Sound — 9
The second album by the Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica enthralls listeners on a loosely structured concept album. Fans of Sonata Arctica will not be dissapointed (Unlike their new album, Unia, which sucks.) Providing the thumping double bass, blistering guitar and keyboard leads, and epic and memorable choruses that have become a staple of SA's sound. With the raw power of the first album "Ecliptica" with a more mature sound Silence is sure to wow any fan of power metal.
Lyrics — 8
Tony Kakko delivers a great vocal performance throughout the album. Though the lyrics are always relevant his english, or lack thereof, is quite prominent with some of the simplistic and very general descriptions often seen throughout SA songs. His accent is also very noticeable, but personally I like it. I believe Tony Kakko has one of the most unique and powerful voices in modern power metal.
Overall Impression — 9
This album is definetly my favorite SA album and is right up there with Ecliptica and Winterheart's Guild. Basically I recommend this album and all the others except Unia into a power metaller's catalog of music. They provide a great feeling and energy that some power metal bands of today generally lack. For great music and a good time Silence lends the epic music you've been craving for.