Sonata Arctica release digital single and teaser for ‘Life’

Finnish melodic metal titans, SONATA ARCTICA, will unleash their new studio album called »The Ninth Hour« on October 7th through Nuclear Blast. Today, the band releases their second single and a teaser to the video clip for the song ‘Life’.
Purchase the digital single here:

Watch a teaser for the upcoming video (to be revealed next week) here:

“I tried desperately to have at least one positive, uplifting song on this album and maybe this is it. I always struggle writing positive lyrics, that’s the thing. We’ve been called “happy metal” many times because of the melodies and so on, but lyrics are usually something that do not walk the sunny side of the road. They contrast the music. ‘Life’ anyway, is telling people to find good things in life, find the things hurting and causing harm and replacing them with positive things with help of friends. Go out and be together with people, share experiences, live. I know it’s a dumb thing to say, but life is better alive”, commented Tony Kakko.

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

»The Ninth Hour« – Tracklisting:

  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:

  • CD
  • DIGI
  • 2LP (black in gatefold)
  • 2LP (coloured in gatefold, Nuclear Blast mailorder + wholesale only!)
  • DIGI + Canvas (Nuclear Blast mailorder only bundle!) Pre-order »The Ninth Hour« now:

Catch SONATA ARCTICA on tour!
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 SOLD OUT
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

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

More on »The Ninth Hour«:
Album Trailer Part I:
Album Trailer Part II:

Album Trailer Part III:

More info: