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| ||Sonata Arctica Silence||4.5|
| ||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.
| ||Dark Tranquillity Construct|
Construct sees Dark Tranquillity going through the motions, playing with a wider palette. This is still fundamentally the same band, but the outfit is different and distinct from their previous works. Curiously, Construct works best during its more somber moments like "Uniformity," where the band emphasize the melodic part of their melodic death metal style.
| ||Iced Earth Plagues of Babylon|
Plagues of Babylon sees Iced Earth continue their slump into the territory of wasted potential with long stretches of boredom and rare moments of enjoyment. Babylon isn't alone in playing host to this plague.
| ||Iced Earth Dystopia|
The addition of Stu Block allows Iced Earth to start taking a few steps back onto a once familiar road, but Dystopia ends up feeling like wasted potential. Rather than seeing the band put to full and proper use, this inconsistent collection of tracks has the foundation of functionality without the build of excellence.
| ||Amorphis Circle|
Amorphis rekindle their vitality and produce what might be their most commanding album to date. Devoid of slumps and full of virtuosity, Circle sees the band back on a proper path. Let's hope they stay the course.
| ||Alcest Les Voyages De L Ame|
Part of this album's appeal is its adamance; there's a definite direction sought and we're never taken elsewhere. Though not without producing a certain degree of "loudness," Neige treats us to a mostly relaxing experience. The downfall? It blends together too well, too seamlessly. Each song essentially falls into an archetype, which makes the novelty wear thin during the middle stretch. Fortunately, the ultimate and lasting impression is positive and resounding.
|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|
|OmairSh More soundoffs than ratings, nice :P. Also back from the reviewing hiatus I see|
|DoctorVelvet Work on your writing style. It's bloated and awkward (though you probably feel like you're coming off as incredibly intelligent). |
|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.|
|WeepingBanana mad respect for soundoffing every single album rating you have lol|