Sound — 7
I own all albums that Sonata Arctica has made. From Ecliptica to Unia. Through the years the band has changed it's music style from "the real" Sonata Arctica metal to something that goes more into a "softer" kind of metal with more synth and calm parts in the songs. Tony, the singer and songwriter, plays piano himself so of course he knows how to make good piano comp, licks and fills. There's nothing wrong in the new music style but I must tell you I like the old Sonata music better than this. The first album, Ecliptica, was pure Sonata music. Nowadays they've been influenced by several bands.
Lyrics — 10
Tony Kakko. He sure knows how to make great lyrics and voices that fits the song. After listening through the album a couple of times the best thing with the whole CD was the lyrics. Tony create the right feeling in the song with his mostly sad lyrics and his way of singing 'em. Tony mostly writes lyrics about "Me and you". Often love troubles. Tony sure can sing and is the best singer from Finland I've heard. And I live in Finland, so trust me I'v heard a lot of em. I think Tony has been somewhere studying english, so also his speech is great. Unfortunately live he can't do the voices 'cause they go to high for him.
Overall Impression — 8
The album can very well compare to other albums, not those made by Sonata Arctica earlier, but well to other artists albums. I'm although a bit dissappointed In their music style change and as I first heard it, it was like: "What? I bought wrong CD?". But as I listened on, I've found that little Sonata Arctica Left in it. I'm Happy there's some Sonata left in their style. Jani, Henrik, Marko and Tommy sure still know how to play.