09

So, if 10 out of 12 songs are instrumental, is this like a prog album, or what?


Just because something is instrumental doesn't mean it is a Prog album!
tulkas - 30.04.2009 at 23:08  
Written by Dane Train on 30.04.2009 at 22:44

Written by tulkas on 30.04.2009 at 22:09

So, if 10 out of 12 songs are instrumental, is this like a prog album, or what?


Just because something is instrumental doesn't mean it is a Prog album!


i know, i was just asking 'cause i've never heard this guys solo albums, but thought it might be prog because it sys it's influenced by vai and satriani.
LeChron James - 01.05.2009 at 02:23  
Hey if it sounds like joe satch and steve vai, i'll give it a listen.
insanity.peppers - 01.05.2009 at 05:03  
Written by Janne on 30.04.2009 at 14:52

He should rather write songs for Sonata Arctica..


No thanks, Tony does a great job on his own :-)
Shadowcross - 01.05.2009 at 05:11  
Bad spelling 'Artica'.. lol
Janne - 01.05.2009 at 12:11  
Written by insanity.peppers on 01.05.2009 at 05:03

Written by Janne on 30.04.2009 at 14:52

He should rather write songs for Sonata Arctica..


No thanks, Tony does a great job on his own :-)

Yeah, he used to do.. but now I'm not sure :/
Janne - 01.05.2009 at 12:12  
Written by Shadowcross on 01.05.2009 at 05:11

Bad spelling 'Artica'.. lol

Are you surprised? XD
Angel_Lament - 02.05.2009 at 00:09  
That look interesting, I'll try the songs with vocals on it, cause I get bored with the instrumental pieces, especially with Joe satriani like solos(no effence!)
Black Conundrum - 02.05.2009 at 00:48  
I want to check his stuff out. It seems like nice stuff. Sonata Arctica is a pretty cool band.
Janne - 04.06.2009 at 20:39  
I got excited.
Fat & Sassy! - 04.06.2009 at 22:37  
Written by tulkas on 30.04.2009 at 23:08

Written by Dane Train on 30.04.2009 at 22:44

Written by tulkas on 30.04.2009 at 22:09

So, if 10 out of 12 songs are instrumental, is this like a prog album, or what?


Just because something is instrumental doesn't mean it is a Prog album!


i know, i was just asking 'cause i've never heard this guys solo albums, but thought it might be prog because it sys it's influenced by vai and satriani.


Wait... what? Since when do Vai and Satch make prog albums?

Wow... that album cover looks fucking retarded.
Introspekrieg - 05.06.2009 at 08:52  
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 04.06.2009 at 22:37

Wait... what? Since when do Vai and Satch make prog albums?

Wow... that album cover looks fucking retarded.


I consider Vai to be more prog-related than Satch...

but yes that is a terrible album cover.
EquilibriuMTR - 05.06.2009 at 12:49  
Written by Janne on 30.04.2009 at 14:52

He should rather write songs for Sonata Arctica..


Agreed.
foschino - 05.06.2009 at 14:02  
I wish it were a prog album!!!! Unfortunately, the Satriani influence makes me think of some old hard-rock-bluesy stuff. Please no!
rainy day - 11.06.2009 at 13:43  
Written by Janne on 30.04.2009 at 14:52

He should rather write songs for Sonata Arctica..

yeap! much better chances there!

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