Origin: Kemi, Finland
Genres: Power Metal
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Sonata Arctica  


Formed in Finland in 1996 (initially as a non-metal act known as Tricky Means), Sonata Arctica quickly established themselves as a power metal force with their debut, Ecliptica, and really hasn't looked back since. The style here is classic melodic Euro power metal, with their closest soundalike perhaps being countrymen Stratovarius. As with a lot of bands in this arena, Sonata Arctica score high points for presentation, musicianship, and overall class, with low marks for sheer originality -- as good as they are at what they do, it's hard to really say that they are a lot different from several other European bands playing this style. Thus, Sonata Arctica aren't about broadening the horizons of metal, but rather perfecting their art of crafting fine melodic speed metal tunes. They are among the best in their field, and highly recommended to those into bands such as the aforementioned Stratovarius or Gamma Ray.

Current Members

Tony Kakko

vocals/keyboards

Elias Viljanen

guitars

Pasi Kauppinen

bass

Henrik Klingenberg

keyboards

Tommy Portimo

drums

Former Members/Guests

Jani Liimatainen

guitars (Cain's Offering)

Janne Kivilahti

bass

Marko Paasikoski

bass

Mikko Härkin

keyboards (Cain's Offering, Kenziner, Solution .45)


Discography



Ecliptica 
1999 Century Media
  1. Blank File
  2. My Land
  3. 8th Commandment
  4. Replica
  5. Kingdom Fo A Heart
  6. Fullmoon
  7. Letter To Dana
  8. Unopened
  9. Picturing The Past
  10. Destruction Preventer
  11. Mary-Lou (Japanese bonus)
  • Tony Kakko
  • Jani Liimatainen
  • Janne Kivilahti
  • Tommy Portimo

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Metal Observer 



(EP) Successor 
2000 Century Media
  1. Fullmoon (edit)
  2. Still Loving You
  3. I Want Out
  4. San Sebastian
  5. Shy
  6. Replica (live)
  7. My Land (live)
  8. Unopened (live)
  9. Fullmoon (live)
  10. 8th Commandment (live)
  11. Letter To Dana (live)
  12. Kingdom For A Heart (live)
  • Tony Kakko
  • Jani Liimatainen
  • Janne Kivilahti
  • Mikko Härkin
  • Tommy Portimo




Silence 
2001 Century Media
  1. ... Of Silence
  2. Weballergy
  3. False News Travel Fast
  4. The End Of This Chapter
  5. Black Sheep
  6. Land Of The Free
  7. Last Drop Falls
  8. San Sebastian (revisited)
  9. Sing In Silence
  10. Revontulet
  11. Tallulah
  12. Wolf & Raven
  13. Respect The Wilderness (Japanese bonus)
  14. The Power Of One
  • Tony Kakko
  • Jani Liimatainen
  • Marko Paasikoski
  • Mikko Härkin
  • Tommy Portimo

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



(EP) Orientation 
2001 Avalon/Marquee
  1. Black Sheep
  2. Mary-Lou (acoustic version)
  3. The Wind Beneath My Wings
  4. Die With Your Boots On
  • Tony Kakko
  • Jani Liimatainen
  • Marko Paasikoski
  • Mikko Härkin
  • Tommy Portimo




Songs Of Silence  LIVE
2002 Century Media
  1. Intro
  2. Weballergy
  3. Kingdom For A Heart
  4. Sing In Silence
  5. False News Travel Fast
  6. Last Drop Falls
  7. Respect The Wilderness
  8. Fullmoon
  9. The End Of This Chapter
  10. The Power Of One
  11. Replica
  12. My Land
  13. Black Sheep
  14. Wolf & Raven
  15. Blank File
  16. Land Of The Free
  17. Peacemaker
  • Tony Kakko
  • Jani Liimatainen
  • Marko Paasikoski
  • Mikko Härkin
  • Tommy Portimo




