Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Secret Rule: new video online


Hi there,
the first of the three videos we shot when I was in Rome is here:

https://youtu.be/1aCkK5aX4Sk







The new album "The Key to the World" will be released by Pride & Joy Music on November 10th, 2017. Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) and two new guests on this new CD, Henning Basse (Firewind and MaYan) and Ailyn Giménez (ex Sirenia), also appear on this third release. It again was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Antfarm Studio- Denmark); Fabio D'amore (Serenity) handled the pre-production and Simona Speedy Saccoccia took care of the artwork again. In addition, music videos for the tracks "Twin Flames", "The Song Of The Universe" & "Imaginary World" feat. all three guests will be released in advance to the album release. Stay tuned!"


cheers,
Hank





Monday, September 4, 2017

Summer Days 2017:August

Our 2nd month of summer shows was mostly outside of Finland. In September we only have a show in Israel and the Radio Rock Cruise so I’ll let you know about them later when I do my fall update that covers everything…or at least most of a lot of things that’s been going on…we’ll see about that later.Be that as it may:

4.8. & 5.8. Wacken Open Air, Germany & Skogsröjet, Sweden.

We started the month with the biggest and greatest heavy metal festival, Wacken Open
Air.  As usual we flew to Helsinki the night before, this time we had to go to Oulu (around1,5 hours by car) to get a reasonable flight, spent the night at the hotel and got going towards Hamburg in the morning. Nothing new here, and nothing to see either ;-)
Our slot was a nice afternoon thing on one of the main stages, which of course was nice. The time at the festival was quite restricted for us because we had a 0445 lobby call in the morning to fly to Sweden, nevertheless we met a lot of familiar faces, did our show and a signing session and then we were on our way back to the hotel. In the evening we had dinner and tried out the hotel sauna as well.

The next morning was of course horrible, as you can imagine. We did however drag our bones to the flight, and upon arrival in Stockholm it was time for a 2 hour van ride to our hotel. Luckily we had the whole day to rest and in the evening we left for the festival. I was told that the Röjmyre village where the festival is held, only has around 800 people of which half were working as volunteers on the festival….which also was essential for the survival of the village. I guess you learn something every day. Our backstage was in a small school and the whole festival had this homegrown-feel to it. Which was nice and everything worked smoothly so no complaints here. We had a short signing session and a late night slot at 0100, the last band at the festival if I understood everything correctly. The next day it was once again an early start, vanride to the airport, changeover in Helsinki and then in Oulu we jumped in the car and drove home. 

12.8. Runnirock, Finland

Our next stop was a quick deal in Iisalmi, just around 4 hours by train from where we live. In the afternoon Tommy & I got on the train, arrived at around 2100 in the evening, walked to the hotel (which was a really nice one and booked only for the bands & festival staff for that weekend). Had some dinner, went to the festival and did the show, this time it was around 0000, then back to the hotel, evening/night-snack and the hit the bed. At 0900 our train back home left and in the afternoon we were back at home. This was probably the fastest festival for us this summer. BTW, for those of you who haven’t
discovered or been exposed to the wonders of setlist.fm , this summer we’ve been playing pretty much the same songs that we had in our setlist during the spring with the addition of Paid in Full, 8th Commandment and Black Sheep. For all I know that’s pretty much the stuff we’ll be doing for the last few shows this year…and in 2018 when we’re back on the road, we’ll have to renew the set to keep ourselves and you guys happy !!
Any suggestions what you’d like to hear, let me know and I see what I can do.

