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Winterheart's Guild

8 Feb 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 31 Mar 2003
  • Release Date: 31 Mar 2003
  • Label: Universal Music Group International
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 Spin-Farm Oy
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  • Total Length: 54:50
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  • ASIN: B00346R06O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,309 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By George Cook on 5 Jan 2005
Format: Audio CD
ok, you know the deal - its a bunch of ridiculously talented power metallers from finland: look at the bottom of the page there... you'll see a few other bands who can make exactly the same claim and show you to their album collection instead.
So what sets Sonata Arctica apart? Well, the answer would be this album! It is without doubt one of the greatest achievements mankind has produced, ever. The music is so brilliantly composed, including the most catchy - and powerful - melodies you will ever hear. The raw emotion behind the songs comes out perfectly, such as in the beatiful 'broken', an incredibly moving piece, or the fast paced 'victoria's secret', a great tune but with real emotion behind it, an feeling that comes out every time you listen to the songs.
I would recommend this work of art to anyone in possession of some sort of music playing device - I honestly can't understand why anyone wouldn't enjoy listening to a collection of the finest music in the universe.
It doesn't deserve 5 stars - it deserves a lot more, perhaps some kind of award.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best Power Metal records I have heard in quite a while, and while comparisons between Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius have been made in the past, this album shows that Sonata are in a class of their own.
The songs are very varied and Tony's vocals suit every one of them perfectly. The lyrics seem much deeper than on "Ecliptica" and "Silence" but there is no re-hashing of anything from those records on this one. Jens Johansson of Stratovarius appears on a few of the tracks and delivers some amazing keyboard solos.
Here is my summary of each song:
1) Abandoned, Pleased, Brainwashed, Exploited - Good opening track and a real tone setter for the album (8/10)
2) Gravenimage - One of the most moving tracks and displays the real power of music (9/10)
3) The Cage - An awesome metal song with great guitar and keyboard solos (9/10)
4) Silver Tongue - Another strong track with thunderous drumming and some wonderful vocal harmonies (9/10)
5) The Misery - One of the best ballads ever written, in my opinion. Very powerful and moving (10/10)
6) Victoria's Secret - An amazing song with fast rhythms, blistering solos, and soaring vocals. A masterpiece (10/10)
7) Champagne Bath - Very catchy song with some quite angry lyrics (8/10)
8) Broken - A very moody song with very dark lyrics. The pain can be felt all the way through (9/10)
9) The Ruins of My Life - A very powerful song which continues the themes of Broken and The Misery (9/10)
10) Draw Me - A gentle piano led piece which finishes the album on a very melancholy note (9/10)
All in all, this is an amazing record and if you are a fan of this type of music or want to find out more about it for the first time then this record is for you
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "a_metal_loving_christian" on 4 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
There must be something in the water in Finland. This country never ceases to amaze me with the musical talent it's given to the world. I mean there's Children of Bodom, Nightwish, Sentenced, Charon, Stratovarius and so many more. Enter Sonata Arctica with their third studio album.
I discovered this band by accident more than anything. Well, it's the best accident I've ever had. Winterheart's Guild is one of those albums that I could leave on repeat and still never get bored.
The album kicks off in blistering fashion with 'Abandoned, Please, Brainwashed, Exploited' which gallops along at a frantic pace with time for melodic breaks. 'Gravenimage' slows things down and is one of the most moving songs I've heard in many a moon. After hearing track 3 'The Cage' you will be humming the bridge and the chorus for days. This is a very typical catchy power metal anthem and it's a delight to listen to. 'Silver Tongue' is not a typical Sonata Arctica song but nonetheless it's great mid-paced stomper which will stick in your head aswell. Next up is 'The Misery' which moves me every time I hear it. I'm not the most emotional person in the world but this song makes every hair on the back of my neck stand up. It's simply beautiful and the lyrics compliment the music perfectly. 'Victoria's Secret' speeds things up again. This song has some truly great symphonic moments and a storming ending aswell. 'Champagne Bath' is one of their angrier songs and is probably the heavisest track on show here but at the same time it's melodic in places and contains some great guitar work. Track 8 'Broken' is one of the most emotional songs Tony has ever written and you really feel like this song is from the heart. This starts off slowly but quickly builds into something very special.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Stevens on 29 Jan 2006
Format: Audio CD
How many bands consistently deliver these days? Although I love all of Sonata Arctica's studio albums, Winterheart's Guild is probably my favourite. It was songs such as "Broken" and "Victoria's Secret" that drew me further to the band, after initially purchasing Reckoning Night (after listening to previews on their website).

The songs on the album are as follows:

1. Abandoned, Pleased, Brainwashed, Exploited - As with all of Arctica's albums, Winterheart's Guild explodes into life with it's opening track. A great, meaningful Arctica classic. ("Abandoned, PLEASED! Brainwashed, EXPLOITED!"). 4 out of 5.

2. Gravenimage - Beautiful song, fantasy-based with some excellent guitar and piano solos. Slow for the most part, quick part in the middle. 4/5

3. The Cage - Another fantasy song, my favourite song overall on the album. Fast-paced throughout with a great chorus and a superb ending. 5/5

4. Silver Tongue - A catchy song for both vocals and instruments; mainly guitar riffs. 4/5

5. The Misery - Another slower, beautiful song, although I don't play this one as often as the others. 3/5

6. Victoria's Secret - Fantastic song, catchy and whimsical to lose yourself in. Maintains the same speed throughout in a kind of medieval-sounding style. 5/5

7. Champagne Bath - Probably the "lightest" song on the album; more upbeat than the others. A bit of odd keyboard work here and there but still a good song 4/5

8. Broken - As mentioned, one of the songs that drew me to Arctica. Though the vocals carry most of the rhythm it still sounds great, and there's a cool double-kick beat in the background. 5/5

9.The Ruins of My Life - This is probably the "epic" track on this album, and it holds it well.
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