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Formed: 1996
From: Kemi, Finland
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Sonata Arctica Posts "I Can't Dance" Video

The Finnish melodic metal heroes Sonata Arctica released a re-recorded version of debut album "Ecliptica" last month, which originally came out 15 years ago.

Today the band unveils a special video clip for a cover version of the Genesis track "I Can’t Dance," available as a bonus track on "Ecliptica – Revisited; 15th Anniversary Edition." Commented vocalist & keyboardist Tony Kakko:

“Instead of filming yet another tour documentary, showing venues and our daily routines again and again, I thought it would be fun to create some kind of music video instead. So, as we were getting ready to embark on our North-American leg of our 'Pariah’s Child' tour we decided to take the opportunity to promote the fresh re-make of our debut album 'Ecliptica' by using a song from that release.

"Idea wise our cover version of Genesis' ‘I Can’t Dance’ ('We Can’t Dance,' 1991) seemed the easiest and most fun to make happen. I mean, walking and dancing around North-America… sounds like a fun thing to do, right?! And that it sure was. The experience ranged reaction wise from 'no one even paid too much attention to us' ( in New York filled with dancing maniacs such as me and Pasi, I suppose) to 'people looking a little scared and a cop telling us to move further away from our subject' (San Antonio). No, we did not get arrested. Damn…Originally we recorded the cover as a bonus for »Stones Grow Her Name«, but for some reason it never wound up anywhere. Better late.

"I’ve always liked the song. I like many, many Genesis songs actually, but I remember one day coming up with this idea to do something fun with ‘I Can’t Dance’ and adding the horn sections and see how it sounds. More...

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Sonata Arctica Posts Re-Recorded Album Trailer

The Finnish melodic metal heroes in Sonata Arctica are still en route in support of their latest output "Pariah’s Child" (reviewed here) and set to release a re-recorded version of debut album "Ecliptica," which originally dropped 15 years ago.

This new version will be out on October 24th under the banner "Ecliptica – Revisited; 15th Anniversary Edition" through Nuclear Blast.

Today the band unveils the official album trailer for the revisited edition, featuring excerpts from "My Land," "Replica," and as well as "Kingdom For A Heart." Check it out below.

The full album's track listing is as follows:

01. Blank File
02. My Land
03. 8th Commandment
04. Replica
05. Kingdom For A Heart
06. Fullmoon
07. Letter To Dana
08. UnOpened
09. Picturing The Past
10. Destruction Preventer
Bonus:
11. I Can't Dance (Genesis cover) More...

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Sonata Arctica Streaming Re-Recorded Track

Sonata Arctica has released the re-recorded version of "Kingdom For A Heart," which can be heard in the player below.

"Kingdom For A Heart" comes by way of the "Ecliptica" album originally released 15 years ago and recently re-recorded by the band for an anniversary edition.

This new version will be released on October 24th under the banner "Ecliptica – Revisited: 15th Anniversary Edition" through Nuclear Blast.

The track listing is:

1. Blank File
2. My Land
3. 8th Commandment
4. Replica
5. Kingdom For A Heart
6. Fullmoon
7. Letter To Dana
8. UnOpened
9. Picturing The Past
10. Destruction Preventer
Bonus:
11. I Can’t Dance (Genesis cover) More...

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Sonata Arctica To Re-Record Debut Album

While currently on another world tour, this time to support the "Pariah’s Child" album (reviewed here), Finnish melodic metal heroes Sonata Arctica swung by the studio to re-record debut album "Ecliptica," which was originally released 15 years ago.

This new version will be released on October 24th under the banner "Ecliptica – Revisited; 15th Anniversary Edition" through Nuclear Blast.

Way back when, "Ecliptica" was recorded at Tico-Tico studios and mixed at Finnvox by Mikko Karmila. The album was promoted live on tour with Stratovarius and Rhapsody. Henrik 'Henkka' Klingenberg comments:

"When it first was suggested to us by our Japanese label that we’d re-record our debut album 'Ecliptica,' it felt a bit weird, but somehow the idea grew on us. Being that only Tony and Tommy played on the original one, we thought that it would be a fun thing to do, to give these great songs another run.

