In going over my past Metal for Fridays (sorry I haven’t been doing them as religiously every week, here’s why) I was surprised to find I’ve never featured Sonata Arctica. This power metal band from Finland is definitely not for everyone; some people really dislike them, but to their fans they’re one of the best in the business. I love Sonata and have for years. The vocals of frontman Tony Kakko are totally distinctive. The band’s keyboardist, Henrik Klingenberg, is an acquaintance of mine. I camped with him and various other Finnish friends at Wacken Open Air 2004. He’s an incredibly nice guy and his work on all the Sonata Arctica albums is terrific; I also hear he recently released a solo album.

Wherever the needle drops on a Sonata album is bound to be good. This song, “White Pearl, Black Oceans…” is typical of their approach. It’s from the 2004 album Reckoning Night. This particular performance was at an open air metal festival in Finland, most likely in 2011 though I’m not sure exactly when or where it was taken.

Have a great weekend, and Shabbat Shalom! \m/

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