Dec 19

Elias & Pasi of Sonata Arctica discussed The Ninth Hour and touring the US



Seeing Sonata Arctica live it gets better and better everytime, and it seems this year we Americans got more that we hoped for in terms of this Finnish power metal legends playing around our cities. The Ninth Hour, the new album of Sonata Arctica was released last October with a really good feedback from the press and fans, and during this tour we got the chance to listen and experience some of the songs from that new album live. 

This was the second time this year that Sonata Arctica stopped by the state of AZ as in March they were here with Delain supporting the Nightwish tour in a show at the Rialto in Tucson, AZ. So, it was good to see them again and even more seeing them playing a set with songs from their new album The Ninth Hour, Since this time around they were the headliner we got to see more from Sonata Arctica.

Their show at Club Red even though it was a Monday night it had a good turned out and people was excited with the whole package which included Leaves Eyes and Omnium Gatherum. From The Ninth Hour, we had the pleasure to heard: Closer to an Animal, Life, We Are What We Are, Fairytale and Among the Shooting Stars. This time around their set was a concentration from their last three albums with some classics in between like; In Black And White, Fullmoon and Tallulah. It was a great show and a different experience from the last time they were here as we got to see a more melodic side of Sonata Arctica, still heavy but definitely more melodic.

Before the show, we talked to Elias Viljanen (guitar) and Pasi Kauppinen (bass) of Sonata Arctica about the North American tour, The Ninth Hour and their 2017 plans.


11/06- The Fillmore- Charlotte, NC
11/07- The Fillmore- Silver Spring, MD
11/08- Upstate Concert Hall- Clifton Park, NY
11/09- The Trocadero- Philadelphia, PA
11/11- Starland Ballroom- Sayreville, NJ
11/12- Webster Theater- Hartford, CT
11/13- Club Soda- Montreal, QC Canada
11/14- Mavericks- Ottawa, ON Canada
11/16- Dallas- Kitchener, ON Canada
11/17- Park Street Saloon- Columbus, OH
11/18- Token Lounge- Westland, MI
11/19- Altar Bar- Pittsburgh, PA
11/21- Rave- Milwaukee, WI
11/22- Mill City Nights- Minneapolis, MN
11/24- The Exchange- Regina, SK Canada
11/25- Dickens- Calgary, AB Canada
11/26- Starlite Room- Edmonton, AB Canada
11/28- The Venue- Vancouver, BC Canada
11/29- El Corazon- Seattle, WA
11/30- Hawthorne Theatre- Portland, OR
12/02- Slim’s- San Francisco, CA
12/03- Brick by Brick- San Diego, CA
12/04- The Grove- Anaheim, CA
12/05- Club Red- Tempe, AZ
12/06- Tricky Falls- El Paso, TX
12/08- Gothic Theater- Englewood, CO
12/09- Granada- Lawrence, KS
12/10- Trees- Dallas, TX
12/11- Cine el Rey- McAllen, TX
12/13- Alamo Music Hall- San Antonio, TX
12/14- Scout Bar- Houston, TX
12/16- House of Blues- Lake Buena Vista, FL
12/17- The Masquerade- Atlanta, GA


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