Release date: 17 March 2003
Style: Power metal


8.4 | 512 votes


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01. Abandoned, Pleased, Brainwashed, Exploited
02. Gravenimage
03. The Cage
04. Silver Tongue
05. The Misery
06. Victoria's Secret
07. Champagne Bath
08. Broken
09. The Rest Of The Sun Belongs To Me [Japanese bonus]
10. The Ruins Of My Life
11. Draw Me

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Additional info
Recorded at Tico Tico Studio, by Ahti Kortelainen during September - November 2002.
Mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox Studios and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios in November and December 2002.

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Like a cold Scandinavian wind on a big snowfield - just as powerful starts the newest album of Sonata Arctica. Like the ice patterns made by Mother Nature - just as beautiful are the melodies of Winterheart's Guild. Like a howl of a mighty wolf - just as strong is the vocals of Tony Kakko.

Winterheart's Guild flows up and down with speed and power. The first track 'Abandoned, Pleased, Brainwashed, Exploited' makes a really powerful start. With this awesome power they grab you into the pleasant ice storms of Sonata Arctica and you can't fight your way out of there. Even more - you don't want to leave the storm. As the album continues the storm gets a bit slower and warmer - 'Gravenimage' - a soft and beautiful track that takes your journey from the ice deserts under the protection of high cliffs where you can warm yourself with a small fire and watch the amazing beauty of Northern Lights. Yet your journey isn't over and you have to step into the storms again. And so you travel trough the storms from a cave to a small village and so on.

published 22.09.2003 | Comments (19)

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Baz Anderson - 20.12.2009 at 03:06  
  I don't understand how the first two albums have a better reputation than this one. This is just magic.
Zuzuz0r - 20.12.2009 at 05:07  
  Their worst album for me, the only songs that save it are Gravenimage and The Ruins of My Life.
Baz Anderson - 20.12.2009 at 16:46  
Written by Zuzuz0r on 20.12.2009 at 05:07

Their worst album for me, the only songs that save it are Gravenimage and The Ruins of My Life.

Worst? You mean you prefer "Unia"?
Just goes to show how tastes differ... "The Cage" and such are just some of the best in the genre in my opinion.
Ellrohir - 20.12.2009 at 17:30  
  I somehow only remember "The Cage" from listening to this bad? maybe...
Zuzuz0r - 20.12.2009 at 22:43  
  @Baz Anderson: Yeah, I prefer Unia over WHG, I've never really liked that album, even when Sonata Arctica was my favorite band ever, I felt dissapointed when I listened to it after Silence, and I got bored instantly when listening to it.
Baz Anderson - 20.12.2009 at 23:13  
  Try it again?
Promonex - 20.12.2009 at 23:25  
Rating: 9
Written by Zuzuz0r on 20.12.2009 at 05:07

Their worst album for me, the only songs that save it are Gravenimage and The Ruins of My Life.

Those clearly are the best songs on the album and in my opinion two of their - if not even THEIR - best songs ever. "APBE" is also great and so is "The Cage." The rest is your usual Sonata Arctica filler stuff, but due to those four aforementioned songs I agree with Barry and rate Winterheart's Guild as Sonata's best album to date.
Darkside Momo - 20.12.2009 at 23:31  
Rating: 8 I really think this is Sonata's finest moment. It has fillers like any Sonata album, but The Cage, Gravenimage, and Broken are really some of their best songs imo.
Richard - 21.12.2009 at 05:15  
  I'm not a fan of this band, or generally into happy power metal - but I own a couple of Sonata's CD's, and ultimately 'The Cage' seems to be their ultimate anthem IMO. It's still kind of cheesy, but the melodies and everything just work so well - if only they had other songs that worked so well.
Uirapuru - 21.12.2009 at 09:07  
  Victoria´s Secret is just beautiful. Along with a bunch of other songs. How can anyone prefer Unia?

I like St. Anger
Mountain King - 25.09.2010 at 17:07  
  Of course this is SA's best album! The Misery is an amazing ballad. Victoria's Secret is so beautiful and the middle part is a modern day concerto. Gravenimage is beautiful as well, beautiful piano intro...Champagne Bath, Broken, The Cage are all great songs...
Starchild - 22.12.2010 at 13:26  
Rating: 10 Ecliptice and silence are great, but this one is really amazing, their best album. And one of the best power metal albums of all time for me.
Cal Wolvington - 24.05.2012 at 15:07  
  I am another who prefers the debut over this one, they just don't so fresh and inspired on this album anymore, which makes sense. In a way, the debut is always going to sound more youthful, it is unavoidable. Still like this album a lot though, The Ruins Of My Life is a killer track and one of the best they have ever done. Oddly enough I actually think they sounded more inspired on the follow-up "Reckoning Night" as well.
Milena - 14.06.2012 at 22:44  
Rating: 8
Written by Baz Anderson on 20.12.2009 at 03:06

I don't understand how the first two albums have a better reputation than this one. This is just magic.

Array - 22.09.2012 at 20:55  
  Not sure what's the issue with me and this album. I have wanted to buy it ever since it was released, but somehow I just always choose something else. And it's not that I wait for a cheaper price, this is only 10 . Anyway, it's one of the band's finest.
LordHypnos - 02.10.2012 at 01:37  
Rating: 8 Their last good album imo. My favorites are Gravenimage, Victoria's Secret and Broken.
Stunning Cactus - 14.01.2014 at 08:42  
  Gravenimage all the way. Although Draw Me really sticks out to me as well. This is one underrated album in my opinion.

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