On September 6th, Finnish melodic metal titans Sonata Arctica will release their tenth studio album, called Talviyö (which means Winter Night), which includes eleven new tracks.
We were speaking about having an album cover made from a photo, and luckily managed to find the award winning photographer Onni Wiljami who actually hails from a village not too far from our hometown. His pictures were just perfect for this album: explains keyboardist Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg.
The idea was to create an album that is musically in line with at least the previous two albums, says vocalist Tony Kakko and adds: I am very happy with the songs and the general mood of the album. Some career highlights there, I feel.
We recorded a bunch of kick ass songs and tried some new stuff as well. I’m really proud of how we managed to record the band sounding more live, playing together instead of just tracking everything one by one, states Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg.
Today, Sonata Arctica release their first single called ‘A Little Less Understanding’, along with a lyric video.
The song is lyrically somewhat a follow up to ”I Have A Right” and talks about the difficulty of making the right choices with the upbringing of a new human being, explains Tony Kakko.
Talviyö was recorded between September 2018 and May 2019, produced by Mikko Tegelman and Sonata Arctica in ‘Studio57’. Additional recordings took place in various other places.
Mikko produced the album and he really managed to push us to do our best, even with the more experimental stuff. Working with an outside producer was the biggest new thing we tried this time, says Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg.
The mixing was done by Mikko Tegelman and Pasi Kauppinen and the mastering was handled by Svante Forsbäck for ‘Chartmakers’.
Sonata Arctica – Live 2019
21.06. FR Clisson – Hellfest *SOLD OUT*
28.06. FI Oulu – Rock in the City
29.06. DE Dischingen – Rock am Härtsfeldsee *SOLD OUT*
05.07. FI Rauma – Rock in the City
07.07. ES Barcelona – Rock Fest
12.07. FI Lahti – Rock in the City
13.07. FI Tampere – Sauna Open Air
19.07. FI Kouvola – Rock in the City
26.07. FI Rovaniemi – Rock in the City
02.08. FI Lappeenranta – Rock in the City
09.08. FI Jyväskylä – Rock in the City
10.08. FI Lieto – SmugglerRok
16.08. FI Joensuu – Rock in the City
18.08. BG Varna – Rock Fest
w/ Battle Beast
06.09. USA Margate, FL – O’Malley’s
07.09. USA Orlando, FL – The Abbey
08.09. USA Charlotte, NC – The Underground
The Shadow Tour – North America 2019
w/ Kamelot, Battle Beast
10.09. USA Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
11.09. USA Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
13.09. USA Worcester, MA – Palladium
14.09. USA New York, NY – Terminal 5
15.09. CDN Montréal, QC – Club Soda
16.09. CDN Québec City, QC – Impérial Bell
18.09. CDN Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Concert Theatre
19.09. USA Detroit, MI – Harpos Concert Theatre
20.09. USA Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
21.09. USA Chicago, IL – Patio Theater
23.09. USA St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
24.09. USA Kansas City, MO – The Truman
25.09. USA Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
26.09. USA Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
28.09. CDN Edmonton, AB – The Ranch Roadhouse
29.09. CDN Calgary, AB – Marquee
01.10. CDN Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
02.10. USA Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
04.10. USA San Francisco, CA – Palace of Fine Arts
05.10. USA Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
06.10. USA Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
08.10. USA Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
09.10. USA St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
11.10. USA Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
12.10. USA Tampa Bay, FL – Jannus Live
w/ Battle Beast
13.10. USA Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
14.10. USA Louisville, KY – The Tiger Room
16.10. USA Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
17.10. USA Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
18.10. USA Hartford, CT – Webster Theater