Sonata Arctica have reached a new milestone as they've just announced their 10th full length album, Talviyö, which will be released on Sept. 6 on Nuclear Blast. Hear the first single, "A Little Less Understanding," below.

The four-minute track continues the band's departure from their speedy power metal of old, relying on a soothing AOR feel and relaxed mid-tempo.

"The song is lyrically somewhat of a follow up for 'I Have A Right' and talks about the difficulty of making the right choices with the upbringing of a new human being," comments singer Tony Kakko.

"The idea was to create an album that is musically in line with at least the previous two albums", adds the frontman. "I am very happy with the songs and the general mood of the album. Some career highlights there, I feel."

As for the striking album art for Talviyö (seen below), keyboardist Henrik "Henkka" klingenberg offered, "We were talking about having an album cover made from a photo and luckily managed to find this award winning photographer Onni Wiljami who actually hails from a village not too far from our hometown and his pictures were just perfect for this album."

Catch Sonata Arctica on the road in North America this fall as the support Kamelot alongside openers Battle Beast. See the full list of dates below and head here for more info.

Sonata Arctica, Talviyö Album Art

Onni Wiljami Kinnunen / Nuclear Blast
Onni Wiljami Kinnunen / Nuclear Blast

Kamelot, Sonata Arctica + Battle Beast 2019 Tour Dates

Sept. 10 - Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore
Sept. 11 - Philadelphia, Penn. @ TLA
Sept. 13 - Worcester, Mass. @ Palladium
Sept. 14 - New York. N.Y. @ Terminal 5
Sept. 15 - Montreal, Quebec @ Club Soda
Sept. 16 - Quebec City, Quebec @ Imperial
Sept. 18 - Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix
Sept. 19 - Detroit, Mich. @ Harpo's
Sept. 20 - Cleveland, Ohio @ Agora
Sept. 21 - Chicago, Ill. @ Patio Theatre
Sept. 23 - Minneapolis/St. Paul. Minn. @ Amsterdam
Sept. 24 - Kansas City, Mo. @ The Truman
Sept. 25 - Denver, Colo. @ Ogden Theatre
Sept. 26 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
Sept. 28 - Edmonton, Alberta @ The Ranch
Sept. 29 - Calgary, Alberta @ The Gateway
Oct. 01 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ Venue Nightclub
Oct. 02 - Seattle, Wash. @ Neptune Theatre
Oct. 04 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Palace of Fine Arts
Oct. 05 - Anaheim, Calif. @ City National Grove
Oct. 06 - Tempe, Ariz. @ Marquee Theatre
Oct. 08 - Dallas, Texas @ Canton Hall
Oct. 09 - St. Louis, Mo. @ The Ready Room
Oct. 11 - Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade
Oct. 12 - Tampa Bay, Fla. @ Jannus Live

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