18.8. & 19.8. Summer Breeze, Germany & Rock Heart, Czech Republic

Another run that starts with an overnight stay in Helsinki. We left on Thursday evening and continued on to Germany on Friday morning. At the Summerbreeze festival, I think the festival itself turned 20 years and our label Nuclear Blast had their 30 year anniversary or something so it was basically one giant meet and greet with a lot of familiar faces. The show was kinda ok but somehow I had trouble getting the gist of it , it was probably just in my head but it felt weird. Anyways, we ended the night with some steaks at the hotel and then got ready for an early wake-up call to fly to the Czech republic. We quickly swung by the hotel to drop our stuff and then proceeded to the festival, for a change of pace, the airline managed to lose our guitar and bass cases so that was of course exciting ;-) The did turn up just before the show, so all good in that department, the only problem was that my Vortex-keytar didn’t work, the light went on but nothing happened. As we were running late I decided to say, fuck it and just play the show with my Kronos, which of course worked out well but I was pissed since I couldn’t move around even a little bit. (This of course isn’t the problem with Silent Voices for example since we play small venues and on top of that the material is so complex that I need both of my hands for most of the stuff).

A few days after this incident I did get a pic from my tech, showing that the Vortex was actually broken inside. (the midi wiring had been yanked out of the motherboard).

Our trip back home from Czech republic did however go ok and with that we had some days off to prepare for the last festival this month.

26.8. Czad Festival, Poland
One-offs in Europe are a bit of a shitty deal since we live up north and the connections
really suck. Yeah I know, whiny whiny whiny little bitch. At the moment we’ve been out every weekend for two months so I have the right to complain a bit. Anyways, Friday night and on to Helsinki for the airport hotel, early Saturday we flew to Poland and went to the hotel to drop off our things (10min break) and then to the festival to rock out. A pretty good show it was indeed ;-) afterwards we got back to the hotel for some drinks, the next day we didn’t have to leave until 1600 hours so we spent the day sitting outside in the sun (keep in mind that our weather back home is already getting quite shitty)….in the evening we flew to Helsinki and went straight to bed since we arrived around 0100, the next day we flew home at 1400, talk about shitty connections.

Now we’re getting ready for the last trip of this year (actually the second to last, but the last one isn’t public yet…I think). We’re playing our first show in Israel in a few days and then it’s off to the Radio Rock Cruise with our friends from Stratovarius, Children of Bodom and Lost Society, among others…

cheers,

Hank

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summer Days 2017: July

Allrighty, since it’s summer everything is a bit chaotic with going to festivals every weekend and what have you in between. I’ll try to scrabble a few lines about what went on in July. Here we go:

1.7. & 2.7.2017 Lankafest & Tuska
We started our festival season at Lankafest, Puolanka on the first of July. Since our tours this spring: The 5 weeks in Latin America and the 7 weeks in Europe + Finland shows…the total was around 70 gigs or something. We decided quite early on that upon returning home from Latin America (June 6th or something) we’ll take the rest of the month of to rest a bit. Of course I went on Holidays with my family so there wasn’t too much off-time…anyways. At Lankafest we played quite late and it felt a bit shaky after a few weeks off. A couple of songs into the set everything started to work somehow and we finished the show with a smile. Afterwards we drove to Helsinki overnight since otherwise we wouldn’t have made it on time for our late afternoon show. 

In Helsinki we had some time to rest at the hotle before heading to the festival. Some interviews, a signing session and a fun show later we found ourselves in a restaurant having a great dinner before it was time to call it a night. The next afternoon some of us checked out the Ville Juurikkala photo exibition before flying home.

7.7.2017 Kalajoki
This was an interesting club show in the middle of the summer, nevertheless…I drove down with my gf for the evening and back the next day. One weird thing was that when we started the venue seemed half empty…apparently we started too early or something since the place was quite full when the show ended…and people chanting for more for several minutes after we’d done the vodka thing and all…that’s quite unusual in Finland. Thanks a lot !!

14.7.-30.7.2017 Karjurock, Pioneerirock, Ilosaarirock, Rome & John Smith Festival

The next trip was a rather long one. It started with Karjurock somewhere in the woods near Uusikaupunki,  on Friday the 14.7. from there we went to Turku for a few hours of sleep and then it was time to drive to Kouvola for Pioneerirock on Saturday. On this night we got to sleep a bit again before an early start towards Joensuu on Sunday. All the shows went on with nothing major happening and after the Joensuu show, I stayed behind with my gf to hang out and then have some rest before next weeks travel. 

