A Power Metal masterpiece. Whilst differing slightly from their older style of the first 3 albums, you won't care when listening through this album. It's catchy, very well-written, and it's an album you will listen to again and again and again.rSongs such as Don't Say a Word (With over 200 listens in my library), to White Pearl, Black Oceans... (An epic 8-minute tale), Reckoning Night will slowly sneak up on you, grab you by the throat, and won't let go for weeks, even months to come.
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.