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Sonata Arctica (北极奏鸣曲) 组建时间: 1996年

国 籍:芬兰 风格:Power Metal(力量金属)

Sonata Arctica于1996年,在世界的边缘——北芬兰的一个叫Kemi的小镇上成立。乐队最初以Tricky Beans为人们所知,乐队用这个名字制作了三首demo(Friend till the End,Agre Pamppers和PeaceMaker)并在Jyrki举行过两次演出。经过1997年的一些人事变动后,这些人把乐队又改名为Tricky Means。在金属乐圈子里乐队最早被认为做实验性音乐,与重金属相去甚远。

1999年乐队在他们家乡的Tico Tico录音棚里录制了一首新的demo名叫“FullMoon”,从此乐队的历史翻开了新的一页。录音时乐队的阵容包括:Tony(主唱和键盘),Jani(吉他手),Tommy(鼓手)和Janne(贝斯手),这首新的demo是乐队对于重金属音乐的首次尝试。从此乐队以迅疾优美的旋律和以键盘为主导的重金属配以清澈洪亮的嗓音而闻名于世。在命运的驱使以及Tico-Tico录音棚的Ahti Kortelainen帮助之下,“FullMoon”这首demo被芬兰优秀的金属品牌——Spinefarm相中。同时乐队也从Tricky Means改名为Sonata Arctica。

1999年夏天Sonata Arctica为我们带来了他们的第一单曲碟——UnOpened,这同时也是1999年Metalliliitto发行的compilation版中的主打曲。单曲蝶中的两首激烈的单曲——UnOpened and Mary-Lou,标志着Sonata Arctica开始向能量金属范畴发展。在第一次压制单曲碟UnOpened时,第一首单曲UnOpened录制中不小心被放慢了节奏。在第一批CD发向各音像商店后不久这个失误才被觉察出来。这第一批销售的EP大概有200来张,如今已成为收藏者们稀有的宝物了。

1999年的秋天Sonata Arctica发布了他们第一张完整的专辑——Ecliptica。最初在芬兰发行,接着是其他一些国家。由于Ecliptica全面的成功,乐队有幸在两张tribute专辑中贡献两首翻唱曲——“I Want Out”在为Helloween的“Keepers of Jericho”和“Still Loving You”在为Scorpions的“A Tribute to the Scorpions”,这两首翻唱曲与原先版本相比都有出色的表现。

Ecliptica发行后不久,乐队的核心Tony Kakko决定专攻主音,而非象从前那样主唱兼任键盘手。Mikko Harkin(来自Kenziner)便加入了乐队来顶替以前由Tony担当的键盘手空缺,这也保证Tony能在舞台上更自由的发挥。这种变化使得乐队的现场演出更为充满活力,从此Sonata Arctica涣然一新——同时拥有两位键盘手,为现场表演更增意想不到的新鲜效果。

1999年末至2000年初乐队的人气依然保持激升状态。在专辑Ecliptica发行后,Sonata Arctica在15家不同唱片公司下超过32支乐队中脱颖而出,一举被Stratovarius选为欧洲巡回演出的友情乐队。这场演出开始于2000年四月,还有Strato和Rhapsody的倾情献艺。演出持续了两个月,Sonata Arctica在此期间在10个国家里登台表演30多次,行程超过1000公里。

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  • Cariina-

    Yaaaaay! The Tribute album is a GO. ^^.

    昨天 05:40 回复
  • Sander1991

    It's in the vein of their tour videos which is awesome.

    11月 27日 1:32 回复
  • CoenVen

    Yup! Funny, a video they made themselves is way better then the one for The Wolves Die Young.

    11月 24日 18:23 回复
  • Cariina-

    The video of I can't dance is nice. :') I laughed so hard, lolol.

    11月 20日 21:18 回复
  • Jason_Kountou

    Oh my god the new version of Blank File is so amazing. Tony's vocals are 100% more emotional. I think I almost like this better than the original.

