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SONATA ARCTICA Re-Record Ecliptica Album For 15th Anniversary Of Its Debut

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Sunday, August 24, 2014 @ 9:49 AM


New Version Due October 24th

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While currently on yet another successful World Tour, this time to support their latest studio-album Pariah’s Child, Finnish Melodic Metal heroes SONATA ARCTICA swung by the studio to re-record their debut album Ecliptica, which was released 15 years ago.

This new version will be released on October 24th under the banner Ecliptica Revisited - 15th Anniversary Edition on Nuclear Blast.

Back then, Ecliptica was recorded at Tico-Tico studios and mixed at Finnvox by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM and more). The album was promoted live on tour with STRATOVARIUS and RHAPSODY.

Henrik „Henkka“ Klingenberg comments:

“When it first was suggested to us by our Japanese label that we’d re-record our debut album Ecliptica, it felt a bit weird, but somehow the idea grew on us. Being that only Tony and Tommy played on the original one, we thought that it would be a fun thing to do, to give these great songs another run. We’re definitely not trying to re-write history, the original Ecliptica is the starting point of this band and a very special album with a certain feel of innocence and enthusiasm which cannot be recreated as such since we’re not teenagers anymore. Having said that, this new version is more of a tribute and an update on how these songs sound when played by our current line-up. We wanted to stay true to the original album as much as possible and not turn this into some weird re-arranged project where you couldn’t tell which song was being played. So here it is, the 15th anniversary version of Ecliptica. Hope you enjoy it, we certainly had a good time digging into these songs and laying down the tracks.

The tracklist:

  • "Blank File"
  • "My Land"
  • "8th Commandment"
  • "Replica"
  • "Kingdom For A Heart"
  • "Fullmoon"
  • "Letter To Dana"
  • "UnOpened"
  • "Picturing The Past"
  • "Destruction Preventer"
Bonus:
  • "I Can’t Dance" (GENESIS cover)
The first (digital) single of the CD will be "Kingdom For A Heart", out on September 12th.


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