The band Sonata Arctica, in premiere in Bucharest

One of the most beloved and popular bands of power metal, the Finnish artists of Sonata Arctica will sing for the first time in Bucharest, on July 15 at Arenele Romane at the official afterparty Metalhead Meeting 2015.

According to organizers, the special guests of the evening are the bands Trooper, An Theos and Shifting Sands.

Trooper have recently celebrated 20 years of activity, therefore, the show on July 15 will have a special playlist for fans, including songs from the entire career of the band.

An Theos and Shifting Sands are two of the winning bands at the competition “The Road To Kavarna”, and this is the reason why organizers decided that the best way to promote them is during a live concert.

The doors of Arenele Romane will open at 6 pm, and concerts start at 7 pm, on the same day.

Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from the town of Kemi. Created as a hard rock band named Tricky Beans, they later changed to Tricky Means and finally to Sonata Arctica, when they shifted to power metal. They often include symphonic metal elements, and their later releases contain several elements typical of progressive metal, as well. The current line-up consists of singer, keyboardist and songwriter Tony Kakko, guitarist Elias Viljanen, bass guitarist Pasi Kauppinen, keyboardist and keytarist Henrik Klingenberg, and drummer Tommy Portimo. All the musicians of the band’s history except Portimo also acted as backing vocalists.

The band has released eight full-length albums (three via Spinefarm Records and five via Nuclear Blast), their most recent being, Pariah’s Child, on March 28, 2014.

Current members are: Tommy Portimo – drums, Tony Kakko – lead vocals, keyboards, Henrik Klingenberg – keyboards, Elias Viljanen – guitars, Pasi Kauppinen – bass (2013–present).

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