On Monday we drove to Helsinki and flew to Rome to shoot 3 music videos with Secret Rule…who has another album coming out in November. I did the keyboards last spring when I wasn’t on tour. As far as the videos go, I’d rather not give anything away but I think they’ll turn out really great, we had some really cool locations and a lot of funny moments….and luckily there was some time to do some tourist stuff as well. Nevertheless after spending the week in Rome we flew back to Helsinki on Friday from where we went to Elias house to hang out and spend the night.

On Saturday the 22.7. we went to the John Smith festival and played a late night set after Children of Bodom. Nice festival and nice location…the next day was spent driving all the way home up north. What a week ;-)

29.7.2017 RockCock, Kuopio

The last festival this month was in our FOH guys hometown of Kuopio. I did make it a family trip, we drove down to my friends mansion the night before and then enjoyed the festival together. This was a rather quick, in and out - type of affair as most festivals seems to be these days. When we started the show our power was cut about halfway though our first song….which was something new, that hasn’t really happend in ages. Somehow we managed to get our shit together and back on track but for a while things were quite confusing.

As you can see apart from the week of making music videos in Rome we only played in Finland this month. In August we only have one more show in Finland and the rest are scattered around Europe. More about that later….

..and btw my solo album is out if you missed it:

Klingenberg Syndrome: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

https://www.hellpatrolrecords.com/

cheers,

Hank

Thursday, July 6, 2017

SA: Pictures from Latin America 2017

Hola,
finally had the time to update these...or actually I didn't  really but I uploaded these anyway ;-)


Leaving from Helsinki...


For the first time ever in the history of SA we did a trip with a nightliner in Latin America !!



Mornin run in Buenos Aires, Argentina...


...still running....



Hotel room view in Recife,Brazil ....


....and Fortaleza...


...where we played on the beach !!


More of the same, this time in Belem, Brazil.


Walking around Belem with Pasi...


....more walking...


...and then running, still in Belem, Brazil...


...and still...
 

...and more...



...and then I headed back to the hotel.



Somewhere..in a hotel.


Driving in Brazil..


...more of the same....


...and then we arrived in Juiz de Fora, Brazil.


Some more driving....


...and a bit more...


....and...


..the last one before we arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


This just looked good to me.


Breakfast in Limeira, Brazil.


Running in Lima, Peru....



...I went all the way down to the beach.


The pool in the hotel in Lima, Peru. Been here before
many times ;-) 


Went shopping to the Indian Market (again) with Tommy.


..and then we got some cake !!


Went for a run in Bogota, Colombia, it was actually quite hard.


Then I completed the who wants to be a millionaire for the 2nd or 3rd
time on this tour ;-)


Hotelroomview from Honduras...


...and a pic from the empty airport in the morning, this was really
spooky.





Walking in Obregon, Mexico.


..and checking out the stage.


We got some shirts as well, here's Tony posing with his shirt !


Then we went for a drive and of course nobody ever understands that
when we say we had a lot of stuff with us, we mean it.


Aiport selfie @Hermosillo airport, Mexico


It's always nice when you can drive into the venue, this was
in Chihuahua, Mexico.


Goodbye, Mexico, goodbye Latin America, hope to see you all
very soon again !!

cheers,
Henkka



Thursday, June 29, 2017

Klingenberg Syndrome: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot


After a bunch of hurdles and delay, finally some news....thanks for waiting.... The Release Date is 21.07.2017 !!!!



I'm of course talking about my second solo album, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.  


