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Release date: 16 May 2012
Style: Power metal

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01. Only The Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful)
02. Shitload Of Money
03. Losing My Insanity
04. Somewhere Close To You
05. I Have A Right
06. Alone In Heaven
07. The Day
08. Cinderblox
09. Don't Be Mean
10. Wildfire, Part: II - One With The Mountain
11. Wildfire, Part: III - Wildfire Town, Population: 0
12. Tonight I Dance Alone [digipak bonus]
13. One-Two-Free-Fall [Japanese bonus]

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- Vinyl
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Staff review by
Baz Anderson

Rating:
7.0
So these days the eyes on Sonata Arctica are those curiously wondering just what the Finnish fivesome will give us this time. A super solid first four power metal albums, then a bolt out the blue with the unique Unia and a middle-ground The Days Of Grays following up. Three years on then and Stones Grow Her Name is an apt reward for the wait, or is it?

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published 17.05.2012 | Comments (28)

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AtmoProg - 17.05.2012 at 12:35  
Rating: 7 AOR-Power album?
Valaskjalf - 17.05.2012 at 19:26  
Rating: 5
Written by Milena on 16.05.2012 at 23:21

Written by Valaskjalf on 16.05.2012 at 20:41

Ok I knew someone was gonna get all up in my shit over my post, and apparently I have offended someone's favourite band. First of all what would YOU call the new direction they are taking? Of course it is an atempt at progression...I dont care if they never said they were becoming a progressive band, neither did I label them as a PROGRESSIVE band - I only go by what I hear...seriously wtf.

And no Im not just trolling, Ive listened to the band since Ecliptica and have every album up to Unia, so dont tell me I dont know what Im talking about. Fine have it your way, scrap the word "progressive" and insert "new direction" - You can dress a piece of shit up anyway you want, it still remains a turd.

And where the hell did you get it that I find this music "complicated"?? Are you out of your effing mind? I listen almost solely to Technical Death/Proressive metal these days and thats the point Im trying to make - Sonata Arctica are trying to play/write music for which they aren't competent of pulling off properly. It's incoherent and haphazard...be it progressive or not I dont give a shit. What I do know is that what theyre trying to do isnt working for them and they are bad at this. Up until Unia they were fantastic, every single release was very good because they did what they were good at - dont call me a fucking troll again.

But back to my first question....what would YOU call their new direction? It sure as shit isnt what it used to be and if its not an attempt at progression then what the fuck is their excuse for this album? I really really want to know your answer to this.

Pffft, like I cared about people insulting my favorite bands. But I do care about people posting shit arguments.

You said it was an attempt at progression, when clearly it is not. It's an attempt of trying something slightly new in a very simple way. It's verse-chorus thing, almost all the way. I was wondering whether you were actually listening to Unia when you posted that thing you posted.

Where the hell did I get it? In your comment. It came out that way, so for that point, yeah, I'm sorry.

"Fine have it your way, scrap the word "progressive" and insert "new direction" - You can dress a piece of shit up anyway you want, it still remains a turd. "

Thank you, that sounds a lot better. You have to understand that whenever you say "progressive metal", you mean - well, look up the list of leading bands for progressive metal. People have glued the tag onto SA because they were trying something new at the time. But that's fuckin' wrong. And I'm sitting here, reading that from you, thinking "this dude is a Suspyre fan, obviously listens to prog, what the hell is he thinking by putting the tag in there?"

And to answer your question about how would I tag them - I don't have a fuckin' clue and that makes me very happy. I stick to calling it melodic metal. Tony goes by "melodic heavy rock" (oxymoron in the name), and he's somewhat right, since there's not a whole lot of orthodox metal elements over there. It's NOT progressive. Not. I have a right to be upset about something like this for once in my life, anyway. Sorry that it had to be you, but, yeah. Life sucks.

Point is, shouldn't have snapped at you like that, but when people sound self-righteous, I tend to get at them first. That's what I got from you. If I were upset about people insulting the band, I'd have a lot of forum-post hunting and quoting to do.


Ok, well I will refrain from using the term "progressive" again in any SA discussion because apprently its only causing confusion. What they did on this album reminds me of all those "progressive" bands who got it completely wrong. I got this from SA with their weird overlapping shards of music thrown into each song as if theyre trying something else, but theyre not quite sure how to put all these random pieces together and that gave me the idea that they wanted to write something out of the ordinary - but in my opinion it just fell totally flat.

To be honest, in most of the songs the music is ok-ish but in fact it is Tony who is letting me down, just like he did on the last album. He has a fantastic voice, but he tries too much and throughout the album I would catch myself thinking "ahh fuck, everything was fine until you ruined it by trying something weird.. just sing!!"

