Tony Kakko

Toni Kristian "Tony" Kakko (born 16 May 1975) is a Finnish musician, composer and vocalist. He is mainly known as the vocalist, primary songwriter, and creative force in the band Sonata Arctica since 1996.[1]

Tony Kakko
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Tony Kakko at a Sonata Arctica concert in 2016
Background information
Birth nameToni Kristian Kakko
Born16 May 1975 (age 43)
Kemi, Finland
GenresPower metal,
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, keyboard, acoustic guitar
Years active1996–present
Associated actsSonata Arctica,
Northern Kings,
Van Canto,
Avalon (Finnish band),
Raskasta Joulua


Kakko was born in Kemi, Finland and joined Sonata Arctica in 1996, after studying keyboards for two years and singing informally in local festivals. He assumed both the keyboards and the vocals, but after the release of the band's first album, decided to concentrate on singing with the joining of Mikko Härkin. The bands Queen, Stratovarius, Children of Bodom and Nightwish are amongst his biggest musical influences. Kakko also states the season of winter as one of his influences. His singing style is clean and generally high-pitched. He sings in the tenors range, and has begun to scream on later releases with Sonata, especially The Days of Grays, but also some screams in the background on Unia.

Tony appeared as a guest male vocalist in Nightwish's 2001 remake of their song "Astral Romance", which appeared on the EP Over the Hills and Far Away. He also sang backing vocals on the song "Over the Hills and Far Away" and sang a duet with Tarja Turunen on the live version of "Beauty and the Beast." Tony appears on stage with Tarja performing "Beauty and the Beast," on Nightwish's live DVD From Wishes to Eternity. He performed guest vocals in the song "Wasted Time" from Heavenly's album Virus and did backing vocals for Before the Bleeding Sun, the fifth album of the Finnish band Eternal Tears of Sorrow, and Epica's song White Waters from the album Design Your Universe. More recently, he has been involved with a project Northern Kings, in which he, along with Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto (Charon), Marco Hietala (Tarot, Nightwish) and Jarkko Ahola (Teräsbetoni) sings covers of classics from decades past.

In July 2015, it was announced that Kakko would replace Jukka Nevalainen as Nightwish's special guest at the 2015 edition of Rock in Rio.[2]

Selected discography

Sonata Arctica

Northern Kings

Guest appearances


  1. ^ Biography at Archived 15 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Rock in Rio: Jukka Nevalainen cancela participação no show do Nightwish; Tony Kakko substitui". O Globo (in Portuguese). Grupo Globo. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.

External links

Don't Say a Word (EP)

Don't Say a Word is Sonata Arctica's fourth EP released on 30 August 2004 through the label Nuclear Blast.Don't Say a Word was covered by German symphonic metal band Xandria in their 2015 EP Fire & Ashes.


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. In 2016, vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter Tony Kakko described the album as "like the extension of our demo, we didn't know what we were doing so that reflects on the album and makes kind of cute if you will."

End of Innocence (Nightwish)

End of Innocence is the second official DVD release of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. The DVD features numerous clips of the band performing livetracks, including a recording of the band performing one of their first songs; "Beauty and the Beast", with bassist Marco Hietala performing the male vocal part (in the past this part was performed by Tuomas Holopainen or Tony Kakko, from Sonata Arctica).

However, unlike most music DVDs, the main portion of the disc is dedicated to the End of Innocence Documentary (directed by Timo Halo), which involves a long interview with Tuomas Holopainen (Keyboards), Jukka Nevalainen (Drums) and Tapio Wilska (Guest musician and friend of the band, also ex-vocalist of Finntroll), as well as several short clips of the band performing, playing pranks on support bands, recording in the studio and generally having fun.It also contained a short intro song called Kiteen Pallo, which can also be found on the Nightwish website.The limited edition also includes a live CD, called Live at Summer Breeze 2002, which included the tracks "End of All Hope", "Dead to the World", "10th Man Down", "Slaying the Dreamer", "Over the Hills and Far Away", "Sleeping Sun", "The Kinslayer" and "Come Cover Me".