"We’re definitely not trying to re-write history, the original 'Ecliptica' is the starting point of this band and a very special album with a certain feel of innocence and enthusiasm which cannot be recreated as such since we’re not teenagers anymore. Having said that, this new version is more of a tribute and an update on how these songs sound when played by our current line-up.

"We wanted to stay true to the original album as much as possible and not turn this into some weird re-arranged project where you couldn’t tell which song was being played. So here it is, the 15th anniversary version of 'Ecliptica'.

"Hope you enjoy it, we certainly had a good time digging into these songs and laying down the tracks." More...

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Sonata Arctica Releases "Love" Music Video

Finland's Sonata Arctica posted the new music video "Love." The song appears on the new album "Pariah's Child," which is available now via Nuclear Blast Records (see review here).

Check out the video here:

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Sonata Arctica Streaming Full New Album

Finally the day has come: the brand new Sonata Arctica new album "Pariah’s Child" is out in Europe now, with the North American release officially coming April 1st, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today you can also hear the entire album online. Give it a listen in the SoundCloud player below, courtesy of Metalhammer.co.uk.

Be sure to also read our very own CROMCarl's tongue-in-cheek review of the new album over at this location. More...

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Sonata Arctica Posts Track-By-Track Part II

Finnish metal act Sonata Arctica released the second part in a track-by-track video series for the upcoming new album "Pariah's Child." The album drops on March 28th (EU), March 31st (UK) and April 1, 2014 (North America) via Nuclear Blast. A review for the new album can be found at this location.

The track list is as follows:

1. The Wolves Die Young (see music video)
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory (see lyric video)
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
7. Half a Marathon Man
8. X Marks the Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life

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Sonata Arctica Posts Track-By-Track Breakdown

After previously releasing "Cloud Factory," the second single of upcoming new album "Pariah’s Child," Finnish melodic metal quintet Sonata Arctica now launches the first track-by-track video.

In this episode the whole band gives an insight on the creation of the first five tracks off "Pariah’s Child." Check it out below. The new album will be out on March 28th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast, and the track listing is as follows:

1. The Wolves Die Young
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
7. Half a Marathon Man
8. X Marks the Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life More...

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Sonata Arctica Posts "Cloud Factory" Lyric Video

Sonata Arctica released the second single from the upcoming new release "Pariah's Child." The band released a lyric video for the track "Cloud Factory," which is available as a CD single as well as a digital download today. "Pariah's Child" is set for release on March 28th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

The track list for the album is:

1. The Wolves Die Young (see music video)
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
7. Half a Marathon Man
8. X Marks the Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life

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Sonata Arctica Posts "Pariah's Child" Trailer

Finnish power metal quintet Sonata Arctica has now put out a fifth album trailer for upcoming release "Pariah’s Child," which will be out on March 28th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Check it out below. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Wolves Die Young (watch the video here)
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
7. Half a Marathon Man
8. X Marks the Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life

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Sonata Arctica Posts New Music Video Online

Finnish melodic metal act, Sonata Arctica has posted their new music video online for the song, "The Wolves Die Young." You can check it out below. The song comes from their forthcoming new studio album, "Pariah's Child," which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on March 28th in Europe, with a North American release date of April 1st to follow.

Frontman Tony Kakko said about the song, "'The Wolves Die Young’ was pretty much born to be a single. And it is. It also paved the road for the rest of the album. Set a mood in a way. It just felt real good to start with. 2014 is a year of a wolf." More...

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Sonata Arctica Posts 4th Preview Clip

Finnish power/progressive act Sonata Arctica released the fourth preview trailer for the upcoming new release "Pariah's Child." The trailer features keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg speaking about the new release. "Pariah's Child" will be released via Nuclear Blast Records on March 28th (EU), March 31st (UK) and April 1, 2014 (North America).