So yeah, apologies as well....I just think their music was cheesy and simple but it was good - when you try to do new things it sometimes comes across as directionless and contrived if its not well thought through.
Stabby - 18.05.2012 at 07:34  
Rating: 8 I wasn't particularly attached to the prospect of this album fitting my worldview (soundview?) or conforming to what might be considered acceptable for SA to release. If the rating was for how good this album is at being Winterheart's Guild I would rate it a 5. But consistency of style doesn't determine my enjoyment of an album, and I like this sound. New songs by a talented band with character and originality to them are always appreciated. And so this one gets a pretty high rating.

Fuck I Have A Right to metal hell. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU. There, I said it. Technically it is a good song, but fuck it. It grew on me a little bit. Like a parasitic fungus of some sort.
Radivoy - 18.05.2012 at 19:24  
Rating: 6 I'm still having the feeling that this is another experimental and transitional album... like the ones before since Unia. I liked 2 or 3 songs from SGHN, when it used to be the opposite in their first albums. Don't know why, but the voice of Tony seems not to fit in their new style :S. Maybe there's something wrong with me, but i'll keep waiting for this "New Sonata Arctica" to finally get where they want, and let them blow my mind up.
Array - 18.05.2012 at 19:40  
Rating: 5 It's like...

01) It's an ok intro which gives the right mood..
02) ...Not, because this one has a different mood instantly
03) Traditional Sonata? Ok, what's next
04) Well, this showcases some good songwriting, maybe the album finally starts from here
05) Damn, the flow breaks again. Ok song anyway... it's just in the wrong place
06) Could have been better. A bit boring
07) Just Boring
08) Fun time? Already?
09) No, another ballad...
10) Average-
11) Average
Milena - 18.05.2012 at 22:44  
 
Written by Valaskjalf on 17.05.2012 at 19:26

Ok, well I will refrain from using the term "progressive" again in any SA discussion because apprently its only causing confusion. What they did on this album reminds me of all those "progressive" bands who got it completely wrong. I got this from SA with their weird overlapping shards of music thrown into each song as if theyre trying something else, but theyre not quite sure how to put all these random pieces together and that gave me the idea that they wanted to write something out of the ordinary - but in my opinion it just fell totally flat.

To be honest, in most of the songs the music is ok-ish but in fact it is Tony who is letting me down, just like he did on the last album. He has a fantastic voice, but he tries too much and throughout the album I would catch myself thinking "ahh fuck, everything was fine until you ruined it by trying something weird.. just sing!!"

So yeah, apologies as well....I just think their music was cheesy and simple but it was good - when you try to do new things it sometimes comes across as directionless and contrived if its not well thought through.

Ah, I can get those points quite well. I know where you're coming from.
*!* - 19.05.2012 at 23:25  
Rating: 7 I loved "Days of Grays'" but this one is mostly a disappointment....
Prometheus - 20.05.2012 at 12:05  
Rating: 8
Written by Array on 18.05.2012 at 19:40

It's like...

01) It's an ok intro which gives the right mood..
02) ...Not, because this one has a different mood instantly
03) Traditional Sonata? Ok, what's next
04) Well, this showcases some good songwriting, maybe the album finally starts from here
05) Damn, the flow breaks again. Ok song anyway... it's just in the wrong place
06) Could have been better. A bit boring
07) Just Boring
08) Fun time? Already?
09) No, another ballad...
10) Average-
11) Average

VAF-FAN-CU-LO
Array - 20.05.2012 at 18:20  
Rating: 5
Written by Prometheus on 20.05.2012 at 12:05

VAF-FAN-CU-LO

It's nice to meet you too.
OpenMind - 22.05.2012 at 11:43  
Rating: 6 Sonata's worst album, i really tried to like it but was impossible for me, is not about only the genre just the album is not i like to heard from them..
kaspair - 22.05.2012 at 14:13  
Rating: 7 I love Only The Broken Hearts, Alone In Heaven, The Day and Wildfire part I. The rest is just average.
R Lewis - 23.05.2012 at 22:04  
Rating: 7 It's sad to think that they will never reach again Ecliptica's level, but I liked this album. I can feel the passion flowing out of it, even if some song, at the end, are a bit boring.
Nemo Atkins - 24.05.2012 at 10:43  
  I'm listening to it now (also my second Sonata Arctica album since Ecliptica) and, so far, I like everything, but I can barely remember any of the songs beyond maybe a couple of lines from the chorus when they finish. Also, some songs seem to have been written having been styled after another band ("Shitload Of Money" reminds me of Nickelback, "Don't Be Mean" reminds me a bit of a ballad by Muse (specifically, one of the ones from Black Holes and Revelations) and the riffing on "Somewhere Close To You" reminds me a bit of Iced Earth), although I do admit that I might be being overly picky about that one. Another thing that bugs me is the lack of a powerful song that makes you want to relisten to the album, although the Wildfires come close to being that. Compared to Ecliptica, which I thought was impressive and capable of standing out within two listens, it's a disappointing album, but, on it's own merits, it's not a bad album, just one that requires a lot of listens to finally sink in. Personally, I would say stronger hooks and a little bit more cohesiveness would have made this a better album, while the addition of a more standout song would have vastly improved the potential replay value.

