release date
October 7, 2016

The Ninth Hour

  • Closer To An Animal
  • Life
  • Fairytale
  • We Are What We Are
  • Till Death's Done Us Apart
  • Among The Shooting Stars
  • Rise A Night
  • Fly, Navigate, Communicate
  • Candle Lawns
  • White Pearl, Black Oceans - Part II, "By The Grace Of The Ocean"
  • The Elephant *
  • On The Faultline (Closure To An Animal)
  • Run To You (Bryan Adams Cover) **

* Exclusive Japanese Bonus Track
** Exclusive Bonus Track on Ltd. European 2CD digipak, Ltd. Clear Double-Vinyl, Ltd. Light Blue Double-Vinyl & Ltd. Nuclear Blast Mailorder edition


Additional talents

Troy Donockley - Overton Low Whistle
“We Are What We Are”
Recorded at Warterworld Studio in North Yorkshire, England

Aaron Newport - Spoken parts
“Closer To An Animal” & “The Elephant”
Recorded at Eleven Productions, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA by Victor Jobe

Mikko P. Mustonen - Orchestrations
“White Pearl, Black Oceans, Part II,- By The Grace Of The Ocean”

Tónursson Chanters Group - Additional Backing Vocals
“The Elephant”
Recorded and mixed at Studio57 by Pasi Kauppinen

Additional recordings

At Kakkoslaatu Studio by Tónur Kálervóson
At Lanceland Room by Hank
At Magic7-Studio by Evil
At Secret Location Studio by Pasi Kauppinen

Mastered at Chartmakers West by Svante Forsbäck
Cover and layout by Janne “ToxicAngel” Pitkänen
Band photography by Ville Juurikkala

Additional Information

All songs written by Tony Kakko
Except #12 by Jim Vallance & Bryan Adams
All songs arranged by Tony Kakko & Sonata Arctica
Produced by Sonata Arctica 2016
Published by Sony/ATV


Tony Kakko - Vocals, keyboards, programming
Elias Viljanen - Guitars
Henrik Klingenberg - Keyboards
Pasi Kauppinen - Bass
Tommy Portimo - Drums