The track list for the album is:

1. The Wolves Die Young
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
7. Half a Marathon Man
8. X Marks the Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life

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Sonata Arctica Announces Single, Posts Trailer

Finnish melodic metal heroes Sonata Arctica will release the track "The Wolves Die Young" from upcoming eighth full-length album "Pariah’s Child" on February 7th, 2014.

The single will be available digitally and on CD, and can be pre-ordered here.

Today Sonata Arctica releases a 3rd studio trailer for "Pariah's Child" featuring Elias Viljanen. Check it out below.

The full album is due out this coming March 28th via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Sonata Arctica Posts 2nd "Pariah's Child" Preview

Finland's Sonata Arctica posted the second preview clip of the upcoming new release "Pariah's Child" (see the first here). In this video, new bassist Pasi Kauppinen (Winterborn) talks about joining the band. "Pariah's Child" drops on March 28th via Nuclear Blast Records.

In support of the release, the band will embark on the first full North American headlining tour with Delain and Xandria this September/October. More information can be found at this location.

The track list for "Pariah's Child" is:

1. The Wolves Die Young
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
7. Half a Marathon Man
8. X Marks the Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life

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Sonata Arctica Posts First Preview Of New Album

Finland's Sonata Arctica posted the first preview clip of the upcoming new release "Pariah's Child." In the video, drummer Tommy Portimo explains the recording process for the album, which drops March 28th via Nuclear Blast Records.

In support of the release, the band will embark on the first full North American headlining tour with Delain and Xandria this September/October. More information can be found at this location.

The track list for "Pariah's Child" is:

1. The Wolves Die Young
2. Running Lights
3. Take One Breath
4. Cloud Factory
5. Blood
6. What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
7. Half a Marathon Man
8. X Marks the Spot
9. Love
10. Larger Than Life

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Sonata Arctica Announces North American Tour

Finnish metal act Sonata Arctica announced a major and lengthy North American Tour for September-October. In support is Dutch act Delain and German symphonic metal act Xandria.

Sonata Arctica will support its upcoming new album "Pariah's Child," which is set for release on March 28th via Nuclear Blast Records. Xandria will have its new release "Sacrificium" issued by May 2nd via Napalm Records, well before the start of the tour.

VIP packages (which include a meet and greet with Sonata Arctica and a poster of each event) are available at this location.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Sept 2014

3 - USA - Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ
4 - USA - Stage 48, NYC, NY
5 - USA - Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
6 - USA - Palladium, Worcester, MA
8 - CAN - Club Soda, Montréal, QC
9 - CAN - Impérial de Québec, Québec City, QC
10 - CAN - Mavericks, Ottawa, ON
11 - CAN - Mod Club, Toronto, ON
13 - USA - Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
14 - USA - Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
16 - USA - Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
17 - USA - Mojoes, Joliet, IL
19 - CAN - Park Theater, Winnipeg, MB
20 - CAN - The Exchange, Regina, SK
21 - CAN - Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB
22 - CAN - Republik, Calgary, AB
24 - CAN - The Venue, Vancouver, BC
25 - USA - El Corazón, Seattle, WA
26 - USA - Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR
28 - USA - Regency Center, San Francisco, CA
29 - USA - House of Blues, Los Angeles, CA
30 - USA - The Grove, Anaheim, CA More...

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Sonata Arctica Reveals Album Name, Cover Art

Sonata Arctica announced that the band's new album will be entitled "Pariah's Child" and the release date will be March 28th via Nuclear Blast Records. It is the band's eighth studio album and the follow up to their successful "Stones Grow Her Name" (see review here). More information, including the track listing, is expected soon.

The cover artwork for "Pariah's Child" can be viewed below. Vocalist Tony Kakko explains he thoughts behind the album title and the artwork like this: "As always it's pretty hard coming up with a name for the new baby. I tried to approach it from many angles; how this is our 8th album and how easy it would be to abuse that fact. All the symbolism of figure eight, eternity and so on. But that just did not feel right as it's been done so many times. Then I started to think how we'd in ways abandoned our 'totem animal,' the wolf and all what comes with the territory. As the music on the album is bowing more towards the 'old' Sonata, meaning more power metal style elements and wolves in many of the songs in one form or another, it was clear we need a wolf on the cover. An abandoned wolf. A pariah. Or Pariah's child, actually. The new generation to bring the old logo back."

Right after the release, Sonata Arctica will start touring again. Keyboard player Henrik "Henkka" Klingenberg left the following message: "It's been a while since we last toured Europe, so I'm very happy that we can announce our first tour with our new album. Since the album will be out in March 2014, we don't want to waste any time but will head out for a full European Tour. Our tour will start in Eindhoven, NL on April 10th, 2014. The whole band is really looking forward to playing some new songs for you and introduce our new bass player, Pasi, to all our fans. He's a monster live, you'll see. Check below for the tourdates and we'll see you in a few months!"

The tour dates are as follows:

10.04.2014 - NL - Effenaar, Eindhoven
13.04.2014 - NL - Melkweg, Amsterdam
14.04.2014 - DE - Markthalle, Hamburg
16.04.2014 - DE - Meier Music Hall, Braunschweig
17.04.2014 - DE - C-Club, Berlin
18.04.2014 - DE - Hellraiser, Leipzig
19.04.2014 - DE - Matrix, Bochum
21.04.2014 - DE - Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg
22.04.2014 - DE - Garage, Saarbrücken
23.04.2014 - FR - Bataclan, Paris
24.04.2014 - DE - Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg
26.04.2014 - DE - Hirsch, Nürnberg
27.04.2014 - CH - Z7, Pratteln
28.04.2014 - IT - Live Club, Trezzo
30.04.2014 - HU - Club 202, Budapest
01.05.2014 - CZ - Retro Music Hall, Prague
02.05.2014 - AT - Szene, Vienna
04.05.2014 - FR - Transbordeur, Lyon
05.05.2014 - ES - Bikini, Barcelona
06.05.2014 - ES - Arena, Madrid More...

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Sonata Arctica Announces New Tour Dates

Sonata Arctica is currently about to finalize the recordings for an upcoming, yet-untitled new studio album, which is scheduled to be released in March of 2014. This new full-length follows previous album "Stones Grow Her Name" (reviewed here).

Right after the release, Sonata Artctica will start touring again. Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg comments:

“Hello out there. It’s been a while since we last toured Europe, so I’m very happy that we can announce our first tour with our new album. Since the album will be out in March 2014, we don’t want to waste any time but will head out for a full European Tour.

"Our tour will start in Eindhoven, NL on April 10th, 2014. The whole band is really looking forward to play some new songs for you and introduce our new bass player, Pasi, for all our fans. He’s a monster live, you’ll see. Check below for the tour dates and we’ll see you in a few months!” More...

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Nuclear Blast To Release New "Monsters Of Metal"

Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.

"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.

Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:

01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...

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Sonata Arctica Announces Album, Anniversary Shows

Sonata Arctica will release an 8th studio album in April of 2014, which follows previous album "Stones Grow Her Name" (reviewed here).

The band also announced special shows in Finland to celebrate 15 years as an recording artist. Sonata Arctica comments:

"Next year, it's been 15 years since we released our debut album Ecliptica back in 1999. To honour this milestone we will play some special shows in Finland and Latin-America.

"These gigs will be extended shows with songs from the bands entire catalog. We might even throw in a couple of new songs from the upcoming album. See you on the road and a big cheers!"

29.01. Circus, Helsinki
30.01. Tamperetalo, Tampere
31.01 Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna
01.02. Kerubi, Joensuu
08.02. Radio Rock Risteily
11.02. Sibeliustalo, Lahti
12.02 Lutakko, Jyväskylä
13.02. Kylpylähotelli Rauhalahti, Kuopio
14.02 Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki
15.02. Logomo, Turku More...

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