Sonata Arctica

Sonata Arctica
Played at Graspop Metal Meeting
2008 / 2015 / 2019


Power Metal




The Finnish masters of melodic power metal are coming to Graspop Metal Meeting 2019. When Sonata Arctica burst upon the power metal scene in 1996 with ‘Ecliptica’, their innovative brand of melodic power metal turned a lot of heads. Over the next few albums they continued along the same vein: stellar guitar solos, intricate melodies and Kakko’s soaring voice cemented the band’s reputation as they toured extensively with the likes of Stratovarius, Rhapsody and Nightwish. Some of the early fans didn’t appreciate the pop-rock feel that gradually worked its way into their music but 2014’s ‘Pariah’s Child’ signalled a return to the vibe of their earlier work. Generously laced with environmental concerns, ‘The Ninth Hour’ (2016) is darker than their usual output and offers a synthesis of the power metal on ‘Pariah’s Child’ on the one hand and the ‘Stones Grow Her name’ and ‘Days of Grays’ era on the other. Are you ready for a masterclass in Finnish power metal? (#GMM19)