Sonata Arctica Announce New Album and Tour (News)

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Share on telegram
Share on email
Share on print

SONATA ARCTICA announce new album The Ninth Hour

sonata_ninth_hourOnly two years after the release of Pariah’s Child and a massive World Tour, the Finnish Melodic Metal quintet Sonata Arctica are already back for more – their ninth masterpiece entitled The Ninth Hour will see the light of day on October 7th.

Once again, the album 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.

The studio work for the new record started seriously in mid-April 2016 in several home studios around Finland,” singer Tony Kakko explains. “But the main recording and mixing took place at the Studio57 in Alaveteli, Finland. It functions as a kind of centre point and all work finally ends up there. We aimed to create another melodic, beautiful, surprising SONATA ARCTICA album… Did it turn out that way? I surely think so. But maybe I should leave that for you to decide!

After a North American tour with their friends from Nightwish plus many headline shows around the globe, the band was once again able to take a look at the entire world as it is at the moment – on the edge of a possible destruction. This spirit is reflected in the new artwork of The Ninth Hour.

Tony comments – “The artwork of our ninth studio album The Ninth Hour depicts a future utopian landscape on the background. Nature and human technologies are in balance. In the middle, we have an hourglass contraption with a knob for us to meddle with. The right-hand side cup represents the nature side with no humans left, on the left, we have the human dystopia after we have destroyed Nature. The idea I had was, that turning the knob will tilt the hourglass in one direction or another, and the other cup will slowly empty and that future will be erased.

Order Sonata Arctica‘s back catalog on Amazon

Official website / Facebook / Twitter


Right after the summer festival season and the release of their anticipated record, the band will embark on a European tour together with their label mates Twilight Force to play the new songs to their fans:

07.10.16 NOR – Trondheim, Byscenen

08.10.16 SE – Borlänge, Liljan

09.10.16 SE – Huskvarna, Folkets Park

11.10.16 DK – Copenhagen, Pumpehuset

12.10.16 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle

13.10.16 NL – Haarlem, Patronaat

14.10.16 NL – Tilburg, 013

15.10.16 UK – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

16.10.16 FR – Paris, La Machine du Moulin Rouge

18.10.16 FR – Strasbourg, La Laiterie

19.10.16 CH – Pratteln, Konzertfabrik Z7

20.10.16 IT – Milan, Alcatraz

21.10.16 DE – Mannheim, Alte Seilerei

22.10.16 DE – Bochum, Zeche

Or catch the band on their US tour with Leaves’ Eyes and Omnium Gatherum:

06.11. USA Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore

07.11. USA Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore

08.11. USA Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall

09.11. USA Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero

11.11. USA Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

12.11. USA Hartford, CT – Webster Theater

13.11. CDN Montreal, QC – Club Soda

14.11. CDN Ottawa, ON – Mavericks

16.11. CDN Kitchener, ON – Dallas

17.11. USA Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon

18.11. USA Westland, MI – Token Lounge

19.11. USA Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar

21.11. USA Milwaukee, WI – Rave

22.11. USA Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights

24.11. CDN Regina, SK – The Exchange

25.11. CDN Calgary, AB – Dickens

26.11. CDN Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room

28.11. CDN Vancouver, BC – The Venue

29.11. USA Seattle, WA – El Corazon

30.11. USA Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

02.12. USA San Francisco, CA – Slim’s

03.12. USA San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

04.12. USA Anaheim, CA – The Grove

05.12. USA Tempe, AZ – Club Red

06.12. USA El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls

08.12. USA Englewood, CO – Gothic Theater

09.12. USA Lawrence, KS – Granada

10.12. USA Dallas, TX – Trees

11.12. USA McAllen, TX – Cine El Rey

13.12. USA San Antonio, TX – Alamo Music Hall

14.12. USA Houston, TX – Scout Bar

16.12 USA Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues

17.12. USA Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade


Check Out Our Latest .

kiss concert memories decibel geek podcast

Koncert Memories – Ep451

We’re back this week to talk about memories of KISS live with Koncert Memories! We know many of you have seen KISS

New Noize July 2021, rock, metal, news

New Noize July 2021 – Ep450

We’re back this week to discuss all the latest happenings in the rock and metal worlds with New Noize July 2021! It’s