Kenneth E. Rathburn

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Soundoffs 347
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Last Active 09-10-11 3:19 pm
Joined 07-06-09

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Sonata Arctica Stones Grow Her Name
Did you enjoy Ecliptica? Silence? Winterheart's Guild? Reckoning Night? Unia? The Days of Grays? No? Well, do you enjoy the likes of Motley Crue and other such acts? Yes? Then here you go, Stones Grow Her Name is your contemporary metal album.
Sonata Arctica The Days of Grays
Unia wasn't an album to keep me listening and coming back for more. Outside of a couple tracks and select moments, Sonata Arctica's 2007 experiment was an unresolved affair, assuming an impulsive-is-progressive identity. Of all the meals Sonata Arctica could serve, Unia turned out to be a buffet--the Golden Coral, if you will. The Days of Grays, by comparison, is closer to CiCi's; a limited selection and fewer chances to standout.
Sonata Arctica Unia
Unia sees Sonata Arctica experiment and begin what many consider the start of their descent. Though not without enjoyable moments, these seldom hold up for an entire track's length. The album's strangely progressive nature doesn't do it any favors outside of a host of unpredictable moments. However, there's a fine line between what's predictable and what's compelling, and Unia definitely gears more towards one, rather than presenting both in equal dosages.
Sonata Arctica Reckoning Night
With Reckoning Night, Sonata Arctica begin to fully realize their change in formula without getting carried away. For some, there will be a slight learning curve while others will gravitate towards it easier than its predecessors. Regardless, there's a healthy batch of competent material to find, arguably more (in number) than the band's other works. It doesn't work quite as effectively, but this doesn't get in the way of recommending Reckoning Night to anyone serious about heavy metal.
Sonata Arctica Winterheart's Guild
Winterheart's Guild goes for the "less is more" approach, the results being mixed, often simultaneously. It's easier to appreciate when NOT viewed in comparison to the excellent Silence, which makes this feel like a bore, by comparison. On its own merits, however, Winterheart's Guild is an effective and even dark, chilling affair.
Sonata Arctica Silence
Sonata Arctica take the necessary steps to create a proper follow-up in Silence, which has a few breathtaking numbers to really pull its listeners in. This is what can best be described as a charismatically characteristic album, representing the best of a symphonic/power metal band. Inherent shortcomings are a given, but try telling that to a fan of said genres when the music is this catchy and effective.
Sonata Arctica Ecliptica
Works well in laying the foundation for a more refined future; Ecliptica offers a bit of everything for the more casual metal listener who can look (or hear) past some production shortcomings.

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  • ChoccyPhilly Looking forward to the Sonata Arctica discog man. One of my favourite bands for sure and I'd love to see their threads more active on this site
    August 21 09:26 PM
  • OmairSh More soundoffs than ratings, nice :P. Also back from the reviewing hiatus I see
    July 21 10:11 PM
  • DoctorVelvet Work on your writing style. It's bloated and awkward (though you probably feel like you're coming off as incredibly intelligent).
    December 5 08:22 PM
  • Parallels you have inspired me to (impossibly) add soundoffs to all of my reviews. Okay not really, but I will write many more now because of your endeavor.
    August 14 02:25 AM
  • WeepingBanana mad respect for soundoffing every single album rating you have lol
    March 21 12:32 AM

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