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Jani Liimatainen

Jani Liimatainen

Real/full name:
Jani Allan Kristian Liimatainen
39 (born Sep 9th, 1980)
Place of origin:
Finland (Kemi)


Jani was one of the founders of Sonata Arctica in 1995.


Performs acoustic rock covers with Timo Kotipelto as Kotipelto and Liimatainen.
They released an album, titled "Blackoustic", in 2012.

He is endorsed by Ibanez guitars, and plays John Petrucci's signature model.

Cain's Offering

Guitars, Keyboards (additional), Programming, Vocals (backing) (2009-present)

2009 Gather the Faithful Guitars, Keyboards (additional), Programming, Vocals (backing), Vocals (choirs)
2015 Stormcrow Guitars, Keyboards (additional), Programming, Vocals (backing)


Guitars, Vocals (clean) (2019-present)

2019 Valediction (Single) Guitars, Vocals (clean)
2019 Heart like a Grave Guitars, Vocals (clean)

Kotipelto & Liimatainen

Guitars, Vocals (backing) (2009-present)



The Dark Element

Guitars, Keyboards, Programming, Vocals (backing) (2016-present)

2017 The Dark Element Guitars, Keyboards, Programming, Vocals (backing)
2019 Songs The Night Sings (Single) Guitars, Keyboards, Programming, Vocals (backing)


Guitars (2000-2005)

2001 Sleeping Visions (Demo) Guitars
2002 Feed the Fire (Demo) Guitars
2003 Invitation Guitars, Keyboards
2004 Divinity Guitars, Keyboards
2007 Divine Invitation (Compilation) Guitars (tracks 1-10, 13-19), Keyboards (tracks 1-10, 16-19)

Dream Asylum


Graveyard Shift

As V.Tonic:
Guitars, Bass, Programming

2005 Demo 2005 (Demo) Guitars, Bass, Programming

Sonata Arctica

Guitars, Vocals (backing) (1999-2007)

1999 UnOpened (Single) Guitars
1999 Ecliptica Guitars
2000 Successor (EP) Guitars
2001 Wolf & Raven (Single) Guitars
2001 Silence Guitars
2001 Live at Provinssirock Festival (Single) Guitars
2001 Orientation (EP) Guitars
2001 Last Drop Falls (Single) Guitars
2002 Songs of Silence - Live in Tokyo (Live album) Guitars
2003 Victoria's Secret (Single) Guitars
2003 Winterheart's Guild Guitars
2003 Broken (Single) Guitars
2003 Takatalvi (EP) Guitars
2004 Don't Say a Word (Single) Guitars, Vocals (backing)
2004 Don't Say a Word (EP) Guitars
2004 Reckoning Night Guitars
2004 My Selene (Single) Guitars
2004 Shamandalie (Single) Guitars
2005 The End of This Chapter (Compilation) Guitars, Vocals (backing)
2006 For the Sake of Revenge (Video) Vocals (backing), Guitars
2006 The Collection 1999-2006 (Compilation) Guitars, Vocals (backing)
2006 Replica 2006 (Single) Guitars
2007 Paid in Full (Single) Guitars
2007 Unia Guitars, Guitars (acoustic) (track 10), Guitar solo (acoustic) (on "They Follow")
2010 The Gun / Still Loving You (Single) Guitars
2018 The Harvests (2007-2017) (Compilation) Guitars (tracks 2, 7, 15, CD1; track 1, CD2)
(show all)

Tricky Means

Guitars (1996-1999)

1996 Friend Till the End (Demo) Guitars
1996 Agre Pamppers (Demo) Guitars
1997 Peace Maker (Demo) Guitars (as "Jani")
1999 Fullmoon (Demo) Guitars


Guitars, Vocals (clean) (2015, 2017-2019)

Omnium Gatherum

Guitars (2019-present)

Paul Di'Anno

Guitars (2007-2008)


2002 Reign of Elements Guitars (lead) (track 3)
2009 Vendetta Vocals (backing)

Karmic Link

2008 No Light But Rather Darkness Visible Guitars (lead) (track 6)
2010 Esoterica Guitars (lead)


2017 The Second Big Bang Guitar solo (tracks 2, 7, 12)


2011 Elysium Vocals (choirs)
2013 Nemesis Guitars (acoustic) (track 10), Vocals (backing) (as "Jani "Liimis" Liimatainen")


2018 Life Is Not Beautiful Lyrics (additional)

Cain's Offering

2009 Gather the Faithful Lyrics, Producer, Songwriting, Recording (vocals)
2015 Stormcrow Producer, Recording (vocals)

Sonata Arctica

2007 Unia Recording (guitar solos)


2015 Eternal Lyrics, Engineering (vocals), Songwriting (tracks 2, 6, 8)

The Dark Element

2017 The Dark Element Producer
2019 Songs The Night Sings (Single) Producer
Added by: Cursarion Modified by: Radagast
Added on: 2011-04-09 15:59:28 Last modified on: 2019-09-15 15:18:27
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