The group Sonata Arctica was born from the meeting of Tony Kakko
(vocals, keyboards), Tommy Portimo (drums) of Pentti Peura (bass),
Jani Liimatainen (guitar) and Marko Paasikoski (guitar) in 1996
in Kemi (Finland ). The group's name at this time is Tricky Beans,
it was only in 1999 that the name of Sonata Arctica is adopted.
From 1996 to 1999, the group just to make themselves known, but
he recorded several demos for its promotion. The music of power
metal band eventually attract a record label and the band's first
album ( "Ecliptica") was released in 1999. Sonata Arctica
provides the first parts of Stratovarius and Alice Cooper allowing
it to be widely known.