The Skinny: Symphonic metal trio Sonata Arctica, Delain and Xandria all hit the stage at Stage 48 in NY on September 4th to a sold out house. Little known local group, Syntilla, opened the night as the evening was heavy with female-fronted bands. Dutch opera trained Diaane Van Giesbergen’s tall and lean presence got the night going giving way to Charlotte Wessels and Delain. But the night belonged to Finnish born Tony Kakko and Sonata Arctica who played 18 well-crafted tunes. Their tour continues in the States and heads to Russian before closing out in Finland just before the new year.

The Gear: Canon 5D with 70-200mm 2.8 lens