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Sonata Arctica

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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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  • Redbiah

    19 Jul 3:30am Reply
  • CoenVen

    http://tinypic.com/r/snkjv5/8

    16 Jul 3:52pm Reply
  • Cariina-

    <3

    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
  • lukkaturi

    http://last.fm/music/Sonata+Arctica/+images/99215361

    31 May 5:02pm Reply
  • adam11i13

    Now i have 3 albums on CD. First two and Reckonig Night. Only 6 to complete discography :P

    26 May 2:02pm Reply
  • Tarja2012

    That voice <3

    20 May 8:20pm Reply
  • Ughel1

    new album is FANTASTIC! [2]

    20 May 3:36pm Reply
  • Archaeaeon

    Damn Pariah's Child made me feel 17 again.

    16 May 11:59pm Reply
  • mattimek

    new album is FANTASTIC!

    10 May 6:48am Reply
  • Shadow19231

    Just heard Tonight I Dance Alone for the first time. Nice!

    9 May 5:32am Reply
  • CoenVen

    Yeah, me too. I love to listen to music through Spotify, it's an amazing programme, except from the wrong tags now and then. I hate to open iTunes just to listen to that one album : \\...

    6 May 10:19am Reply
  • Karpie

    I hope Nuclear Blast sorts out their shit soon >:(

    6 May 8:43am Reply
  • Italics87

    I'm glad that this place is fairly active. It's the best place to discuss the band, since the moderation on the official forum has caused it to turn into a dull and completely utter joke.

    6 May 12:22am Reply
  • lukkaturi

    http://last.fm/music/Sonata+Arctica/+images/98721215

    5 May 9:46pm Reply
  • Sir_Korek

    Hmm, Cloud Factory is a massively fun track and it has elements that sound like the SA of my teenage years. Stones might have been a complete miss for me, but I'm rather excited for the next album :)

    4 May 9:40pm Reply
  • MetalWolf_

    Oh, no need to apologize at all, I agree with you, I get tired of those reactions as well. But I also get tired of reactions in which people assume that someone who doesn't like some new album (not just SA's new one) must by definition be some closed-minded metalhead. I'm not counting your reaction among this last group though, don't worry :P

    3 May 9:19pm Reply
  • CoenVen

    @MetalWolf_: I know, I know, that's the only way it is! I just get so tired of reactions like: They are just a bunch of sellouts now that write mainstream music that has nothing to do with what they used to be. I wish Jani would come back! Since he left, they just suck!' Everybody has the right to like what they want, but saying it sucks, just because it isn't your thing, I get so tired of that xD Sorry!

    3 May 5:24pm Reply
  • MetalWolf_

    Of course I would complain if they released 8 albums which sound exactly like Ecliptica or RN or anything. I'm glad they try out new stuff... Of course when they do there will be a chance that I won't like it, which unfortunately was the case with their last 3 albums. But a band should always write songs they want to write, not songs the fans want them to write. I wouldn't want them to write a different album than they intended to write, just to please me

    3 May 4:32pm Reply
  • adam11i13

    I love first 4 albums because there was THIS for what i loved this band - a pure power metal with magical climate and some secrecy. I really don't like TDoG (ok Flag in the Ground is epic) but i don't tell they get worse. They only play a different kind of music on the each album.

    3 May 7:41am Reply
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