Just my two cents.
Milena - 30.05.2012 at 20:29  
  The cool beans:
- The two Wildfires. Could have come from Reckoning Night easily.
- Cinderblox and Somewhere Close To You. What a great tune.
- Good track placement.
- More guitars and way better production on the drums.
- The genre mix - the style is once again new, but harks a bit back to Unia and to the older albums as well.

The bad points:
- I Have A Right. GTFO.
- The album opener. Bad as an opener, not a very good track either.
- Inaudible bass. Do I have to wait for another Unia to hear more bass?
- The lyrics. Not like Sonata lyrics at all, way too simple and dare I say even shallow. The only lyrics I really like were the ones for Wildfires and The Day, followed by Cinderblox and bits of other lyrics.
- The oversimplified approach. Some songs could have really done with an extra verse or with a looser structure.

Overall, this would have been the best SA album if only a couple of songs were left out. This way, it's just satisfying, and since I'm prone to liking SA's sound, the casual listener will probably like this less.
Vombatus - 30.05.2012 at 21:37  
  Listened to it twice and can't stand it ( even had to skip 2 or 3 unbearable songs). Kind of sad since I love SA, maybe I'll give it another try in a couple of weeks.

I also agree with Mora on all the bad points.... the good ones, not so much
Wes - 03.06.2012 at 23:25  
Rating: 4
Written by Vombatus on 30.05.2012 at 21:37

Listened to it twice and can't stand it ( even had to skip 2 or 3 unbearable songs). Kind of sad since I love SA, maybe I'll give it another try in a couple of weeks.

I also agree with Mora on all the bad points.... the good ones, not so much


Agree with you here. I simply cannot STAND this band anymore. The vocals are song breaking.
The thing for me is i think the wintry keys and background music sound so promising at times. Still, I cannot say that this album is anything better than "bad" to me.
adeeee - 07.06.2012 at 22:05  
Rating: 6
Written by Radivoy on 18.05.2012 at 19:24

I'm still having the feeling that this is another experimental and transitional album... like the ones before since Unia. I liked 2 or 3 songs from SGHN, when it used to be the opposite in their first albums. Don't know why, but the voice of Tony seems not to fit in their new style :S. Maybe there's something wrong with me, but i'll keep waiting for this "New Sonata Arctica" to finally get where they want, and let them blow my mind up.



I feel exactly the same about the vocals.





Otherwise, I was still disappointed with this one I can't find anything that memorable about it to make me want to go back and listen again. I found more memorable with TDOG and Unia with this "new style". But nothing yet for this album. I'll give it another chance in the future but for now, I find there is a lot of other quality albums out there that should get my attention more.
Kenos - 08.06.2012 at 16:43  
 
Written by Array on 20.05.2012 at 18:20

Written by Prometheus on 20.05.2012 at 12:05

VAF-FAN-CU-LO

It's nice to meet you too.

Italian bon-ton always lives up to its reputation.
Array - 08.06.2012 at 20:12  
Rating: 5
Written by Guest on 08.06.2012 at 16:43

Italian bon-ton always lives up to its reputation.

It sure does
The Norseman - 14.06.2012 at 18:40  
Rating: 7 Just get Jani back already! Jesus!

PS: "Cinderblox" is pretty cool tho.
SymphAlchemist - 17.06.2012 at 21:20  
Rating: 7 Somes songs are boring but it's a good album

Cinderblox and the two Wildfires are the best. The Day and Alone in Heaven suck. I wish they got back to more power metal like in Reckoning Night.... =/
Prometheus - 24.07.2012 at 11:10  
Rating: 8
Written by Wes on 03.06.2012 at 23:25

Written by Vombatus on 30.05.2012 at 21:37

Listened to it twice and can't stand it ( even had to skip 2 or 3 unbearable songs). Kind of sad since I love SA, maybe I'll give it another try in a couple of weeks.

I also agree with Mora on all the bad points.... the good ones, not so much


Agree with you here. I simply cannot STAND this band anymore. The vocals are song breaking.
The thing for me is i think the wintry keys and background music sound so promising at times. Still, I cannot say that this album is anything better than "bad" to me.

What did you say about the vocals?! Seriously man you got problems i know they don't make early years stuff anymore,but come on the vocals are wonderful.
And you aren't even one hairs ass of him. So your comment about Tony's vocals is Shit,it isn't even an opinion,the vocals are the best thing of the album.
R Lewis - 03.08.2012 at 17:47  
Rating: 7
Written by Array on 08.06.2012 at 20:12

Written by Guest on 08.06.2012 at 16:43

Italian bon-ton always lives up to its reputation.

