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++ 2006-12-28

ALTARIA supporting LORDI / New vocalist

ALTARIA is confirmed to support the Finnish Eurovision-winning monsters LORDI on February 10th 2007 in Pietarsaari. This is the last one of the only two shows LORDI will be performing in Finland before the Eurovision 2007 finals on May 12th. To make the show even more special, ALTARIA will introduce their new singer that night.

You need to be fast to get to see this rare opportunity, since most of the tickets have already been sold. The tickets can be bought at The price is 37 euros and the show is open for all ages. The doors open at 18:00, ALTARIA hits the stage at 19:00 and LORDI begins to play at 20:30.

++ 2006-12-23

Merry Christmas!

ALTARIA wishes Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for all the fans. Let the year 2007 be a blast!

++ 2006-12-10

Taage and ALTARIA split ways

The vocalist Taage has decided to leave ALTARIA. "It has become clear during this year that Taage and the other members of ALTARIA had different priorities. When we wanted Taage to invest more time for ALTARIA, he decided to quit. The band and Taage had different perspective on few other things, too, which might have been part of the reason he decided to leave the band.", explains drummer Tony Smedjebacka.

ALTARIA is currently auditioning singers and writing songs for the fourth, yet untitled album, which will be released in the fall of 2007. The new singer will be announced early next year.

++ 2006-12-03

Finnish gigs postponed

The two Finnish gigs with HammerFall have been postponed. Information about the new dates will be published later on. See also:

++ 2006-11-11

Two Finnish live shows confirmed

ALTARIA will be opening for HammerFall on both of their Finnish gigs in January:

11.1.2007 Tavastia, Helsinki
12.1.2007 Tampere, Pakkahuone

++ 2006-09-24

ALTARIA: Frozen Hearts video at

New ALTARIA video featuring footage from the European tour with Sonata Arctica and Doro is now available for viewing in Youtube: Frozen Hearts. Enjoy.

++ 2006-09-19

Welcome back, J-P!

ALTARIA is happy to announce that guitarist J-P Alanen will resume the stage for the rest of the tour. ALTARIA also wishes to thank Jani Liimatainen, who was able to join ALTARIA on the road with only two days' notice!

The next shows of the Finnish tour:
22.09.2006 Hullu Pullo, Vaasa
23.09.2006 Viihderavintola Konsta, Kaustinen
28.09.2006 On The Rocks, Helsinki
29.09.2006 Kuusnolla, Seinäjoki

In other news, new live photos have been added to the media section.

++ 2006-09-12

Jani Liimatainen on tour with ALTARIA

After starting the successful Finnish tour J-P is having some health issues, so the doctor has ordered him to rest for at least a week. Jani Liimatainen, who was a member of ALTARIA during the first five years, will replace J-P on the gigs until Alanen is fully recovered. Jani will play with ALTARIA at least during the next three live shows:

14.09.2006 Rock's Bar & Club, Savonlinna
15.09.2006 Night Life, Lahti
16.09.2006 Ravintola Karhu, Kitee

++ 2006-08-30

Touring The Fallen Empires: Finland

The Finnish part of "Touring The Fallen Empires" starts on the 6th of September. A couple of the previously anounced shows have unfortunately forced to be cancelled due to reasons beyond the band's control. The confirmed dates are:

6.9. Salo
7.9. Tampere
9.9. Kouvola
14.9. Savonlinna
15.9. Lahti
16.9. Kitee
22.9. Vaasa
23.9. Kaustinen
28.9. Helsinki
29.9. Seinäjoki

For more information check the live section.

++ 2006-07-12

Very special ALTARIA show at Jaakon Päivät!

Johan Mattjus Because of an unfortunate double booking Taage won't be a part of the Jaakon Päivät gig on the 22.7. The position as lead vocalist for that single night will be taken by no other than the original Altaria singer Johan Mattjus! Altaria will still play material from all three albums and promises an action-packed show on this rare opportunity to see the band in this formation.

In other news, the tour diary from the past European tour seems to have been lost in the cyberspace. We apologize the situation.

++ 2006-06-07


Kaikki loput Touring The Fallen Empires -kiertuepaidat nyt alennettuun kesähintaan 15 € / kpl!

- T-paidoista löytyy kokoja M, L, XL ja XXL. Paitojen rinnuksissa The Fallen Empire -levyn kansikuva ja ALTARIA-logo, selässä vuoden 2006 kiertuepäivät sisältäen myös tulevat Suomen keikat.

- Girlie-paitoja löytyy S- ja M-kokoisina, hintaa samoin 15 € / kpl. Paidan etupuolella Altaria-logo.

Pitkähihaiset on valitettavasti jo myyty loppuun.

Tilaukset ja tiedustelut:

The rest of the tour merchandise is now for sale - with lowered price, 15 €!

- T-shirts, sizes available: M, L, XL and XXL. On the front there is the cover image of The Fallen Empire album with the ALTARIA logo, and on the back there are Touring The Fallen Empires 2006 tourdates.

- Girlies with ALTARIA logo on the chest: sizes S and M are still available.

Longsleeves are sold out.

Orders and queries:
(Note: Payment is possible also via Paypal.)

++ 2006-05-26

More Finnish tourdates confirmed

The forthcoming Finnish tourdates have been updated. ALTARIA also performs a free show, open for all ages, in their home town Pietarsaari on Saturday, July 22nd. The show is part of Jaakon Päivät city festival, and the showtime is at 22:00 (10PM).

++ 2006-05-18

ALTARIA has conquered Europe

ALTARIA has finished the European tour. The last show of the tour was played in Langen, Germany on Saturday May 13th. The band has now arrived back to Finland and wants to thank all the nice people, old and new fans, they met during the tour.

