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.
"For the Sake of Revenge" was recorded at Shibuya AX in Tokyo, Japan on February 5, 2005 and was mixed by Pasi Kauppinen at Studio57. The mastering duties were handled by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers. SONATA ARCTICA's live DVD, "For the Sake of Revenge", has entered the Finnish Music DVD chart at position No. 1.
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.
Pariah's Child is the eighth and upcoming studio album by Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica. It will be released on March 28, 2014 by Nuclear Blast. It is the first Sonata Arctica release with new bassist Pasi Kauppinen, who replaced Marko Paasikoski.
Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA are back with an all new live, "Live In Finland". The set includes the band's entire April 15, 2011 performance at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland as well as a bonus disc containing eight songs that were recorded at the Kemi festival concert.