Fire-Hearted is the third studio album by metal musician Elias Viljanen as solo artist. The album features Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot, Northern Kings) and Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica, Northern Kings) on vocals. Also contributing is Jari Kainulainen (Evergrey, Ex-Stratovarius) on bass, Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) on keyboards and Mikko Sirén (Apocalyptica) on drums. The album was out in June 2009. The song "Last Breath of Love" with Marco on vocals can be heard on Elias' Myspace together with the title-track.

Fuel for the Fire (Ari Koivunen album)

Fuel for the Fire is the first album by Ari Koivunen, the winner of the 2007 Finnish Idols competition.

Among the metal artists who have contributed material to the album are Timo Tolkki (ex Stratovarius, Revolution Renaissance), Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot, Northern Kings), Janne Joutsenniemi (Suburban Tribe), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica, Northern Kings) and Jarkko Ahola (Teräsbetoni, Northern Kings).

Jarkko Ahola

Jarkko Kalevi Ahola (Toijala, 24 August 1977) is a performing artist, a composer and a singer. He is the vocalist and bass player and one of the three songwriters of the band Teräsbetoni. He is also a member of a Finnish symphonic metal cover supergroup Northern Kings together with Marco Hietala from Nightwish, Tarot and Sapattivuosi, Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica and Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto from Charon and Harmaja.

Other bands Jarkko has been involved with are Dreamtale, Cosmic Spell and Helmisetti. In addition, Jarkko has taken part in the Raskasta Joulua project incorporating the sound of metal to Christmas carols. He is a lefthanded bass player.

In 2013 took part in the project Forces United, where he acted in the role of vocalist. The project also took part Maxim Samosvat, Konstantin Seleznev, Daria Stavrovich

List of Over the Hills and Far Away editions

Over the Hills and Far Away is an EP by Finnish symphonic power metal quintet Nightwish, released in 2001 by both Spinefarm Records and Drakkar Records. It is their first and only EP. It was released in the United States in 2004 by Century Media Records. The bassist Sami Vänskä would leave the band after the recording of this CD, due to musical differences between him and Tuomas. Sami would be replaced by the current bassist and vocalist, Marco Hietala.

Music Inspired by the Life and Times of Scrooge

Music Inspired by the Life and Times of Scrooge is the first solo album by Finnish songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, best known for his work in the symphonic metal band Nightwish. It was based on cartoonist Don Rosa's The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, a graphic novel which featured the Carl Barks Disney comics character of the same name. Rosa contributed the cover artwork. The first single, "A Lifetime of Adventure" was released on February 5, 2014 along with a music video directed by Ville Lipiäinen.It features several vocalists including Johanna Kurkela, Tony Kakko of Sonata Arctica and narration by Alan Reid, with lyrics in English and Scottish Gaelic. It also features the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the choir group Metro Voices, and several guest musicians including fellow Nightwish member Troy Donockley.

Northern Kings

Northern Kings was a Finnish symphonic metal cover supergroup, made up of four well known musicians: Jarkko Ahola from Teräsbetoni, ex-Dreamtale, Marco Hietala from Nightwish and Tarot, Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica and Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto from Charon and Harmaja.

Their first single, "We Don't Need Another Hero", (originally performed by Tina Turner) was released in 2007, followed by their debut album Reborn. In late 2008, their second album Rethroned was released, headlined by the single "Kiss from a Rose" (originally performed by Seal). They last released a single "Lapponia" in 2010.

