Finnish melodic metal heroes SONATA ARCTICA will release a very special Christmas gift for their fan base: a new single called "Christmas Spirits".This year the handing out of presents will happen six days early as the single will be released on December 18 via Nuclear Blast. It will be made available via digital download and as a limited-edition EP, only available at the Nuclear Blast online shop. Commented SONATA ARCTICA: "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'! "Christmas Spirits" track listing: 01. Christmas Spirits
02. Christmas Spirits (Radio Edit)
03. Christmas Spirits (Orchestral Version) While on yet another successful world tour, this time to support their latest studio album, "Pariah's Child", SONATA ARCTICA swung by the studio to re-record its debut album "Ecliptica", which was released 16 years ago. This new version was made available in October 2014 under the title "Ecliptica - Revisited; 15th Anniversary Edition" on Nuclear Blast.
The original version of "Ecliptica" was recorded at Tico-Tico studios and mixed at Finnvox by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM). The album was promoted on tour with STRATOVARIUS and RHAPSODY.