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Album Review

At first it may seem a little ludicrous for Finland's Sonata Arctica to be releasing the second live album of their career, with only four studio full-lengths (and a smattering of EPs) from which to populate their set list, but you won't hear their die-hard fans complaining. After all, these power metal champions don't have many casual fans; just outright haters or devoted followers for whom their rarely wavering sonic template and scientifically orchestrated stage show simply can't be improved upon. (Keep in mind that, like most of their melodically inclined Euro metal brethren, Sonata Arctica's stage show is essentially comprised of a scaled down reenactment of Iron Maiden's format, where meticulous musicianship seems to take precedence over spontaneity more often than not.) This is why the Fin's can get away with alternating their fast and slow numbers, almost without fail, and their fans seem to eat it right up! Heck, For the Sake of Revenge almost feels like a case study for this technique, as the audience is alternately buffeted with hurricane winds generated by the countless sixteenth notes and double kick drums contained in "Misplaced," "8th Commandment," "Black Sheep," and their like; or stranded in the dead calm surrounding majestic trad metal anthems and power ballads such as "Blinded No More," "Broken," and "Graven Image." Death and black metal fans will of course get nothing out of this release (let's see them maintain a straight face as the band launches into the amazingly irony-free "Victoria's Secret"!), but For the Sake of Revenge is tailor-made for Sonata Arctica's unquestioning power metal devotees. [Nuclear Blast issued a 15-track edition in 2006.]

Customer Reviews

Who the hell reviewed this?

It's really annoying to read a review talking about Sonata Arctica fans as though they're some strange breed of wacky music fans. I'm tired of reviewers not having their names posted so they can be held accountable for the crap they often splatter all over the album's page. Seriously. These guys are great musicians and make high-energy, fun music. They can get away with releasing two live albums because, unlike most bands, they are amazing live and actually sound better than they do on their studio albums. Let's get some open-minded people to write reviews, shall we?

Sonata Arctica brings in the best

Wow, I'm blown away by all these great songs. I definitely recommend Full Moon, along with Replica. Sonata Arctica is great!

Sonata Arctica

THis is their best live album yet. better then songs of silence. Sonata Arctica is truly a good band. and is not really recognized by many people who should recognize them for they are truly remarkably coming from somebody who used to listen to only Hip Hop Music


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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For the Sake of Revenge, Sonata Arctica
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Aug 15, 2006

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