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Biography

Sonata Arctica was born in 1996 on the edge of the world, in northern Finish town of Kemi. The very first incarnation of the band was named Tricky Beans. After some personnel changes in 1997, the outfit changed their name to Tricky Means. Turning the page in 1999, Tricky Means recorded new demo "FullMoon" in Tico Tico Studios located in their hometown, Kemi. At the time of recording the line-up consisted of: Tony (vocals/keys), Jani (guitars), Tommy (drums), and Janne (bass). This new demo was the first exploration of the band in heavy metal waters. Band's trademark sound of fast, melodic and keyboard oriented heavy metal with clear and high vocals was born. As fate would have it and with help from Ahti Kortelainen of Tico-Tico Studio, the "FullMoon" demo found its way to the premier metal label of Finland, Spinefarm. At the same time Tricky Means became Sonata Arctica. Summer of 1999 brought us the first single from Sonata Arctica - UnOpened. The title song was simultaneously included in Metalliliitto 1999 compilation CD. Two furious tracks from the single, UnOpened and Mary-Lou marked the arrival of SA to power metal community. Autumn of 1999 marked the release of the very first full-length album, Ecliptica. Initially released in Finland, other countries quickly followed. Widely successful, Ecliptica opened doors for Sonata Arctica to participate in two tribute records. 'I Want Out' for Helloween tribute album "Keepers of Jericho" and 'Still Loving You' for Scorpions tribute, "A Tribute to the Scorpions" were both kick-ass versions of originals. Soon after the release of Ecliptica, band's mastermind Tony Kakko decided to concentrate more on singing, as opposed to trying to sing and play keyboards at the same time. Mikko Harkin (ex-Kenziner) joined the band to releif Tony from keys and to allow the front man to roam the stage. This change allowed for much more energetic live shows. It introduced a new capability for Sonata Arctica - to have two keyboard players simultaneously, adding a new cool twist to the live sound. Quick rise to fame continued through the end of 1999 and beginning of 2000. Soon after release of Ecliptica, Sonata Arctica was chosen as support band for Stratovarius European Tour, winning over 32 other bands from 15 different record companies. The tour started in April of 2000 with Strato and Rhapsody on the road. It lasted for two months, during which Sonata played over 30 gigs in 10 countries, traveling more then a thousand kilometers. Very successful tour was followed by the release of new mini-CD Successor. This new disk included two previously unreleased tracks, two cover tracks for upcoming tribute albums, some live tracks from Provinssi Rock and one edited track from Ecliptica. In a small line-up change, Janne Kivilahti made a decision to depart with the band due to personal reasons. Janne's last gig took place in Kemi on 30th June in the summer of 2000. Janne was replaced by Marko Paasikoski, who happened to be one of the founding members of Tricky Beans. Being a familiar face to the entire band, the transition was smooth and transparent. Year 2000 brought not only a big tour, new mini-CD, and a small line-up change, but also media recognition. Sonata Arctica was chosen as a candidate for "the best new-comer band" category by Emma in Finland. The new millennium is also treating the Sonata beans well. In the spring of 2001 Sonata Arctica opened two gigs for Alice Cooper, Dio and Ratt (in Oulu and Helsinki) in Monsters of the Millennium 2001 -tour. Striking metal while it is hot, the band worked on the second full-length offering from autumn of 2000 through the winter of 2001. All the songs have been composed again by the band's mastermind Tony Kakko. The single, "Wolf & Raven" from the second album, was released in May 01'. The album is scheduled for initial release in Japan, with other territories to follow shortly after. This recognition towards Japanese fans comes for a reason. The first album, Ecliptica, has sold more than 30000 copies in Japan. Band also plans to play its first four concerts in Japan in September of 2001. This year is shaping up to be very busy for the band. In July, a Finish tour kicks off, with separate gigs (including Wacken Open Air in Germany) in Europe. Than comes the visit to the Land of The Rising Sun. Than in September, a full blown European tour, as a support act for the monsters Gamma Ray. This trip will span 5 weeks, 12 countries and 28 shows. The traveling "vacation" will be finalized by the show in Helsinki, Finland to the delight of Finnish fans.


