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About Sonata Arctica

  • “We are the music-makers, we are the dreamers of dreams.” – Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy (1844-1881)
    SONATA ARCTICA are no strangers to having fans cross several state lines to meet them, or to making entire venues sing themselves hoarse when they play their high-speed, keyboard-laden, and righteously melodic heavy metal music. Stirring up youth in the hearts of many and acting like a sonic beacon for fans seeking the ultimate adrenaline high, Finland’s ambassadors of light and hope have toiled through difficult times long enough to harvest an award-winning career. Naming the new album after the Finnish word for “dreams,” Unia takes a decidedly progressive and theatrical direction. For founding member / lead singer / lead lyricist Tony Kakko, this creative freedom was inspired by a “thinking outside the box” episode with a song he wrote for Finland’s Agnes Pihlava, the winner of Finland’s televised talent competition Idol Star (their equivalent of American Idol) in 2005. But before moving forward, let us go back to when things began…

    Formed in 1996 in the forested northern hamlet of Kemi, Finland (population: 23,000) with core members Tony Kakko (vocals & keyboards), Jani Liimatainen (guitar), Marko Paasikoski (guitar), Tommy Portimo (drums) and Pentti Peura (bass), the band initially known as Tricky Beans managed to produce three demos: Friend Till The End, Agre Pamppers, and PeaceMaker. After a line-up change and prior to recording their fourth demo, Fullmoon, Tricky Beans changed their name to Tricky Means. When Fullmoon secured the band a Spinefarm Records deal, the band underwent their second – and final – name change to SONATA ARCTICA. After 1999’s Ecliptica (recorded at Tico-Tico Studio) was released, vocalist and then-keyboard player Kakko opted to focus solely on singing & songwriting, bringing Mikko Härkin into the fold to transform the impact of the band’s live shows. Besides the completion of Silence (their second album also recorded at Tico-Tico Studio), among their accomplishments in 2001 were being chosen as “Best Newcomer” by the Finnish Recording Industry Association (FRIA); opening for Alice Cooper, Dio, and Ratt on the Finnish leg of the Monsters Of The Millenium tour; performing at the prestigious Wacken Open Air festival; a successful Japanese tour; and touring Europe with Gamma Ray - one of Germany’s most well-known power metal bands.
    To thank their Japanese fan base (who purchased over 30,000 copies of Ecliptica), SONATA ARCTICA released their career’s first live album in 2002, Songs Of Silence, which captured their 2001 performance in Tokyo. With Härkin’s departure at the end of the tour, SONATA sought out a new keyboard player and chose Henrik Klingenberg after interviewing him in a bar (!). While Kakko and Stratovarius’ Jens Johansson covered the keyboard duties on 2003’s Tico-Tico Studio offering, Winterheart’s Guild, Klingenberg’s live work was put to the test at SONATA’s eight sold-out shows in Japan, tours through Finland and France, and the summer festival circuit in Europe. The band’s first single off Winterheart, “Victoria’s Secret,” knocked Eminem out of the running to secure the coveted title of “#1 Single” in Finland. Winterheart’s Guild not only went on to become a Top 10 album in their homeland, but also paved the way for their signing with Nuclear Blast, receiving another Emma Award nomination from FRIA, and opening for Iron Maiden in Japan. With peak momentum, SONATA returned to Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi to record their fourth album, Reckoning Night, with mixing duties held at Finnvox. Their first single, “Don’t Say A Word” shot immediately to #1 on the Finnish Singles chart and stayed on the Top 10 charts for six weeks. The album ranked #2 in Finland, #68 in Norway, #77 in Germany, and #85 in Switzerland. Festival appearances at Finland’s Tuska Open Air, Germany’s Summer Breeze, and the U.K.’s Bloodstock were all warm-ups for SONATA’s arena-style “Finnish Invasion” tour through Europe with their countrymen (and woman) in Nightwish. “Addictive, monstrously uplifting, and criminally polished,” wrote Terrorizer Magazine, “SONATA ARCTICA make the kind of metal that makes you want to stand in the prow of a long ship, pointing dramatically at a distant horizon…”
    After receiving word that their second album, Silence, went Gold, SONATA ARCTICA embarked on another Finnish tour, and then set their sights on touring North America with Nightwish. Despite the latter tour’s cancellation, the band still played nine East Coast shows, including a performance at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. Judging from the audience response, a headlining tour was in order. In December 2005, Winterheart’s Guild achieved Gold status in Finland, and SONATA ARCTICA celebrated by treating North American fans to sold-out shows and audience sing-alongs in January and February 2006. While on tour in the U.S., 2004’s Reckoning Night became their third certified Finnish Gold album and netted over 100,000 copies sold worldwide. Showcasing their live showmanship, the band released their first DVD, For The Sake Of Revenge, in 2006, transporting all SONATA ARCTICA fans present at Shibuya AX in Tokyo, Japan on February 4th & 5th, 2005 into the standing room only crowds of the touring & backstage worlds they inhabit.
    Even with an honored recipe for success, SONATA members would rather risk an ambitious shift than to become complacent in their songwriting. While the band could have easily written Reckoning Night Revisited, Unia demonstrates how change is food for the soul and how as a relatively young band, they still have an endless supply of musical styles left to explore. Featuring a bouzouki on “The Harvest,” one could argue that an exotic guest instrument does not necessarily make an album progressive; the instrument’s presence is significant more for the challenge and inventiveness it represents. Still recognizable are Kakko’s emotive vocals (“Paid In Full”), Klingenberg’s keyboards racing along with Liimatainen’s guitars (“In Black And White”), recognizable lyrical themes (“Caleb”), and even the reappearance of SONATA’s ever-present wolf mascot in “It Won’t Fade.” Landing a Number One Single in their homeland with “Paid In Full” and beating out Ozzy Osbourne (!) on the Finnish charts to secure the Number One Album, SONATA ARCTICA are a textbook example of how dreams can be put into action, what dreams can help you achieve, and why dreams are worth believing in. 



