Sonata Arctica
Silence


4.5
superb

Review

by King_Of_Terrors USER (3 Reviews)
November 11th, 2005 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


Sonata Arctica are a finnish power metal band. They have released 5 albums, 4 studio, 1 live. They are currently touring North America. (Damn you Mike).

Jani Liimatainen - Guitar
Tommy Portimo - Drums
Tony Kakko - Vocals
Marko Paasikosku - Bass
Henrik Klingenberg - Keyboards

Anyway, Silence is their second album, Ecliptica being their first. This album has it all. It starts out with:

...Of Silence:

This song is a short 1:17 song, obviously talking about Silence. It is just a keyboard with these spoken lyrics:

It truly makes the most beautiful music
Everything it has to give
It's everywhere hiding the listener
Without it I could not live
...Silence


Weballergy:

I like this song alot. A fast song, with some good keyboard. It's a "happy song" as my mom would put it. A great guitar and keyboard solo. Awesome drums.

4/5


False News Travels Fast:

This is a great song. Cool double bass, and has some strong vocals. The guitar in this song is 'edgy'. I like how the guitar repeats the vocal melody in the chorus. It has a cool breakdown-type thing, then goes into an awesome guitar solo. A great keyboard solo follows it. It gets intense after the solos.

4/5


The End Of This Chapter:

Starts off with a phone ringing, then a girl picks up.
1=Girl
2=Guy on other end of phone line.

1 "Hello?"

2 "Well well, it looks like I found you."

1 "Who is this?"

2 "You know very well who this is..."

1 "Stop it, who is this!?"

2 "You almost got away from me didn't you?"

1 ":gasps: Oh My God...It can't be...it can't be!"

2 ":chuckles:"

Starts out with a piano playing a sad riff in Ab Minor. I really like the piano, it stands out alot. Tony does some cool one worded growls in this song. This song is one of my favorites on the album.

4.5/5


Black Sheep:

This song is near perfect. It has a great drum beat, not too fast, not too slow. It has an awesome guitar and keyboard line. Good vocals by Tony too. When it gets near the solo, there is a guitar and keyboard playing the same fast beat for awhile, then it goes into one hell of a keyboard solo. Then he gives it to Jani, with one of the best guitar solos ever. The song is the perfect length too. Great live video, thanks Mike!

I have to give it a 5/5



Land Of The Free: I can't really think of anything to write about this song. It's a decent song with some great guitar and keyboard solos. Then afterward the do some stupid chanting shit. I swear this is the lame-est thing I have ever heard Sonata Arctica do. They yell "HEY!" like 8 times. Then it goes back into the verse and finishes.

3/5

Last Drop Falls: This is a pretty good ballad. I like it, I like all of SA's ballads. Tony sings really great in this song. The bass really stands out to me too.

3.5/5


San Sebastian (Revisited)

Very very fast song, great keyboard riff. I love the guitar in this song, I love everything in this song. This is the kind of song that reminds me that Sonata Arctica are my favorite band. (Well they're tied with Nightwish) This song fits great with the album. The drums are very impressive in this song too.

5/5


Sing In Silence:

Another ballad, a steady medium paced drum beat starts about halfway through the song. Tony keeps talking about some monkey on someone's back. Has a cool chorus too. The song itself is pretty short. (3:51)

3/5



Revontulet:

This song is an instrumental. It comes in with just the guitar playing a really fast riff. Then the drums follow it. It is really hard to explain, but it is just a 1:32 instrumental song. You have to hear it...it's great though.

5/5


Tallulah:

Starts off with a minor sounding pinano. Tony comes in with some great vocals. Another slow, love song. It continues with just vocals and piano for about 1:30. Then the bass and drums come in, followed by some clean guitar on the chorus effect. Once again this is another ballad. It's not bad though. Has a good guitar solo. After that it gets really emotional. Tony obviously had a heartbreak before writing this song.

3.5/5


Wolf And Raven:

One of the highlights of the album. This song is really fast with a very complicated guitar riff. This song only slows down twice, for about 5 seconds each. This is a great song to get pumped up on. Has a great guitar solo, and some good vocals. Really funny music video also.

5/5


The Power Of One:

This is my favorite song on the album. This song once again reminds me why Sonata is my favorite band. This song changes alot. It goes from really slow and clean, to really fast and heavy. Probably the best keyboard and guitar work SA has ever done. This song is just...great. This song has affected my life too. It makes me think about things more, and I notice more things and little details now. I love this song! Fantasic. It has some guy talking about the hope of mankind. Then it fades out with the sound clip of a thunderstorm.

6/5


Thus one of the best power metal albums ever written ends...


I have to rate this album 4.5/5. Every single song on it is just fantastic.
Downside = too many ballads.


