Sonata Arctica have announced the details of their upcoming ninth album. This latest offering from the Finnish power metallers will be titled The Ninth Hour and will be released on October 7th via Nuclear Blast.
The theme of the album is the current state of the world, and the album artwork reflects this. Speaking about the artwork on their Facebook page, singer Tony Kakko commented:
“The artwork [...] depicts a future utopian landscape in the background. Nature and human technologies are in balance. In the middle we have an hour glass contraption with a knob for us to meddle with. The right-hand side cup represents the nature side with no humans left, on the left we have the human dystopia after we have destroyed Nature. The idea I had was, that turning the knob will tilt the hour glass in one direction or another, and the other cup will slowly empty and that future will be erased. Biblically we are expected to repent and sacrifice on
The Ninth Hour…to dive right back to a more mundane reality, it’s a fact that we are currently living in critical, historical times. Our decisions will define the future. Not only ours as a race, but the future of this entire planet. We need to make sacrifices and in many cases we will repent our already made choices.”
He also described the record as "melodic, beautiful and surprising".
The band will be heading on a European tour with Twilight Force in support of the album. The dates are as follows:
07.10.16 NOR - Trondheim, Byscenen
08.10.16 SE - Borlänge, Liljan
09.10.16 SE - Huskvarna, Folkets Park
11.10.16 DK - Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
12.10.16 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
13.10.16 NL - Haarlem, Patronaat
14.10.16 NL - Tilburg, 013
15.10.16 UK - London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
16.10.16 FR - Paris, La Machine du Moulin Rouge
18.10.16 FR - Strasbourg, La Laiterie
19.10.16 CH - Pratteln, Konzertfabrik Z7
20.10.16 IT - Milan, Alcatraz
21.10.16 DE - Mannheim, Alte Seilerei
22.10.16 DE - Bochum, Zeche
They will also be touring North America alongside the new line-up of Leaves' Eyes, and Omnium Gatherum. Click here to go to the post with those dates.