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Release date: 11 October 2004
Style: Power metal

Rating:

8.2 | 517 votes

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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]

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Lyrics (10)

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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Baz Anderson - 31.12.2009 at 19:48  
  This might actually be my favourite Sonata Arctica album, actually.
tulkas - 31.12.2009 at 19:58  
  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.
Zuzuz0r - 01.01.2010 at 03:42  
  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.
Baz Anderson - 01.01.2010 at 16:02  
  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.
Vitriolic Hate - 30.05.2010 at 03:16  
 
Written by Baz Anderson on 31.12.2009 at 19:48

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

mine as well!
powa_emanuel - 20.05.2011 at 03:18  
Rating: 9 Do not understand how "Wrecking The Sphere" is a bonus track. It's a great song!
opeth771 - 05.03.2012 at 22:47  
Rating: 9 Without any doubt their best album... I wish they would go back to their older style
Milena - 14.06.2012 at 22:48  
Rating: 9 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.
Baz Anderson - 15.06.2012 at 16:39  
 
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!
Milena - 15.06.2012 at 22:04  
Rating: 9
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.
Baz Anderson - 16.06.2012 at 03:25  
 
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...
Milena - 16.06.2012 at 09:09  
Rating: 9
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.
Stunning Cactus - 01.04.2014 at 00:06  
  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...
RavenEffect - 26.04.2014 at 21:33  
Rating: 5 Really didnt liked their aproach on this one. It felt just mediocre.

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