Release date: 28 March 2014
Style: Power metal

Rating:

7.8 | 126 votes

Owners:

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61 want it


01. The Wolves Die Young
02. Running Lights
03. Take One Breath
04. Cloud Factory
05. Blood
06. What Did You Do In The War, Dad?
07. Half A Marathon Man
08. X Marks The Spot
09. Love
10. Larger Than Life
11. No Pain [Japanese bonus]

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Line-up
Tony Kakko - keyboards, vocals
Henrik "Henkka" Klingenberg - keyboards
Elias "E. Vil" Viljanen - guitars
Tommy Portimo - drums
Pasi Kauppinen - bass

Session musicians
Masi Hukari - spoken word, flute
Mikko Mustonen - orchestrations
Laura Hynninen - harp

Guest musicians
Jaakko Koskinen - spoken word

Staff review by
R Lewis

Rating:
7.5
Sonata Arctica are back with a new album that, at least externally, relives the glory of the past times. A new album with the flavour of the old: old logo, old artwork style and old wolves' theme are back. What about the inside?

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published 09.03.2014 | Comments (31)

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BlankFile - 09.01.2014 at 17:58  
Rating: 9 Im really looking forward to this one. Tony Kakko said this album will be more like the "old" Sonata, more Power Metal.
kaspair - 09.01.2014 at 18:36  
  Great news!
morwen - 11.01.2014 at 18:03  
 
Written by BlankFile on 09.01.2014 at 17:58

Im really looking forward to this one. Tony Kakko said this album will be more like the "old" Sonata, more Power Metal.


Wow, I hope you're right!
Stunning Cactus - 14.01.2014 at 08:09  
Rating: 7 Fuck yeah! I love Sonata! Been recently jamming out to their "Silence" album and I hope it sounds kind of like that.
Luneth - 14.01.2014 at 15:55  
  This album could be the best of the year if it combined elements of all their albums. Ecliptica and Silence was of course their best work, very melodic and powerful. Winterheart's Guild had touches of brilliance but was definitely a change in different, interesting direction. Unia and Days of Grays now...well, they are growers and have some good songs so if this album has a bit of everything, it will be great.
Dargor - 24.01.2014 at 23:31  
Rating: 9 A sample of The Wolves Die Young from iTune.
It's still not enough for me to form an opinion, but so far I somewhat enjoy what I hear, especially the chorus. I hope that the rest of the album is heavier tho.
Risto - 24.01.2014 at 23:52  
  There's a good chance that all songs have that 1:30 sampler on iTunes, most likely the stores of central European countries.

Pre-listening session for the album has already taken place for journalists, and the "return to the roots" talk isn't to be put too much weight on as usual. It seems to be a return to the more straight forward Sonata Arctica though. (Source: KaaosZine)
FeskarN - 25.01.2014 at 15:35  
Rating: 7 That sample sounds really good. Sounds like days of grays and some Reckoning Night mixed together. Think I will buy this album after all
Gopherhawk - 31.01.2014 at 19:10  
  Hopefully the luck of the logo will snap the band out of a funk.
Darth Revan - 07.02.2014 at 05:59  
  I do hope we're done with the whole emo-quasi-progressive garbage phase. Because Stones Grow Her Name... my god. Sometimes you don't need to look farther than the cover of an album to know it'll suck.
Teravolt_Danny - 07.02.2014 at 08:17  
Rating: 9 New single: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92Xmwaf_Tog
(radio edit)
Dargor - 08.02.2014 at 16:59  
Rating: 9 Up to now, I'm really happy with this song. It's pretty simple, but very enjoyable for the genre. The melodies, the sounds, all of it fells like Reckoning Night part 2.
FeskarN - 08.02.2014 at 20:43  
Rating: 7
Written by Dargor on 08.02.2014 at 16:59

Up to now, I'm really happy with this song. It's pretty simple, but very enjoyable for the genre. The melodies, the sounds, all of it fells like Reckoning Night part 2.

Indeed, this sound like that could have been the album after Reckoning Night, Tony said this in a recent interview.
BlankFile - 17.02.2014 at 18:23  
Rating: 9 I really enjoy the new song "The Wolves Die Young". The chorus is awsome and the song structure in general is well made. Still, i really hope the rest of the album sounds even better than this songs. A mix between Silence and Ecliptica is something Sonata fans are dying to ear for several years!
mikeprado30 - 17.03.2014 at 06:20  
Rating: 9 I just would wish another happy-keyboard-power-fest like the one heard in Winterheart's Guild
DonMoenning - 25.03.2014 at 21:16  
Rating: 7 It's really hit and miss. Half of the songs on here are better than any track not named "Flag In the Ground" off of their last two albums. Then again, the other half of the tracks on here are that modern, un-listenable SA that plagued the last two.

