Sonata Arctica to release new studio album “Talviyö” on September 6th 2019

Sonata Arctica Talviyö cover
On September 6th, 2019, Finnish melodic metal titans Sonata Arctica will release their tenth studio album, called “Talviyö” (which means “Winter Night”), which includes eleven new tracks.

“We were speaking about having an album cover made from a photo, and luckily managed to find the award winning photographer Onni Wiljami, who actually hails from a village not too far from our hometown. His pictures were just perfect for this album”, explains keyboardist Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg.

“The idea was to create an album that is musically in line with at least the previous two albums”, says vocalist Tony Kakko and adds: “I am very happy with the songs and the general mood of the album. Some career highlights there, I feel”.

“We recorded a bunch of kick ass songs and tried some new stuff as well. I’m really proud of how we managed to record the band sounding more live, playing together instead of just tracking everything one by one”, states Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg.

Today, Sonata Arctica release their first single called “A Little Less Understanding”, along with a lyric video - watch it below.

“The song is lyrically somewhat a follow up to "I Have A Right" and talks about the difficulty of making the right choices with the upbringing of a new human being”, explains Tony Kakko.

Get the song digitally here.

“Talviyö” was recorded between September 2018 and May 2019, produced by Mikko Tegelman and Sonata Arctica in “Studio57”. Additional recordings took place in various other places. “Mikko produced the album and he really managed to push us to do our best, even with the more experimental stuff. Working with an outside producer was the biggest new thing we tried this time”, says Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg. The mixing was done by Mikko Tegelman and Pasi Kauppinen and the mastering was handled by Svante Forsbäck for “Chartmakers”.

Pre-order the album here.

01. Message from the Sun
02. Whirlwind
03. Cold
04. Storm the Armada
05. The Last of the Lambs
06. Who Failed the Most
07. Ismo’s Got Good Reactors
08. Demon’s Cage
09. A Little Less Understanding
10. The Raven Still Flies
11. The Garden

European Tour Dates 2019:
21.06.  FR   Clisson - Hellfest (Sold Out)
28.06.  FI   Oulu - Rock in the City
29.06.  DE   Dischingen - Rock am Härtsfeldsee (Sold Out)
05.07.  FI   Rauma - Rock in the City
07.07.  ES   Barcelona - Rock Fest
12.07.  FI   Lahti - Rock in the City
13.07.  FI   Tampere - Sauna Open Air
19.07.  FI   Kouvola - Rock in the City
26.07.  FI   Rovaniemi - Rock in the City
02.08.  FI   Lappeenranta - Rock in the City
09.08.  FI   Jyväskylä - Rock in the City
10.08.  FI   Lieto - SmugglerRok
16.08.  FI   Joensuu - Rock in the City
18.08.  BG   Varna - Rock Fest
North American Tour Dates 2019:
06.09.  USA  Margate, FL - O’Malley’s (w/ Battle Beast only)
07.09.  USA  Orlando, FL - The Abbey (w/ Battle Beast only)
08.09.  USA  Charlotte, NC - The Underground (w/ Battle Beast only)
10.09.  USA  Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
11.09.  USA  Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
13.09.  USA  Worcester, MA - Palladium
14.09.  USA  New York, NY - Terminal 5
15.09.  CDN  Montréal, QC - Club Soda
16.09.  CDN  Québec City, QC - Impérial Bell
18.09.  CDN  Toronto, ON - The Phoenix Concert Theatre
19.09.  USA  Detroit, MI - Harpos Concert Theatre
20.09.  USA  Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
21.09.  USA  Chicago, IL - Patio Theater
23.09.  USA  St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam Bar & Hall
24.09.  USA  Kansas City, MO - The Truman
25.09.  USA  Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
26.09.  USA  Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
28.09.  CDN  Edmonton, AB - The Ranch Roadhouse
29.09.  CDN  Calgary, AB - Marquee
01.10.  CDN  Vancouver, BC - Venue Nightclub
02.10.  USA  Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
04.10.  USA  San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts
05.10.  USA  Anaheim, CA - City National Grove
06.10.  USA  Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
08.10.  USA  Dallas, TX - Canton Hall
09.10.  USA  St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
11.10.  USA  Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
12.10.  USA  Tampa Bay, FL - Jannus Live
13.10.  USA  Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall (w/ Battle Beast only)
14.10.  USA  Louisville, KY - The Tiger Room (w/ Battle Beast only)
16.10.  USA  Baltimore, MD - Soundstage (w/ Battle Beast only)
17.10.  USA  Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall (w/ Battle Beast only)
18.10.  USA  Hartford, CT - Webster Theater (w/ Battle Beast only)
(w/ Kamelot and Battle Beast)