Album 0431: Sonata Arctica – Stones Grow Her Name

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Release Date: 2012
Genre: Power Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Only The Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful) (03:24)
2. Shitload Of Money (04:52)
3. Losing My Insanity (04:03)
4. Somewhere Close To You (04:14)
5. I Have A Right (04:48)
6. Alone In Heaven (04:32)
7. The Day (04:15)
8. Cinderblox (04:04)
9. Don’t Be Mean (03:18)
10. Wildfire, Part II: One With The Mountain (07:54)
11. Wildfire, Part III: Wildfire Town, Population 0 (07:57)
12. Tonight I Dance Alone (03:27)

Total Length: 56:45

Only The Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful) starts the album fairly well, with a cheesy and nearly-generic song. The vocals save it though, and it is pretty catchy. Shitload Of Money is just bland and boring. It’s just vulgar for no reason from a band that never does that, and is basically a straight up rock song that offers nothing interesting. Losing My Insanity on the other hand is fun and an interesting blend of this newer style with the fast pace from their older albums.

Somewhere Close To You has some weird tendencies in it, but the band’s style does shine through and I still really like it. I Have A Right is the same deal, the atmosphere and Tony Kakko’s voice make this song very cool. I just don’t like the guitars, oddly. Alone In Heaven is a really standard ballad, the band can output much better than this. The Day can qualify as that type of song as well, but it’s way better. It has a cheesy intro, but it’s so worth it later on in the song in the prechorus. There’s even a mini Queen bit, just fantastic.

Cinderblox is awesome, screw anyone that says otherwise. The banjo is great and the song is just fun as hell. Don’t Be Mean is a decent, slower track, but it just kind of kills the pace. Wildfire, Part II: One With The Mountain has a neat intro, but the bit with the modulated voice and solo drum set is always tough to listen to. The actual song following that is great, it’s kind of progressive and a good show for the band. Wildfire, Part III: Wildfire Town, Population 0 is heavier while still progressive, and outstanding as well, outside of the ending. Tonight I Dance Alone is completely boring, one of their worst bonus tracks. This album has some standout moments, but they don’t have the magic they used to.

Final Rating: 7/10

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