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After announcing the new album »The Ninth Hour«, due on October 7th, the melodic quintet SONATA ARCTICA now presents its first single and lyric video Closer To An Animal‘.

“‘Closer to an animal’ was a song that our vocalist Tony sent to the somewhere around the middle of the sessions with the words: ‘This will be the album opener’,” keyboarder Henkka Klingenberg remembers. “After checking out the demo, we all just had to agree. I would say that musically this is a ‘ meets 80’s’ type of song. We this as single, since it gives quite a clear of what you can expect on the upcoming album, or at least some of it. I’m really looking forward to opening the shows on the next World Tour with this track!”

Watch the lyric to Closer To An Animalhere:

Here is the full tracklist of »The Ninth Hour«:
01. Closer To An Animal
02. Life
03. Fairytale
04. What
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)
Once again, the upcoming album was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen, to create a recognizable yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the in the year 2016.

Right after the summer festival season and the release of this much-anticipated record, the will embark on a European tour together with labelmates TWILIGHT FORCE to present the new songs to their fans. Here are the dates:

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Special Guests: 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
1.10.  NL        Tilburg – 013
15.10.  UK       London – 2 Shepherd’s 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

Get tickets for the German shows in our Nuclear Blast mailorder:

Or catch the on their US tour with LEAVES’ EYES and 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 – Theater
09.12.  USA     Lawrence, KS – Granada
10.12.  USA     Dallas, TX – Trees
11.12.  USA     McAllen, TX – Cine
13.12.  USA     San Antonio, TX – Alamo Music Hall
14.12.  USA     Houston, TX – Scout Bar
16.12   USA     Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
17.12.  USA     Atlanta, GA – The

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Watch their latest clips:
‘The Wolves Die Young’ official video:
‘Love’ official video:
‘Cloud Factory’ lyric video:
‘Kingdom For A Heart’ – official track:

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