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  • The Ninth Hour
  • The Ninth Hour


    Released : 2016
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    Track List
    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 Part II - "By The Grace Of The Ocean"
    11. On The Faultline (Closure To An Animal)
  • Pariah's Child
  • Pariah's Child


    Released : 2014
    Views : 0
    Track List
    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
  • Stones Grow Her Name
  • Stones Grow Her Name


    Released : 2012
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Only the Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful)
    2. Shitload of Money
    3. Losing My Insanity
    4. Somewhere Close to You
    5. I Have a Right
    6. Alone in Heaven
    7. The Day
    8. Cinderblox
    9. Don't Be Mean
    10. Wildfire, Part: II - One With the Mountain
    11. Wildfire, Part: III - Wildfire, Town, Population: 0
  • Songs of Silence
  • Songs of Silence


    Released : 2010
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Intro
    2. Weballergy
    3. Kingdom for a Heart
    4. Sing in Silence
    5. False News Travel Fast
    6. Last Drop Falls
    7. Respect the Wilderness
    8. Fullmoon
    9. The End of This Chapter
    10. Replica
    11. My Land
    12. Black Sheep
    13. Wolf & Raven
  • The Days of Grays
  • The Days of Grays


    Released : 2009
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Everything Fades To Gray (Instrumental)
    2. Deathaura
    3. The Last Amazing Grays
    4. Flag In The Ground
    5. Breathing
    6. Zeroes
    7. The Dead Skin
    8. Juliet
    9. No Dream Can Heal A Broken Heart
    10. As If The World Wasn't Ending
    11. The Truth Is Out There
    12. Everything Fades to Gray (Full Version)
  • Takatalvi
  • Takatalvi


    Released : 2009
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. San Sebastian
    2. The Gun
    3. Still Loving You
    4. Shy
    5. Dream Thieves
    6. I Want Out
    7. Fade to Black
    8. Black Sheep
    9. Mary-Lou - Acoustic Version
    10. The Wind Beneath My Wings
    11. Die With Your Boots On
  • The Collection 1999-2006
  • The Collection 1999-2006


