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Sonata Arctica May Be the Hardest Working Metal Band Around ~ and the Results Certainly Pay Off


sonata-singleFinnish melodic metal titans Sonata Arctica will unleash their new studio album The Ninth Hour through Nuclear Blast on October 7th, but to keep fans happy ‘til then, yesterday they released their second single (available for purchase in digital format here)  and a video clip teaser for the song “Life, the entirety of which will be revealed next week.

“I tried desperately to have at least one positive, uplifting song on this album and maybe this is it. I always struggle writing positive lyrics, that’s the thing. We’ve been called ‘happy metal’ many times because of the melodies and so on, but lyrics are usually something that do not walk the sunny side of the road. They contrast the music. ‘Life’ anyway, is telling people to find good things in life, find the things hurting and causing harm and replacing them with positive things with help of friends. Go out and be together with people, share experiences, live. I know it’s a dumb thing to say, but life is better alive,shared Tony Kakko.

Once again, Sonata Arctica produced the upcoming album themselves and called on Pasi Kauppinen to mix it; the goal was to create a recognizable yet revitalized sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year 2016. Staying true to a musical identity formed over the years while remaining committed to having it evolve is no easy task, but it is one that Sonata Arctica has does masterfully and will no doubt be appreciated by both longtime fans and those just discovering the band.

sonata-the-ninth-hourBelow is the full track list for The Ninth Hour, which you can order in your favorite format here.

01.Closer To An Animal
02. Life
03. Fairytale
04. We Are What We Are
05. Till Death’s Done Us Apart
06. Among The Shooting Stars
07. Rise A Night
08. Fly, Navigate, Communicate
09. Candle Lawns
10. White Pearl, Black Oceans Part II – “By The Grace Of The Ocean”
11. On The Faultline (Closure To An Animal)

Want a little more?  Well, you’re in luck!

Official Lyric Video for “Closer to An Animal”
Album Trailer Part I
Album Trailer Part II
Album Trailer Part III 


Right after releasing the new album and returning from a European tour with label mates Twilight Force, Sonata Arctica will be back in the US and Canada for a headlining tour with Leaves’ Eyes and Omnium Gatherum. Confirmed dates for the 2016 North American Tour are:



11/06/2016  The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
11/07/2016  The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
11/08/2016  Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
11/09/2016  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
11/11/2016  Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
11/12/2016  Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
11/13/2016  Club Soda – Montreal, QC CANADA
11/14/2016  Mavericks – Ottawa, ON CANADA
11/16/2016  Dallas – Kitchener, ON CANADA
11/17/2016  Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
11/18/2016  Token Lounge – Westland, MI
11/19/2016  Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
11/21/2016  Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/22/2016  Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
11/24/2016  The Exchange – Regina, SK CANADA
11/25/2016  Dickens – Calgary, AB CANADA
11/26/2016  Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB CANADA
11/28/2016  The Venue – Vancouver, BC CANADA
11/29/2016  El Corazon – Seattle, WA
11/30/2016  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
12/02/2016  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
12/03/2016  Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
12/04/2016  The Grove – Anaheim, CA
12/05/2016  Club Red – Tempe, AZ
12/06/2016  Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
12/08/2016  Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
12/09/2016  Granada – Lawrence, KS
12/10/2016  Trees- Dallas, TX
12/11/2016  Cine El Rey- McAllen, TX
12/13/2016  Alamo Music Hall- San Antonio, TX
12/14/2016  Scout Bar- Houston, TX
12/16/2016  House of Blues- Lake Buena Vista, FL
12/17/2016  The Masquerade-  Atlanta, GA



Now’s the time to order the album and clear the date Sonata Arctica will be playing a venue near you…and make sure to keep up with the band via these links:








Check out what Nuclear Blast has going on, too ~ and speaking of Nuclear Blast, they are now officially the world’s largest independent heavy metal label ~ congratulations!