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Sonata Arctica
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Alternative Name Tricky Beans (1995–1996)
Tricky Means (1996–1999)
Group Members Tommy Portimo
Tony Kakko
Henrik Klingenberg
Elias Viljanen
Pasi Kauppinen
Past Group Members Jani Liimatainen
Pentti Peura
Janne Kivilahti
Mikko Härkin
Marko Paasikoski
Music Genre (Text) Power metal
symphonic metal
progressive metal
Music Genre Rock
Origin Kemi, Finland
Year(s) Active 1995−present
Record Label Spinefarm
Nuclear Blast
Official Websites sonataarctica.info
Associated Acts Northern Kings
Silent Voices
Winterborn
Cain's Offering
Symfonia
Stratovarius
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Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from the town of Kemi, Finland. 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.

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