"The Wolves Die Young", "Running Lights", "Blood", and "Half A Marathon Man" show that Tony Kakko can still write elite-level songs. "Blood" really might be the best power metal song he's written since Reckoning Night's material. Parts of "What Did You Do in the War, Dad?" (despite the atrocious song title and sappy lyrics) bring that "Champagne Bath"-esque neoclassical power metal feeling that's been missing for a decade. When the material is working, it truly feels like they're back. Some songs make you pause and go, "damn, finally!"

Unfortunately, songs like "Take One Breath", "Love", and "X Marks the Spot" are hard to take seriously because they're either boring, lame, or downright bizarre. The 14-minute closer "Larger Than Life" feels like punishment for making it through the album. Weird, directionless, and 7 minutes too long. The net result is that 1/2 the tracks here are pretty much a mandatory "skip".

Overall it's a mixed bag. What's good is great, but what's bad is some of their worst material yet. Still, it is a considerable step up from the last two, and can be debated that it's their best since Reckoning Night, as I find it pretty on-par with Unia.
Teravolt_Danny - 26.03.2014 at 01:26  
Rating: 9 All bias aside... after one listen to the album, I am in love with every song. This rarely happens for me. The new album is just astonishingly good, I'm very happy.
DarthSitthiander - 26.03.2014 at 03:04  
Rating: 9 ^+1 This thing is amazing.
Dargor - 27.03.2014 at 19:13  
Rating: 9 My verdict after 3 spins (for what its worth):
I am surprised, this is a pretty decent album! Way better than SGHN, much better than Unia and TDoG, not entirely on par with the first 4 albums.
Still, I like it very much, especially the first half which feels more like old Sonata. The other half feels more like new Sonata which I don't really mind. A few moments in the second half feels somewhat out of place but doesn't bother me much after getting used to the last 3 albums.

To me this is easily a 7.5, probably an 8.

Would buy and listen more!
Warman - 28.03.2014 at 11:25  
Rating: 7 Certianly better than that Stones Whatever It's Called, but nowhere near as good as the other albums except for Unia, possibly. I kinda liked Unia though and absolutely loved Days of Grays.

There's some great stuff here and there, but also a lot of boring passages.
ManiacBlasphemer - 28.03.2014 at 15:36  
Rating: 6 Heaps better than SGHN, but... a long way to go for this band, my rating would be around 6.8, so 7.
Bad English - 28.03.2014 at 22:16  
  What a wasit of time ... why this band cant split up ....
Troy Killjoy - 28.03.2014 at 22:53  
 
Written by Bad English on 28.03.2014 at 22:16
What a wasit of time ... why this band cant split up ....

Probably because they're popular, get to tour around the world, regularly sell out big venues, and get to write the kind of music they want with strong label support.
Bad English - 28.03.2014 at 23:23  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.03.2014 at 22:53

Written by Bad English on 28.03.2014 at 22:16
What a wasit of time ... why this band cant split up ....

Probably because they're popular, get to tour around the world, regularly sell out big venues, and get to write the kind of music they want with strong label support.


true, strong labble support but same way we can ask is that lable cares about true metal or money?
Troy Killjoy - 28.03.2014 at 23:31  
 
Written by Bad English on 28.03.2014 at 23:23
true, strong labble support but same way we can ask is that lable cares about true metal or money?

Why does it matter? The fans, band, and label all benefit from the way things are going right now... or is that "false metal"?
Bad English - 29.03.2014 at 00:20  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.03.2014 at 23:31

Written by Bad English on 28.03.2014 at 23:23
true, strong labble support but same way we can ask is that lable cares about true metal or money?

Why does it matter? The fans, band, and label all benefit from the way things are going right now... or is that "false metal"?


its euro flower metal in its worst form
Troy Killjoy - 29.03.2014 at 00:23  
 
Written by Bad English on 29.03.2014 at 00:20
its euro flower metal in its worst form

I'm not a fan of the stuff myself, but there are far more people cheering in the audience when it comes to live performances than there are people picketing outside because the band isn't "true metal".
mikeprado30 - 29.03.2014 at 00:33  
Rating: 9
Written by Bad English on 29.03.2014 at 00:20


its euro flower metal in its worst form


RavenKing's follow-up?
Northern Danger - 29.03.2014 at 08:52  
 
Written by Bad English on 28.03.2014 at 23:23

true, strong labble support but same way we can ask is that lable cares about true metal or money?