Altaria also wishes to thank Sonata Arctica and Doro with their crews for taking care of the Altaria guys during their first European tour, and for the unforgettable moments on and off-stage.

The tour diary is finally coming online very soon, within the next days. If anyone has photos from the European live shows, you may contact the band directly via email (

And as for the last words, Marko wants to add: "Halipazuippa vaan kaikille!!!" :)

++ 2006-05-01 back online

Hi folks, has been offline the last few days because the traffic has been growing all the time and eventually exceeding the limits I've always thought being "enough" for the website. Thanks for all the visitors showing interest for Altaria, and I truly apologize the few days when the website was unreachable. We're moving - hopefully really soon - to a new server so there won't be any further problems with the bandwidth limits in the future, either.

Also, the European tour with Doro and Sonata Arctica is halfway through and the tour diary (naturally embedded with a photo gallery and links to the fan photos) will be added very soon. Thanks for the patience. Meanwhile, if you have taken photos during the recent Altaria shows or you know a place where the photos of Altaria can be found, please drop me a note to webmaster (at) altariamusic (dot) com so I can add the link to the forthcoming tour diary.

-- webmaster

++ 2006-04-09

ALTARIA starts touring, Finnish dates announced

ALTARIA has conquered their hometown Pietarsaari - twice! The two successful gigs proved ALTARIA being truly ready for the forthcoming European tour with Doro and Sonata Arctica, starting no later than next Saturday, April 15th. A tour diary from the Tour Of The Fallen Empires will be posted online when the tour starts, so be sure to check the news regularly!

The Finnish tour kicks off after the summer. You can see the confirmed Finnish tourdates at the live section. The extensive and the longest Finnish tour in the history of ALTARIA reaches from the Southern Finland to the north, from the capital city Helsinki all the way to Oulu - aswell as from east to west, from Kitee to Turku.

++ 2006-03-30

Guitarist Petri Aho joins ALTARIA

J-P AlanenALTARIA is happy to announce the addition of the guitarist Petri Aho to the band. Petri has already been a part of Altaria during the live shows of the 2004 tour and has also been contributing for the albums even since the debute album Invitation, to where he sung some backing vocals. During the rehearsals for the upcoming European tour Petri was taken to the band as a permanent member. For more info of Petri check the band section.

++ 2006-03-24


Ladies and Gentlemen: The Empire has fallen!

ALTARIA: The Fallen Empire has been unleashed today worldwide. Along with the new killer album there's brand new stock of merchandising for sale, including girlies, t-shirts and long-sleeved shirts aswell as the albums.

++ 2006-03-21

More live dates & The Fallen Empire out soon!

The tourdates have been recently updated. The second show for Paris (May 9th) and a festival appearance in Untorock (June 16th) have been confirmed.

The official release date for The Fallen Empire is on Friday, but you should be able to get the album from stores tomorrow, Wednesday, at least in Finland.

++ 2006-02-28

Ennakkotilaa The Fallen Empire Levykauppa Äxästä

The Fallen Empire on nyt ennakkotilattavissa Levykauppa Äxästä. Ja jos levyhyllystä ei vielä löydy kahta aiempaa levyä, tilaa toki samalla myös Invitation sekä Divinity.

Summary in English: The Fallen Empire can be preordered from Levykauppa Äx (in Finnish only).

++ 2006-02-28

ALTARIA confirmed for Myötätuulirock festival

The first festival appearance of ALTARIA has now been confirmed. The band plays in Myötätuulirock, Vantaa, on Saturday June 17th 2006. Amongst other bands playing on the festival are Tarot, Lordi, Amorphis, Charon and Hanoi Rocks. For full list of bands, check their website at The tickets will be for sale from March 1st and they cost 25 euros (one day) / 45 euros (two days). You can buy the tickets from:
Tiketti (in Finnish only)

++ 2006-02-16

Valley Of Rainbows radio single

A brand new exclusive radio single "Valley Of Rainbows" from the forthcoming album The Fallen Empire has been sent to the leading Finnish radio stations including YleX, X3M, Radio City, Radio Nova, Kiss and NRJ. If you're interested of hearing Valley Of Rainbows from your favourite radio station(s), feel free to vote the song via the following links (in Finnish):
Radio City
Radio Nova
X3M (in Swedish)

++ 2006-02-15

ALTARIA kahdella ikärajattomalla keikalla Pietarsaaressa

ALTARIA soittaa kaksi ikärajatonta konserttia Pietarsaaren Tupakkamakasiinilla, 7. ja 8. huhtikuuta. Molempina iltoina tiedossa on erityispitkä setti. Pietarsaaren keikat ovat ainoat Suomessa ennen yhtyeen kuukauden mittaista Euroopan kiertuetta.

English summary: ALTARIA will perform two extra long all-ages shows at Tupakkamakasiini in their home town Pietarsaari, before the European tour kicks off.

++ 2006-01-28

The Fallen Empire samples online

The first three samples from the forthcoming album The Fallen Empire (release date: 2006-03-24) are now online:
Valley of Rainbows (mp3 sample)
Abyss of Twilight (mp3 sample)
Frozen Hearts (mp3 sample)

Discography has been updated with the details of The Fallen Empire and the tourdates have also been updated today.

++ 2006-01-03


ALTARIA joins Sonata Arctica and Doro for their European tour in April/May 2006. The dates can be seen at the live section. Before the tour of eight countries and 23 shows, ALTARIA will perform two additional live shows in Pietarsaari, Finland. After the first leg of European tour ALTARIA makes some selected festival appearances and in September it's time for the second leg of the European tour. Stay tuned for more tourdates!

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