Members

Tony Kakko - vocals, keyboards

Mikko Harkin - keyboards

Jani Liimatainen - guitar

Marko Paasikoski - bass guitar

Tommy Portimo - drums



Discography


1999 - Unopened

Unopened

01 - Unopened
02 - Mary Lou
1999 - Ecliptica

Ecliptica

01 - Blank File
02 - My Land
03 - 8th Commandment
04 - Replica
05 - Kingdom For A Heart
06 - FullMoon
07 - Letter To Dana
08 - UnOpened
09 - Picturing The Past
10 - Destruction Preventer
11 - Mary-Lou
2000 - Successor

Successor

01 - FullMoon (edit)
02 - Still Loving You (Scorpions-cover)
03 - I Want Out (Helloween-cover)
04 - San Sebastian
05 - Shy
06 - Replica (live)
07 - My Land (live)
08 - UnOpened (live)
09 - FullMoon (live)
10 - 8th Commandment (live)
11 - Letter to Dana (live)
12 - Kingdom for a Heart (live)
2001 - Wolf & Raven

Wolf & Raven

01 - Wolf & Raven
02 - Peacemaker
2001 - Silence

Silence

01 - ...of Silence
02 - Weballergy
03 - False News Travel Fast
04 - The End of This Chapter
05 - Black Sheep
06 - Land of the Free
07 - Last Drop Falls
08 - San Sebastian (revisited)
09 - Sing In Silence
10 - Revontulet (Instr.)
11 - Tallulah
12 - Wolf & Raven
13 - Respect the Wilderness
14 - The Power of One
2001 - Orientation

Orientation

01 - Black Sheep
02 - Mary-Lou (acoustic version)
03 - The Wind Beneath My Wings
04 - Die With Your Boots On
05 - Wolf & Raven-Video
06 - Interview
2001 - Last Drop Falls

Last Drop Falls

01 - Last Drop Falls
02 - Die With Your Boots On
03 - Mary-Lou (Acoustic V.)
2002 - Song Of Silence

Song Of Silence

01 - Intro
02 - Weballergy
03 - Kingdom For A Heart
04 - Sing In Silence
05 - False News Travel Fast
06 - Last Drop Falls
07 - Respect The Wilderness
08 - Fullmoon
09 - The End Of This Chapter
10 - Replica
11 - My Land
12 - Black Sheep
13 - Wolf & Raven
2003 - Victoria's Secret

Victoria's Secret

01 - Victoria's Secret (Edit V.)
02 - Victoria's Secret (Album V.)
03 - Fade To Black
2003 - Winterheart´s Guild

Winterheart´s Guild

01 - Abandonned Pleased
Brainwashed Exploited
02 - Gravenimage
03 - The Cage
04 - Silver Tongue
05 - The Misery
06 - Victorias Secret
07 - Champagne Bath
08 - Broken
09 - The Ruins Of My Life
10 - Draw Me
2003 - Broken

Broken

01 - Broken (Edit V.)
02 - Broken (Album V.)
03 - Dream Thieves
04 - The Gun
2003 - Takatalvi

Takatalvi

01 - San Sebastian
02 - The Gun
03 - Still Loving You
04 - Shy
05 - Dream Thieves
06 - I Want Out
07 - Fade To Black
2004 - Don't Say A Word

Don't Say A Word

01 - Don't Say A Word
02 - Two Minds One Soul
2004 - Reckoning Night

Reckoning Night

01 - Misplaced
02 - Blinded No More
03 - Ain't Your Fairytale
04 - Reckoning Day, Reckoning Night
05 - Don't Say A Word
06 - The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Real Puppet
07 - My Selene
08 - Wildfire
09 - White Pearl, Black Oceans
10 - Shamandalie
11 - Wrecking the Sphere (J)
2005 - Shamandalie

Shamandalie

01 - Shamandalie
02 - The Rest Of The Sun
Belongs To Me
2006 - For The Sake Of Revenge

For The Sake Of Revenge

01 - Intro (Prelude For Reckoning)
02 - Misplaced
03 - Blinded No More
04 - FullMoon
05 - Victoria's Secret
06 - Broken
07 - 8th Commandment
08 - Shamandalie
09 - Kingdom For A Heart
10 - Replica
11 - My Land
12 - Black Sheep
13 - Gravenimage
14 - Don't Say A Word
15 - The Cage/Vodka/Hana Nagila
2007 - Unia

Unia

01 - In Black and White
02 - Paid in Full
03 - For The Sake Of Revenge
04 - It Won't Fade
05 - Under Your Tree
06 - Caleb
07 - The Vice
08 - My Dream's But A Drop Of Fuel
For A Nightmare
09 - The Harvest
10 - To Create A Warlike Feel
11 - The Worlds Forgotten
12 - The Words Forbidden
13 - Fly With The Black Swan
14 - Good Enough Is Good Enough
2009 - The Days of Grays

The Days of Grays

01 - Everything Fades to Gray (instrumental)
02 - Deathaura
03 - The Last Amazing Grays
04 - Flag In The Ground
05 - Breathing
06 - Zeroes
07 - The Dead Skin
08 - Juliet
09 - No Dream Can Heal A Broken Heart
10 - As If The World Wasn't Ending
11 - The Truth Is Out There
12 - Everything Fades To Gray (full version)



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