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Formed: 1996
From: Kemi, Finland
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Sonata Arctica Announces U.K. Shows

The Finnish melodic metal heroes from Sonata Arctica are very pleased to announce they will be returning to U .K. shores in March 2017.

This run, part of a larger European tour, will be taking the band across ten U.K. cities starting at the Engine Rooms in Southampton and culminating at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, before the band heads back to the European mainland for more dates.

Sonata Arctica will be joined on the road by Norwegian hard rock/prog newcomers Triosphere (until March 20th), Finland-based heavy metallers Thunderstone (March 22nd onwards) and NWOBHM influenced Canadians Striker (all shows).

Keyboard player Henrik "Henkka" Klingenberg said the following: “It´s been far too long since we had a chance to do a proper UK tour, so of course we’re really happy to finally be able to announce 10 shows in the UK, as part of our European leg of ‘The Ninth Hour’ world tour. See you at the shows!!” More...

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Sonata Arctica Releases New Lyric Video

Brand new studio release "The Ninth Hour" from Finland's melodic metal wolves Sonata Arctica (reviewed here) has seen the light of day and started to enter the charts worldwide, including:

#2 Finland
#7 Sweden - Rock/Metal
#15 Canada - Hardcharts
#18 Switzerland
#22 Germany
#43 Austria

USA:
#7 Heatseeker
#12 Hard Music
#48 Rock Album
#113 Billboard Top Current

"It's always exciting to find out how our latest album has been received and this time around we were blown away by the great chart positions, especially in Germany and Finland," states Henrik "Henkka" Klingenberg. "It'll be really great to see where it'll go from here! Thanks a lot for buying the album!!!"

And to clink the champagne glasses, Sonata Arctica now releases a new lyric video for the ballad "We Are What We Are." More...

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Sonata Arctica Posts Second Track-By-Track Clip

Finnish melodic metal group Sonata Arctica will drop a new studio album titled "The Ninth Hour" on October 7th through Nuclear Blast (check out our review here).

Today, the band releases the second part of a track-by-track video series, in which the entire group explains the meaning behind the songs on the record. Watch the clip covering tracks 5 - 8 below.

Did you miss part 1 in the track-by-track series? It's still online at this location. More...

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Sonata Arctica Releases Track-By-Track Video

Finland's Sonata Arctica will unleash impending album "The Ninth Hour" (reviewed here) on October 7th, 2016 through Nuclear Blast.

Today, the band releases the first part of a track-by-track video series, in which Sonata Arctica explains the meaning behind the first four songs off the album.

"The Ninth Hour" album pre-orders are still online here, and if you missed it, a music video for second track "Life" is available at this location.

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Sonata Arctica Posts "Life" Video

The Finnish melodic metal titans Sonata Arctica will unleash new studio album "The Ninth Hour" on October 7th through Nuclear Blast.

Today, the band releases a music video for the brand-new song "Life." The clip was directed by Ville Juurikkala and is available below.

You can pre-order "The Ninth Hour" through Nuclear Blast here.

"The Ninth Hour" will be released on CD, digipack, and 2LP. The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Closer to An Animal (see lyric video here)
2. Life
3. Fairytale
4. We Are What We Are
5. 'Till Death's Done Us Apart
6. Among the Shooting Stars
7. Rise a Night
8. Fly, Navigate, Communicate
9. Candle Lawns
10. White Pearl, Black Oceans, Pt. II - "By the Grace of the Ocean"
11. On the Faultline (Closure to an Animal)
12. Run to You More...

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Sonata Arctica Posts Third Trailer For New Album

Finnish power/progressive act Sonata Arctica posted the third in a series of trailers for the upcoming new album "The Ninth Hour," which will be released on October 7th via Nuclear Blast. In the latest clip, vocalist Tony Kakko discusses the lyrical topics on the album.

"The Ninth Hour" will be released on CD, digipack, and 2LP. The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Closer to An Animal (see lyric video here)
2. Life
3. Fairytale
4. We Are What We Are
5. 'Till Death's Done Us Apart
6. Among the Shooting Stars
7. Rise a Night
8. Fly, Navigate, Communicate
9. Candle Lawns
10. White Pearl, Black Oceans, Pt. II - "By the Grace of the Ocean"
11. On the Faultline (Closure to an Animal)
12. Run to You

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Sonata Arctica Posts Album Trailer

"The Ninth Hour" is approaching and Finnish power metal group Sonata Arctica is ready to celebrate it with you on October 7th.

