Finnish melodic metal heroes SONATA ARCTICA are set to release a very special Christmas gift for their fan base: A new single called »Christmas Spirits«. This year the handing out of presents will happen six days early as the single will be released on December 18th via Nuclear Blast. It will be released via digital download and as a limited edition EP, only available at the Nuclear Blast Online Shop. The band commented on it: "Hello everyone out there! Christmas is just around the corner so we decided to cheer you all up with a nice Christmas story. "Decided" might be a bit strong in this context since the 'Christmas Spirits' song has been around for about ten years now, we just never had the time to record it. Finally during the »Pariah's Child« sessions we managed to do the basic tracks and this autumn we finished the song. I guess the main reason for the delay was getting the lyrics done, it’s nearly impossible to get into the Christmas mood unless it’s actually… you guessed it, Christmas. Hats off to Tony since he did it anyway, this autumn, and without any snow, we might add. Be that as it may, here’s our latest piece of art: 'Christmas Spirits'! Merry Christmas to everyone & cheers, SONATA ARCTICA" Pre-order »Christmas Spirits« here: »Christmas Spirits« Tracklist: 01. Christmas Spirits 02. Christmas Spirits (Radio Edit) 03. Christmas Spirits (Orchestral Version) SONATA ARCTICA live 2016: w/ NIGHTWISH, DELAIN 19.02. USA Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom 20.02. USA Hartford, CT - Webster Theater 21.02. CDN Montreal, QC - Metropolis 22.02. CDN London, ON - Music Hall 24.02. USA Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie Music Hall 25.02. USA Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion 26.02. USA Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre 27.02. USA Milwaukee, WI - Rave 29.02. USA Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 01.03. CDN Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre 02.03. CDN Saskatoon, SK - O’Briens Events Center 03.03. CDN Edmonton, AB - Winspear Center 05.03. CDN Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall Ballroom 06.03. USA Missoula, MT - Wilma Theatre 07.03. USA Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo 08.03. USA Boise, ID - Knitting Factory 10.03. USA Reno, NV - Knitting Factory 11.03. USA San Jose, CA - City National Civic Of San Jose 12.03. USA Anaheim, CA - The Grove 14.03. USA Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre 15.03. USA Colorado Springs, CO - City Auditorium 16.03. USA Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater 18.03. USA Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom 19.03. USA San Antonio, TX - Aztec Music Hall 20.03. USA New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Civic Theatre 21.03. USA Birmingham, AL - Iron City Live 23.03. USA Tampa, FL - The Ritz 25.03. USA Luisville, KY - Expo Five 26.03. USA Baltimore, MD - Soundstage 28.03. USA Chicago, IL - Concorde Music Hall 29.03. USA Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom 31.03. CDN Toronto, ON - Opera House 01.04. CDN Quebec, QC - Imperial De Quebec 02.04. USA Worcester, MA - The Palladium 03.04. USA New York City, NY - Stage 48 10./11.06. D St. Goarshausen - RockFels @ Loreley 07.-09.07. D Ballenstedt - Rockharz Open Air 08.-10.07. D Geiselwind - Out & Loud Festival @ Eventzentrum Strohofer