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5.12.2019
ALTARIA SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH REAPER ENTERTAINMENT

ALTARIA couldn’t be more thrilled to have our next record released worldwide through Reaper Entertainment! The band is currently busy writing new material for a late 2020 release! More info of the new album coming soon!

 

5.12.2019
ALTARIA IS BACK

ALTARIA is back from the grave with their legendary and most successful 2006 lineup! New album in works. 2020 will be Altaria´s 20th anniversary year!

ALTARIA 2020
Taage Laiho – vocals
J-P Alanen – guitars
Petri Aho – guitars
Marko Pukkila – bass
Tony Smedjebacka – drums

4.12.2019
New ALTARIA website online! Big news coming up tomorrow!


BAND

TONY SMEDJEBACKA – DRUMS

MARKO PUKKILA – BASS

TAAGE LAIHO – VOCALS

J-P ALANEN – GUITARS

PETRI AHO – GUITARS

RELEASES

UNHOLY (2009)

ALTARIA – UNHOLY (2009)

1. Alterior Motive
2. Warrior
3. Unholy Invasion
4. Pride And Desire
5. The Lake
6. Danger Zone
7. Steal Your Thunder
8. Wind Beneath My Wings
9. We Own The Fire
10. Ready!
11. Never Wonder Why
12. Underdog

Line-up:
Marco Luponero – vocals & bass
J-P Alanen – guitars
Petri Aho – guitars
Tony Smedjebacka – drums

Released:
Escape Music (Europe)

DIVINE INVITATION (2008)

ALTARIA – DIVINE INVITATION (2007)
A compilation album

1. Fire & Ice
2. Unchain The Rain
3. Darkened Highlight
4. History Of Times To Come
5. Try To Remember
6. Unicorn
7. Prophet Of Pestilence
8. Ravenwing
9. Innocent
10. Final Warning
11. Keeper Of Mystique (new track 2007)
12. Ball & Chain (new track 2007)

Bonus tracks:
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)

Released:
Metal Heaven (Europe)

THE FALLEN EMPIRE (2006)

ALTARIA – THE FALLEN EMPIRE (2006)

1 – Disciples
2 – Valley Of Rainbows
3 – Abyss Of Twilight
4 – Frozen Hearts
5 – Crucifix
6 – Showdown
7 – The Lion
8 – Outlaw Blood
9 – Chosen One
10 – Access Denied

Bonus track:
“Metality” – japanese bonus track
“The Dying Flame” – european bonus track

Line-up:
Taage Laiho – vocals
J-P Alanen – guitars
Marko Pukkila – bass
Tony Smedjebacka – drums

Guest musicians:
Rowan Robertson – guitar solo on “The Lion”
Henrik Klingenberg – keyboard solo on “The Dying Flame”

Released:

Metal Heaven (Europe)
Mystic Empire (Russia)
Art Union Group
(Japan)

DIVINITY (2004)

ALTARIA – DIVINITY (2004)

1 – Unchain The Rain
2 – Will To Live
3 – Prophet Of Pestilence
4 – Darkened Highlght
5 – Discovery
6 – Falling Again
7 – Divine
8 – Haven
9 – Try To Remember
10 – Stain On The Switchblade
11 – Enemy
12 – Final Warning

Bonus tracks:
“Balls To The Wall” (Accept cover) feat Andy Engberg – europan digiback bonus
“Stranger” (Cacophony cover) 2006 version – japanese bonus

Line-up:

Taage Laiho – vocals
Jani Liimatainen – guitars
Marko Pukkila – bass
Tony Smedjebacka – drums

Released:
Metal Heaven (Europe)
Art Music Group (Russia)
Mystic Empire (Russia, re-release 2007)
Marquee Avalon (Japan)
Limpid Eye (Thailand, cassette)
Icarus Music (Argentina)

INVITATION (2003)

ALTARIA – INVITATION (2003)

1 – Unicorn
2 – History Of Times To Come
3 – Ravenwing
4 – Innocent
5 – Wrath Of A Warchild
6 – Kingdom Of The Night
7 – Fire & Ice
8 – House Of My Soul
9 – Immortal Disorder
10 – Here I Am
11 – Emerald Eye

Bonus tracks:
“Unicorn” (demo ) – japanese and korean bonus track

Line-up:
Jouni Nikula – vocals
Jani Liimatainen – guitars
Emppu Vuorinen – guitars
Marko Pukkila – bass
Tony Smedjebacka – drums

Marco Hietala – backing vocals
Pekka Heino – backing vocals
Jaakko Flinck – backing vocals


