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Artist:

Sonata Arctica

Album:

The Collection

Year: 2006
Format: CD
Label: Spinefarm
Genre: [Melodic Power Metal]
Overall Rating: 7.0
Music: 7.0
Production: 7.0


Finnish melodic power metal group Sonata Arctica celebrates a decade of existence with the release of their 'best of' record simply titled as "The Collection". In case you're new to the band, they're well-known for rather speedy compositions bordering neo-classical and melodic power metal. One of their most apparent influences are Royal Hunt, though Sonata Arctica's blend of genres retains their music as fairly distinguishable in its own right.

This release has most to offer for new fans of the band, but unfortunately there isn't much for the older listeners. Only the two remakes of old "classics" from their Ecliptica album, namely "My Land" and "Replica", along with Tony Kakko's comments about each song have been included to woo the old fans. Also the song selection could have been better - at least I would have ranked some songs that were left out higher than few included ones.

Production-wise this record is pretty good with certain exceptions kept in mind. For example, the biggest complaint regarding the production goes to drum sounds, which are in my view a bit thin sounding. In addition, the overall sound of the record is a bit too scooped. Regardless, as a whole "The Collection" has been realized fairly well, and it's a good way to dig into the music of Sonata Arctica.

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- MAGE (November 11th, 2006)



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LINE-UP:
Kakko, Tony: Vocals
Liimatainen, Jani: Guitars
Klingenberg, Henrik: Keyboards
Paasikoski, Marko: Bass
Portimo, Tommy: Drums

and
Kivilahti, Janne: Bass
Hrkin, Mikko: Keyboards
Producer: Unavailable
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Sonata Arctica - The Collection  CD  Cover Image
01. The Ruins of My Life 
02. 8th Commandment 
03. Don't Say a Word 
04. Victoria's Secret 
05. Tallulah 
06. Wolf & Raven 
07. Black Sheep 
08. Broken 
09. Kingdom for a Heart 
10. FullMoon 
11. My Land (2006) 
12. The Cage 
13. Last Drop Falls 
14. UnOpened 
15. San Sebastian (Revisited) 
16. Ain't Your Fairytale 
17. Replica (2006)

Length: 78:41
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