Sonata Arctica
Stones Grow Her Name


2.0
poor

Review

by King Henry VIII USER (63 Reviews)
June 6th, 2012 | 78 replies | 4,687 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The banjo was the most innovating thing they've ever done.

8 of 12 thought this review was well written

Sonata Arctica used to be a worthy power metal outfit in their early career. Just a few years ago their previous effort The Days of Grays, showed the world that the band is blatantly lagging. Stones Grow Her Name only amplifies that lag. Back in the day, there used to be talk about how this band perfected Stratovarius's brand of power metal. Now, Stones Grow Her Name is the pivotal tipping point that practically dethrones their reign as one of the main Finnish power metal acts, and Stratovarius finally gets back what they rightfully deserve: their dignity.

Even when you're playing the album from start to finish, it doesn't even take long to understand that this album is raising some red flags. The first song “Only the Broken Hearts (Make you Beautiful)” showed some promise, but when you have repetition that becomes overbearing and not even a decent solo to make that up - the song itself is a precursor. Practically the rest of the album follows that formula: verse-chorus-verse-(half-a**ed)solo-chorus(x10) - it truly is pop, and that pop virus is obviously hitting them more so then usual. At least the singer has enough talent not to use auto-tune, but he might as well start. As the album progresses, to my surprise, the joke of the album “***load of Money” turns out to be one of the better songs on this release, followed by “Losing My Insanity”, which is another enjoyable song that has a nice intro and a decent song structure despite its own burps. After that, everything starts to go downhill real fast. From the lead single “I Have A Right”, which is about a child's perspective of being disciplined by his father, to the more ironic ballad “Don't be Mean”. I promise that I'll won't be too mean, but I can't help it. When the listener notices lyrics that are dried up and filled with wankery that's just wretchedly terrible, just look at this verse directly quoted from the song “The Day”:

Sea full of diamonds, good morning new day
I'll fix us breakfast, and the newspaper says
The company will lay off 5000 souls today.


Those lyrics say it all in the lack-of-creativity category. Another laughing matter, is for some reason Sonata Arctica has been given the label of progressive metal, which they obviously took that bandwagon for granted; there's literally nothing progressive about this band. It's like saying every sludge metal band that tries to copy Mastodon is progressive, because Sonata Arctica copies Stratovarius's sound, and they still haven't even found that one sound they can call their own. But, they somehow live up to that label in their song “Cinderblox”, which has some sort of banjo in the background and one of their few extensive solos on the album that made the band a promising act in their early career. Even the most anticipated songs: “Wildfire part II and part III” (which are sequels to the song “Wildfire” off of their Reckoning Night album; one of their better albums) can't even deliver. I'm not saying the Wildfire parts are bad, they just don't live up to expectations and they're just not that great.

To conclude, Stones Grow Her Name is just downright pathetic. If the album jokes are the only things that are worth listening to, then you have a serious problem; regardless of the band. If you're into power metal, or at least tolerate it in any sense, then try to avoid this.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FictionalFlames
June 6th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

album blows.

btw it came out a couple of weeks ago.

Tyrael
June 6th 2012



20713 Comments


it's pretty boring

Gee
June 6th 2012



228 Comments


I thought this was ok. not really a fan of this band or the genre but somehow Reckoning Night remains one of my favourite albums ever I think this is worthy of a listen though.

KILL
June 6th 2012



70298 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

blehgu

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

howNowBrownSow
June 6th 2012



12 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album rules.

FictionalFlames
June 6th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

^ fagget. Your bitch ass didn't even read the review.

I hate it when fan boys neg reviews without even reading someone's opinion. way to ruin my perfect streak.

KILL
June 6th 2012



70298 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

dude who cares about negs dont go all hawks on us

FictionalFlames
June 6th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Who's Hawks?

KILL
June 6th 2012



70298 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the bm authority duh

Dreamflight
June 6th 2012



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gosh this is even worse than Ecliptica.

Somewhere close to you fucking rules, though.

FictionalFlames
June 6th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Isn't Hawks the user that wrote a negative review for the new Cradle compilation that just wanted approval from the other black metal guys on this site, because he usually defends them?

jopower
June 6th 2012



103 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The album is better than Unia and The Days of Grays, but worse than everything else from the band.

Dreamflight
June 6th 2012



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no it's not.

The Days of Grays > Unia > the others

Tyrael
June 6th 2012



20713 Comments


'Isn't Hawks the user that wrote a negative review for the new Cradle compilation'

yes

but honestly I'm a CoF fan and even I thought that album was pretty bad

FictionalFlames
June 6th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I like CoF too, but they suck now.

Niels
June 6th 2012



43 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Completely agree. And that's coming from someone who loved Reckoning Night and Unia and could tolerate the Days of Grays pretty well

Sonata have always been catchy and there's nothing wrong with that, but previously they balanced their catchiness with something original, something that kept me coming back. Now it's basically pop

jopower
June 6th 2012



103 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dreamflight

I am truly shocked that someone exists who thinks Unia and the The Days of Grays are Sonata Arctica's best albums.


BodomThrashMachine
June 6th 2012



316 Comments


cradle of filth is gay commercial vampire buttfairy shit.

come at me yo.

KILL
June 6th 2012



70298 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

BodomThrashMachine

BodomThrashMachine
June 6th 2012



316 Comments


Out of Genre: 2
In Genre: 4
For its Time: 4
These Days: 2.5
Instrumentally: 3
Vocally/Lyrically: 2
Influence Level: 4.5
Personally: 2.5



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