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Finland’s Sonata Arctica have navigated the tricky shoals between progressive and mainstream metal from their 1999 debut, Ecliptica, onward. On Pariah’s Child, they embrace their more ambitious instincts with a brace of songs that take creative risks but shouldn't alienate any less adventuresome listeners. Tony Kakko’s near-operatic vocals and Henrik Klingenberg’s classically tinged keyboards give the tracks a rich, often baroque coloring, with guitarist Elias Viljanen punctuating the genteel passages with blazing note volleys. As on past albums, the band show a knack for both theatrically dynamic melodies and probing lyrics that touch on mythology and science fiction themes. “Cloud Factory” (a high-flying track with a nonconformist message), “What Did You Do in the War, Dad?” (a brooding ballad framing a portrait of a troubled veteran), and “Larger Than Life” (a ruefully self-reflective piece wrapped up in lavish orchestration) are among the more provocative entries here. Odd touches—like the Southern preacher introducing “X Marks the Spot” and the medical lecture within “Blood”—should keep listeners off-balance.

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Unsure of themselves, perhaps?

I can't help but feel listening to this album that the band didn't know what direction to take musically overall. They promised with the album artwork and the classic font to return to the original Sonata Arctica sound, and yet it doesn't really come through often enough. There are worthy tracks for sure, including "The Wolves Die Young", "Take One Breath", and "What Did You Do in the War, Dad?", but if you're hoping for a return to the speedy power metal days of Winterhearts Guild and Reckoning Night, be prepared for disappointment. Pariah's Child is a step up from the last 2 albums, but not by much, and as evidenced by "X Marks the Spot", they unfortunately haven't left behind the unappealing wacky side they showcased in Stones Grow Her Name


Gran canción, llena de energía! Grande Sonata!


of course its not out yet. but of the tracks that are, they are both great and i have no dought that this album will be great. pre order it now!!


Formed: 1996

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Finnish prog metal quartet Sonata Arctica specialize 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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Pariah's Child, Sonata Arctica
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Apr 01, 2014

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