SONATA ARCTICA Celebrates Release Of New Studio Album, Clear Cold Beyond, With “California” Music Video

Photo by Jaakko Manninen

Clear Cold Beyond, the new full-length from Finnish melodic metal icons SONATA ARCTICA, is out today worldwide through Atomic Fire. The band also delivers a music video for the track, “California.”  Produced by Jarkko Piipari, the video gives intimate insights into life on the road and takes viewers to venues, cities, busses, and airports from around the globe.

Frontman Tony Kakko adds, “This is a song about people who think that it’s possible and okay to charm and have any and all people for themselves – use and lose – and who don’t care about the amount of pain and broken hearts left behind. And now you’re the target, but you know better and make sure that this will not happen until ‘California falls into the sea,’ what I’ve come to understand is impossible and will never happen, at least in the sense of science fiction. Simply put: The track deals with self-protection. If you’re strong enough, you can of course give such persons a serving of their own poison what can be satisfying.”

Watch SONATA ARCTICA’s “California” video at THIS LOCATION.

Watch SONATA ARCTICA’s “Dark Empath” video HERE and “A Monster Only You Can’t See” lyric video HERE.

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Clear Cold Beyond contains ten tracks reviving SONATA ARCTICA’s penchant for power metal-esque songwriting. From high-speed anthems such as “First In Line” and “California” to emotion-laden tracks like “The Best Things” and the closing title track, the record offers something for each and every SONATA ARCTICA fan. The album’s artwork, reminiscent of the art adorning early releases, was created by Niko Anttila. Additionally, the band returned to mixing engineer Mikko Karmila (1999’s Ecliptica, 2012’s Stones Grow Her Name). Final mastering was handled by Svante Forsbäck (Rammstein, Korpiklaani, Delain, The 69 Eyes, Deathstars) who has also been part of other SONATA ARCTICA productions.

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“Sonata Arctica sound rejuvenated on Clear Cold Beyond, a diverse collection of songs that capture the band’s trademark sound, while also pushing in new directions.” –Heavy Music HQ

“…a beautiful album that you can listen to over and over again and still not have grasped everything the band has put into each song. Featuring brilliant arrangements and creative lyrics that tell tales that you can lost in, it could be one of their best albums in some time. Power metal at its finest.” — Cryptic Rock

“…a mixture of well-excepted uplifting power metal anthems as well as some mid-tempo or cultural offshoots that contain entertaining melodies, syncopation musical moments, and songs to treasure.” – Dead Rhetoric

“…another signature Sonata Arctica release full of memorable moments and epic musical arrangements. Tony Kakko and company continue to deliver playful songs that are diverse and fresh sounding, keeping things interesting and engaging from start to end.” – Infernal Masquerade

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