Released in:
Metal Heaven (Europe)
Art Music Group (Russia)
Mystic Empire (Russia, re-release 2007)
Megahard Records (Brazil)
Hot Rockin´ (Japan)
Sail Production (Korea)

COMPILATIONS, TRIBUTES, SAMPLERS etc

SLEEPING VISIONS
(DEMO 2001)

SLEEPING VISION (DEMO 2001)

1. Fire & Ice
2. Innocent
3. Kingdom Of The Night

Lineup:
Johan Mattjus – vocals
Jani Liimatainen – guitars
Marko Pukkila – bass
Tony Smedjebacka – drums

FEED THE FIRE
(DEMO 2002)

FEED THE FIRE (DEMO 2002)

1. Unicorn
2. History Of Times To Come
3. Immortal Disorder
4. Emerald Eye

Lineup:
Jouni Nikula – vocals
Jani Liimatainen – guitars
Marko Pukkila – bass
Tony Smedjebacka – drums

WARMTH IN THE WILDERNESS VOL 2
A TRIBUTE TO JASON BECKER (2002)

WARMTH IN THE WILDERNESS VOL II – A Tribute To Jason Becker (2003)

This 2CD tribute album includes Altaria’s version of Stranger (from the album Cacophony: Go Off!) as a Japanese bonus track. Other artists featuring on the album are Steve Vai, Marty Friedman, Daniele Liverani (Empty Tremor, Genius), Ronni LeTekro etc.

HEAR IT! VOL 8 SAMPLER
(2003)

HEAR IT! CD SAMPLER

1. Altaria Fire & Ice
2. Aftermath – Ain’t No Pretty Love Song
3. Bob Catley – I’ll Be Your Fool
4. Hubi Meisel – Lost In The Waters Of Sargasso
5. Laudamus – My Heart’s On Fire
6. Talisman – M.O.M.
7. Brian McDonald Project – In The Shadows Of Angels
8. Autograph – Shake The Tree
9. Glenn Hughes – In My Blood
10. Shameless – Daydream Believer
11. Burns Blue – Cool Me Down
12. Zhorn – White Blanket
13. Emerald Rain – Second Sight
14. Seven Of Nine – Kept Inside
15. Green – I Still Love…
16. Chris Catena – The Highway King

FIREWORKS MAGAZINE SAMPLER (2003)

FIREWORKS MAGAZINE SAMPLER  (2003)

This 19-track compilation album includes “Fire & Ice” from the “Invitation” album. Other featuring artists are Talisman, Bob Catley, Glenn Hughes, Ken Tamplin and Harem Scarem among others.

MAXIMUM ROCK VOL 6
COMPILATION (2004)

MAXIMUM ROCK VOL 6 (2004)


This 14-track compilation album includes “Enemy” from the the album “Divinity”. Other featuring artists are Nocturnal Rites, Celesty, Tiamat, Into Eternity, Dreamaker among others.

HEAR IT! VOL 14 SAMPLER
(2004)

HEAR IT! CD SAMPLER

1. Altaria – Final Warning
2. Plexus – Natural Born Leaders
3. The Quireboys – Good To See Ya
4. House Of Mirrors – Spirit Of Freedom
5. Over The Edge feat. Mickey Thomas – One World (Edit)
6. Frontline – Take Me Higher
7. Spin Gallery – To Hell And Back
8. Stan Bush – Falling
9. Moonlyght – Fantasy (Edit)
10. Mob Rules – Hydrophobia
11. Midnite Sky – Running Through The Sky (Edit)

MARQUEE AVALON SAMPLER
(2004)

MARQUEE AVALON SPECIAL SAMPLER (2004)

This 17-track special sampler includes “Falling Again” from the album “Divinity”. Other featuring artists are Edguy, Dionysus, Annihilator, TNT, Dimmu Borgir, Sonata Arctica among others.

METAL TRAIN COMPILATION (2004)

METAL TRAIN COMPILATION  (2004)

This 14-track compilation album includes “Final Warning” from the “Divinity” album. Other featuring artists are  Thunderstone, Mnemic, Saxon, Destruction, Primal Fear and Anthrax.

HEAR IT! CD SAMPLER

1. Survivor – Reach
2. Ian Perry – Innocent Minds
3. Altaria – Valley of Rainbows
4. Frontline – No One
5. Doro – You’re My Family
6. Lordi – Supermonstars
7. Pump – Revolution On My Mind
8. Beyond Fear – And… You Will Die
9. Blue Tears – Run For Your Life
10. Iron Fire – Ironhead
11. Pure Inc – Saviour
12. Fatal Smile – Learn-Love-Hate

FIREWORKS MAGAZINE SAMPLER (2006)

FIREWORKS MAGAZINE SAMPLER (2006)

This 18-track Fireworks Magazine cd sampler includes “Valley Of Rainbows” from the “The Fallen Empire” album. Other featuring artists are  Ian Parry, Bloodbound, Warrant, Diamond Head and Phenomena.

