First single ‘Closer to an animal’ released, album tracklist revealed

After announcing the new album »The Ninth Hour«, due on October 7th, the Finnish melodic metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA now presents its first single and lyric video ‘Closer To An Animal’.

“‘Closer to an animal’ was a song that our vocalist Tony sent to the studio somewhere around the middle of the sessions with the words: ‘This will be the album opener’,” keyboarder Henkka Klingenberg remembers. “After checking out the demo, we all just had to agree. I would say that musically this is a ‘metal meets 80’s’ type of song. We wanted this as the first single, since it gives quite a clear picture of what you can expect on the upcoming album, or at least some of it. I’m really looking forward to opening the shows on the next World Tour with this track!”

Watch the lyric video to ‘Closer To An Animal’ here:

Order the single digitally here:

Here is the full tracklist of »The Ninth Hour«:

  1. Closer To An Animal
  2. Life
  3. Fairytale
  4. We Are What We Are
  5. Till Death’s Done Us Apart
  6. Among The Shooting Stars
  7. Rise A Night
  8. Fly, Navigate, Communicate
  9. Candle Lawns
  10. White Pearl, Black Oceans Part II – “By The Grace Of The Ocean”
  11. On The Faultline (Closure To An Animal)

This ninth studio release will be available in the following formats:
2LP (black in gatefold)
2LP (coloured in gatefold, Nuclear Blast mailorder + wholesale only!)
DIGI+canvas (Nuclear Blast mailorder only bundle!)

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Once again, the upcoming album was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen, to create a recognizable yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year 2016.

Right after the summer festival season and the release of this much-anticipated record, the band will embark on a European tour together with labelmates TWILIGHT FORCE to present the new songs to their fans. Here are the dates:


Special Guests: TWILIGHT FORCE
07.10. N Trondheim – Byscenen SOLD OUT
08.10. S Borlänge – Liljan
09.10. S Huskvarna – Folkets Park
11.10. DK Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
12.10. D Hamburg – Markthalle
13.10. NL Haarlem – Patronaat
14.10. NL Tilburg – 013
15.10. UK London – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
16.10. F Paris – La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
18.10. F Strasbourg – La Laiterie
19.10. CH Pratteln – Z7
20.10. I Milan – Alcatraz
21.10. D Mannheim – MS Connexion Complex
22.10. D Bochum – Zeche

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Or catch the band on their US tour with LEAVES’ EYES and OMNIUM GATHERUM:
06.11. USA Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
07.11. USA Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
08.11. USA Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
09.11. USA Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
11.11. USA Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
12.11. USA Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
13.11. CDN Montreal, QC – Club Soda
14.11. CDN Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
16.11. CDN Kitchener, ON – Dallas
17.11. USA Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon
18.11. USA Westland, MI – Token Lounge
19.11. USA Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
21.11. USA Milwaukee, WI – Rave
22.11. USA Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
24.11. CDN Regina, SK – The Exchange
25.11. CDN Calgary, AB – Dickens
26.11. CDN Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
28.11. CDN Vancouver, BC – The Venue
29.11. USA Seattle, WA – El Corazon
30.11. USA Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
02.12. USA San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
03.12. USA San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
04.12. USA Anaheim, CA – The Grove
05.12. USA Tempe, AZ – Club Red
06.12. USA El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
08.12. USA Englewood, CO – Gothic Theater
09.12. USA Lawrence, KS – Granada
10.12. USA Dallas, TX – Trees
11.12. USA McAllen, TX – Cine El Rey
13.12. USA San Antonio, TX – Alamo Music Hall
14.12. USA Houston, TX – Scout Bar
16.12 USA Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
17.12. USA Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

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Watch their latest clips:
‘The Wolves Die Young’ official video:
‘Love’ official video:
‘Cloud Factory’ lyric video:
‘Kingdom For A Heart’ – official track:

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