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Sonata Arctica

Finnish prog metal quartet Sonata Arctica specializes in a soaring, orchestral variation on European heavy metal, fusing the sweeping, romantic bombast of bands like Europe with the over-the-top instrumental chops of Dream Theater. Born in 1996, the band, which included vocalist Tony Kakko, guitarist Jani Liimatainen, drummer Tommy Portimo, keyboardist Mikko Harkin, and bassist Janne Kivilahti, recorded a handful of demos before releasing their first single, "UnOpened," on Spinefarm Records in July of 1999. Producer Mikko Karmila (Children of Bodom, Stratovarius, Nightwish) recorded and mixed Sonata Arctica's full-length debut, Ecliptica, and the album was released in 2000 by Spinefarm and Century Media Records. Following a successful tour with Rhapsody and Stratovarius, the group put out a six-song EP, Successor, which featured live tracks, a pair of covers, and other previously unreleased material. Sonata Arctica were rewarded with various awards and honors around this time: Hard N' Heavy magazine voted them Newcomer of the Year, as did Emma, the Finnish Music Awards. Kivilahti quit the band in late 2000 and was replaced by Marko Paasikoski before work began on the band's second full-length album. With producer Ahti Kortelainen behind the boards, Sonata Arctica recorded Silence at Tico-Tico studios in time for a 2001 release. ~ Andy Hinds, Rovi
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Don't read this because it actually works, you will be kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary.
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mikegravell
As with others, the miscredit of 'I Want Out' to the Scorpions, who are one of my top 5 bands of all time, is annoying. Please change to Helloween.
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First song I ever heard of there's was.the cage I have been listening ever since.
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@Kayla: My Selene was actually Jani Liimatainen, the then guitarist. If you like that vein, you need to check out Cain's Offering, formed by Liimatainen and Timo Kotipelto of Stratovarius .

@Pandora: You mean QUINTET?
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I am sure the wiggles have good lyrics, but these guy are full of themselves. So if you are interested in this group buy just one album for they are all the same.
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Research the lyrics to My Selene, Don't Say a Word, Flag in the Ground. Tony is an amazing lyricist. Deep. Crazy. But deep.
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comparing this pop prog to DT is an insult!
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I mean from urinating on the flag of england to the one member saying his biggest flaw is that he is a perfectionis t during an interview.
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Also if you have ever seen an interview with them, they are full of themself. There music is for radio only. you cannot go from DT to Artica
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<3
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Sorry to say, all of their songs sound the same. Which is ok the first time you hear them but it gets old. There is no feeling in their music.
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Just saw them in concert. Absolutely amazing. I've been listening since I first heart Fullmoon in middle school. Without a doubt my favorite band of all time.
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LOVE THEM!!!!!
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I doubt its an album dedicated to just the Scorpions. Plus Fade to Black isnt by the Scorpions either, its by Metallica.
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derosa.art
The tribute to the Scorpions Album includes a cover of the song I want out. Maybe someone should have told Sonata Arctica that the song they covered isn't by the scorpions. It's by Helloween.
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I cant believe i have never heard of these guys before today. All of my favorite ProgMetal influences here...heavy , melodic and inspiring to say the least. All musicians are exquisite! !!!!
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FIX THE ALBUM COVER please.
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foxxlegend
I found that animated short/music video on the song Dream Thieves on Newgrounds and have loved them ever since. That was before I turned 17. I'm nearly 24 now. Keep it up guys! I miss Jani though.
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sandwichmate r i a l
The song that got me hooked on them was Full Moon. Amazing band
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Definitely one of my favorite bands of all time.
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chrisneilbro w n 9
followed by a 2nd world tour, then another tour of Australia, then an encore world tour, thats enough for this year
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Haha, naturally.
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chrisneilbro w n 9
then a world tour :)
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I hope they do.
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heard a rumor that they might come out with a new album soon
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Possibly the most beautiful music I've heard.
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burbtum
blonde girls on bikes in helsinki
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The cover for Takatalvi is using a wholly different image than it should be...
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I feel like I live in the mansion from Amnesia when I listen to this. I LOVE IT
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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Still wrong Takatalvi cover.
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kpatti83
gnightwish: being awesome. that's what.
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firefox973
fenrysk, I believe he's talking about the lack of songs about fighting dragons, evil kings or other mystical creatures such as Rhapsody sings about.
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it's also funny that natruf comment on the lack of fantasy in their lyrics when they got a bunch of songs about wolves and werewolves
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why is the takatalvi album art wrong?
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Whats with the scorpions cover ?
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my favorite part about the band (after lyrics and the songs) is the lack of fantasy/WoW Lyrics. (compared to most other medal bands
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New album is available to pre-order now from Century Media!!
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vodka, we need some vodka
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NEW ALBUM IN MARCH!!!!! Can't wait!
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beautiful lyrics every song. love them =)
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Saw them live in 2007 AMAZING :D I
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One of my favorite bands out there.
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susygarcia82
Love this song! love Sonata!!!
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They don't have my three favs... Silence, Elciptica, and Winterhearts Guild
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My boyfriend introduced me to this band and I fell in love with them instantly. Such a great metal band.
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I've seen these guys a couple of times... They come to the U.S. with every album! Nice guys too! It's a sing along! :)
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It's 'Ecliptica', not 'Eliptica'.
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MOAR!
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San Sebastian! (just too hot for me!)
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