I singed a deal with Hell Patrol Records:



So what can you expect ? The album follows the lines of my first solo album: ...and the weird turned pro. Progressive Metal is probably the genre I'd put this in. This time around however, I decided to sing on this album myself. The rest of the band is the same as last time, my bandmates from SA Elias on guitar and Pasi on bass...and Jari on drums. This time we also had a budget to track some real drums instead of the electronic crap we delt with the last time. Pasi mixed an mastered the whole thing and I think it turned out really great.  Below is the tracklist for the album. Rock'n'roll !!! ...and I'll make sure that the next one won't take this long to come out, 5 years is too much for someone as impatient as I am...

cheers,
Hank

Klingenberg Syndrome: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - tracklist:

1. Egocentric part one
2.Vendetta
3.The Boogieman
4.If only I could
5.Allright
6.Egocentric part two
7.The End Song
8.Mea Culpa (instrumental)
9.The Traveller

Out on July 21st, 2017 !!!






Friday, June 23, 2017

SA:On the Road: The 9th Hour World Tour: Latin-America 2017 part two

21.5.-2.6.
The Limeira show went ok, some problems with lights not working but that was about it. 
After the show we left at 0200 for Sao Paulo to fly to Lima. A bit tired we arrived there in the morning. I took a 4 hour ‘nap’ and then I went for a nice evening run. Our promoter had a birthdayparty in the evening so some of us joined for some good food and drinks.
The show the next day went well, we got some Peru-shirts as well. In the morning Tommy & I went to the Inka-Market to buy some stuff to bring home. In the afternoon after the show we had lunch at the hotel and then flew to Bogota. We arrived so late that I skipped dinner and went to bed. The venue was across the street from the hotel so that was really convenient.

After the Bogota show I went for a run in the morning just to see how it feels to run in 2500m above sea level. It was quite hard ;-) We were supposed to fly to Honduras for an off day but got problems with the connecting flights and ended up spending the night in San Salvador. The next morning we flew to Tegucigalpa and spent the rest of the day just relaxing. Elias and Pasi did a live interview of some kind. Nice weather and really nice hotel but going anywhere from there was more or less a no no. Pasi and Pekka our drumtech tried to go to the mall but when you see armed dudes at every gas-station and in front of the Burger King, you know it’s not safe….this was of course in the middle of the day. We played our first show in Honduras on the parking lot of the hotel and at 0300 after the show we left for the airport. When we arrived there it was really quiet and we had to pry open the door. Pretty ghostlike feeling….eventually people started showing up and we got to do the check-in and fly to Obregon in Mexico. 3 flights later, we arrived there in the evening and went to dinner. A truly exhausting day with flights delayed and a 6 hour layover in Mexico City. You can imagine how it feels to stay up the whole night after a show and then spend the next day traveling.

In Obregon, we spent the showday swimming in the pool a couple of times and walking to the nearby Wallmart, because…why not. It was around 35 degrees celcius so some guys burned themselves. After a nice show we got up quite early in the morning to drive to Hermasillo and fly to Chihuahua from there. Arrived at a decent hour and went to the Buffalo Wild Wings across the street from the hotel for some hot wings, and managed to watch the Stanley Cup Finals game 1. On the show day it was pretty much the usual, resting at the hotel, going to soundcheck, back to the hotel, then back to the venue for the meet & greet…and finally the show. We had a huge stage so it was really fun to play. The morning of the Chihuahua showday was the last time we get to sleep propery on this tour. For the rest of the days we’ll be doing back to back shows with flying every morning.

After the show we were back at the hotel around midnight but of course it took a couple of hours to calm down and fall asleep, woke up at 0630 to get downstairs and leave for the airport and the flight to Monterrey. Once again the venue is across the street so that makes it easy  when we don’t have to spend time driving back and forth. At the moment it’s 3 hours to showtime and I still don’t know at what time everything will be ready for soundcheck and then the meet & greet. Well this is how it is in Latin-America, the schedules never work ;-) After 5 weeks we’re pretty used to it but I can still bitch a bit, right ?  

3.6.-6.6.
…and what a show it was, Monterrey rocked and so did we. It was hot as hell on stage but that’s how I like it. Got back to the hotel just after midnight but had a hard time calming down and getting to sleep. At 0500 the alarm rang and we headed towards the airport and Guadalajara. After that show we again had to get up really early and fly to Mexico City where we finished the tour, the next morning we headed home for a couple of weeks off before it was time to start the festival season, we’ll be playing shows every weekend from the beginning of July until September so there’ll be plenty of travels to write about. I try to get some pics uploaded from the Latin-American Tour at some point.

