Finnish power metal heroes Sonata Arctica are creeping up on the Oct. 7 release of The Ninth Hour, which also happens to be their ninth studio album. The hyper-melodic outfit have just unveiled the music video for the empowering new single "Life."

The song opens up with a bed of lush synths and a spotlight guitar melody before the slightly energetic mid-tempo kicks emphatically guide the folksy licks that follow. Scenes of gorgeous greenery and a massive tree enter the fold, setting the tone for the natural wonder that "Life" details. An elderly woman is then seen caressing a toddler, which fades to a woman leading someone in a field as they join hands. The clip also fades back to the woman and toddler who link hands as well, furthering the powerful imagery before the uplifting chorus takes over.

“I tried desperately to have at least one positive, uplifting song on this album and maybe this is it," remarked singer Tony Kakko. "I always struggle writing positive lyrics, that’s the thing. We’ve been called 'happy metal' many times because of the melodies and so on, but lyrics are usually something that do not walk the sunny side of the road. They contrast the music. 'Life' anyway, is telling people to find good things in life, find the things hurting and causing harm and replacing them with positive things with help of friends. Go out and be together with people, share experiences, live. I know it’s a dumb thing to say, but life is better alive."

Pre-orders for The Ninth Hour can be placed through the Nuclear Blast webshop or digitally here. Catch Sonata Arctica on their North American tour this fall, which kicks off on Nov. 6 in Charlotte, N.C. A full list of stops can be found at our 2016 Guide to Rock + Metal Tours.

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