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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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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 (27)

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Zenzero - 02.01.2012 at 22:17  
Rating: 1 Are they still playing??
blackend - 02.01.2012 at 22:51  
Rating: 9 I've been a HUGE fan of these band for over 5 years, though, I stopped listening to them because they never release anything new, and they have started to repeat themselves quite frequently. When I first read that Sonata Arctica are planning a new full-length album by May-June 2012, I was extremely thrilled!!!
Sonata Arctica - Forever and ever will be my favorite band and the greatest band in the world!
Kenos - 02.01.2012 at 22:56  
 
Written by Zenzero on 02.01.2012 at 22:17

Are they still playing??


Unfortunately, yes.
moe5512 - 03.01.2012 at 00:29  
Rating: 5 Awesome
Mountain King - 03.01.2012 at 00:38  
  Now that's surprising. Never expected it...
Zender 1.8 - 03.01.2012 at 15:00  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 02.01.2012 at 22:56

Written by Zenzero on 02.01.2012 at 22:17

Are they still playing??


Unfortunately, yes.



Zender 1.8 - 03.01.2012 at 15:01  
Rating: 7 This is real good news!!! feeling happy now
Balz - 06.01.2012 at 06:52  
  Completely made my day seeing this, hard not to be excited!
Milena - 08.02.2012 at 02:26  
  I think this is gonna get delayed... with Sonata Arctica, for the newest two albums, the tracklist and cover (and for TDoG even the tour dates) were announced some five or six months in advance. This is still mostly in the "ya, they made us get a couple of promo pics out and we talk about the album we're gonna do a little in interviews"-stage. Wait and see, I hope I'm wrong... although, even if they're one of my very favorite bands, I don't think this will be very satisfying.
J. N. - 20.02.2012 at 20:17  
  I guess we won't hear Silence or Replica any time soon again.
Milena - 20.02.2012 at 23:26  
 
Written by J. N. on 20.02.2012 at 20:17

I guess we won't hear Silence or Replica any time soon again.

Are those supposed to be album names or song names, because you've got one of each
J. N. - 20.02.2012 at 23:37  
 
Written by Milena on 20.02.2012 at 23:26
Are those supposed to be album names or song names, because you've got one of each

Italic = Album
Quoted = Song
Milena - 20.02.2012 at 23:57  
 
Written by Guest on 20.02.2012 at 23:39

The track's name is "...Of Silence"

I don't think a short narrative should be called an actual track, so right back at ya
Milena - 21.02.2012 at 00:04  
 
Written by Guest on 21.02.2012 at 00:00

It's more a track than it is a 'song'.

Good point sir, I shall now give back any linguistics points I'd have earned during the day as punishment.
ChampionOfPower - 22.02.2012 at 01:27  
  TDofG had some flashes for me that harkened back to the old SA days, but overall their last two albums have been very underwhelming with the slower paced songs, subpar choruses and lack of energy. Their attempts at growing their sould have fallen flat for me and it seems like a lot of others. I'm always hoping they can recapture the magic, but I won't buy their album just on name this time.
EW - 24.02.2012 at 10:07  
Rating: 5 Pumped for this. I have enjoyed every album released and none have been a dissapointment so far.
Milena - 28.02.2012 at 17:35  
  I've read some journalist impressions from early listening sessions and it seems that at least a couple of songs will be horrible, or at least will be horrible at first what's good though is that the album is regarded as pretty heavy (though I don't really buy it, they also said TDoG will be the heaviest SA album to date and it was only in some aspects) and as an expansion on some of the sounds on Reckoning Night. Which is the greatest thing they should have done before Unia, but didn't. So yes, the resident SA fan is s.t.o.k.e.d.
neverlosehope222 - 29.02.2012 at 01:23  
  I've been a sonata arctica fan for 5 or 6 years now, and this is all my opinion, but i'm very excited I feel that they get better each album in all different aspects. I respect that others do not view them the same way as I, and I'm happy their coming out with Stones Grow Her Name, and I cannot wait to see what this album will be like.
Dargor - 30.03.2012 at 23:49  
  Album samples on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KYRf5o3q68
kaspair - 09.04.2012 at 23:32  
Rating: 7 I just listened the live version of I Have A Right. It's so boring
Milena - 10.04.2012 at 12:27  
 
Written by kaspair on 09.04.2012 at 23:32

I just listened the live version of I Have A Right. It's so boring

Oh yeah, it's pretty awful. The other two are good tho'.

Anyway, the resident SA fan is dropping by to post this. Love the ironic use of dramatic music in it and the fact that nothing is essentially going on but they're filming it anyway, reminds me of Dream Theater's docus. Love the Hammond too. Wonder how Henkka broke it.

