The land of 1000 lakes has churned out an abundance of melodic metal bands over the past thirty years. It would be very difficult in the modern metal climate to find a fan who was not at least a fan of one Finnish band – whether that be Children of Bodom, Insomnium, Nightwish, or even Stratovarius. But included in that crop is also Sonata Arctica, a band that is often revered as being one of the better contemporary power/symphonic metal bands there is. Given such a storied career to this point, it almost seems hard to believe that they are about to release their ninth album ‘The Ninth Hour’.
Finnish melodic metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA will release its ninth album, titled "The Ninth Hour", on October 7 via Nuclear Blast. Once again, the CD was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen to create a typical yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year 2016.
In 2014 Sonata Arctica announced through their Facebook page that they had re-recorded the entire album for the 15th anniversary. The new edition is titled Ecliptica - Revisited; 15th Anniversary Edition and will be released on October 24, 2014, with the same track-listing as the original regular edition release plus one unreleased bonus track.