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SONATA ARCTICA Announce New Album The Ninth Hour

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Only 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 Armageddon. This spirit is reflected in the new artwork of The Ninth Hour:

“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 hour glass 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 hour glass in one direction or another, and the other cup will slowly empty and that future will be erased. Biblically we are expected to repent and sacrifice on The Ninth Hour…to dive right back to a more mundane reality, it’s a fact that we are currently living in critical, historical times. Our decisions will define the future. Not only ours as a race, but the future of this entire planet. We need to make sacrifices and in many cases we will repent our already made choices.”

Right after the release of their anticipated record and their European tour with label mates TWILIGHT FORCE, SONATA ARCTICA will return to the states for a headlining tour with LEAVES’ EYES and OMNIUM GATHERUM

Confirmed dates for SONATA ARCTICA‘s 2016 North American Tour with LEAVES EYES & OMNIUM GATHERUM are:
11/06/2016  The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
11/07/2016  The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
11/08/2016  Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
11/09/2016  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
11/11/2016  Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
11/12/2016  Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
11/13/2016  Club Soda – Montreal, QC CANADA
11/14/2016  Mavericks – Ottawa, ON CANADA
11/16/2016  Dallas – Kitchener, ON CANADA
11/17/2016  Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
11/18/2016  Token Lounge – Westland, MI
11/19/2016  Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
11/21/2016  Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/22/2016  Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
11/24/2016  The Exchange – Regina, SK CANADA
11/25/2016  Dickens – Calgary, AB CANADA
11/26/2016  Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB CANADA
11/28/2016  The Venue – Vancouver, BC CANADA
11/29/2016  El Corazon – Seattle, WA
11/30/2016  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
12/02/2016  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
12/03/2016  Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
12/04/2016  The Grove – Anaheim, CA
12/05/2016  Club Red – Tempe, AZ
12/06/2016  Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
12/08/2016  Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
12/09/2016  Granada – Lawrence, KS
12/10/2016  Trees- Dallas, TX
12/11/2016  Cine El Rey- McAllen, TX
12/13/2016  Alamo Music Hall- San Antonio, TX
12/14/2016  Scout Bar- Houston, TX
12/16/2016  House of Blues- Lake Buena Vista, FL
12/17/2016  The Masquerade-  Atlanta, GA

Order SONATA ARCTICA items at: http://nblast.de/SONATAARCTICAShop

For more on SONATA ARCTICA please see below:
“The Wolves Die Young” official video
“Love” – official video
“Cloud Factory”  lyric video
“Kingdom For A Heart” official track

Visit SONATA ARCTICA online at  www.SONATAARCTICA.info

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