Sonata Arctica - Nottingham, England, 14th April 2013

Event: Sonata Arctica: UK Tour
Written by: Baz Anderson
Published: 23.04.2013


Sonata Arctica - Nottingham, England, 14th April 2013 by Baz Anderson (16)

A strangely warm Sunday evening, and the Nottingham venue had a very laid back feel about it. Spring may have finally arrived, along with the first date of Sonata Arctica's mini UK tour.

Before the main event however, the lively supporting bands were on a mission. London-based Neonfly have been working hard for the last few years, and their growth was evident. Energetic and full of life, the band thoroughly entertained the audience with some great songs, such as the epic "Ship With No Sails". These guys just keep getting better! Pythia also made an impression with their captivating Mediæval Bæbe frontwoman and up-tempo symphonic power metal. Emily's vocals are some of the best of her gender you could wish to hear, if not the best! Certainly both bands to watch out for!

Sonata Arctica

The main room was starting to get a little snug for the main event. Kicking off their short UK tour, the band seemed very fresh and sounded great. The band favoured the new material heavily in the setlist, but refreshingly and perhaps a little surprisingly, these new songs from the Stones Grow Her Name album really came to life live. "The Day"; a song about the Japanese tsunami had new power, and the bouncy "Cinderblox" towards the end of the set sounded simply awesome with so much more energy and life than on CD.

Sonata Arctica

So the new songs were a total hit live, but as always we got to visit some of the old favourites. The audience sang along with the trio of "Tallulah", "FullMoon" and "Replica" and the band, barring the bass player, all seemed to be having a great time too. Sonata Arctica have moved away from traditional power metal on both their albums and in their live setlist selection, but that doesn't mean their live shows aren't still highly enjoyable and well worth the experience.

Sonata Arctica

Sonata Arctica have brought the sun back to Europe with them from their adventures in South America. This evening was enjoyed by both band and audience, and a fantastic wake up out of hibernation for the Spring and year to come!

Sonata Arctica

An interview with Tony Kakko from before the show can also be seen by following this link.

Setlist: Only The Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful) / Black Sheep / Alone In Heaven / Shitload Of Money / The Gun / The Day / I Have A Right / The Last Amazing Grays / Broken / Paid In Full / Losing My Insanity / Tallulah / FullMoon / Replica / Cinderblox / Don't Say A Word


Written on 23.04.2013 by Member of Staff since 2006.


Comments: 6   Visited by: 63 users
23.04.2013 - 19:04
Man i went to see them in Manchester and everything was great with Neonfly and Sonata but personally i did not like anything about Pythia, IMO they have nothing new to offer the genre that now is full of woman-fronted bands. anyway, it was my first concert in the uk and europe and it is really different from what you have in south america. after the show i had the chance to meet and talk a bit with the guys from Sonata (great guys) and take some pics with them and went back home really happy. PS: the songs of the new album sound great live
power metal 'til death!!!!!!!!!
23.04.2013 - 20:01
Great review Baz!

It was a great night and I thoroughly enjoyed all three bands. Being a fan of the new Sonata Arctica album, I was glad to hear a good amount of songs from it live as well as some old favourites.

Tallulah sounded amazing live, made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!
24.04.2013 - 14:53
Carl Berg
Carl Berg
I'm a huge Sonata Arctica fan but I can't say I enjoyed this show. I understand they wanted to promote their new album, but apart from their "cliché" songs that's all that they did. And the result, for me, was sadly quite dissappointing: a "fake" sounding Sonata Arctica who try too hard.
24.04.2013 - 22:44
Pythia played, too??!?! What an incredible show this must have been! Theirs was one of the many impressive debuts last year

I've only see Sonata once but they were incredible techncially proficient in the live setting. The club had great sound, so that helped, but I felt like I was listening to the CD while watching them. Pretty epic.

....aaand now I have Full Moon stuck in my head.
"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
25.04.2013 - 19:42
Dane Train
Beers & Kilts
I saw them back in 2005 or 2006 in Atlanta and the bass player seemed like he didn't want to be there. You saw the same thing. Maybe he really hates his gig?
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28.04.2013 - 23:33
The Shape 1973
Would have liked to have seen more from The Days of Greys rather than so much from the new album. Good to see them perform the old stuff too. I would have to say that the audience seemed to be far more enthusiastic for the material from the first two albums. As there were quite a few Japanese students near me that would explain it.

Good night enjoyed by nearly everyone. Cough...Marko...Cough, smile you miserable git.

The noise curfew in Nottingham on a Sunday is really annoying, so no encore.
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