Finnish metallers, Sonata Arctica, swung by the studio to re-record debut album "Ecliptica," which was originally released 15 years ago.
This new version will be released on October 24th under the banner "Ecliptica – Revisited; 15th Anniversary Edition" through Nuclear Blast.
Way back when, "Ecliptica" was recorded at Tico-Tico studios and mixed at Finnvox by Mikko Karmila. The album was promoted live on tour with Stratovarius and Rhapsody. Henrik 'Henkka' Klingenberg comments:
"When it first was suggested to us by our Japanese label that we’d re-record our debut album 'Ecliptica,' it felt a bit weird, but somehow the idea grew on us. Being that only Tony and Tommy played on the original one, we thought that it would be a fun thing to do, to give these great songs another run.
"We’re definitely not trying to re-write history, the original 'Ecliptica' is the starting point of this band and a very special album with a certain feel of innocence and enthusiasm which cannot be recreated as such since we’re not teenagers anymore. Having said that, this new version is more of a tribute and an update on how these songs sound when played by our current line-up.
"We wanted to stay true to the original album as much as possible and not turn this into some weird re-arranged project where you couldn’t tell which song was being played. So here it is, the 15th anniversary version of 'Ecliptica'.
"Hope you enjoy it, we certainly had a good time digging into these songs and laying down the tracks."
The track listing is:
1. Blank File
2. My Land
3. 8th Commandment
5. Kingdom For A Heart
7. Letter To Dana
9. Picturing The Past
10. Destruction Preventer Bonus:
11. I Can’t Dance (Genesis cover)