Artist: Sonata Arctica
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 5/22/2007
Genre: Melodic Power Metal
We last heard from Sonata Arctica with their stellar performance CD/DVD combo “For The Sake Of Revenge” – this blistering concert piece came courtesy of the tour supporting “Reckoning Night” and it showed the world just how incredible the guys were on the stage and in general. Now the Finnish masters of Melodic Power Metal have returned to continue the valiant quest for world dominance over the genre with the presentation of “Unia”. It’s an album that takes time to remind us a little about where Sonata has come from musically and one that also helps us chart the course of where they are headed in the future. As one might expect from the guys there is a heaping dose of energetic musical forays to enjoy along with some rousing sing-along anthems. Yet this time around instead of being a full throttle pounding there seems to be a little bit more subtlety and experimentation into slower numbers that hold quite an impact. It starts off strong with “In Black And White”, a tune that has a lot of that old school Sonata Arctica feel to it. Yet the second tune slows it down just a little bit with “Paid In Full” but that picks up during the chorus parts. I’m confident that the main tune that will bring people a smile is “It Won’t Fade”. The track possesses the effective Sonata trait of blending several different melodic styles to success. Lead singer Tony Kakko is as on point as ever across the recording but when it hits “Caleb” you see just how much so. As one of the richest tunes on the record, we get incredible keyboard displays and then a page out of the Queen songbook is used as they deliver the multi-layered harmony chorus that makes this track a winner.
Continue reading “Unia” by Sonata Arctica