Finnish melodic metal icons SONATA ARCTICA should be closing their »Acoustic Adventures« European tour this week. Unfortunately, it had to be postponed to late 2022 due to obvious reasons. But fans need not worry as the band are bringing some cozy living room concert atmosphere to their homes in the form of the first part of their two-piece »Acoustic Adventures« album, due out on January 21st, 2022 via Atomic Fire.
Comprising acoustic adaptions of twelve tracks leading through SONATA ARCTICA’s discography, « Acoustic Adventures – Volume One » was recorded and produced by Mikko Tegelman and the band at Studio57, Finland; Tegelman was also responsible for the album’s mix and mastering alongside bass player Pasi Kauppinen. The artwork by the quintet’s longtime collaborator and fellow countryman, Janne Pitkänen (NIGHTWISH, AURI etc.) rounds off the total experience charmingly.
The record’s first single, ‘The Rest Of The Sun Belongs To Me’, is available today and can be enjoyed alongside a lyric video over on YouTube, here:
States keyboardist Henrik « Henkka » Klingenberg: « ‘The Rest Of The Sun Belongs To Me’ was a song that first appeared as a bonus track for Japan back in 2003, just around the time I joined the band. When we started to arrange songs for the second »Acoustic Adventures« tour in 2019, this song somehow kept popping up and we decided to give it a go. Our dear friend Masi Hukari who joined us on stage for the tour did a lot of the work on this particular arrangement and I think that his input was really important in how this song turned out. For this record, we used the live arrangement as a starting point and I don’t think the song changed that much, so what you hear is a slightly refined version of the 2019 tour arrangement. We decided to use this song as the first single since it’s really different from the original studio version and as always, we prefer to offer something new and interesting for our fans and for ourselves as well.
« Pre-order the album physically (CD-digipak, various colored vinyls), pre-save it or pre-order it digitally to receive ‘The Rest Of The Sun Belongs To Me’ instantly now, here: https://music.atomicfire-records.com/acousticadventures and at The Official Sonata Arctica Webshop http://shop.sonataarctica.info with exclusive merch bundles.
« Acoustic Adventures – Volume One » – Track Listing:
01. The Rest Of The Sun Belongs To Me
02. For The Sake Of Revenge
03. A Little Less Understanding
04. Alone In Heaven
06. Don’t Say A Word
07. As If The World Wasn’t Ending
08. Paid In Full
09. Tonight I Dance Alone
10. The Wolves Die Young
11. Wolf & Raven
12. On The Faultline