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Album Review

Sonata Arctica continue the tradition of their Finnish contemporaries, like Stratovarius and so on, and offer a bunch of interesting solos and melodies on Ecliptica. Sonata Arctica have proven earlier that they do have the skills and potential to make an exceptional heavy metal album, although here they seem to have chosen the easy path. Nevertheless, hit songs such as "Blank File" and "Unopened" will satisfy the "everyfan" of heavy metal, and as a debuting band, Sonata Arctica are not bad. ~ Antti J. Ravelin, Rovi


Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Finnish prog metal quartet Sonata Arctica specializes in a soaring, orchestral variation on European heavy metal, fusing the sweeping, romantic bombast of bands like Europe with the over-the-top instrumental chops of Dream Theater. Born in 1996, the band, which included vocalist Tony Kakko, guitarist Jani Liimatainen, drummer Tommy Portimo, keyboardist Mikko Harkin, and bassist Janne Kivilahti, recorded a handful of demos before releasing their first single, "UnOpened," on Spinefarm Records in July...
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Ecliptica, Sonata Arctica
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  • 11,88 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 09 September 1999

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