Thank you all , this was a great but exhausting tour !!! Cheers !!

Hank

The last shows on the tour were:
21.5.  Bar da Montanha, Limeira, Brazil
23.5. Mangos, Lima, Peru
25.5. Revolution Bar, Bogota, Colombia
28.5. Hotel Clarion, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
30.5. Auditorio del Cum, Ciudad de Obregon, Mexico
1.6. Expo Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
2.6 Escena, Monterrey, Mexico
3.6. C3 Stage, Guadalajara, Mexico

4.6. Circo Volador, Mexico City, Mexico



Sunday, May 21, 2017

SA:On the Road: The 9th Hour World Tour: Latin-America 2017 part one:

Here we go again:

2.5.-7.5.
We left home on the 2nd of May, flew to Buenos Aires via Helsinki and London. As usual the long flights were just spent watching movies and trying to sleep. Our first two shows on this tour were in Argentina, and both were sold out so it was a really nice start to the tour. Even though I do remember how entousiastic our audiences are down here, it still amazes me every time. From Argentina we went to Chile for a one off-in Santiago, this one was also packed with about 2000 screaming fans welcoming us back, we filmed the show, let’s see what will come out of it once we get the material and we can figure out what to do with it. It will however not be a full DVD show from that concert. We’ve also been recording our shows in Europe and Finland and have a bunch of other live material collected as well but we’ll see how these things progress….at the moment we don’t have a definite plan for the next live-cd or DVD.

8.5.-11.5.
Anyways, from Chile it was off to our 2 weeks in Brazil. We’re doing 10 shows and a lot of them are done in the way that we fly in the morning and play in the evening, which of course is quite exhausting, especially when you have several shows in a row. It’s a lot harder than touring with a bus, when you just go to sleep and wake up in the next place. Even a short 1 hour flight takes us up to 6 hours, with all the gear and the driving from hotels to airports etc. Be that as it may, we signed up for this and it’s not our first time doing hectic tours. At the moment we’ve done Porto Alegre and Curitiba with a 17 hour travel day before that ;-) Today we’re flying to Recife via Sao Paulo and that will basically take this whole day for us. Next up is Recife, Fortaleza and Belem, with the latter two having morning flights on the showdays. So far the weather here in Brazil has been a bit on the colder side but tonight when we get to Recife it should be warm enough. Yesterday here in Curitiba there were some problems with the PA breaking down but in the end we managed to finish the show.

12.5.-16.5.
Well, Recife, Fortaleza and Belem where hot as hell and really humid as well. Nevertheless it was some great shows and in Belem I think we’re one of the first if not only European Metal band who has played here, correct me if I’m wrong. From Belem we flew to Belo Horizonte to start our next stretch of 4 shows in a row. For this part we have a couple of busrides so instead of flying in the morning we just drive. Even though we have to get up really early it’s still a lot easier this way ;-). 

In case you wondering why I’m bitchin about this travel + show thing just as an example: 
When the show starts in the evening around 2200 that means it’ll be ready by midnight
at around 0100 we might be back at the hotel, if we’re lucky. Then you try to get to sleep which will happen around 2 or 3 in the morning since you’re still worked up after the show. The alarm will ring about 3 hours later and it’s time to get up and get going…and of course the next evening you have a show as well ;-) …just in case you wonder why grown up men try to take afternoon naps, here’s the reason…
At the moment I just finished watching Canada beat Finland in hockey and I’m waiting to get the call to get downstairs and go for soundcheck here in Belo Horizonte. There have been some tech problems, that’s why we’re still at the hotel even tough it’s around 1800 in the evening. Usually we do the soundchecks in the afternoon. Luckily we have an excellent crew and I think they’ll sort this out, whatever it is. I’m trying to think about stuff that has happened on this tour but it’s all a blur of shows, airports, vans hotels and dinners. I did manage to go out for some runs and did some swimming as well. Finally I got the word, have to be downstairs in 20mins. Later.

