|Release||November 22, 1999|
|Recorded||1999 at Tico-Tico Studio|
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:
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.
In the song "Letter to Dana", the title character, Dana O'Hara, is named after The X-Files's Dana Scully.
|3.||"8th Commandment" (Kakko, Liimatainen)||3:41|
|4.||"Replica" (Kakko, Liimatainen)||4:55|
|5.||"Kingdom for a Heart"||3:51|
|7.||"Letter to Dana"||6:00|
|9.||"Picturing the Past" (Kakko, Liimatainen)||3:36|
|11.||"Mary-Lou" (bonus track on Korean, Japanese, South American and other releases)||4:30|
- Remastered 2008 Edition
|12.||"Letter to Dana (Returned to Sender)"||4:38|
- Tony Kakko – vocals, keyboards
- Jani Liimatainen – guitars
- Janne Kivilahti – bass guitar
- Tommy Portimo – drums
- Raisa Aine – flute on "Letter to Dana"
- Mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox Studios and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios.