Sonata Arctica

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Sonata Arctica

Sonata Arctica performing live at the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, California 2007
Background information
Also known as Tricky Beans, Tricky Means,
Origin Kemi, Finland
Genres Power metal, progressive metal
Years active 1996−present
Labels Spinefarm, Nuclear Blast
Website www.sonataarctica.info
Members
Tony Kakko
Tommy Portimo
Marko Paasikoski
Henrik Klingenberg
Elias Viljanen
Past members
Jani Liimatainen
Pentti Peura
Janne Kivilahti
Mikko Härkin

Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band founded in 1996 in Kemi.

The band's original name was Tricky Beans. After releasing three demo recordings it was changed into Tricky Means. Afterwards the band adopted its current name.

Before they became as famous and popular as they are, they got attention from metal fans for touring and playing with the band Nightwish.

Sonata Arctica's first music album was Ecliptica. It was released on November 1999 in Finland and elsewhere in 2000. 30,000 copies were sold in Japan. The newest studio recording is Stone grow her name (2012).

Line-up[change | change source]

Original members[change | change source]

  • Tony Kakko - vocals, keyboards
  • Janne Kivilahti - bass
  • Jani Liimatainen - guitar
  • Tommy Portimo - percussion

Current members[change | change source]

  • Tony Kakko - vocals
  • Henrik Klingenberg - keyboards
  • Jani Liimatainen - guitar
  • Marko Paasikoski - bass
  • Tommy Portimo - percussion

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

  • Ecliptica (1999)
  • Silence (2001)
  • Winterheart's Guild (2003)
  • Reckoning Night (2004)
  • Unia (2007)
  • The Days of Grays (2009)
  • Stone grow her name (2012)
  • pariah's child (2014)

Compilations[change | change source]

  • The End of This Chapter (2005 in Japan, 2006 in Europe)

Live albums[change | change source]

  • Songs of Silence - Live in Tokyo (2002)
  • For the Sake of Revenge (2006)
  • Live in Finland (2011)

Mini Albums[change | change source]

  • Successor (2000)
  • Orientation (2001)
  • Takatalvi (2003)
  • Don't Say a Word (2004)

Singles[change | change source]

  • Unopened (1999)
  • Wolf and Raven (2001)
  • Last Drop Falls (2001)
  • Victoria's Secret (2003)
  • Broken (2003)
  • Don't Say a Word (2004)
  • Shamandalie (2004)

Demo recordings[change | change source]

  • Agree Pamppers (1996)
  • Friend till the End (1996)
  • PeaceMaker (1997)
  • Fullmoon (1999)

Other releases[change | change source]

  • Wolf & Raven (Music Video, 2001)
  • Broken Live (Music Video, 2003)
  • Don't Say a Word (Music Video, 2004)
  • For the Sake of Revenge (DVD, 2006)
  • Paid in Full (Music Video, 2007)

Other websites[change | change source]