POWERPLAY MAGAZINE SAMPLER #24 (2006)

POWERPLAY MAGAZINE CD SAMPLER #24 (2006)

This 17-track Powerplay Magazine cd sampler includes “Valley Of Rainbows” from the “The Fallen Empire” album. Other featuring artists are  Amorphis, Dragonforce, Victory, Rage, Bloodbound etc

SWEDEN ROCK MAGAZINE SAMPLER #34 (2006)

SWEDEN ROCK MAGAZINE CD SAMPLER #34 (2006)

This 13-track Sweden Rock Magazine cd sampler includes “Valley Of Rainbows” from the “The Fallen Empire” album. Other featuring artists are  Europe, Rage, Scar Symmetry etc

HEAR IT! VOL 24 SAMPLER
(2006)

HEAR IT! CD SAMPLER

1. Survivor – Reach
2. Ian Perry – Innocent Minds
3. Altaria – Valley of Rainbows
4. Frontline – No One
5. Doro – You’re My Family
6. Lordi – Supermonstars
7. Pump – Revolution On My Mind
8. Beyond Fear – And… You Will Die
9. Blue Tears – Run For Your Life
10. Iron Fire – Ironhead
11. Pure Inc – Saviour
12. Fatal Smile – Learn-Love-Hate

LISTEN UP! SAMPLER
VOL 2 (2006)

MARQUEE AVALON SPECIAL SAMPLER (2004)

This 17-track special sampler includes “Valley Of Rainbows” from the album “The Fallen Empire”. Other featuring artists are Joe Lynn Turner, Bloodbound, Empire, Cloudscape among others.

LOUD SOUNDS! ROCK HARD MAGAZINE SAMPLER #40
(2006)

LOUD SOUNDS! ROCK HARD MAGAZINE SAMPLER #40

This 17-track special sampler includes “Valley Of Rainbows” from the album “The Fallen Empire”. Other featuring artists are Joe Lynn Turner, Bloodbound, Empire, Cloudscape among others.

LIVE SHOWS

DATE

VENUE

CITY

COUNTRY

INFO

09.04.2020
16.04.2020
17.04.2020
24.04.2020

26.06.2020
27.06.2020

Jack The Rooster
On The Rocks
Hometown
Brummi

Ruiskuhuone
LankaFest

Tampere
Helsinki
Salo
Rauma

Raahe
Puolanka

Finland
Finland
Finland
Finland

Finland
Finland

with King Company
with King Company
with King Company
with King Company


with Zero Nine &
Brother Firetribe

BIO

Founded by ex-BLINDSIDE members Marko Pukkila (bass) and Tony Smedjebacka (drums) in 2000 and after recording a couple of demos together with guitarist Jani Liimatainen (ex-SONATA ARCTICA), both media and fans saw themselves forced to give this band a massive push! Before the recordings of the debut album guitarist Emppu Vuorinen (NIGHTWISH) also joined the band.

After the very well received release of their debut album “Invitation”, ALTARIA, undoubtfully being a newcommer to the scene, had made it into the Finnish charts and had become the most selling band on their label. ALTARIA toured their home country Funland, where they immediately managed to establish themselves as one of the finest live acts.

On the second album, “Divinity” (2004), the band was in charge of the whole album production whereas the mix this time took place at Tico Tico Studios and was done by Ahti Kortelainen (SONATA ARCTICA, SENTENCED). The mastering – as on the debut CD – again was handled  by Mika Jussila (STRATOVARIUS, AMORPHIS, APOCALYPTICA) at the legendary Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland. The result was a sparkling melodic metal album with a typical Scandinavian approach to catchy hooks, powerful guitar riffs, controlled but striking heavyness & power, remarkable melodies and a versatile instrumentation.

After two successful studio albums, some touring and line-up changes, ALTARIA released “The Fallen Empire” in 2006. The album orientated a lot more on the roots of the band, and compared to the predecessor „Divinity“ offered a slightly harder edge. A move going along with this development was the addition of Swedish producer Jonas Kjellgren – famous for his work with bands such as CENTINEX, STEEL ATTACK und CARNAL FORGE. This move also can be regarded as a big step into the right direction. Most parts of the new album were recorded in Kjellgren’s Black Lodge Studios in Sweden. Former DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson and SONATA ARCTICA keyboard player Henrik Klingenberg are guests on the album. To promote “The Fallen Empire” the band toured Europe as support to DORO & SONATA ARCTICA, followed by a tour in Finland.

