Sonata Arctica - Reckoning Night


8.2 | 572 votes |
Release date: 11 October 2004
Style: Power metal

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01. Misplaced
02. Blinded No More
03. Ain't Your Fairytale
04. Reckoning Day, Reckoning Night...
05. Don't Say A Word
06. The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Real Puppet
07. My Selene
08. Wildfire
09. White Pearl, Black Oceans...
10. Shamandalie
11. Jam [hidden track]
12. Wrecking The Sphere [Japanese bonus]

Staff review by
Malcolm
Rating:
8.9
There's always something special when one of your favorite band releases a new album, don't you think?
Well, now that special moment has come for me again, for the third time this year, and this time it's Sonata Arctica's turn.
And I was really excited before putting this into my player, because once again I was stunned by the beautiful cover, damn, the covers are getting better and better, and I didn't think they could do a better one than "Winterheart's Guild", but damn, how wrong could a man be?

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published 12.10.2004 | Comments (12)

Guest review by
Bas
Rating:
6.6
When you see this CD standing on a shelf in your favourite CD-store, don't let the wonderful cover art fool you, yes it is beautiful, yes it is creative, yes it has the Sonata Arctica logo on it, but this album certainly isn't beautiful or creative, and in fact doesn't even really sound like Sonata Arctica either.

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published 10.09.2006 | Comments (11)

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31.12.2009 - 19:48
Baz Anderson
This might actually be my favourite Sonata Arctica album, actually.
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31.12.2009 - 19:58
tulkas
el parcero
Same here. I love this one, though I still don't get why so many people dislike it. Almost all songs I like a lot, A LOT, and the lyrics are great as well. If not my favorite SA album, definitely one of my favs.
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love is like a jar of shit with a strawberry on top
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01.01.2010 - 03:42
Zuzuz0r
My absolute favorite from SA, this is where the band(or Tony I must say) started to focus more on composition, rather than making guitar-keyboard solo dueling, that's why I like it.
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If this grand panorama before me is what you call God
Then God is not dead.
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01.01.2010 - 16:02
Baz Anderson
It's definitely one that takes more time to get to know because the production is quite different for them - so that puts people off from the first line.

There's all kinds of stuff on here though, so when you've got used to it all it really is an amazing album... "White Pearl, Black Oceans" might be my favourite.
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30.05.2010 - 03:16
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Chaos Reaper
Written by Baz Anderson on 31.12.2009 at 19:48

This might actually be my favourite Sonata Arctica album, actually.

mine as well!
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20.05.2011 - 03:18
Rating: 9
powa_emanuel
Do not understand how "Wrecking The Sphere" is a bonus track. It's a great song!
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05.03.2012 - 22:47
Rating: 9
opeth771
Without any doubt their best album... I wish they would go back to their older style
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14.06.2012 - 22:48
Rating: 9
Milena
Learning To "X"
If they cut the forced crap such as "Misplaced" and "Ain't Your Fairytale", this would have been one of my top ten albums... ever? But the rest makes up for it big style.

WPBO is the best SA track to this date, and "The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Real Puppet" takes the cake as my personal favorite SA track. That's their only vaguely proggy song ever and is it good.
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"There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors."
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15.06.2012 - 16:39
Baz Anderson
Written by Milena on 14.06.2012 at 22:48

If they cut the forced crap such as "Misplaced" and "Ain't Your Fairytale", this would have been one of my top ten albums... ever? But the rest makes up for it big style.

WPBO is the best SA track to this date, and "The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Real Puppet" takes the cake as my personal favorite SA track. That's their only vaguely proggy song ever and is it good.

"Ain't Your Fairytale" is an awesome track!
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15.06.2012 - 22:04
Rating: 9
Milena
Learning To "X"
Written by Baz Anderson on 15.06.2012 at 16:39

"Ain't Your Fairytale" is an awesome track!

I go through stages of hating it and loving it it was forced though. Tony was putting pressure on himself to write "Sonata Arctica songs" instead of just "songs", so most of the faster tracks on this album were penned when he hit the studio, set the metronome to one of these ridiculous speeds and tried to write a song around it.
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"There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors."
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16.06.2012 - 03:25
Baz Anderson
Written by Milena on 15.06.2012 at 22:04

I go through stages of hating it and loving it it was forced though. Tony was putting pressure on himself to write "Sonata Arctica songs" instead of just "songs", so most of the faster tracks on this album were penned when he hit the studio, set the metronome to one of these ridiculous speeds and tried to write a song around it.

Well if that is true, I wish he did that now...
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16.06.2012 - 09:09
Rating: 9
Milena
Learning To "X"
Written by Baz Anderson on 16.06.2012 at 03:25

Well if that is true, I wish he did that now...

Yeah, now he's forcing himself to write in a more simple way. Just damn, dude. Make up your mind already.
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"There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors."
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01.04.2014 - 00:06
Stunning Cactus
White Pearl, Black Oceans is absolutely one of my top 5 Sonata Arctica songs and always will be. They don't write like that anymore...
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"I always knew metal would live on. I was right."
~Me, 2013
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26.04.2014 - 21:33
Rating: 5
raveneffect
Really didnt liked their aproach on this one. It felt just mediocre.
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23.10.2015 - 11:21
Rating: 6
TrueMetalJope
Never got into this album and hence this is the last album I've heard from them. Now I'm not 100% sure if the album is way worse than their previous stuff or if it just lead me to realizing that I didn't even like the band that much in the first place. Well, either way, AFAICR they used to do it better, and the only thing that is really good about this album is "White Pearl, Black Oceans", beside the front cover image.
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The guitar is my sword, I'll fight 'til I die /../
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