Sonata Arctica - Winterheart's Guild review
|Release date:||March 2003|
01. Abandoned, Pleased, Brainwashed, Exploited
03. The Cage
04. Silver Tongue
05. The Misery
06. Victoria's Secret
07. Champagne Bath
09. The Rest Of The Sun Belongs To Me [Japanese bonus]
10. The Ruins Of My Life
11. Draw Me
Like a cold Scandinavian wind on a big snowfield - just as powerful starts the newest album of Sonata Arctica. Like the ice patterns made by Mother Nature - just as beautiful are the melodies of Winterheart's Guild. Like a howl of a mighty wolf - just as strong is the vocals of Tony Kakko.
Winterheart's Guild flows up and down with speed and power. The first track 'Abandoned, Pleased, Brainwashed, Exploited' makes a really powerful start. With this awesome power they grab you into the pleasant ice storms of Sonata Arctica and you can't fight your way out of there. Even more - you don't want to leave the storm. As the album continues the storm gets a bit slower and warmer - 'Gravenimage' - a soft and beautiful track that takes your journey from the ice deserts under the protection of high cliffs where you can warm yourself with a small fire and watch the amazing beauty of Northern Lights. Yet your journey isn't over and you have to step into the storms again. And so you travel trough the storms from a cave to a small village and so on.
Sonata Arctica has its uniqueness in their keyboards. They use them better than any other metal band. Yet there's not too much keyboard sounds. Still it's metal and guitars make the leading work. But the keyboards add that something to the background, which makes Sonata Arctica unique. The same is with Winterheart's Guild - it's an album full of power and beauty. Power like 'Victoria's Secret' [yes, their newest single is on the album too] & 'The Ruins of My Life' and beauty like 'The Misery' & 'Broken'.
An album that has the same quality as Silence and Ecliptica. An album that won't leave any power metal fan cold. An album that is worth its every minute.
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