Today, the band releases the first trailer for this upcoming ninth album - check it out below.

If you missed the first lyric video, you can watch "Closer To An Animal" at this location.

"The Ninth Hour" will be released on CD, digipack, and 2LP. The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Closer to An Animal
2. Life
3. Fairytale
4. We Are What We Are
5. 'Till Death's Done Us Apart
6. Among the Shooting Stars
7. Rise a Night
8. Fly, Navigate, Communicate
9. Candle Lawns
10. White Pearl, Black Oceans, Pt. II - "By the Grace of the Ocean"
11. On the Faultline (Closure to an Animal)
12. Run to You

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Sonata Arctica Releases "Closer To An Animal"

Today, Finland's Sonata Arctica brings you "Closer to An Animal" with a lyric video for the opening track and first single from the upcoming release "The Ninth Hour." The album drops like a Nuclear Blast on October 7th.

The track list for the album is:

1. Closer to An Animal
2. Life
3. Fairytale
4. We Are What We Are
5. 'Till Death's Done Us Apart
6. Among the Shooting Stars
7. Rise a Night
8. Fly, Navigate, Communicate
9. Candle Lawns
10. White Pearl, Black Oceans, Pt. II - "By the Grace of the Ocean"
11. On the Faultline (Closure to an Animal)
12. Run to You

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Sonata Arctica Reveals New Album

Only two years after the release of "Pariah's Child" (reviewed here) and a massive world tour, the Finnish melodic metal quintet Sonata Arctica is already back for more.

The band's ninth masterpiece entitled "The Ninth Hour" will see the light of day on October 7th via Nuclear Blast. Once again, the album was produced by Sonata Arctica and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen.

“The studio work for the new record started seriously in mid-April 2016 in several home studios around Finland," singer Tony Kakko explains. “But the main recording and mixing took place at the Studio57 in Alaveteli, Finland. It functions as a kind of centre point and all work finally ends up there. We aimed to create another melodic, beautiful, surprising Sonata Arctica album… Did it turn out that way? I surely think so. But maybe I should leave that for you to decide!”

After a North American tour with Nightwish plus many headline shows around the globe, the band was once again able to take a look at the entire world as it is at the moment – on the edge of a possible armageddon. This spirit is reflected in the new artwork of "The Ninth Hour." Sonata Arctica comments:

“The artwork of our ninth studio album 'The Ninth Hour' depicts a future utopian landscape. Nature and human technologies are balanced. In the middle we have an hour glass contraption with a knob for us to meddle with. The right-hand side cup represents the nature side with no humans left, on the left we have the human dystopia after we have destroyed nature. The idea I had was, that turning the knob will tilt the hour glass in one direction or another, and the other cup will slowly empty and that future will be erased. Biblically we are expected to repent and sacrifice on 'The Ninth Hour'…to dive right back to a more mundane reality, it’s a fact that we are currently living in critical, historical times. Our decisions will define the future. Not only ours as a race, but the future of this entire planet. We need to make sacrifices and in many cases we will repent our already made choices.” More...

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Omnium Gatherum To Tour With Sonata Arctica

Omnium Gatherum will return to North American soil in November / December 2016 supporting Sonata Arctica and Leaves' Eyes.

Advanced tickets for the confirmed tour dates are now available exclusively at this location. Tickets will go on sale April 29th at all other outlets. Dates for the trek are as follows:

Nov. 06 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC
Nov. 07 - The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD
Nov. 08 - Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY
Nov. 09 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 11 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
Nov. 12 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
Nov. 13 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC Canada
Nov. 14 - Mavericks - Ottawa, ON Canada
Nov. 16 - Dallas - Kitchener, ON Canada
Nov. 17 - Park Street Saloon - Columbus, OH
Nov. 18 - Token Lounge - Westland, MI
Nov. 19 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 21 - Rave - Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 22 - Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 24 - The Exchange - Regina, SK Canada
Nov. 25 - Dickens - Calgary, AB Canada
Nov. 26 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB Canada
Nov. 28 - The Venue - Vancouver, BC Canada
Nov. 29 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Nov. 30 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR More...

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Sonata Arctica Working On New Album

Finnish melodic metal quintet Sonata Arctica announced that the band is working on the follow up to the 2014 album "Pariah's Child" (see review here). The band will also tour 9 European countries with support from label mates Twilight Force.

