Finnish melodic metal quintet Sonata Arctica are very pleased to announce that they will be returning to our UK shores this October for a one off show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire, as part of a larger European tour. The full run will be taking the band across 9 European countries. Special guests will be Swedish symphonic power metallers Twilight Force.
Sonata Arctica are also currently working on a new album, the follow up to their successful ‘Pariah’s Child’ (2014) record.
The new album is due for release in October via Nuclear Blast, stay tuned for more info.
Sonata Arctica said of the UK show and 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.”
Keyboard player Henrik ‘Henkka’ Klingenberg commented:
"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"
You can get tickets for the show here:
As with ‘Pariah's Child’, the as yet untitled upcoming ninth studio album will be recorded at Studio 57.
Henrik went on to say:
“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 were formed in the north Finish city of Kemi in 1996, originally called Tricky Beans. After some line-up changes in 1997, they changed their name to Tricky Means, releasing demo ‘Full Moon’ in 1999. This new demo was the first effort for the band within heavy metal waters. Their new trademarks were a faster and more melodic sound; keyboard oriented heavy metal with clear and high vocals. It was how destiny wanted it, and with help from Athi Kortelainen and the Tico Tico Studios their demo ‘Full Moon’ gained the band their first successes. Tricky Means soon became Sonata Arctica.
The release of their first true full length and legendary album ‘Ecliptica’ came in the autumn of 1999. At first it was only sold in Finland, but other countries soon followed. Shortly after this release Tony Kakko decided to concentrate more intensely on singing, as opposed to singing and playing keyboards at the same time. Their successes continued when ‘Winterheart's Guild’ was released in 2003, the band signing to Nuclear Blast shortly after.
Sonata Arctica have since released five new studio albums through Nuclear Blast: ‘Reckoning Night’ (2004), ‘Unia’ (2007), ‘The Days Of Grays’ (2009), ‘Stones Grow Her Name’ (2012) and most recently ‘Pariah’s Child’ (2014).
This latest release saw Sonata Arctica returning to their metal roots – moving away from the more hard rock approach of its predecessor. Some might say the record is a good definition of the band past and present, predominantly showcasing their straight up melodic metal style.
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