Over the Hills and Far Away (album)

Over the Hills and Far Away is the first EP by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released in 2001 through both Spinefarm Records and Drakkar Records. Bassist Sami Vänskä left the band after its recording, due to musical differences between him and Tuomas Holopainen. He was replaced by the current bassist and male vocalist, Marco Hietala.The editions by Drakkar and Century Media contain different live tracks taken from the live DVD From Wishes to Eternity, recorded in Tampere, Finland, on 29 December 2000.The EP debuted at number one on the Finnish Singles Chart and spent twelve weeks in the top three, topping it for another four weeks and spending six weeks at number two. It charted for a total of 49 weeks, including two weeks in early 2004. The EP has been awarded double-platinum certification in Finland and has sold over 36,000 copies to date, becoming the sixth-best-selling single of all time in Finland. Over the Hills and Far Away entered also the European charts, in the Top 100 of Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland.The EP has two new songs and a remake of Angels Fall First's "Astral Romance", sung by Tony Kakko beside Tarja Turunen. The title song is by Northern Irish singer and guitarist Gary Moore, and has backing vocals by Tuomas Holopainen and Kakko. "It had a bit of a karaoke vibe because the backing track was so similar," Moore observed. "I don't mean that insultingly, but it was almost identical. I believe they're a pretty big band now, so it's cool that they did it." Tapio Wilska sings on "10th Man Down".

Sonata Arctica

Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from the town of Kemi, Finland. Created as a hard rock band named Tricky Beans, they later changed to Tricky Means and finally to Sonata Arctica, when they shifted to power metal. The current line-up consists of singer, keyboardist and songwriter Tony Kakko, guitarist Elias Viljanen, bass guitarist Pasi Kauppinen, keyboardist and keytarist Henrik Klingenberg, and drummer Tommy Portimo. All the musicians of the band's history except Portimo also acted as backing vocalists.

As of 2016, the band has released nine full-length albums (three via Spinefarm Records and six via Nuclear Blast), their most recent being The Ninth Hour on October 7, 2016.

Stones Grow Her Name

Stones Grow Her Name is the 7th full-length studio album by Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica. It was released in Finland on May 16, 2012, in Europe on May 18, 2012, in North America on May 22, 2012 and in Japan on May 23, 2012. It was the last album to feature longtime bassist Marko Paasikoski. In a 2014 interview about the album's successor Pariah's Child, vocalist and songwriter Tony Kakko referred to it as "a rock album [more] than anything else", comparing it to the more back-to-the roots sound of the 2014 band's release.

The Collection (Sonata Arctica album)

The Collection is Sonata Arctica's second compilation album. It was released on November 15, 2006 by Spinefarm Records.

The Days of Grays

The Days of Grays is the sixth full-length studio album by Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica. The album was released on September 16, 2009 in Finland, September 18 in Europe and September 22 in North America through Nuclear Blast. The special edition of the album includes the album along with an orchestral CD as a digipak.It is the first album with guitarist Elias Viljanen and also the first since 1999's Ecliptica in which vocalist Tony Kakko also plays the keyboards.

The End of This Chapter

The End of This Chapter is the name of Sonata Arctica's first compilation album, named after the track (taken from their album Silence). It was released in August 2005 in Japan, but European release dates indicate May 3, 2006.

Tribe of Force

Tribe of Force is the third album by German acapella metal band Van Canto.The album was released on 1 March 2010. This is the band's first release with Napalm Records.

The track listing features 13 tracks, two of them being covers ("Master of Puppets" by Metallica and "Rebellion" by Grave Digger), and three of them featuring guest artists: Victor Smolski (from Rage) guest appears in "One To Ten", Tony Kakko (from Sonata Arctica) guest appears on "Hearted" and Chris Boltendahl (from Grave Digger) guest appears in "Rebellion".

Two of this album's songs ("Water, Fire, Heaven, Earth" & "Hearted") have been, among Within Temptation's "Our Farewell", the inspiration for "Forevermore", a song by the Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA, featuring the mild-autistic Ruurd Woltring. The recording of this song was made possible thanks to the Dutch TV-show "Niks te gek" (Nothing too crazy), in which mentally disabled people get their wishes granted.

Winterheart's Guild

Winterheart's Guild is the third studio album by the power metal band Sonata Arctica. It was released in 2003 through Spinefarm Records. In a 2014 interview, vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter Tony Kakko said inspiration for writing "The Ruins of My Life" came from the film Braveheart.

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