Finnish melodic metal heroes Sonata Arctica are very pleased to announce that they will be returning to our UK shores in March 2017!
This run, part of a larger European tour, will be taking the band across ten UK cities starting at the Engine Rooms in Southampton, culminating at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, before the band head back to the European mainland for more dates.
They will be joined on the road by Norwegian hard rock/prog newcomers Triosphere (until March 20th), Finland-based heavy metallers Thunderstone (March 22nd onwards) and NWOBHM influenced Canadians Striker (all shows).
Keyboard player Henrik ‘Henkka’ Klingenberg said the following:
“It´s been far too long since we had a chance to do a proper UK tour, so of course we’re really happy to finally be able to announce 10 shows in the UK, as part of our European leg of ‘The Ninth Hour’ world tour. See you at the shows!!”
Tickets are available here:
More on ‘The Ninth Hour’
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 their 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.