- Vinyl (4 Dec. 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Century Media
- ASIN: B0000525PW
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,008,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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It's potent, inspiring and uplifting. The album cracks along at a frantic pace though there are quieter moments and it never gets too heavy or discordant. There are plenty of guitar solos which easily give Gilmour a run for his money.
Stand out tracks for me are "Full Moon" and the ballad "Letter to Dana". The final track "Destruction Preventer" moves between sections of almost poetic beauty to full on riffs.
I kind of found my way into Power Metal after hearing Nightwish and the experience just gets better the more I explore. Sonata Arctica are probably up there as my favourite band in the genre, along with Nightwish and Within Temptation. Heavier than Edenbridge but certainly more accessible than Therion, even if you're not a fan of Power Metal or Heavy Rock this is well worth a try.
Maybe not as consistent as later albums, but songs like Replica and FullMoon will always be heard live and on compilations. Some of their best tracks to date are here on Ecliptica.
If you've never heard of SA this is an OK place to start, at the beginning. Power Metal with lots of melody and theatrics, a bit like Queen speeded up. Early SA has been likened to Stratovarius who were definitely an influence, but there is no band really which can match them, they are pretty much unique.
Sonata Arctica's debut album burst onto the scene with such gusto and youthful enthusiasm, it's hard not to like it. There's fast-paced neoclassical speed metal guitar shredding, and lots of cheesy 90's keyboard harpsichord sounds. The lyrics focus on the usual themes of fantasy, love, kingdoms and over nonsensical topics we're not really bothered about, because it comes with the territory, and above all else though, it really is 100% cheese, and that's what we love about the genre!
I first came across this band when I heard 'Replica' on a compilation CD. I loved it! I was completely blown away by how awesome this band sounded and to this day, that is still one of my favourite songs (and I still have no idea what it's about, either). I rushed out to get 'Ecliptica' and was not disappointed. 'Kingdom for a Heart', 'Full Moon', 'Letter to Dana', 'Mary Lou' and 'Picturing the Past' are all fine examples of why power metal should never be so easily dismissed. Oh, and 'Replica' too!!!. This album is worth it for that song alone.
I've been stuck for ages writing this review, struggling to think of anything clever or witty to say. The truth is, this is a typical power metal album, and if you're not a fan of the genre, you won't notice any difference here between Sonata Arctica and any other band. But there's just some sort of charm about this record that makes it fresh and exciting, and definitely worth trying out.
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This cd has a rip roaring entry with *Blank File*, this is one of the only times ove ever put a cd on, and not been back at my chair by time the music has gotten into full flow, and of course my head is banging like something no quite right. From then on the album just gets better, with the softer side of SA coming through on tracks like *Replica* and *Letter to Dana*.
This album also contains one of SA's best and best known songs, *Full Moon* a fantastic song and the first SA i ever heard, its its a lightning fast melee of guitars, drums and one relatively small Finn singing his heart out. A true masterpiece, if nothing else find this track.
This album shows the extremely skilled technical billiance and high energy which is emblematic of the the whole power metal movement, and belongs to all, but is championed by fewer better than SA.
I would recommend this cd wholeheartedly to any fan of metal and especially to power metal fans. It is simply brilliant.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
same again bit of a problem getting it to play on my hifiPublished on 25 Jan. 2015 by Philip Deeming
Not a big fan of Dana (would rather have had full moon on there twice) Maybe on an acoustic album???Published on 1 Nov. 2013 by Matt
Discovered SA about 6 months ago. If you love 80s rock and have been unable to find an update this is it. Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2011 by Mr. Gp Harris
This is the 1st Album, i heard, by this Band, and loved it, straight away. i av purchased some of their other Albums, but i can't get in to them, they just don't seem to have the... Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2011 by Mr. C. A. Tiffany
If you're a fan of SA but have never heard this their first CD, buy it now, because they really did hit the ground running with Ecliptica. For me it is one of their best albums. Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2009 by Big Red