Album 0038: Sonata Arctica – The Days Of Grays

Release Date: 2009
Genre: Power Metal

Tracklisting:

DISC ONE

1. Everything Fades To Gray (03:07)
2. Deathaura

    I. The Premonition
    II. The Witch-Hunt
    III. Exposing The Heathen
    IV. Envy
    V. The Fear
    VI. The Grudge
    VII. The Curse
    VIII. The Flames
    IX. Endless Inquisition
    X. …Together Today, For All Eternity (07:59)

3. The Last Amazing Grays (05:40)
4. Flag In The Ground (04:09)
5. Breathing (03:55)
6. Zeroes (04:24)
7. The Dead Skin (06:15)
8. Juliet (05:59)
9. No Dream Can Heal A Broken Heart (04:43)
10. As If The World Wasn’t Ending (03:49)
11. The Truth Is Out There (05:04)
12. Everything Fades To Gray (04:32)
13. In The Dark (05:22)
14. Nothing More (03:58)
15. In My Eyes You’re A Giant (04:42)

DISC TWO (ORCHESTRAL)

1. Deathaura

    I. The Premonition
    II. The Witch-Hunt
    III. Exposing The Heathen
    IV. Envy
    V. The Fear
    VI. The Grudge
    VII. The Curse
    VIII. The Flames
    IX. Endless Inquisition
    X. …Together Today, For All Eternity (07:57)

2. The Last Amazing Grays (05:10)
3. Flag In The Ground (03:55)
4. Juliet (06:02)
5. As If The World Wasn’t Ending (03:56)
6. The Truth Is Out There (05:07)
7. In The Dark (05:22)

Total Length: 01:50:56

Everything Fades To Gray is just an instrumental version the first time around, and it’s a great intro to the album. Deathaura is one of the bigger songs the band has done, with a lot of different bits and parts coming together, and in my opinion at points being one of their heaviest songs. It’s just fantastic. The Last Amazing Grays is a very cool track, I especially love the chorus and it really highlights how cool Sonata Arctica’s newer material is. Flag In The Ground is actually a reworking of a song from one of their first demos, which is cool to hear. It’s still a classic power metal track, but recorded in their newer style which puts a twist in it.

Breathing is a pretty good softer song. It doesn’t compare to some of their other works, in that it doesn’t get stuck in my head but it’s pleasant to listen to. Zeroes is one of the more chaotic songs on the album, I love the odd vocal effects and keyboard sounds filtering in and out. The Dead Skin is a very cool track. I think it might go on just a tad too long, but it’s not a big deal. Juliet is an awesome song, I love it.

No Dream Can Heal A Broken Heart is fairly good, I especially like the female vocals. As If The World Wasn’t Ending is alright, it really doesn’t catch me like it should. The Truth Is Out There has a freaking awesome intro, but the rest of the song doesn’t quite live up to it. Everything Fades To Gray this time has vocals and is a bit longer. Fairly neat, but I like the backing music more than the lyrics.

In The Dark has a cool chorus, but doesn’t snag me in otherwise. Nothing More is fairly neat, again I can’t get hooked onto it. In My Eyes You’re A Giant has some pretty neat riffs. The orchestral CD kicks off with Deathaura, which I think loses a bit without the guitars. Some of the section changes simply don’t hit as hard and have as much meaning. It’s still a great song though. The Last Amazing Grays is honestly not that interesting in this form.

Flag In The Ground works very well like this, the orchestral elements work with the lyrics and theme. Juliet is still a pretty great song. As If The World Wasn’t Ending doesn’t seem too much different and I’m still not into it. The Truth Is Out There actually works a lot better here. In The Dark is kind of boring here, honestly. Overall the orchestral songs are neat but don’t add much. When taking everything together, I don’t mind listening to this album. Even the song that don’t catch me are still good songs.

Final Rating: 8/10

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