What fucking true metal?
Warman - 29.03.2014 at 10:25  
Rating: 7 I just have to say that, even though it's cheesy as hell, "Half a Marathon Man" is insanely catchy! I'm going to a party tonight. I'm going to be drunk. I'll probably play air guitar to that cheese fest.
Bad English - 29.03.2014 at 12:07  
 
Written by Northern Danger on 29.03.2014 at 08:52

What fucking true metal?


what sounds more as metal not pop music ... SA can be music on pop radio stations
moe5512 - 30.03.2014 at 12:12  
 
Written by Bad English on 29.03.2014 at 12:07

what sounds more as metal not pop music ... SA can be music on pop radio stations

How about you should stop trying to be tr0e Metalzer and open your mind. There is a lot of good music that can be played on any radio station. A WHOLE NEW WORLD for the basement dwellers


P.S you are the sexy princess
rpsgc - 30.03.2014 at 14:30  
  So much trve kvlt here. I can almost taste the snobbery and elitism.

Trve Metal 4ever! Urh Urh
DeathSlyzer - 30.03.2014 at 22:50  
 
Written by Bad English on 29.03.2014 at 12:07

Written by Northern Danger on 29.03.2014 at 08:52

What fucking true metal?


what sounds more as metal not pop music ... SA can be music on pop radio stations

Dude. You're being ridiculous. Stop acting like an elitist, and try to realize that not everything needs screaming, growling and fast as fuck/overly distorted guitars to be called good music. Cause as of now, that seems to be the only thing you would refer to as "music" at all.

I don't mind people calling it false/flower metal, but please try to understand that the world of music doesn't work like that. You should of course have your own opinions, but try to be more mature about them.
Bad English - 30.03.2014 at 22:54  
 
Written by DeathSlyzer on 30.03.2014 at 22:50

Dude. You're being ridiculous. Stop acting like an elitist, and try to realize that not everything needs screaming, growling and fast as fuck/overly distorted guitars to be called good music. Cause as of now, that seems to be the only thing you would refer to as "music" at all.

I don't mind people calling it false/flower metal, but please try to understand that the world of music doesn't work like that. You should of course have your own opinions, but try to be more mature about them.


there are good PM bands as ; Black Abyss, Gamma Ray, Civil War and that new bandwhat album be out where some blind guardian guy is, cant remeber name
mikeprado30 - 31.03.2014 at 06:17  
Rating: 9
Written by Bad English on 30.03.2014 at 22:54

there are good PM bands as ; Black Abyss, Gamma Ray, Civil War and that new bandwhat album be out where some blind guardian guy is, cant remeber name


Sinbreed. Markus Siepen & Frederik Ehmke are part of it, also Herbie Langhans from Seventh Avenue.

About the album, yes, I enjoyed it and VERY MUCH! Was better than the 4 previous ones (yes, including Reckoning Night, that IMHO is under the three earliest ones, specially Winterheart's Guild my favourite ever). And I loved the cuasi-operatic moments sung by Tony in some songs
DeathSlyzer - 31.03.2014 at 11:43  
 
Written by Bad English on 30.03.2014 at 22:54

there are good PM bands as ; Black Abyss, Gamma Ray, Civil War and that new bandwhat album be out where some blind guardian guy is, cant remeber name

Yeah, those bands are definitely good ones. It's all just a matter of what you can get used to. I never had anything against the super cheesy flower stuff to begin with. I think there's a certain irony to the cheesiness as well. It all depends on how far the band drags it.
Cynic Metalhead - 31.03.2014 at 13:20  
 
Written by DeathSlyzer on 31.03.2014 at 11:43

It's all just a matter of what you can get used to. I never had anything against the super cheesy flower stuff to begin with. I think there's a certain irony to the cheesiness as well. It all depends on how far the band drags it.

SA has rich discographies with fairly good albums initially but I'm quite adamant not to come out of the rock who says "Sonata Arctica has become flower metal". There's a certain irony of cheesiness as well? Well, it could be but I never liked their work past 4 to 5 years. They have good fame, good label and fairly fan following but I believe SA has quite a boring band. Okay, the last time I've fun with SA was Silence. Good album indeed. After that, showers of extra cheesiness and average power metal were floored.
DeathSlyzer - 31.03.2014 at 21:07  
 
Quote:
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 31.03.2014 at 13:20

It's all just a matter of what you can get used to. I never had anything against the super cheesy flower stuff to begin with. I think there's a certain irony to the cheesiness as well. It all depends on how far the band drags it.


SA has rich discographies with fairly good albums initially but I'm quite adamant not to come out of the rock who says "Sonata Arctica has become flower metal". There's a certain irony of cheesiness as well? Well, it could be but I never liked their work past 4 to 5 years. They have good fame, good label and fairly fan following but I believe SA has quite a boring band. Okay, the last time I've fun with SA was Silence. Good album indeed. After that, showers of extra cheesiness and average power metal were floored.