    Released : 2008
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. The Ruins Of My Life
    2. 8th Commandment
    3. Don't Say a Word - Edit
    4. Victoria's Secret
    5. Tallulah
    6. Wolf & Raven
    7. Black Sheep
    8. Broken
    9. Kingdom for a Heart
    10. FullMoon
    11. My Land - 2006 Remake
    12. The Cage
    13. Last Drop Falls
    14. UnOpened
    15. San Sebastian (Revisited)
    16. Ain't Your Fairytale
    17. Replica - 2006 Remake
    18. Intro - Live in Tokyo
    19. Weballergy - Live in Tokyo
    20. Kingdom for a Heart - Live in Tokyo
    21. Sing In Silence - Live in Tokyo
    22. False News Travel Fast - Live in Tokyo
    23. Replica - Live in Tokyo
    24. My Land - Live in Tokyo
    25. Black Sheep - Live in Tokyo
    26. Wolf & Raven - Live in Tokyo
    27. Still Loving You
    28. I Want Out
    29. San Sebastian
    30. Shy
  • Unia
  • Unia


    Released : 2007
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. In Black And White
    2. Paid In Full
    3. For The Sake Of Revenge
    4. It Won't Fade
    5. Under Your Tree
    6. Caleb
    7. The Vice
    8. My Dream's But A Drop Of Fuel For A Nightmare
    9. The Harvest
    10. The Worlds Forgotten, The Words Forbidden
    11. Fly With The Black Swan
    12. Good Enough Is Good Enough
  • For The Sake Of Revenge
  • For The Sake Of Revenge


    Released : 2006
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Prelude For Reckoning
    2. Misplaced
    3. Blinded No More
    4. Fullmoon
    5. Victoria's Secret
    6. Broken
    7. 8th Commandment
    8. Shamandalie
    9. Kingdom For A Heart
    10. Replica
    11. My Land
    12. Black Sheep
    13. Gravenimage
    14. Don't Say A Word
    15. The Cage / Vodka
  • Best of Sonata Arctica
  • Best of Sonata Arctica


    Released : 2006
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. The Ruins Of My Life
    2. 8th Commandment
    3. Don't Say a Word - Edit
    4. Victoria's Secret
    5. Tallulah
    6. Wolf & Raven
    7. Black Sheep
    8. Broken
    9. Kingdom for a Heart
    10. FullMoon
    11. My Land - 2006 Remake
    12. The Cage
    13. Last Drop Falls
    14. UnOpened
    15. San Sebastian (Revisited)
    16. Ain't Your Fairytale
    17. Replica - 2006 Remake
  • Reckoning Night
  • Reckoning Night


    Released : 2004
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Misplaced
    2. Blinded No More
    3. Ain't your fairytale
    4. Reckoning Day, Reckoning Night
    5. Don't say a word
    6. The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Real Puppet
    7. My Selene
    8. Wildfire
    9. White Pearl, Black Oceans …
    10. Shamandalie
    11. Wrecking The Sphere
  • Winterheart's Guild
  • Winterheart's Guild


    Released : 2003
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Abandoned, Pleased, Brainwashed, Exploited
    2. Gravenimage
    3. The Cage
    4. Silver Tongue
    5. The Misery
    6. Victoria's Secret
    7. Champagne Bath
    8. Broken
    9. The Ruins Of My Life
    10. Draw Me
  • Silence
  • Silence


    Released : 2001
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. ...Of Silence
    2. Weballergy
    3. False News Travel Fast
    4. The End Of This Chapter
    5. Black Sheep
    6. Land Of The Free
    7. Last Drop Falls
    8. San Sebastian (Revisited)
    9. Sing In Silence
    10. Revontulet
    11. Tallulah
    12. Wolf & Raven
    13. Respect The Wilderness
    14. The Power Of One
    15. Peacemaker
    16. Wolf & Raven - 2008 version
  • Ecliptica
  • Ecliptica


    Released : 1999
    Views : 0
    Track List
    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



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