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Customer Reviews

Can't you just feel the passion?

Sonata Arctica has been a band that has maybe four or five songs per album that really strike my fancy, but here, they show some real capability. They've always been a great band in my mind, with a lot of diversity and potential, and I think they really hit the nail on the head here. Amazing album, with all the elements of greatness added in. Great effort, from a great band.

Where are the stories?

Musically, this album is still amazing- but what brought me to Sonata Arctica, and keeps me coming back for more is the stories they tell with their music, something I felt was missing from this album. Which is fine, not every song needs a story, but sadly this album isn't for me! I'll come back for their next though, and in the meantime there is always their back catalog, which never stops being amazing! I understand the need for artists to grow, but sometimes that growth happens to go in a different direction than my tastes! It happens.

A Progression of the New Sonata Arctica

Love it or hate it, Sonata's progression continues on this album, continuing trends begun on Reckoning Night and Unia toward slower tempos. I personally miss the older, faster, more powerful sound they used to produce, but there are some nice songs on this offering, and all the passion you've come to expect from the musicianship and vocals is in full effect. Bands grow and mature in their sound as they go on down the line, and that is truly the case with Sonata Arctica. And if you ever get the chance to see them live, don't miss it. These guys are masters of their craft and true showmen who put on a great live performance.


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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Stones Grow Her Name, Sonata Arctica
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: May 22, 2012

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