Sonata Arctica

Info about Sonata Arctica
Country Finland
Added By Mike
14 years ago
Base Genre
1999-2016 Metal
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8.4 x8
Symphonic Prog-Related Speed Metal
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7 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, nobody rates it lower. three users think it is prog, three users think it is merely related to prog and one user thinks that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 94 studio tracks by Sonata Arctica.
Track durations range from 1m 17s to 11m 39s, averaging at 5m 00s with a standard deviation of 1m 37s.
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Rating by Gamemako
Sonata Arctica - Unia 2007
8.6
Prog-Related Power Metal
A significant deviation from the Sonata Arctica of old, Unia represents every progressive leaning they ever had consolidated into one. It's the next step away from the standard power metal band they started with Eclipse.

The album begins with a good hook for fans: a fairly standard power-metal round to begin Black and White. I must say, I do enjoy it, but it's not a whole lot of prog to go around. A little section in the middle, but mostly power metal. The ending is quite good, though. Then on to Paid in Full, another fan-service power metal track but even less progressive. For The Sake of Revenge contains some interesting lyrics, but that aside it's just another half-ballad.

Then the album gets interesting. It Won't Fade is a brilliant power-prog track, compelling both musically and lyrically.

Now, To Create A Warlike Feel deserves its own paragraph. It's an awesome power-prog song with more political overtones than any song since 1972. Well, I exaggerate, but you get the idea. It's a full-steam-ahead grilling of imperialism and political manipulation (and obviously inspired by the contemporary war in Iraq -- "Burning the fields for one flower"). And that perhaps is the reason why it was not included on every pressing of Unia: this track has absolutely nothing to do with hope ("Had we known how this ends in our defeat").
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Comment by Mike
Sonata Arctica - Winterheart's Guild 2003
8.7
Non-Prog Speed Metal
These guys play FAST ... but also quite melodic. Their music is
very classical, with lots of keyboard wizardry and cleverly
constructed chord progressions, while maintaining a nice raw
edge and drive. And of course they're not playing fast all the
time ... they balance it out quite well with some ballads and
poppish tunes.
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Top LPs
Reckoning Night 2004
 #1

8.1 x5
Prog-Related Power Metal
Unia 2007
 #2

8.5 x4
Symphonic Prog-Related Power Metal
Winterheart's Guild 2003
 #3

8.5 x2
Prog-Related Speed Metal
Silence 2001
 #4

8.4 x2
Prog-Related Metal
Ecliptica 1999
 #5

8.8 x1
Prog Metal
The Ninth Hour 2016
 #6

8.1 x1
Prog-Related Power Metal
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The Ninth Hour 2016
 2 years ago
rushfan4
8.1
Prog-Related Power Metal
For The Sake Of Revenge 2006, Live
 6 years ago
rushfan4
8.3
Prog Power Metal
The End of This Chapter 2005, Best Of
 6 years ago
rushfan4
7.8
Prog Power Metal
Reckoning Night 2004
 6 years ago
rushfan4
8.0
Prog Power Metal
The End of This Chapter 2005, Best Of
 10 years ago
rushfan4
7.8
Prog Power Metal
Winterheart's Guild 2003
 11 years ago
Mike
8.7
Non-Prog Speed Metal
Unia 2007
 11 years ago
DreamTheaterVT
8.5
Prog Power Metal
Reckoning Night 2004
 11 years ago
DreamTheaterVT
8.5
Prog Power Metal
Winterheart's Guild 2003
 11 years ago
DreamTheaterVT
8.3
Prog Metal
Silence 2001
 11 years ago
DreamTheaterVT
8.7
Prog Metal
Ecliptica 1999
 11 years ago
DreamTheaterVT
8.8
Prog Metal
Winterheart's Guild 2003
 12 years ago
Mike
8.7
Non-Prog Speed Metal
Unia 2007
 12 years ago
Mike
8.5
Symphonic Prog-Related Power Metal