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Kemi, Finland (1996 – present)

Sonata Arctica was formed in 1996 on the edge of the world, in the northern Finnish town of Kemi.

Originally formed as Tricky Beans, they released few demos and as they got the contract they had to change their name.
In 1999 the band recorded a new demo “FullMoon” in Tico Tico Studios located in their hometown, Kemi. At the time of recording the line-up consisted of: Tony (vocals/keys), Jani (guitars), Tommy (drums), and Janne (bass). This new demo was the first exploration for the band in heavy metal waters. The band’s trademark sound of fast, melodic and keyboard oriented heavy metal with clear, high vocals was born. As fate would have it, and with help from Ahti Kortelainen of Tico Tico Studios, the “FullMoon” demo found its way to the premier metal label of Finland, Spinefarm. At the same time Tricky Beans became Sonata Arctica.

Summer of 1999 brought us the first single from Sonata Arctica, “UnOpened”. The title song was instantaneously included in the Metalliliitto 1999 compilation CD. Two tracks from the single, UnOpened and Mary-Lou marked the arrival of SA to the power metal community. During the first mix/pressing of the UnOpened single, Track 1, UnOpened, was unintentionally slowed down. The mistake was discovered shortly after the first batch of discs was sent to music stores. The entire first pressing was recalled. Approximately 200 copies from that first run were sold and are now considered rare collectors items.


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  • Jason_Kountou


    17 Sep 7:32pm Reply
  • Scython

    He doesn't give a ding dong anymore? A shame. I actually think that I prefer the original version more though, because Kingdom for a Heart was by my favorite track on that record and sounded more energetic than this newer version, which really fits the song. Most of the other songs on Ecliptica didn't really do a lot for me though, so I'm curious to hear if this new recording adds anything to those ones.

    15 Sep 2:28pm Reply
  • Dibony

    san sebastian <3

    13 Sep 10:03pm Reply
  • Waswaas

    Увы и ах но слились

    13 Sep 2:26am Reply
  • CoenVen

    He sounds okay to me, he just doesn't do the Mickey Mouse thing in this version : p I do agree with you on the backing vocals, though.

    12 Sep 5:27pm Reply
  • Cariina-

    I also wonder what Tony will do with some of the higher notes. He doesn't sing that high anymore. Replace them for grunts? :P

    12 Sep 5:26pm Reply
  • Cariina-

    Oh damn. It does sound different than the old version, but I am really missing the backing vocals. Tony's voice doesn't sound that good on the new version. For the rest, I have no complains.

    12 Sep 5:25pm Reply
  • CoenVen

    It's strange because I'm used to the old version xD! I like it though, but still. It's strange xD

    12 Sep 4:48pm Reply
  • shiitz

    This new single <333333

    12 Sep 12:04am Reply
  • FrozenRemains

    A HQ 90 second sample of Kingdom for a Heart 2014 Version is up on Finnish iTunes. Can't wait to hear the full track in a few hours!

    11 Sep 11:16pm Reply
  • lukkaturi

    Tony Kakko and his amazing and so fucking epic voice :)

    10 Sep 12:20am Reply
  • emaxsaun

    Great show last night -

    4 Sep 2:47pm Reply
  • Redbiah

    4 Sep 4:26am Reply
  • emaxsaun

    NJ show tonight. NYC show tomorrow. So pumped

    3 Sep 5:40pm Reply
  • CoenVen

    @Cariina: Yeeeah! I'm really looking forward to that! I wonder how different it will be, how much they will change.

    27 Aug 7:52pm Reply
  • Cariina-

    New version of Ecliptica. Heujjj.

    22 Aug 11:26am Reply
  • Torresallo


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  • CoenVen

    16 Jul 3:52pm Reply
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    21 Jun 8:47pm Reply
  • Hr_Knuddel

    It's so great, that SA are back with such a great album like "Pariah's Child". Their best work since "Reckoning Night"!

    2 Jun 2:18pm Reply
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