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Sonata Arctica - Silence

8.6 | 811 votes |
Release date: 16 July 2001
Style: Power metal


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01. ...Of Silence
02. Weballergy
03. False News Travel Fast
04. The End Of This Chapter
05. Black Sheep
06. Land Of The Free
07. Last Drop Falls
08. San Sebastian [revisited version]
09. Sing In Silence
10. Revontulet
11. Tallulah
12. Wolf & Raven
13. Respect The Wilderness [Japanese bonus]
14. The Power Of One

Top 20 albums of 2001: 11
Featured in "Getting Into: Sonata Arctica"

Additional info
French version has a bonus CD containing the video track for single "Wolf &
Raven" and also the same track's b-side, Peacemaker.

Grand piano on #4 and #11 recorded at Finnvox Studios by Mikko Karmila
Spoken parts recorded Mika Niilonen
Male voices on #1, #4, #7 and #13 by Nik Van-Eckmann
Female voce on #by Renay Gonzalez

Recorded at Tico Tico Studio, by Ahti Kortelainen during fall 2000 and spring
Mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox Studios in April 2001
Mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios

Cover art and logo by Eric Philipp
Inlay drawings by Tero Junkkila
Original logo concept by Janne Pitkänen
Art Direction and background photos by T. Kakko
Band photo by Toni Härkönen

Staff review by
Unlike "Ecliptica", which kicks off on the very first second, this album has an intro - well, actually even too many of them, because there's an intro for "The End Of This Chapter", for "Land Of The Free" and "The Power Of One"... Why I talk about this? Because it's the only weak point of this flawless in every other way album. Though after the first listening I was, like "What the hell? This is not half as good as Ecliptica!" now it has really grown on me. It has everything that I expect from a power metal album - powerful ultrafast tracks with kick-ass double-drumming, a couple of really nice and emotional ballads and a sign of high-quality all over it. At the same time it doesn't sound like a standard euro-power - it's much more diverse, with tons of fresh ideas and very wise lyrics

published 04.01.2004 | Comments (17)

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07.06.2011 - 23:12
Rating: 10
---Top 10 ''Sonata Arctica''---
1-.Wolf And Raven
2-.The Cage
3-.San Sebastian
4-.Don't Say A Word
5-.Picturing The Past
6-.8th Commandment
7-.Champagne Bath
8.Blank File
10-.Black Sheep
02.10.2012 - 18:02
Account deleted
Can't decide between this and Ecliptica. Power Of One is their best song btw
27.12.2013 - 09:23
Rating: 10
Stunning Cactus
This is probably my favorite power metal album of all time. Followed by probably Angra's Temple of Shadows.
26.04.2014 - 21:32
I think it's safe to assume that this and Ecliptica are both Sonata Arctica's best Albums so far and both Classics of the whole Power Metal Genre.
02.03.2020 - 15:13
Rating: 9
Metal Rasputin
On par with Ecliptica. Few things came to my mind while listening to this album:
1. The drummer clearly can't keep up the tempo and stumbles constantly in the beginning Weballergy.
2. Tallulah is annoying song, skip it.
3. The Power Of One is the single best song they have ever made.
You've got a lot of guts. Let's see what they look like!
03.03.2020 - 04:38
Rating: 9
Free as a.. Fish
^One of those statements is true, and one is very false.
03.03.2020 - 09:30
Rating: 9
Metal Rasputin
Written by Azarath on 03.03.2020 at 04:38

^One of those statements is true, and one is very false.

I'm curious to hear which one is which?
1. This one might not be so easy to spot, but somewhere between 0:00-0:20 you can clearly hear slight wobbling in tempo if you listen to it closely. Disturbs me every time.
2. Matter of taste. Some people love these ballads, I just think of them as pointless filler, especially this one. Without Tallulah this would be full 10 album for me.
3. Same thing here, but the song is awesome.

Edit. Feels so amusing and weird when two Finnish guys have to do chatting in English instead of just, well, Finnish .
You've got a lot of guts. Let's see what they look like!
04.03.2020 - 22:47
Rating: 9
Free as a.. Fish
Written by Metal Rasputin on 03.03.2020 at 09:30

I'm curious to hear which one is which?

I was essentially agreeing with you regarding "The Power of One" and disagreeing when it comes to Tallulah. I love that song.

But to expand upon this a bit: Ecliptica has stronger rockers overall, but the ballads on Silence give this album more... let's call it... depth? Variety. I don't think of them as filler at all - they're some of my favourite songs on the record. Matter of taste.
24.03.2023 - 15:11
Heaven Knight
"The End Of This Chapter" - what a song
My rest seems now calm and deep
Finally I got my dead man sleep


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