Official press release

Finnish four-piece Altaria, known for its traditional but yet catchy heavy metal, has inked a new record deal with Escape Music. The new album "Unholy" will be released this summer.

Altaria's fourth longplayer "Unholy" introduces the fourth lead vocalist during their nine-year long career. Charismatic and multi-talented vocalist Marco Luponero has vaulted the band's stage presence up to a completely new level and participated in composing some of the hardest rocking Altaria material ever. Says drummer, band founder Tony S.: "For the first time ever the new songs have been written together as a band. All of us have contributed to the songwriting."

"Unholy" is more guitar-oriented and grooving harder, yet sounding a bit 'dirtier' than the previous Altaria works. But don't worry, we haven't forgotten the honest, melodic heavy rock Altaria is all about - the catchy choruses are still there."

"The recording, mixing and mastering of the album took almost half a year, so we want to thank our fans for the patience and offer a full song from "Unholy" available immediately after the album got its final touch. "Warrior" is groovy piece of heavy metal, served with a memorable chorus. The song is a true appetizer for the forthcoming album Unholy.", Tony S. explains.

The new song "Warrior" can be listened to at Altaria's MySpace page or downloaded from their website.

The fourth album of Altaria, "Unholy", will be released during this summer via Escape Music. Earlier Altaria albums, including a compilation album "Divine Invitation", were released by German label Metal Heaven. Altaria has toured excessively in Finland and all over Europe with fellow Finns Sonata Arctica and German ever-young Metal Lady, Doro.

"Unholy" [cover art] and tracklist:

01. Alterior Motive
02. Warrior
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

Band profile: Altaria
Posted: 04.06.2009 by Thryce


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Akke920 - 04.06.2009 at 14:24  
Wow, nice cover art or maybe not.... I could make better cover art with paint shop pro even though i have never used it...

Oh and by the way, to everyone who misses Marko Pukkila (really, who does?) the man himself has got a new project, i don't remember the name of his project but at least the project features celesty's singer and of course Marko himself, i have heard that they play the same cheesy power metal which Pukkila played with Altaria.
Black Conundrum - 05.06.2009 at 00:11  
Meh, I really am lacking appreciation for the album artwork (and the album title). They have had waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better album covers in the past; I don't stretch words like that very often, so I truly mean that.
The Shape 1973 - 05.06.2009 at 18:59  
I was hoping for a lot better, but the new song really sucks ass and the cover is just lazy. Not the same since Jani left.
Nighthowls - 06.09.2009 at 21:17  
Yeah no Band is the same after Jani leaves, but aside from the album artwork, the music is really good, I can learn to love this heavier Altaria

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