Sonata Arctica

With: Elias "E.Vil" Viljanen
Conducted by: Baz Anderson (in person)
Published: 20.12.2009

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Sonata Arctica
Sonata Arctica are big cheese in the power metal world. Visiting north Wales for Hard Rock Hell III in the middle of their European tour, I managed to get some words with the band's newest guitarist. Some drinks had been consumed, but this is how it all turned out. Enjoy:





Part 1


Part 2





Thanks to Elias for his time, and Adam Sagir for setting the interview up.
Conducted & edited by Barry Anderson.
Recorded by Tomas Drury
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Posted on 20.12.2009 by
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Rose Of Nemesis - 20.12.2009 at 04:11  
A good interview.
insanity.peppers - 20.12.2009 at 04:34  
Never thought Baz would admit to liking Sonata Arctica of all bands, but like Elias said they've always had elements that make them very different to the typical Euro power metal
tulkas - 20.12.2009 at 06:23  
Don't mean to bitch or anything here (I love S.A., btw) but... why wasn't the interview with any of the other guys who have been in the band from beginning instead of it being with Elias who's rather new?
Doc Godin - 20.12.2009 at 09:12  
Written by tulkas on 20.12.2009 at 06:23

Don't mean to bitch or anything here (I love S.A., btw) but... why wasn't the interview with any of the other guys who have been in the band from beginning instead of it being with Elias who's rather new?

Occasionally you don't get to decide. Sometimes you may not find out until the last minute exactly which band member(s) it is you will be interviewing. I'm not necessarily speaking for Baz here, but I know that's how it worked with me on 2 out of 4 occasions.
tulkas - 20.12.2009 at 10:04  
Written by Doc Godin on 20.12.2009 at 09:12

Occasionally you don't get to decide. Sometimes you may not find out until the last minute exactly which band member(s) it is you will be interviewing. I'm not necessarily speaking for Baz here, but I know that's how it worked with me on 2 out of 4 occasions.

Oh, I see. Thanks
Bad English - 20.12.2009 at 15:14  
Hahahahahaha yogurt in fridge hahhahahahahhaha I never put in there, I alwyas before eat it keep it in room tempreture for hours, same kike juice, and other thinks I hate cold food LOL ..... this was best last words what I have heard from band members ever , same like Korpiklaani didnt say nothing
Baz Anderson - 20.12.2009 at 15:28  
Hahaha, glad you enjoyed it.

I'm the opposite though, I have to refrigerate things.
Bad English - 20.12.2009 at 15:39  
Written by Baz Anderson on 20.12.2009 at 15:28

Hahaha, glad you enjoyed it.

I'm the opposite though, I have to refrigerate things.


I like all your interewiews, specely video(its good for lazy poeple lol )
I watch all video interwiews even if I dont like band, but I dont read if its whit band what I dont like

I trooly hate cold food, cold watter , all cold , my troath is to sensitive to cold
Number Juan - 20.12.2009 at 22:15  
Hahaha respect your mom.
BlankFile - 25.12.2009 at 02:03  
Its incredible how almost all the radios in Finland ignore Sonata Arctica, by not playing any song of them, when the band is one of the most popular ones in that country. It really surprises me... :/
Nighthowls - 27.12.2009 at 05:38  
I think its only natural to have a different sounding album, seeing as how Jani and Elias have different styles, and Tony wanted the change to be obvious, I think. Pesonally I found out with Jani's departure that Im a Jani fan and not a Sonata fan like I thought, but its was a cool era for them, dislike the new music, just wanted his perspecive on things, but no less respect though, cool inerview though with technical dificalties and everything



-Do they play metal in Finnish radio stations?
Metal Mike - 12.01.2010 at 00:12  
I don't really like the new direction they are taking,I guess i'm old, I grew up on rush and priest.

I like maybe 2 songs on their latest, winterhearts guild is one of their best, and reckoning night.

course, i'm into labyrinth as well.

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