The new album is due for release in October via Nuclear Blast, stay tuned for more info. As with "Pariah's Child," the as yet untitled upcoming ninth studio album will be recorded at Studio 57.

Keyboard player Henrik ‘Henkka’ Klingenberg commented: “As far as the musical direction of the album, it's really too early to say how it will turn out. Having said that, I expect the usual Sonata Arctica trademarks to be found on it. We will however get this album completed in time for an autumn release and we'll tell you all more as things progress..."

Sonata Arctica commented on the EU tour announcement: “We're all really looking forward to finishing our new studio album and taking the songs on the road. This time we'll start in Europe and the UK before heading on to the rest of the world. As always, you can expect an energetic show with new material as well as some old favourites.”

Henrik continued: "At the moment we're taking a break from the recording of our 9th studio album and heading out with Nightwish for a couple of months in North America. When we get back we're more or less going straight into the studio to continue working on the album." More...

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Sonata Arctica Announces Christmas Single

The Finnish melodic metal heroes from Sonata Arctica are set to release a very special Christmas gift for their fan base: a new single called "Christmas Spirits."

This year the handing out of presents will happen six days early as the single will be released on December 18th via Nuclear Blast. It will be released via digital download and as a limited edition EP, only available at the Nuclear Blast Online Shop. The band commented:

"Hello everyone out there! Christmas is just around the corner so we decided to cheer you all up with a nice Christmas story. 'Decided' might be a bit strong in this context since the 'Christmas Spirits' song has been around for about ten years now, we just never had the time to record it. Finally during the 'Pariah's Child' sessions we managed to do the basic tracks and this autumn we finished the song.

"I guess the main reason for the delay was getting the lyrics done, it’s nearly impossible to get into the Christmas mood unless it’s actually… you guessed it, Christmas. Hats off to Tony since he did it anyway, this autumn, and without any snow, we might add. Be that as it may, here’s our latest piece of art: 'Christmas Spirits'! Merry Christmas to everyone & cheers." More...

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Details Of Second Leg Of Nightwish Tour Surface

Ticket vendor Enterthevault.com has announced that Finland's Nightwish will embark on a second leg of the North American tour in February/March 2016 with countrymates Sonata Arctica in support along with Dutch act Delain (who provided support in the just wrapped up first leg along with Sweden's Sabaton).

We wish to stress that the following dates listed by the vendor have NOT been formally announced by the bands and may be subject to change, however they appear to be onsale (including VIP experiences) at this location:

2/19/2016 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
2/20/2016 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
2/21/2016 Metropolis – Montreal, QC CANADA
2/22/2016 Music Hall – London, ON CANADA
2/24/2016 Carnegie Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA
2/25/2016 LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH
2/26/2016 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
2/27/2016 Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/29/2016 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
3/01/2016 Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB CANADA
3/02/2016 O’Briens Events Center – Saskatoon, SK CANADA
3/03/2016 Winspear Center – Edmonton AB CANADA
3/05/2016 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB CANADA
3/06/2016 Wilma Theatre –Missoula, MT
3/07/2016 Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
3/08/2016 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
3/10/2016 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
3/11/2016 City National Civic of San Jose – San Jose, CA
3/12/2016 The Grove – Anaheim, CA
3/14/2016 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
3/15/2016 City Auditorium – Colorado Springs, CO
3/16/2016 Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO
3/18/2016 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
3/19/2016 Aztec Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
3/20/2016 New Orleans Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA
3/21/2016 Iron City Live – Birmingham, AL
3/23/2016 The Ritz – Tampa

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Sonata Arctica Announces New Tour Dates

Finland's Sonata Arctica recently released a re-recorded version of debut album "Ecliptica," which originally came out 15 years ago.

Today Sonata Arctica is proud to announce the "Ecliptica over Europe Tour 2015," together with special guest Freedom Call. The band comments:

"It’s been some months since we released the re-recorded version of our debut album 'Ecliptica' and of course we couldn’t resist the temptation of attempting to play the whole album front to back live.

"Hence, we’re happy to announce the 'Ecliptica' special shows in Europe. On these shows we’ll perform 'Ecliptica' in it’s entirety as well as assorted hits from our catalog. This is a one-time thing only, don’t miss it.

"As special guest we will bring Freedom Call who will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 'Eternity' record and play a special set around that album. See you all out there!!!" More...

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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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