In 2009 the new lineup released a new album “Unholy”. After the release of the album the band decided to take a break and only played a few shows and festivals to support the new album.

In 2016 ALTARIA decided to call it quits and played a farewell show in Finland at the legendary Nummirock Festival. What makes that show so special is that the show included performances of all former ALTARIA members.

in 2019, after being buried for a few years and over 1,2, MILLION views of their song “Unchain The Rain” on Youtube, ALTARIA is back from the grave with their legendary and most successful 2006 lineup! ALTARIA has signed a worldwide record deal with Reaper Entertainment Europe.

In 2020 ALTARIA will celebrate 20 years since the start of the band with a brand new album! STAY TUNED!

CLICK BELOW TO READ FULL BIO

ALTARIA’s story began in the beginning of year 2000 when Marko Pukkila and Tony Smedjebacka decided to form a new outfit. Both musicians have participated in the band called Blindside in the past. Blindside wasn’t active enough, so with the arsenal of few songs and many aspirations, the duo decided to form the new band. At the same time, the search for other members has begun.

The first addition was Johan Mattjus, an old aquintance of Marko, whom Pukkila accidently met on a train. Johan’s singing talents were not being used in any band at the time, so ALTARIA was lucky to obtain a great vocalist.

Next member to join ALTARIA was a monster guitar player Jani Liimatainen, of Sonata Arctica fame. Jani was excited about joining ALTARIA, which at the time was shaping up as a project. But, what started as fun, quickly turned into a real band, as great songs began to form and live performances were very well received.

After the first studio session was behind, a 3-track demo/promo cd called “Sleeping Visions” was distributed to medias and record companies. The response was quite good and it made the band to proceed further.

In the beginning of 2002 there were some scheduling problems with Mattjus, so Jouni Nikula was called to help the band during their 2 live shows. Because the gigs went extremly well and both the audience and the band really liked what they heard, ALTARIA voted for getting Jouni as a permanent member of the band. So, there it was – the first line-up change in ALTARIA’s history.

During the spring 2002 ALTARIA went again to the studio, recording eight kickass songs. Four of them was released under the name “Feed The Fire”, and the whole demo was once again put freely downloadble on the Internet. Since releasing the new demo, all ALTARIA’s songs leaped on top 50 at MP3.com’s charts at the same time! The heavy metal audience can’t be wrong – there’s truly some magic on ALTARIA’s songs. In four weeks people downloaded over 1700 MP3 songs of ALTARIA.

In June 2002 ALTARIA signed a promotion & show booking contract with GerMusica. This, with extremly well received new demo, opened some more passages towards getting a record deal. In August, 2002, ALTARIA signed a contract with AOR Heaven and the debute album called “Invitation” were scheduled to be released in spring 2003.

The Autumn 2002 was busy time for ALTARIA. The recording sessions of Invitation took their time and the band also made several kick-ass live shows during October and November. The live shows also featured second guitarist, Emppu, and because of the great chemistry between him and the rest of the band, Emppu became soon a permanent member of ALTARIA.

The recordings of the debute album were completed in January 2003 and it was mixed after that. Both were completed at Sonic Pump Studios by Nino Laurenne (Thunderstone, ex-Antidote). The final touch of the album was the mastering at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussila. The release date of Invitation was set for April 28th, 2003.

Line-up changes were made after releasing the debute album Invitation. Before the tour to support Invitation vocalist Jouni Nikula decided to leave the band. ALTARIA contacted Taage of Kilpi fame and asked him to join the band, so the gap was filled instantly after Jouni’s departure. With Taage on vocals ALTARIA did three well-received live shows on September, 2003. When the Invitation tour continued on January 2004, Emppu discussed with the band and they both agreed it’s better him to leave the band. Emppu had to cancel the previous live shows because of Nightwish activities. The recordings of the fifth Nightwish album seemed to continue a bit too far regarding to the ALTARIA tour so Emppu found two weeks before the first show that he couldn’t participate to the tour in any matter. So, the band and Emppu decided that Emppu can leave the band because of Nightwish having too much things going on.

Since January 2004 ALTARIA has performed as four-piece band. Petri Aho, a guitarist known of playing with Marko and Tony in the past with Blindside, was called quickly to help the band with the forthcoming Finnish tour since the band wanted to have two guitarists for the live shows, though there was only one guitar player on the band. ALTARIA decided to record the follow-up for the highly successful debute album and continue as a four-piece band.

