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Studio album by Sonata Arctica
Released November 22, 1999
Recorded 1999 at Tico-Tico Studio
Genre Power metal
Length 51:41
Label Spinefarm
Producer Sonata Arctica
Sonata Arctica chronology
Successor (EP)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
SputnikMusic 5/5 stars[2]
Metal Storm 8.8/10[3]

Ecliptica is the first full-length album by the power metal band Sonata Arctica. It was released in 1999 through Spinefarm Records in Europe and through Century Media in the United States. It's the only album featuring bassist Janne Kivilahti.

Songs and themes[edit]

Regarding the track "Blank File", which covers the topic of privacy on the Internet, vocalist Tony Kakko once stated:[4]

I had a vision of how things would be in the future [laughs]. Now that we're in the future, it's not as horrendously bad, although people are being really bad about their privacy. If you upload your family pictures online somewhere, even if you think you've erased them from the server, they're still there. "Blank File" is all about that. [...] I didn't consider computers per se at the time. [...] The starting point was all of the phone cards we had at the time, and when you're shopping on the concord, someone knew what you bought. I found that somehow, disturbing. It's great to realize that after so long, your songs are still valid.

The theme would be again mentioned in the band's next album, Silence, on the track "Weballergy".[5]

In the song "Letter to Dana", the title character, Dana O'Hara, is named after The X-Files's Dana Scully.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tony Kakko except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Blank File"   4:05
2. "My Land"   4:36
3. "8th Commandment (Kakko, Liimatainen)"   3:41
4. "Replica (Kakko, Liimatainen)"   4:55
5. "Kingdom for a Heart"   3:51
6. "FullMoon"   5:05
7. "Letter to Dana"   6:00
8. "UnOpened"   3:42
9. "Picturing the Past (Kakko, Liimatainen)"   3:36
10. "Destruction Preventer"   7:40
11. "Mary-Lou (bonus track on Korean, Japanese, South American and other releases)"   4:30
Total length:



  • Mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox Studios and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios.


  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Sputnik Music Review
  3. ^ "Metal Storm : Sonata Arctica - Ecliptica review". Metal Storm. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ Gehlke, David E. "Sonata Arctica – Replacing the Blank File". Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Metal Rules!!: Interview with Tony Kakko of Sonata Arctica". Metal-Rules. 17 November 2001. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  6. ^ [1]

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