Sonata Arctica present ‘Dark Empath’ from ‘Clear Cold Beyond’

The release of Finnish melodic metal frontrunners SONATA ARCTICA‘s new offering »Clear Cold Beyond« is only 6 weeks away (March 8, 2024 through Reigning Phoenix Music), and today the band have revealed a very special track off the album titled ‘Dark Empath.’ Long-time followers of their work may notice that this piece is the direct sequel of 2004’s ‘Don’t Say A Word,’ which has become a staple in the group’s live set over the years. The track is at once nostalgic and allows new listeners to dive deeper into SONATA ARCTICA‘s colourful back catalogue. Check out ‘Dark Empath’ here:

Singer Tony Kakko comments:

“This track is part of a saga that started on our second album »Silence« in 2001 — some even think it started on our debut album with the song ‘The End Of This Chapter’ — and has many sequels and prequels already. Its stalker theme offers a frame to write songs in a certain style I like very much. People do not seem to mind this, fortunately, haha! It’s not a chronological story, but rather a theme with reoccurring, familiar characters that end up living through variations of the theme over and over again.”

Pre-order the album in the physical format of your choice, pre-save it on your favourite DSP or pre-order it digitally to receive ‘Dark Empath,’ ‘A Monster Only You Can’t See’ and ‘First In Line’ instantly now, here:

»Clear Cold Beyond« contains 10 tracks reviving the band’s penchant for power metal-esque tunes following their trip to acoustic landscapes during the pandemic. It’s packed with strong songs and fuses the best of all periods of SONATA ARCTICA‘s multifaceted work: From high-speed anthems such as ‘First In Line’ and ‘California’ to emotion-laden tracks such as ‘The Best Things’ and the closing title track, this record offers something for each and every SONATA ARCTICA fan. The album’s artwork, reminiscent of their early works, was created by Niko Anttila and the band returned to mixing engineer Mikko Karmila (Finnvox Studios; »Ecliptica« [1999] »Stones Grow Her Name« [2012]). Final mastering was handled by Svante Forsbäck (Chartmakers West; RAMMSTEIN, KORPIKLAANI, DELAIN, THE 69 EYES, DEATHSTARS etc.) who has also been part of other SONATA ARCTICA productions.


»Clear Cold Beyond« Finland Tour 2024
Presented by Grey Beard
15.03.2024 FI Tampere – Pakkahuone [TICKETS]
16.03.2024 FI Laukaa – Peurunka Areena [TICKETS]
22.03.2024 FI Lahti – Finlandia-klubi [TICKETS]
23.03.2024 FI Helsinki – Kulttuuritalo [TICKETS]
29.03.2024 FI Kuopio – Sawohouse Underground [TICKETS]
30.03.2024 FI Joensuu – Kerubi [TICKETS]
04.04.2024 FI Turku – Logomo (Teatro) [TICKETS]
05.04.2024 FI Seinäjoki – Rytmikorjaamo [TICKETS]

03.05.2024 NO Kopervik – Karmøygeddon Metal Festival [TICKETS]
11.05.2024 BE Bomal-sur-Ourthe – Durbuy Rock Festival [TICKETS]
31.05. – 02.06.2024 CZ Pilsen – Metalfest [TICKETS]
28. – 30.06.2024 FI Helsinki – Tuska Festival [TICKETS]
05./06.07.2024 FI Tampere – Tuhdimmat Tahdit [TICKETS] *NEW*
31.07. – 03.08.2024 DE Wacken – Wacken Open Air *SOLD OUT*
02./03.08.2024 FI Pori – Porispere [TICKETS]
07. – 10.08.2024 ES Villena –  Leyendas del Rock [TICKETS]

Tony Kakko | vocals
Elias Viljanen | guitars
Pasi Kauppinen | bass
Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg | keyboards
Tommy Portimo | drums

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