After the Finnish tour in January 2004 ALTARIA hit the studio to record Divinity. This time Marko’s and Tony’s songwriting was accompanied with two kick-ass songs written by Jani and several others the trio co-wrote. Because of the line-up changes the follow-up album for Invitation was doubted to be as huge killer as the debute was, but after it’s release in May 2004 the band, the media and the loyal listeners found out that Divinity definately included some of the strongest ALTARIA songs ever made. The press loved it, the fans loved it, the band loved it, the label loved it – and the recording contract was directly extended without even waiting for the new material to form.

ALTARIA started to preproduce material for the forthcoming third album during the winter and spring 2005. Eventually it became clear for all that Jani couldn’t find enough time to Altaria, and thus he had to leave. His main band Sonata Arctica took so much time and efford that Altaria felt they were left in the shade. This affected especially the live gigs which had to be organized by looking at the Sonata Arctica schedules and filling the empty dates which were getting more and more rare.

Jani Liimatainen and ALTARIA parted ways mutually in June 2005, and in July ALTARIA was happy to inform they’ve found the best possible replacement – J-P Alanen of Celesty fame. J-P was not only a long-time friend of the band, but also been jamming and writing songs with ALTARIA for some time already. He was also playing with very similar style Jani plays, and he naturally was one of the most skillfulled young guitarists found in Finland today. After J-P joining the band and bringing some fresh attitude, ALTARIA is again ready to enter the studio to create another kick-ass record and hit the road creating even more massive live shows than ever before!

In January 2008, the band decided to part ways with their record label Metal Heaven for undisclosed reasons. They are currently searching for a new record deal. Songs for a new album have been written which had originally been planned for release in late 2007; as soon a new contract with a record company is signed, work on the planned release will continue.

In the same month, bass player Marko Pukkila parted ways with the band after an argument concerning the split with Metal Heaven. His replacement is Ex-Terrorwheel bass player and current Altaria vocalist Marco Lupenero. This means that the only original member still active with Altaria is Tony Smedjebacka.

Towards the later part of 2008 the band announced on their website that they were in the process of writing songs for their fifth (fourth full) studio album. In March 2009, they stated that they had finished recording 12 tracks for their upcoming release. The title had yet to be confirmed, but one track had already been completed, entitled “Pride and Desire”. In May 2009, Altaria’s fifth studio album, Unholy was released.

After the release of “Unholy” the band decided to take a break and only played a few shows and festivals to support the new album.

In 2016 ALTARIA decided to call it quits and played a farewell show in Finland at the legendary Nummirock Festival. What makes that shows so special is that the show included performances of all former Altaria members.

Now in 2019, after being buried for a few years and over 1,2 MILLION views of their song “Unchain The Rain” on YouTube, ALTARIA is back from the grave with their legendary and most successful 2006 lineup! ALTARIA has signed a worldwide record deal with Reaper Entertainment. The first release will be a re-release of ALTARIA´s second album DIVINITY. It will be remastered and released as a limited edition vinyl and CD. The CD will also include two bonus tracks.

In 2020 ALTARIA will celebrate 20 years since the start of the band with a brand new album! STAY TUNED!



MEDIA

VIDEOS

PHOTOS

ALTARIA PROMO 2003
ALTARIA PROMO 2003
ALTARIA PROMO 2004
ALTARIA PROMO 2004
ALTARIA PROMO 2006
ALTARIA PROMO 2006
ALTARIA NUMMIROCK 2016
ALTARIA NUMMIROCK 2016
ALTARIA NUMMIROCK 2016
ALTARIA NUMMIROCK 2016
ALTARIA NUMMIROCK 2016
ALTARIA NUMMIROCK 2016
ALTARIA NUMMIROCK 2016
ALTARIA NUMMIROCK 2016
ALTARIA NUMMIROCK 2016
ALTARIA NUMMIROCK 2016
LANGEN, GERMANY 2006
EUROPEAN TOUR 2006
EUROPEAN TOUR 2006
EUROPEAN TOUR 2006
EUROPEAN TOUR 2006
EUROPEAN TOUR 2006
EUROPEAN TOUR 2006
EUROPEAN TOUR 2006
EUROPEAN TOUR 2006
EUROPEAN TOUR 2006
EUROPEAN TOUR 2006
EUROPEAN TOUR 2006
EUROPEAN TOUR 2006
ALTARIA LIVE 2003

CONTACT

MANAGEMENT & BOOKING AGENCY (WORLDWIDE)

ROCK ASYLUM AGENCY & MANAGEMENT
Pohtolankatu 29B21
33400 Tampere
Finland
info@rockasylumagency.com
www.rockasylumagency.com


RECORD COMPANY


info@reapermusic.de
www.reapermusic.de


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