Sonata Arctica - Christmas Single "Christmas Spirits" Out Now!
Date: Sunday, December 20 @ 13:34:32 UTC
Topic: Album Release News

Finnish melodic metal heroes Sonata Arctica release a very special Christmas gift for their fan base today: The new single called "Christmas Spirits" is out now via Nuclear Blast. "Christmas Spirits" is available as digital download and as a limited edition EP, only available at the Nuclear Blast Online Shop.

The band commented on it: "Hello everyone out there! Christmas is just around the corner so we decided to cheer you all up with a nice Christmas story. 'Decided' might be a bit strong in this context since the 'Christmas Spirits' song has been around for about ten years now, we just never had the time to record it.

"Finally during the Pariah’s Child sessions we managed to do the basic tracks and this autumn we finished the song. I guess the main reason for the delay was getting the lyrics done, it’s nearly impossible to get into the Christmas mood unless it’s actually ... you guessed it, Christmas. Hats off to Tony since he did it anyway, this autumn, and without any snow, we might add. Be that as it may, here’s our latest piece of art: 'Christmas Spirits'!

Merry Christmas to everyone & cheers, SONATA ARCTICA"

"Christmas Spirits" Tracklist:

1.Christmas Spirits
2.Christmas Spirits (Radio Edit)
3.Christmas Spirits (Orchestral Version)

The band will be on a North American tour with Nightwish and Delain in support of their current studio album Pariah’s Child, which was released in March 2014. The tour kicks off February 19 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ, US. The band also released last year the 15th Anniversary edition of Ecliptica, which now includes as a bonus a cover of Genesis' "I Can't Dance."

2016 Tour Dates:

2016-02-19 -- Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ, US
2016-02-20 -- Webster Theater, Hartford, CT, US
2016-02-21 -- Metropolis, Montreal, QC, CA
2016-02-22 -- Music Hall, London, ON, CA
2016-02-24 -- Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA, US
2016-02-25 -- LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH, US
2016-02-26 -- Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI, US
2016-02-27 -- Rave, Milwaukee, WI, US
2016-02-29 -- First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, US
2016-03-01 -- Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB, CA
2016-03-02 -- O’Briens Events Center, Saskatoon, SK, CA
2016-03-03 -- Winspear Center, Edmonton, AB, CA
2016-03-05 -- MacEwan Hall Ballroom, Calgary, AB, CA
2016-03-06 -- Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT, US
2016-03-07 -- Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA, US
2016-03-08 -- Knitting Factory, Boise, ID, US
2016-03-10 -- Knitting Factory, Reno, NV, US
2016-03-11 -- City National Civic Of San Jose, San Jose, CA, US
2016-03-12 -- The Grove, Anaheim, CA, US
2016-03-14 -- Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ, US
2016-03-15 -- City Auditorium, Colorado Springs, CO, US
2016-03-16 -- Uptown Theater, Kansas City, MO, US
2016-03-18 -- Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK, US
2016-03-19 -- Aztec Music Hall, San Antonio, TX, US
2016-03-20 -- New Orleans Civic Theatre, New Orleans, LA, US
2016-03-21 -- Iron City Live, Birmingham, AL, US
2016-03-23 -- The Ritz, Tampa, FL, US
2016-03-25 -- Expo Five, Luisville, KY, US
2016-03-26 -- Soundstage, Baltimore, MD, US
2016-03-28 -- Concorde Music Hall, Chicago, IL, US
2016-03-29 -- Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH, US
2016-03-31 -- Opera House, Toronto, ON, CA
2016-04-01 -- Imperial De Quebec, Quebec, QC, CA
2016-04-02 -- The Palladium, Worcester, MA, US
2016-04-03 -- Stage 48, New York City, NY, US

[Source: Sonata Arctica website, Nuclear Blast website]

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