This is my first review, please post what would be good to do next time.
(There might be some typos in there.)


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Shattered_Future
November 11th 2005


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bwahaahahahahahaha, I get to see Sonata Arctica and YOU don't!

=P

Decent review for a first...one thing that irritates me though is all of the "It stops..." parts at the end. Find out some way to get rid of those, and you should be in buisness.

I have this...one of my favorites. Oddly enough, though, this is my least favorite out of all their albums. It has some of their best songs (Wolf And Raven, Black Sheep, San Sebastian), but there's too many ballady-type songs on here, which put me off a bit.

This is still head and shoulders above MANY power metal releases today though. The band is brilliant on all fronts.

Some of the lyrics on this album are hilarious too...I forget which song, but there's one part where Tony sings, "We were walking outside in the cold night air/without underwear". :lol:

King_Of_Terrors
November 11th 2005


52 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok. I edited it out. I also realized that I used the word "then" about 300 times. But its not that bad.

Dethtrasher
November 12th 2005


2211 Comments


This was to much, I think this is the longest review I've seen yet. If you write your upcoming reviews like this (the size) it will be very boring to read them.

I think you can can write half as much next you do a review but I don't think this was crap. This was way more better than my first review but yours was to long!

Peace!

King_Of_Terrors
November 12th 2005


52 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Meh, I just won't write a review for each song, that took forever.

Dead_Trench
November 12th 2005


159 Comments


You didn't really give us your opinion on some of the songs That's what people want to read in a review, not just what happens in a song. This is an example of what you put:


Starts with keyboards, then it comes in with Tony singing. A slow song, it continues with just vocals and keyboards for awhile, then the drums and bass come in. Plays for a minute or two. The guitar comes in finnaly. It goes into the chrous. It plays for a bit, then goes back into verse. Goes into a guitar solo. Then it slows down alot with just the guitar soloing. Then it goes back into the chorus, plays awhile, and then it ends.

King_Of_Terrors
November 13th 2005


52 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I know, I thought about that after I made it. My next review will be ALOT better.

loathed
November 14th 2005


174 Comments


this album is worth a 5?

Shattered_Future
November 14th 2005


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Have you ever listened to it?

I personally don't think it's worth 5, simply because it's not my favorite album by them, but it is a truly great album. And only a sophmore effort too...they took Ecliptica and made it better in every possible way. The music is faster, the vocals are stronger, the riffs are greater...everything.

I'd give it a 4.5/5, partly because I haven't listened to this as much as some of the other albums.

GenuineImitation
November 15th 2005


49 Comments


Nice review... I would give it a 4.5. I like ecliptica better though.

Shadows
Moderator
November 15th 2005


2530 Comments


I'm getting my first SA album right now. I'm excited by what I've heard of them. I love the cold Scandinavian power metal thing.

Quick question though: the vocals. Are they screaming or singing?

Nevermind, I'm listening to Ecliptica right now. Great stuff, except they should put more emphasis on guitar and slightly less on keyboard.This Message Edited On 11.15.05

King_Of_Terrors
November 16th 2005


52 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok I edited this review alot, I hope its better.

Diabulus in musica
March 8th 2006


485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow power metal....i never ever heard of this genre before....until i subscribed to sputnikmusic, this page has helped me get into more bands besides metallica, SOAD and slipknot (wich was what i heard back in the old days), in fact, a lot of my now favorite bands are power metal and i heard from them on sputnilkmusic so thanks sputnikmusic creator!!!!!!!!!!

King_Of_Terrors
March 23rd 2006


52 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Uh yeah.

I just realized how bad this review is :/

I really did suck at everything back then, :lol:

Diabulus in musica
March 23rd 2006


485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude u have only 2 reviews

JausmetalJ
April 3rd 2006


21 Comments


Im listening to this album RIGHT NOW.

I finally bought it the other week after falling in love with Black Sheep and Wolf and Raven.

Right now im on Talluluh. Pretty sweet song. Not a bad review either.

Shattered_Future
April 3rd 2006


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Tallulah was excellent live. It's become the official tribute song of the towel I caught at the concert. :P

Wolf And Raven was one of the first SA songs I heard, and I loved it. That guitar/piano riff is unbelievably catchy.

Altmer
November 19th 2006


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The liner notes to this album are the best thing ever, just read them.

DaTwig
January 18th 2007


217 Comments


I just got this album recently. My friend gave me a copy, and I'm very impressed. I've always been a fan of power metal, and this is really good. Gotta love the faster songs (Wolf & Raven and Sans Sebastian), too, always full of so much energy and life.

antihippy
May 13th 2007


696 Comments


the power of one is a really great book. i recommend everyone to read it.This Message Edited On 05.13.07

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 13th 2007


3709 Comments


This is much, much better than Unia.



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