Also, do Finns always say they're "penetrating" songs or is that just Tony being Tony?

Also, only now do I notice the full title for Wildfire II includes the words "Wildfire Town, Population: 0". Yeah, he fuckin' burned that place down and you know it.
Milena - 22.04.2012 at 11:40  
 
Written by Guest on 22.04.2012 at 01:43

Cinderblox should be crazy.

I heard the 1:30 sample of it... pretty crazy, yeah.
EW - 07.05.2012 at 08:06  
Rating: 5 Http://www.metalunderground.com/reviews/details.cfm?releaseid=6871 This got me excited.
kaspair - 14.05.2012 at 21:48  
Rating: 7 The Day <3
Introspekrieg - 15.05.2012 at 08:54  
  Made it to "Shitload Of Money" and couldn't take anymore. This band has outgrown me.
rasto - 15.05.2012 at 12:26  
  Hard rock, Melo heavy metal????????????? Vote 6???
Milena - 15.05.2012 at 16:13  
 
Written by Introspekrieg on 15.05.2012 at 08:54

Made it to "Shitload Of Money" and couldn't take anymore. This band has outgrown me.

Gets a lot better afterwards, especially with the Wildfires.

(what, anyone expected me NOT to hear it by now?)

Is flawed but is pretty. I did not expect to like it as much as I do now, although it appears to me the lyrics are weaker than usual and that my liking will decrease when the CD comes with them. Hoping to do a review.
Wraith000 - 15.05.2012 at 17:20  
  Recommended songs anyone ?
Valaskjalf - 15.05.2012 at 22:57  
Rating: 5 Just got the album .... WOW

"The Days of Grays" was severely shit, but this takes the cake for most incoherent and pretentious piece of shit Ive heard in years. Its so shit it made my wife cry...true story.

By once again trying and failing to be "progressive" they end up writing ridiculously inconsitent and patchy songs - its one thing trying to do something different, but this album doesnt even sound like a bunch of half-baked songs thrown together - each and every song sounds like random ideas that do not mesh at any given moment.

Haphazard songwriting to the max - I have no idea when Tony decided he was a country singer or what the point is trying to sound "heavy". Absolutely the most contrived thing Ive heard in a long time.

Shockingly shit.
Yavanna - 15.05.2012 at 23:02  
 
Written by Valaskjalf on 15.05.2012 at 22:57

Just got the album .... WOW

Shockingly shit.


I was thinking about listening it tonight, but now you scared me ... seriously
Milena - 15.05.2012 at 23:45  
 
Written by Valaskjalf on 15.05.2012 at 22:57

trying and failing to be "progressive"

I have to ask you whether you've actually heard it or you're just trolling? Drop one interview where they've mentioned they're trying to sound progressive, that's my first request, and the other request is never to apply the progressive tag to Sonata Arctica. Because that shows you have no idea what you're talking about.

I can tolerate all other arguments (although the fact you speak like the songs are dreadfully complicated and experimental, when they're clearly not tells me that maybe you put the wrong album in your player?), but, seriously, leave the progressive tag alone, dude. Yes, even in quotation marks. That's, like, the only tag whose proper use I'll defend. Because you schmucks have mixed up ever other tag. Heaven forbid I get into extreme metal, who knows what people plague that too.

Sorry for the harsh reply, but dude, sort your shit out.

Next time I have a pinch of free time, I'll try not to get into the forums...
RavenKing - 16.05.2012 at 02:14  
 
Written by Milena on 15.05.2012 at 23:45

Heaven forbid I get into extreme metal, who knows what people plague that too.


Don't generalize too much. While it is true that every genre has its idiotic fans, every genre also has its great fans.
And I don't want to start a war but I've seen much more annoying people among prog, Powermetal and traditional Heavy Metal fans than in extreme metal genres, honestly.

And I hope your last sentence is not serious.
Zenzero - 16.05.2012 at 02:15  
Rating: 1 If wildfire is the same song of reckoning night probably it's the only good song of the album..... I loved them, but this'll be probably their 3rd shitty album!
EW - 16.05.2012 at 02:23  
Rating: 5 I actually like this a lot more than I expected. Not bad at all.
farfaramir - 16.05.2012 at 03:28  
Rating: 7 The wildfire's sequels save the album. They are great. The rest is meh... A bit (maybe a lot) mediocre, even when I find myself enjoying some songs.

