SONATA ARCTICA new single ‘First In Line’


SONATA ARCTICA return with rapid new digital single ‘First In Line’; »Nordic Power Metal Titans« European tour kicks off this week

One of the mostly anticipated tours of the year is about to start: The »Nordic Power Metal Titans 2023« European run featuring SONATA ARCTICA who recently warmed-up with their enormously successful, partly even sold out  »Arctic Storm Finland Tour.« At the forthcoming 24 shows, the melodic metal icons will be performing alongside Finnish countrymen STRATOVARIUS as well as rising international power metallers and labelmates INDUCTION. After two acoustic albums, SONATA ARCTICA have also secretly worked on a new album going back to electric soundscapes, and today, they are pleased to unveil a first taste of what’s to come in spring 2024 via Atomic Fire: Nothing but a return to their golden power metal roots is what awaits fans on the group’s forthcoming opus. More details will be announced soon, but for now convince yourselves that the aforementioned promise isn’t only warm words and check out their new track ‘First In Line’!

Stream/purchase the song now, here:

Front-man Tony Kakko explains: “This is the first power metal song I wrote for the forthcoming album which is laden with them. Its demo title was ‘First In Line’ and I managed to stick with it. The song handles the worry about raising a new generation of people with or rather letting an electronic screen – namely tv, pad or some such – do a big part of raising this generation of human beings. We think that we buy ourselves time with these gadgets, but are these devices the right “nanny” for our kids or should we maybe slow down a bit, read books, teach that happiness can be and often is something we reach by stopping and letting go of constant stimulation of all our audiovisual senses? In ways, we are flying blindly with these things. Things are advancing too fast in many ways…”

Here’s a rewritten version:

Live SONATA ARCTICA Performance:

Presented by Dragon Productions & Twisted Talent Entertainment:

Nordic Power Metal Tour 2023
Sponsors: Metal Hammer,, musix, Rock It!, earMUSIC, and Atomic Fire

  • 14/10: Energi Arena, Umeå, SE – Northern Rockfest
  • 15/10: Cozmoz Arena, Borlänge, SE
  • 16/10: Vulkan Arena, Oslo, NO
  • 17/10: Trädgår’n, Gothenburg, SE
  • 19/10: Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm, SE
  • 20/10: Gimle, Roskilde, DK
  • 21/10: Kulturpalast, Hamburg, DE
  • 22/10: Hellraiser, Leipzig, DE
  • 24/10: TivoliVredenburg (Ronda), Utrecht, NL
  • 25/10: Garage, Saarbrücken, DE
  • 26/10: Bataclan, Paris, FR (No INDUCTION show)
  • 27/10: Konzertfabrik Z7, Pratteln, CH
  • 28/10: Alcatraz, Milan, IT
  • 30/10: Backstage, Munich, DE
  • 31/10: Szene, Vienna, AT
  • 01/11: Barba Negra, Budapest, HU
  • 03/11: Fuzz Club, Athens, GR
  • 04/11: Principal Club Theater, Thessaloniki, GR
  • 06/11: FORM Space, Cluj-Napoca, RO
  • 07/11: Quantic, Bucharest, RO
  • 09/11: Sono Centrum, Brno, CZ (New Date)
  • 10/11: Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, DE
  • 11/11: Hell’s Balls Belgium @ Xpo, Kortrijk, BE (New Date)
  • 12/11: Matrix, Bochum, DE

Upcoming in 2024:

  • 31/07 to 03/08: Wacken Open Air, Wacken, DE (SOLD OUT)


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