Altaria (band)

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Origin Jakobstad, Finland
Genres Heavy metal, power metal
Years active 2000–2016
Labels Metal Heaven
Website Altaria
Members Tony Smedjebacka
Juha Pekka Alanen
Marco Luponero
Petri Aho
Past members Marko Pukkila
Jani Liimatainen
Johan Mattjus
Jouni Nikula
Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen
Taage Laiho

Altaria was a heavy metal band from Jakobstad, Finland, who have released four albums on the record label Metal Heaven and a fifth on Escape Music.[1]


In January 2008, the band decided to part ways with their record label Metal Heaven for undisclosed reasons. In the same month, bass player Marko Pukkila parted ways with the band after an argument concerning the split with Metal Heaven, and was replaced by Ex-Terrorwheel bass player, and current Altaria vocalist, Marco Luponero. This means that the only original member still active with Altaria is Tony Smedjebacka.[2][3][4][5]

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". Altaria's fifth studio album, Unholy, was released in May 2009.

After nearly 5 years of inactivity, the band, together with former bass player Marko Pukkila got together for Altaria's final concert at Nummirock 2016 on 23 June.[6]

Musical Style[edit]


Final lineup
Former members
  • Jani Liimatainen – guitars, keyboards (2000–2005)
  • Johan Mattjus – lead vocals (2000–2001)
  • Jouni Nikula – lead vocals (2002–2003)
  • Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen – guitars (2002–2004)
  • Taage Laiho – lead vocals (2003–2006)




  1. ^ "ALTARIA Signs With ESCAPE MUSIC". Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  2. ^ "WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL A L T A R I A WEBSITE !". Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Jouni Nikula To Make Guest Appearance On New MAJESTY OF REVIVAL Album". Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  4. ^ Maria. "Altaria (interview)". Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  5. ^ "ALTARIA". Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  6. ^ "ALTARIA - THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT!! Live at Nummirock 2016!". Facebook. Retrieved 6 July 2016.

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