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A very good album indeed...,
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I like this album a lot. It is complex yet catchy, heavy and also very soft in places. I have been listening to Sonata Arctica for several years now and after buying the amazing Winterhearts Guild (2003) I have gradually collected all their back catalogue. Strangely for a band with 7 studio albums of original material I have never been disappointed with anything I have bought of theirs.
If you've heard Sonata Arctica before then expect a combination of the catchy Reckoning Night (2005) and perhaps a few of the complex bits from the wonderful Unia (2007). A clever album, almost immediately accesible but full of little hooks which keep me coming back for more. I have listened to very little else over the past week.
If you have never heard Sonata Arctica before then I would describe them as follows:
Hard Rock/Metal with a bit of Speed from time to time, slightly symphonic with rousing anthems. Technically brilliant and very varied with a truly beautiful emotional element.
I actually would give this album 4.5 stars if possible. It is better than a 4 star album but because I have listened to Sonata Arctica a lot in the past I kind of have an emotional attachment to some of their earlier albums.
In summary this is very close to their best and I like it more every time I listen to it but my personal favourite albums by Sonata Arctica are:
Winterherarts Guild (2003)
Reckoning Night (2005)
I doubt that you will be disappointed.