Reckoning Night review by Sonata Arctica

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  • Released: Jan 25, 2005
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (28 votes)
Sonata Arctica: Reckoning Night

Sound — 10
I had heard this band a few times on iTunes and What I experienced there and what I heard on this album were much different. There were a lot more synth sounds on the CD than I remembered and I didn't remember their music being so fast. I wasn't really sure that the stop after a few measures in the first song really worked but I am rather indifferent about it now. I think the band did a really good job engineering and recording the tracks on this album because with this kind of music, it can be hard to keep together sometimes.

Lyrics — 9
The lyrics on this album are some of the best I've heard in a long time. I just thought the singing itself wasn't the best I'd heard though. He made up for it though when I read the album credits and found out that he wrote all of the songs but one on the album. You don't encounter many singers now-a-days who write much on albums. My favorite lyrics were on "The Boy Who Wanted To Be a Real Puppet" and "Don't Say a Word."

Overall Impression — 9
This is probably a power metal landmark as far as evolution of music goes. I only wished they had included more songs on the album than they did. It was basically only nine tracks that weren't that long. What was there was quite impressive though. I really liked the chorus in Don't Say A Word. That was phenominal. Unia may have been better than this record though.

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