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5.0 out of 5 stars Best SA, 7 April 2005
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This review is from: Reckoning Night (Audio CD)
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
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Mr. P. G. Mccarthy (Southampton, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Reckoning Night (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
5.0 out of 5 stars not their best, but still absolutely amazing!!!!!, 14 Oct 2004
This review is from: Reckoning Night (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! (5/5)
Wildfire - Nik Van-Eckmann returns with a very eerie opening to this song, and then it kicks in.Again a fast SA song - and tony's singing just can't be topped. (5/5)
White Pearl, Black Oceans - Clocking in at just under 9 minutes this is the longest song on the album, and what a song it is. Starting with waves, then Tony, then Guitar with a beautiful keyboard melody behind. Another one for the best song on the album (5/5)
Shamandalie - Another slow song (they've grouped the two slower ones at the end for some reason) but it is, yet again, an amazing song. A good end to the album, but...it lacks the raw emotion of Draw me, Power of One and Destruction Preventer.(4.5/5)
To conclude - This album is an excellent album but not as instantly accessable as WHG, silence and ecliptica.
SA rule, most bands have had at least one rubbish album by now. Sonata arctica just seem to be unable to write a bad song.
Goodbye and Good night
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!, 24 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Reckoning Night (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
This review is from: Reckoning Night (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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