Finnish melodic metal titans, SONATA ARCTICA, will unleash their new studio album called »The Ninth Hour« on October 7th through Nuclear Blast. Today, the band releases their second single and a teaser to the video clip for the song 'Life'. Purchase the digital single here: Watch a teaser for the upcoming video (to be revealed next week) here: “I tried desperately to have at least one positive, uplifting song on this album and maybe this is it. I always struggle writing positive lyrics, that’s the thing. We’ve been called “happy metal” many times because of the melodies and so on, but lyrics are usually something that do not walk the sunny side of the road. They contrast the music. 'Life' anyway, is telling people to find good things in life, find the things hurting and causing harm and replacing them with positive things with help of friends. Go out and be together with people, share experiences, live. I know it’s a dumb thing to say, but life is better alive”, commented Tony Kakko. Once again, the upcoming album was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen, to create a recognisable yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year 2016. »The Ninth Hour« - Tracklisting: 01. Closer To An Animal 02. Life 03. Fairytale 04. We Are What We Are 05. Till Death’s Done Us Apart 06. Among The Shooting Stars 07. Rise A Night 08. Fly, Navigate, Communicate 09. Candle Lawns 10. White Pearl, Black Oceans Part II - "By The Grace Of The Ocean" 11. On The Faultline (Closure To An Animal) This ninth studio release will be available in the following formats: - CD - DIGI - 2LP (black in gatefold) - 2LP (coloured in gatefold, Nuclear Blast mailorder + wholesale only!) - DIGI + Canvas (Nuclear Blast mailorder only bundle!) Pre-order »The Ninth Hour« now: Catch SONATA ARCTICA on tour! 03.09. E Ciudad Real - Hell Rock w/ TWILIGHT FORCE 07.10. N Trondheim - Byscenen *SOLD OUT* 08.10. S Borlänge - Liljan 09.10. S Huskvarna - Folkets Park 11.10. DK Copenhagen - Pumpehuset 12.10. D Hamburg - Markthalle 13.10. NL Haarlem - Patronaat 14.10. NL Tilburg - 013 *SOLD OUT* 15.10. UK London - o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire 16.10. F Paris - La Machine Du Moulin Rouge 18.10. F Strasbourg - La Laiterie 19.10. CH Pratteln - Z7 20.10. I Milan - Alcatraz 21.10. D Mannheim - MS Connexion Complex 22.10. D Bochum - Zeche w/ LEAVES' EYES, OMNIUM GATHERUM 06.11. USA Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore 07.11. USA Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore 08.11. USA Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall 09.11. USA Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero 11.11. USA Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom 12.11. USA Hartford, CT - Webster Theater 13.11. CDN Montreal, QC - Club Soda 14.11. CDN Ottawa, ON - Mavericks 16.11. CDN Kitchener, ON - Dallas 17.11. USA Columbus, OH - Park Street Saloon 18.11. USA Westland, MI - Token Lounge 19.11. USA Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar 21.11. USA Milwaukee, WI - Rave 22.11. USA Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights 24.11. CDN Regina, SK - The Exchange 25.11. CDN Calgary, AB - Dickens 26.11. CDN Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room 28.11. CDN Vancouver, BC - The Venue 29.11. USA Seattle, WA - El Corazon 30.11. USA Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre 02.12. USA San Francisco, CA - Slim’s 03.12. USA San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick 04.12. USA Anaheim, CA - The Grove 05.12. USA Tempe, AZ - Club Red 06.12. USA El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls 08.12. USA Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater 09.12. USA Lawrence, KS - Granada 10.12. USA Dallas, TX - Trees 11.12. USA McAllen, TX - Cine El Rey 13.12