Matias Kupiainen: 2010 tour and new CD in the works

"The European summer festivals earlier this year were nice and relaxing as always, and then we embarked on a long three-month leg which covered the Far East, North and South America, and Finland. One highlight was Beijing, a place none of us in the band had played or visited before.

"After a break for the holidays, the caravan will roll on in 2010, and we will do a long tour of Europe in January and February.

"We have some more good news: we just confirmed to play Wacken [Open Air festival] in August 2010, which is always great fun. It's the biggest metal festival in the world, and has a great crowd, but also since there are so many bands there, you can always reconnect with many old friends backstage and in the VIP bar. This gig will mark the end of the 'Polaris' would tour, which spanned four continents with close to a hundred gigs. We have also confirmed an appearance on the '70,000 Tons Of Metal' Caribbean cruise in late January 2011.

"We saved the best piece of good news for last: next year we will start work on a new full-length record, the follow-up to 2009's 'Polaris'."
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