17.5.-20.5.
After Belo Horizonte we drove to Juiz de Fora, another new place for us. It was an interesting show and the venue was quite good actually…from there we continued by bus to Rio de Janeiro where of course we’ve been many times before. The place we played at was partially outdoors and we had to postpone the beginning of the show since the was a protest of some kind and the police shot some teargas-stuff or something so we couldn’t go outside for awhile. Well, we did hear some loud bangs from crowd-control grenades but that was about it from our part. The next morning we flew to Sao Paulo. Because of the horrible traffic jams we missed our soundcheck, the drive that was supposed to take around 60min took about 2,5 hours. Be that as it may the show was good and it was really nice to end the 4 shows streak with a great crowd.
In the morning we drove to Limeira, watched Finland lose against the Swedes in hockey and then went for the nearby mall to get some food. Tomorrow is the last show of the Brazilian part of this tour and then we’re off to Peru, Colombia, Honduras and Mexico before heading home.

cheers,

Hank

The shows played so far:
4.5. Teatro Vorterix, Rosario, Argentina SOLD OUT
5.5. Teatro Vorterix, Buenos Aires, Argentina SOLD OUT
7.5. Teatro Cariola, Santiago, Chile SOLD OUT
9.5. Teatro Amrigs, Porto Alegre, Brazil
10.5. Music Hall, Curitiba, Brazil
12.5. Clube international du Recife, Recife, Brazil
13.5. DS Club, Fortaleza, Brazil
14.5. Botequim, Belem, Brazil
16.5. Gran Finos, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
17.5. Cultural Bar, Juiz de Fora, Brazil
18.5. Circo Voador, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
19.5. Aquarius Rock Bar, Sao Paulo, Brazil









Friday, April 21, 2017

SA:On the road: The 9th Hour World Tour: Pictures from Europe 2017




Allrighty, here we go with some random pics in random order as usual ;-) Enjoy:



Driving through the alps......


...still driving....


....and the last one.


One of the venues on this tour, in Switzerland.


...same city....


Off-day in Marseille.


Driving through Spain.


Lissabon, Portugal.


...still the same place, went up to the fort and took some pics...


...what a beautiful day ;-) 


Pamplona during the off-day. This is some kind of bull running statue I think.


The cathering in Bordeaux is always a bit special, the food was excellent though !!


Besancon, France, Off-day walking up to another fort.


...more of the same.


Same city, walking back to the hotel and found this nice little house.


Running somewhere in France.


A nice cemetary somewhere in the UK, no I didn't run inside the walls.


Still in the UK, running somewhere....


...and finding some cityswans ;-)


The Caves of Nottingham, went there with Larry & Toffe. Kinda small.


Got myself a minibar for my bunk, from one of the ferry-rides.


Running somewhere, I think it was in Cardiff...


...yeah, it was, this is from the same place.


More running, Belfast waterfront and really nice weather...


...as you can see ;-) 


I think this is still from Belfast but I'm not sure.


Setting up the show somewhere, impossible to remember which one of the
41 shows this was.


Off-day outside of Aschaffenburg...this was the view from in front of the hotel...


....and then I went walking to the city....


...and saw this thing.


Greek dinner during the off-day in Bochum...guitar players are crazy.


More running somewhere...


...now I think I remember...


...these pics were from Bochum, I went out in the morning on the showday.


Cool SA tattoos part...something.


The Castle in Ludwigsburg...


...still the same, went for a morning walk on the showday.


...and finally, one of the many gifts I got during this tour. A keytar-playing Koala - magnet for the fridge.


That's about it, in a week or so we head out to Latin-America for 5 weeks. Until then...actually there'll be some KS2 news next week but the SA camp will remain silent until we head out.

cheers,
Henkka