    11月 20日 2:04 回复
  • funoi1

    Come to the UK

    11月 19日 20:12 回复
  • Twilightning_

    I think the best example of why Sonata should stick with new material is the Genesis cover they did on Ecliptica Revisited, it's brilliant and Tony really made that song his own compared to the original.

    11月 10日 22:18 回复
  • fdemmer

    i am sure they meant well, but the new ecliptica is not only flat, but the voice lacks the passion and power of '99. dana and replica especially live from the young voice "straight from the heart". beat and guitar seems too soft too. the feel of metal, ice and iron is somewhat lost. a remix album (raggae dana? american folk my country?) would have been a good idea, but trying to reproduce the original work people have been listening to for 15 years is just not a good idea.

    11月 10日 3:41 回复
  • al_solaris

    Even though I dont like poeer metal, this band sounds beautiful

    11月 9日 13:06 回复
  • Twilightning_

    Flat is the best way to put it. I hope they don't waste their time re-recording Silence. Their first four albums are definitely releases that wouldn't benefit from more 'relaxed' and less energetic re-recordings.

    11月 9日 12:10 回复
  • umosay

    I can understand re-recording if the original production was terrible. It wasn't, so was a waste of time I think. The end sound is a bit flat.

    11月 8日 10:14 回复
  • emaxsaun

    Really, Re-Record of Silence??

    11月 7日 21:24 回复
  • CoenVen

    Exactly. Just different versions of the songs. They aren't trying to replace Ecliptica, just let us hear what the album would sound like, had it been recorded only a few weeks ago, instead of fifteen years earlier. Also, weren't they going to rerecord Silence?

    11月 7日 19:51 回复
  • Cariina-

    Also, something I haven't thought about earlier.. Some songs, for example My Land and Replica, has been re-recorded and/or has been altered through the years. I believe that they now have 4? 5? different versions of My Land, besides the way they play that particular song live. And for me, each version has his ups and downs, which makes it fun. (or at least, I like it.)

    11月 6日 21:27 回复
  • BlackKitty

    Fully agree with what Cariina- said :-) Yes, it sounds a bit weak in places. It is more professional, they are more professional, so they never could and also never wanted to imitate the naive enthusiasm of the boys (or brats) that started out back then. It isn't rewriting history (quote Henrik), but a tribute to their first album. That being said, I really enjoy that the lyrics are better understandable now, and Replica and Letter to Dana are really awesome! Also Destruction Preventer. @lukkaturi: I had a run-in with a Chilean, so it's not just the Brazilians ;-)

    11月 6日 10:48 回复
  • emaxsaun

    It also sucks that it isn't being released in the US until November Freaking 18th. Come on.....

    11月 5日 21:13 回复
  • Cariina-

    Well, the different between the good old Ecliptica and the new one is that you can hear how much everyone has grown during the years. Tony's voice for example, not forcing to reach those high notes, but searching for a new way to sing the song. :). There's only one thing that I don't like about the new songs - and that is that it all sounds so mellow. Like it is missing something, some heat, some spice, that you can hear in the good old Ecliptica.

    11月 5日 18:52 回复
  • lukkaturi

    So, why nobody is scrobbling the new version of Ecliptica? What about you brazilians who always steal it weeks before of its release? I know that maybe I sound a little bit racist (but I'm not and I don't have nothing against Brazil or its people, in fact, I love Brazil and I would like to visit it), but I just hate those who seem to feel kind of "proud" for hear it (steal it) before (and not only people from that country).

    11月 5日 3:51 回复
  • MetalWolf_

    I hate extremely high-pitched power metal notes nowadays. But now the lack of them kinda takes away all the nostalgia from Ecliptica... :P

    11月 3日 21:58 回复
  • emaxsaun

    I like the new version of Letter to Dana more than the original actually. Nothing can replace the original, but the new version is still good. Some songs I like more than others. I think overall they did a good job, though...

    11月 3日 20:43 回复
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