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Reckoning Night

Sonata Arctica Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (11 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B00061I0WS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Misplaced
2. Blinded No More
3. Ain't Your Fairytale
4. Reckoning Day, Reckoning Night...
5. Don't Say a Word
6. The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Real Puppet
7. My Selene
8. Wildfire
9. White, Pearl Black Oceans...
10. Shamandalie

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best SA 7 April 2005
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I've been a fan of Sonata Arctica since Ecliptica, and I never thought they'd better Silence. Winterheart's Guild, although it seems a fan favourite, lacked melody for me, but Reckoning Night is much catchier. This is a great release, and after a few months listening, I think it's the best SA to date. This fits the genre of 'melodic speed metal' much better than previous releases which are just poppy thrash in comparison.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Corny, but great 29 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is very addictive. There is much you could say to criticize it; it is quite cliched and corny but hard to stop playing it once you've started. The tracks race off at great speed with mesmerising drumming (how does he keep that up?), but at the same time the songs are melodic, even 'catchy'. The overall sound is gorgeous and the guitar solos, corny again, but clever and unbelievably fast. There are a lot of emotions on this record and it does have a serious side; there are songs about dealing with childhood issues in adult life, and this is done very sensitively and nothing like other metal bands who deal with 'issues'. As for Sonata Arctica themselves, I think that this is their best. Winterhearts Guild has some great moments but overall this one is a must have album; I can't stop playing it.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Connor
Format:Audio CD
Sonata Arctica are a truly amazing band. Their first 3 studio albums have been of the highest quality and, as they proved at bloodstock, they are one of the best live bands on this planet.
So, as you may have guessed, I have been waiting for this album since i first heard of its creation. For SA fans, they will have nothing to worry about, this album is of the same high quality as the previous ones, however in terms of songwriting this album does not live up to the absolute perfection that is Winterheart's Guild. But this does not mean it is not a good album, it only means it takes a few listens before you shall be once again hooked to every single song.
The songs:
Misplaced - A very good opener to this album, instantly tells you that you are in for a good show (4.5/5)
Blinded No More - one of the best tracks on the album, Tony once again manages to change a song so quickly, you'll hear what i mean when you hear the chorus (5/5)
Ain't Your Fairytale - fast SA, brilliant song - Jani and Henrik's talent shine through in this one (5/5)
Reckoning Day, Reckoning Night - a very odd place for an instrumental, but this is a good instrumental and really gets you ready for the next song (5/5)
Don't Say A Word - Quite possibly the best song on the album,it has been changed quite a lot from the single version - but this is a good thing, they make an already brilliant song better (5/5)
The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Real Puppet - once again, excellent song, although i really don't know what Tony is singing about (5/5)
My Selene - Another contender for the best song on the album, and Jani wrote it. It is an amazing song, I would love to hear more of Jani's songs, that guy can write a good song!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 24 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
The other reviews have covered pretty much what I think of the album, but its one of those which leave you with an afterglow inside after hearing it, no matter how many times you've heard it before. Heavy but melodic, slow in places but nothing in it feels misplaced dispite the changes that take place throughout. If you're a metal fan or just like an uplifting melody, buy this, if you don't, you're missing out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 25 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
I really like that Sonata Arctica have found their own voice. A lot of the songs on their earlier albums, although they were good, sounded too much like Stratovarius. There weren't any songs on Reckoning Night that I disliked, which is quite an accomplishment. My favourite song, and possibly the best Sonata Arctica song so far, was 'White Pearl Black Oceans', which not only is musically excellent, but has brilliant lyrics that tell the story of a lighthouse keeper who let the light go out, and his grief and guilt when he discovers the loss of a ship, culminating in him jumping off the tower to his death. The words and music convey so much, it has to be heard to be believed. Another good song is 'Don't Say a Word', about a psychopathic stalker who murders the object of his desire (apparently, this is one of three songs about the same character -- the other two are Caleb and The End of This Chapter). The music shows a sense of danger and insanity, and you have to respect Sonata Arctica for tackling a subject like this in such a way, especially from the point of view of the murderer rather than the victim. In all, I found this album to be dark, spirited, and excellent.
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