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
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?
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.
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.
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)
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!