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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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  • Scython

    Wish I had the time to see that concert in Eindhoven. NEXT TIME!

    15 Apr 9:01pm Reply
  • CoenVen

    Also... ''TK : [... ]There is also the fact we are about to re-record our first album, Ecliptica later in the year, after a request from our Japanese label . We thought it would be weird but after all, why not? This is something I wanted to do for a while, repeat this album, correct errors, address the album differently, we were novices so we had no idea what we were doing. Some songs are not good at your example and I would be quite unable to sing it now, I already could not sing at the time but I did not care , I knew nothing and it does m had not crossed my mind that I had to sing live , or even that I could not stay in one place , static, but I had to move and do the show , a nightmare ! This is an opportunity to redo it all and all these factors combined led to this idea, this album, Pariah 's Child .'' Japanese label? So this is only going to be released in Japan? I wonder what it's going to sound like, the old songs with their current sound, though!

    15 Apr 1:34pm Reply
  • Cariina-

    Exactly! That's also what I like about X Marks The Spot. - And I want to have PC on Spotify as well! :(( (Also; Every time I see PC, I think Personal Computer - not Pariah's Child. D'oh! </geek>)

    15 Apr 1:29pm Reply
  • CoenVen

    Also. PC still hasn't returned to Spotify. What's that all about : \\?

    15 Apr 1:10pm Reply
  • CoenVen

    I liked the intro, too xD I like the priest the whole time. The way he talks is fantastic xD 'Testify, children, testify!'

    15 Apr 1:07pm Reply
  • Cariina-

    By the way, I laughed so hard when the priest in the outro said; Sonata Arctica has left the building. :')))))

    15 Apr 12:20pm Reply
  • Colony666

    So many great songs on Reckoning Night and WHG they never play

    15 Apr 11:59am Reply
  • MrWaagh

    I think I Have A Right works quite well live, especially in the beginning, with that short a capella intro, but it becomes a bit repetitive at the end, so yeah, they should probably replace it with something from Winterheart's Guild, or Cinderblox / Take One Breath perhaps :P

    15 Apr 10:44am Reply
  • CoenVen

    Hm, Sing in Silence would also be nice. I LOVE Paid in Full, but have seen it once or twice already, and I don't like it that much live, to be honest. But yeah, these setlists are way better. If they could only replace I Have A Right with something else.. xD Fun song, live, but... yeah.

    15 Apr 10:18am Reply
  • MrWaagh

    @wishmaster_666: True :P I also went to the Stones Grow Her Name tour, and this show was much more energetic.

    14 Apr 9:05pm Reply
  • Cariina-

    @Scython They did. Amazing to hear live.

    14 Apr 8:05pm Reply
  • Cariina-

    Oh thank god. Paid In Full would have made me cry.

    14 Apr 8:04pm Reply
  • wishmaster_666

    Yes, these two songs was changed between first and second show. However, both of this setlists are 7468273452x better than setlists from 2012.

    14 Apr 7:54pm Reply
  • MrWaagh

    They didn't play Sing In Silence or Paid In Full when I saw them in Eindhoven last week (the first show of the tour). However, they played Victoria's Secret and In The Dark instead.

    14 Apr 7:35pm Reply
  • Scython

    That set list... they're playing White Pearls, Black Oceans?! If I recall correctly that rarely ever happens.

    14 Apr 6:42pm Reply
  • MrWaagh

    I can sing along with every single song on the new album, which is something I haven't done since Reckoning Night. Definitely their best album since RN :D

    14 Apr 3:27pm Reply
  • wishmaster_666 woooow, amazing setlist <3

    14 Apr 2:20pm Reply
  • lukkaturi

    The new album is very near to being a masterpiece. [2]

    14 Apr 3:06am Reply
  • BoldFacedLies

    The new album is very near to being a masterpiece.

    11 Apr 1:28pm Reply
  • CoenVen

    Yesterday was awesome! Realy liked the old songs they played ^^

    11 Apr 12:55pm Reply
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