On September 6th, Finnish melodic metal titans SONATA ARCTICA will release their tenth studio album, called »Talviyö« (which means »Winter Night«), including eleven new tracks. "We were talking about having an album cover made from a photo and luckily managed to find this award winning photographer Onni Wiljami who actually hails from a village not too far from our hometown and 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 here: https://youtu.be/FiM94N3FnQA "The song is lyrically somewhat a follow up for ”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: http://nblast.de/SonataArcticaALLU Listen in NB New Releases playlist: http://nblast.de/SpotifyNewReleases / http://nblast.de/AppleMusicNewReleases »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'. SONATA ARCTICA - Live 2019 21.06. F Clisson - Hellfest *SOLD OUT* 28.06. FIN Oulu - Rock in the City 29.06. D Dischingen - Rock am Härtsfeldsee *SOLD OUT* 05.07. FIN Rauma - Rock in the City 07.07. E Barcelona - Rock Fest 12.07. FIN Lahti - Rock in the City 13.07. FIN Tampere - Sauna Open Air 19.07. FIN Kouvola - Rock in the City 26.07. FIN Rovaniemi - Rock in the City 02.08. FIN Lappeenranta - Rock in the City 09.08. FIN Jyväskylä - Rock in the City 10.08. FIN Lieto - SmugglerRok 16.08. FIN Joensuu - Rock in the City 18.08. BG Varna - Rock Fest w/ BATTLE BEAST 06.09. USA Margate, FL - O’Malley’s 07.09. USA Orlando, FL - The Abbey 08.09. USA Charlotte, NC - The Underground »The Shadow Tour - North America 2019 w/ KAMELOT, BATTLE BEAST 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