(This is not because they sound rockish, I don't have problems with that. It's just it looks like Tony took a lot of fillers song and put them in one album).
Snbn - 16.05.2012 at 11:06  
Rating: 5 Sonata Arctica WHY WHY WHY you guys make this kind of music nowdays? Where the fuck is the good old powermetal This shitty country stuff give me creeps....
Malaghost - 16.05.2012 at 12:29  
Rating: 6 Sonata's worst album for me imo. It is on halfway from previous release The Days of Grays, which I actually liked, to something really really weird. And I don't like it at all. I caught myself skipping some songs in the middle, just because they were sooo boring, repetitive or just odd.

Overall this is at best average album with some, let say non traditional musical elements in it. One thing I know for sure I won't listen to this album for next time, which is pitty.
blackend - 16.05.2012 at 15:18  
Rating: 9 To me, it's a gem out of today's Metal - really amazing!
I liked the minor touches of Country banjo riffs and Viloin parts, I liked the Pink Floyd-like keyboards parts.
Mostly I liked the clear growth of the band - Tony's mature and controled vocals (yes, Harsh vocals are great!),
I loved the difference of Elias's guitar playing and suitabiliity to perfection! (to all Jani fanboys out there - Jani wouldn't suit this album at all with his own style).
Henrik keys parts are fantastic! no longer these boring long key chords.
Overall - AMAZING! 9/10. (Better in 4 point than previous Days of Grays, Same as my Unia and Reckoning Night rating)
mandrake88 - 16.05.2012 at 15:34  
Rating: 8 Weird.... is "Losing my Insanity" a cover song? ... check this http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ari+koivunen+losing+my+insanity&oq=ari+koivunen+lo&aq=0&aqi=g2&aql=&gs_l=youtube-psuggest.3.0.0l2.412.4493.0.5994.11.8.2.0.0.0.648.2089.1j3j2j0j1j1.8.0...0.0.NVz30ZWdYXs
Risto - 16.05.2012 at 15:38  
Rating: 6
Written by mandrake88 on 16.05.2012 at 15:34

Weird.... is "Losing my Insanity" a cover song?

The song is written by Tony Kakko and Koivunen released it for the first time on his album. They just decided to do an own version of it.
Abel - 16.05.2012 at 17:37  
Rating: 8
Written by blackend on 02.01.2012 at 22:51

I've been a HUGE fan of these band for over 5 years, though, I stopped listening to them because they never release anything new, and they have started to repeat themselves quite frequently. When I first read that Sonata Arctica are planning a new full-length album by May-June 2012, I was extremely thrilled!!!
Sonata Arctica - Forever and ever will be my favorite band and the greatest band in the world!


I'VE ALWAYS LOVE THEM ALSO, but since UNIA I love them even more, they really have matured since then
The Melting Snow - 16.05.2012 at 18:04  
Rating: 7 Never been a huge fan of Sonata Arctica, so the album doesnt come as a disappointment. average stuff. though some songs are catchy.
Valaskjalf - 16.05.2012 at 20:41  
Rating: 5
Written by Milena on 15.05.2012 at 23:45

Written by Valaskjalf on 15.05.2012 at 22:57

trying and failing to be "progressive"

I have to ask you whether you've actually heard it or you're just trolling? Drop one interview where they've mentioned they're trying to sound progressive, that's my first request, and the other request is never to apply the progressive tag to Sonata Arctica. Because that shows you have no idea what you're talking about.

I can tolerate all other arguments (although the fact you speak like the songs are dreadfully complicated and experimental, when they're clearly not tells me that maybe you put the wrong album in your player?), but, seriously, leave the progressive tag alone, dude. Yes, even in quotation marks. That's, like, the only tag whose proper use I'll defend. Because you schmucks have mixed up ever other tag. Heaven forbid I get into extreme metal, who knows what people plague that too.

Sorry for the harsh reply, but dude, sort your shit out.

Next time I have a pinch of free time, I'll try not to get into the forums...


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.
Milena - 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.
RavenKing - 17.05.2012 at 01:36  
 
Written by Milena on 16.05.2012 at 23:21

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.


I don't want to jump in this argument between both of you.
I will only post this general comment: people often confuse 'different' and 'progressive'.
Only because a band does something different or sounds different on an album doesn't mean it is progressive. It only means that it's different. It's sometimes annoying to see how people automatically call music 'progressive' or 'more mature' only because it is different. I can't count how many times I read the comments "the album is more progressive" or "it is more mature" just because it was less aggressive, slower, more quiet or whatever.
Baz Anderson - 17.05.2012 at 03:16  
  So now I have had a look in here after I wrote my own review... It's no surprise some people won't like it, but then they probably didn't like the two before it either... It's a bit of a grower, but I like it.
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.

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