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I recently had a chance to chat with Henrik Klingenberg, keyboardist with the Finnish power metal act Sonata Arctica, about the band’s new project, a re-recording of their album Ecliptica – Revisited. More than fifteen years later the group has revisited this release’s songs with a slightly different line-up, and a lot more experience. The result is a record which Sonata Arctica fans are not going to want to miss! Here is how the conversation with Klingenberg went.

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.

On my 25th birthday (November 15th, 2011) power metal band Sonata Arctica released their live CD/DVD set Live In Finland in North America… happy birthday to me! The release’s focus material was filmed/recorded on April 15th, 2011 at Club Teatrian in Oulu, Finland. There they performed a show which rocked the native Finnish people’s pants right off. Lucky for me, I got to experience my pants falling off from the comfort of my home in Canada. Everyone knows I love a good reason to get my pants off.