I'm not exactly loving the new Sonata stuff either. However, I'm currently giving it a fair chance, as I might find more things to like about this by listening to it multiple times. The music is definitely intelectual enough to catch my interest, so we'll just have to see how this gtoes. And yeah, there's plenty of ironic cheesiness. I didn't say that this album had that factor, but you might have heard of this one band. They're still pretty unknown, but does the name Manowar mean something to ya? :p
Risto - 31.03.2014 at 22:05  
  Guys, stop the quote train please! The thread is getting annoying to read.
DeathSlyzer - 31.03.2014 at 22:52  
  Yeah, I tried to do something about that. But I didn't figure out how to only quote the last thing he said, and so it all went downhill from there.
Zadion - 01.04.2014 at 09:06  
Rating: 6
Written by Warman on 28.03.2014 at 11:25

Certianly better than that Stones Whatever It's Called, but nowhere near as good as the other albums except for Unia, possibly. I kinda liked Unia though and absolutely loved Days of Grays.

There's some great stuff here and there, but also a lot of boring passages.


This is pretty close to my opinion at the moment as well. Is this better than SGHN? Probably, but definitely not as good as Unia and to say this is better than The glorious Days of Grays is utterly ridiculous. I'm pretty disappointed, unfortunately.

However, SA albums also have a weird way of growing on you (it took about 50 listens before I loved Unia), so hopefully this will grow on me a bit more as well. For now, definitely a 6 at best.
Inirtu - 01.04.2014 at 23:52  
  I adore SA. My opinion of this album will be totally irrelevant due to my blatant fanboy tendencies towards this group.

Having said that and getting it all out of the way, 'the fuck is going on with "X Marks the Spot"? I'm digging the more quirky and not so self serious attitude on some of the tracks, but oh man.

Yikes.
kains - 03.04.2014 at 21:33  
Rating: 9 My hopes were exceeded throughout this entire album!
Definite highlights are the incredbile Blood, the atmospheric What Did you Do in the War Dad and Love.
I approve the rest, with second favorites are Cloud Factory and the Wolves Die Young.
Great stuff, Sonata, thank you so much.
DragonSavior X10 - 06.04.2014 at 06:54  
Rating: 8 Sounds like a combination of Winterheart's Guild, Reckoning Night, Unia, and Stones Grow Her Name. SGHN was supposed to be a return to the early days of Sonata before their songs got all complex. Pariah's Child seems like SGHN done right. There are some simple songs on here, but they are very speedy with plenty of double bass.

The keyboards return to prominence in this album. I loved The Days of Grays, but I hated how few keyboard solos it had. The keyboard playing is very consistent, and perhaps the best part of this album, of course, I'm biased being a keyboard player.

Over all, I'm happy with this album. it takes me back to when I first heard Sonata Arctica. I hope they continue to build off this sound in their future albums.
Teravolt_Danny - 10.04.2014 at 05:39  
Rating: 9 Probably their best album since Reckoning Night.
Sword_Chant - 11.04.2014 at 22:29  
Rating: 8 Best SA album in years.... excellent release!
ManiacBlasphemer - 13.04.2014 at 01:07  
Rating: 6 I don't really come around claiming that some albums are overrated, but this one really is. A return to form? Better than Unia? Slow down people, this album is tricky, it has some good songs (Cloud Factory, Blood, Half A Marathon Man, What Did You Do in the War, Dad?), but most of them are bland, filler or completely horrible (Love, X Marks The Spot, Larger Than Life -and damn, they sure got this one right as I've never seen such a LOOOOOOONG directionless song in my entire life!-)

This is better than SGHN, but this is no Reckoning Night, Winterheart's Guild and not even Unia. It is a decently played version of SGHN, and this is what makes it better. It has some moments in a couple of songs that resemble the early era of the band and the middle one, but those are tricky and they are there to hide the many inconsistencies this album has.

And gosh, Tony Kakko is getting worse and worse. On 'Take One Breath' he sounds like he is struggling and on other songs it seems like he is playing with his voice rather than singing. I could never stomach his vocals for some reason (dunno, it always sounded bland to me the audible experience looses its magic) but this time, the guy sounds old and obsolete. His voice worked on the first 4, but not anymore. He reminds me of Roy Khan in his last years in Kamelot.

Plus, almost no riffage in this album. Ecliptica and all the other works were great because they had some riffage accompanied by cheesy yet attractive melody line. This one has the melody for the most part but it almost completely lacks catchy guitar riffs. And where they are, they are burried under the annoying keyboard lines (The Wolves Die Young).

So, if I were to make a classification, it would be something like this:

The Wolves Die Young - 6
Running Lights - 7
Take One Breath - 5
Cloud Factory - 8
Blood - 9
What Did You Do in the War, Dad? - 8
Half A Marathon Man - 9
X Marks The Spot - 2
Love - 1
Larger Than Life - 1

A 5.6 - Overall 6.

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