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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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  • PSO_J318-22

    "Maybe if we write a truly awful wolf song they'll stop asking us to write more." - SA

    24 Jan 7:40am Reply
  • BlackKitty

    Concerning the book... I don't think it's too expensive, the English eBook at least. It still has a lot of photos in it (don't know if it's all that the Finnish version also has). Mostly it is just a biography of the band. How and where they started and who, how it all came to be, how they got signed... Then it goes album for album, general overview on release dates, versions, tour whatever, and then in detail. Interesting things that happend during the making of the album, on the tour, or in other ways. Either they're just told from the author, or from the persons themselves (band members, label guys, etc.). I think there's two tours where the tour diary of the tour manager at that time has been written down... which are just friggin' hilarious! :D All in all, it was a great read and I can only recommend it :) And for the printed version... it seems like Paasilinna is not fitted for world-wide publishing, so they'd have to sell the rights. Dunno how long that'd take :-/

    14 Jan 1:08pm Reply
  • onlycharles

    Manaus in Brazil is waiting for you Sonata Arctica guys on 24 february 2015. surely will be amazing. Latin American Tour 2015! :D

    5 Jan 1:48pm Reply
  • onlycharles

    Great release: "Ecliptica Revisited: 15th Anniversary Edition".

    5 Jan 1:47pm Reply
  • adam11i13

    Yeah! They visit my country in the May! :D 1 day before my birthday! :D

    4 Jan 11:35pm Reply
  • CoenVen

    I like the sound of that, Sander! I wonder if there will be a change in style again, of a mixture of what they've been doing all these years, like Pariah.

    4 Jan 1:29pm Reply
  • Sander1991

    Alright this might seem obvious to some but I'm posting it anyways. This is from Henkkas blog: "More touring to come, we just announced a short European Tour where we’ll play Ecliptica front to back as well as some other stuff. Our Latin-American Tour keeps on getting longer, we should have the final dates confirmed shortly. Also more festival dates dropping in as we speak…at the moment the plan is to end the tour after the festivals and then have some fime off before we start working on our next studio album.". Looking at their tour dates`( ), this could mean we will have the next Sonata album in stores in the beginning of 2016. :D

    2 Jan 12:26am Reply
  • emaxsaun

    Yeah, the English version is only available in eBook :|

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Colony666

    Kinda wish they'd play WHG or RN all the way through instead, they nearly play all of Ecliptica every show anyway lol, but it would be nice to see the last 3 songs which they havent played for over 10 years

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CoenVen

    What's it all about? What's in it? @Cariina: I guess. But I thought the english version was only available in eBook.

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • emaxsaun

    Maybe a little high. It was a good read, though.

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Cariina-

    Yeah.. I find it too much for a book. - Perhaps... And I just don't know, but it is a feeling - They might sell it during the Ecliptica tour?

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CoenVen

    Yeah, that's pretty high priced, ain't it, Cariina?

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • emaxsaun

    I just bought the eBook since in the US there isn't going to be an English Hardcover it seems, which is a shame. I think it paid $16 after the conversion. I can't read Finnish, lol, so the hardcover book is useless to me. I do hope it ends up getting released here though as a hardcover book, I would buy it for sure.

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Cariina-

    The book, is it worth 36 euros?

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CoenVen

    Hahaha, I meant the book! I read way too much, so I was pumped when I heard about the book. Gotta get it! Thanks, Kitty!

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • BlackKitty

    @CoenVen: Eh... What's what called? :D Ecliptica Over Europe Tour? They'll be playing Ecliptica front to back, with some classics added :-) And the book... umm, that's just called "Sonata Arctica"^^ Very nice to read btw.

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CoenVen

    What's it called? : O

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • emaxsaun !! woah!!!

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Cariina-

    Whoooooot. Tour dates for Europe are announced. <3 I am happy. <3

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
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