It sure does

It's not by an idiot on a forum that you recognize a country. In America someone has killed nearly 20 students in a college. Hope not every American behaves like that, or we're fucked.
Drummer149 - 06.08.2012 at 16:27  
Rating: 5 An extremely boring album, that goes no where.
Azarath - 10.02.2013 at 15:17  
Rating: 7 So I finally got around to picking it up and listening to it. Haven't really been looking forward to it since it's gotten quite a mixed (negative?) reception.

Well, the first half (roughly) of the album is weak, dull, forgettable... bad. ("I Have a Right" is pretty good though. That repetitive chorus / circular mantra works well.) Then, out of nowhere, there's a drastic shift in quality and the rest of the album is pretty damn great. "Alone in Heaven" and "The Day" are both excellent songs, "Cinderblox" is crazy fun and "Don't Be Mean" is (despite its title) a fine ballad. The album closing "Wildfires" hark back to classic Sonata Arctica and are album highlights, especially Part II.

I understand why people don't like the album though. Compared to Sonata's more recent work this is very straightforward and compared to their early work this is downright slow (and not powah). The "Wildfires" being the exception. There's also a distinct 80's rock / AOR vibe here - that's always been a part of Sonata's sound, but it's never been as prominent before.

And here I was expecting a disaster. This is just an average album.
Blasphemer1992 - 20.04.2013 at 09:33  
Rating: 6 Sounds gayish for me
Leodrak - 13.06.2013 at 20:55  
Rating: 7 A 7 disc for me, i agree with the people who says it's not the Sonata Arctica best work, but i find remarkable some songs that i liked a lot: The day, a true emotional and powerful song, Cinderblox and the 2 Wildfire. I love the progressive touch on their last works.

Keep the good work guys!
andreosokin - 04.07.2013 at 12:18  
Rating: 8 Guys, what's your problem? The band's trying to enrich the dead-end genre of power metal, and you treat it like a foolish attempt to do prog OR like if the band has released a purely commercial album (well I agree for tracks 1, 2 and 5). Get yourself some good headphones or speakers (not the $20 ones from your local computer store) and give this album a few more spins.

I kinda like it. The production's almost perfect and their musical experiments are kinda intriguing me at a number of points thoughout the album. I'd rather say thanks to Sonata for releasing something much better and more interesting than Days of Grays!
Vombatus - 04.07.2013 at 14:41  
 
Written by andreosokin on 04.07.2013 at 12:18

Guys, what's your problem? The band's trying to enrich the dead-end genre of power metal, and you treat it like a foolish attempt to do prog OR like if the band has released a purely commercial album.


SA has been trying to "enrich the dead-end genre of power metal" since a long time already... and with much better results as prove Unia (or even Reckoning Night if you don't consider it that much standard power metal).

This album on the other hand, is just bad pop-metal... nothing remotely interesting in it.
andreosokin - 04.07.2013 at 14:59  
Rating: 8
Written by Vombatus on 04.07.2013 at 14:41

Written by andreosokin on 04.07.2013 at 12:18

Guys, what's your problem? The band's trying to enrich the dead-end genre of power metal, and you treat it like a foolish attempt to do prog OR like if the band has released a purely commercial album.


SA has been trying to "enrich the dead-end genre of power metal" since a long time already... and with much better results as prove Unia (or even Reckoning Night if you don't consider it that much standard power metal).

This album on the other hand, is just bad pop-metal... nothing remotely interesting in it.


Dunno, man, I haven't listened to Stones for several months and when I decided to play it today, I realized that it's a much better album than I even thought before. Maybe it requires the right mood, who knows?

Agree with Unia and RN
Hyperion - 09.07.2013 at 03:50  
Rating: 5 Can we stop labeling this as power metal!? Already!? Like now!? Even tony said they "are not into that stuff anymore". So seriously. Although its good metal, its not good POWER metal. I however, love "losing my insanity". Just not power.
ManiacBlasphemer - 12.07.2013 at 18:36  
Rating: 1 "Shitload of Money" describes what this album actually is... a wasted effort, something beyond shit, something worse, if it exists... I curse the minutes that I wasted listening to this crappy album. RIP Sonata Arctica...
Darth Revan - 13.11.2013 at 05:58  
  I think that with the release of this one Sonata Arctica are saying "We're gonna do whatever the fuck we want, and if you don't like it, too bad." And don't misconstrue me as implying that that's a negative viewpoint... it isn't. They should do whatever the fuck they want and not take any shit from anyone for it. Art is a form of self-expression. SELF-expression. Not what we would like... I don't like the album. I actually hate it. But I'm never going to hold that against them either. I'm just going to bask in the nostalgia of ecliptica, one of the first power metal albums I was ever exposed to, and hope that Sonata feel like they want to make music like that again.

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