Sonata Arctica decide to sell-out...,
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This was the album in which Sonata Arctica decided to change their musical direction, as did some other power metal bands in this era of the second half of the 2000s (Edguy, Nightwish...). Unfortunately, contrary to what some will have you believe, this is in fact the worst Sonata Arctica album besides "Stones Grow Her Name". It is not more complex or difficult to "get", but is merely a poorly done mess, with completely forgettable vocal melodies, uninspired and flat solos, and some poor vocals here and there in the background (growling and the like). In other words it is a sell-out album, with little actual power or symphonic metal, and a move towards alternative metal and more mainstream approaches to the genre.
To be fair, there are some good riffs here and there, and not all of the songs are too bad. However, this is very poor by power metal standards, and especially in comparison to Sonata Arctica's own previous efforts. Go for their first four albums, these are by far the best, and ignore their subsequent efforts until they decide to write real music again.