Winterheart's Guild 
2003 Century Media
  1. Abandoned, Pleased, Brainwashed and Exploited
  2. Graven Image
  3. The Cage
  4. Silver Tongue
  5. The Misery
  6. Victoria.s Secret
  7. Champagne Bath
  8. Broken
  9. The Rest of The Sun Belongs to Me (Japanese bonus track)
  10. The Ruins of My Life Draw Me
  • Tony Kakko
  • Jani Liimatainen
  • Marko Paasikoski
  • Henrik Klingenberg
  • Tommy Portimo

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Metal Observer 



(EP) Takatalvi 
2003 Avalon/Marquee
  1. San Sebastian (original version)
  2. The Gun
  3. Still Loving You
  4. Shy
  5. Dream Thieves
  6. I Want Out
  7. Fade To Black
  • Tony Kakko
  • Jani Liimatainen
  • Marko Paasikoski
  • Henrik Klingenberg
  • Tommy Portimo




Reckoning Night 
2004 Nuclear Blast
  1. Misplaced
  2. Blinded No More
  3. Ain´t Your Fairytale
  4. Reckoning Day, Reckoning Night
  5. Don´t Say A Word
  6. The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Real Puppet
  7. My Selene
  8. Wildfire
  9. White Pearl, Black Oceans
  10. Shamandalie
  11. Wrecking The Sphere (bonus track)
  • Tony Kakko
  • Jani Liimatainen
  • Marko Paasikoski
  • Henrik Klingenberg
  • Tommy Portimo

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



For The Sake Of Revenge 
2006 Nuclear Blast
  1. Intro (Prelude For Reckoning)
  2. Misplaced
  3. Blinded No More
  4. FullMoon / White Pearl Black Oceans...
  5. Victoria's Secret
  6. Broken
  7. 8th Commandment
  8. Shamandalie
  9. Kingdom For A Heart
  10. Replica
  11. My Land
  12. Black Sheep
  13. Gravenimage
  14. Don't Say A Word
  15. The Cage
  16. Vodkaa (Hava Nagila)
  17. San Sebastian (bonus track)
  • Tony Kakko
  • Jani Liimatainen
  • Marko Paasikoski
  • Henrik Klingenberg
  • Tommy Portimo

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal 



Unia 
2007 Nuclear Blast
  1. In Black And White
  2. Paid In Full
  3. For The Sake Of Revenge
  4. It Won't Fade
  5. Under Your Tree
  6. Caleb
  7. The Vice
  8. My Dream's But A Drop Of Fuel For A Nightmare
  9. The Harves
  10. To Create A Warlike Feel (bonus track)
  11. The Worlds Forgotten, The Words Forbidden
  12. Fly With The Black Swan
  13. Good Enough Is Good Enough
  14. They Follow (bonus track)
  15. Out In The Fields
  • Tony Kakko
  • Jani Liimatainen
  • Marko Paasikoski
  • Henrik Klingenberg
  • Tommy Portimo

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



The Days Of Grays 
2009 Nuclear Blast
  1. Everything Fades To Gray
  2. Deathaura
  3. The Last Amazing Grays
  4. Flag In The Ground
  5. Breathing
  6. Zeroes
  7. The Dead Skin
  8. Juliet
  9. 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)
  • Tony Kakko
  • Elias Viljanen
  • Marko Paasikoski
  • Henrik Klingenberg
  • Tommy Portimo

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Live In Finland 
2011




Stones Grow Her Name 
2012 Nuclear Blast
  1. Only The Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful)
  2. Shitload of Money
  3. Losing My Insanity
  4. Somewhere Close To You
  5. I Have A Right
  6. Alone In Heaven
  7. The Day
  8. Cinderblox
  9. Don't Be Mean
  10. Wildfire II
  11. Wildfire III
  • Tony Kakko
  • Elias Viljanen
  • Marko Paasikoski
  • Henrik Klingenberg
  • Tommy Portimo




Pariah's Child 
2014 Nuclear Blast
  1. The Wolves Die Young
  2. Running Lights
  3. Take One Breath
  4. Cloud Factory
  5. Blood
  6. What Did You Do In The War, Dad?
  7. Half A Marathon Man
  8. X Marks The Spot
  9. Love
  10. Larger Than Life
  • Tony Kakko
  • Elias Viljanen
  • Pasi Kauppinen
  • Henrik Klingenberg
  • Tommy Portimo


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