SONATA ARCTICA

"The Days of Gray" (Nuclear Blast; 2009)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Finnish power metal quintet Sonata Arctica returns with a punchy pomp-filled endeavor titled "The Days of Gray."

Blending cascading commercial metal hooks with soaring progressive metal prowess into their lush yet visceral keyboard-heavy Euro metal approach (“Juliet”), this squad’s sixth release demonstrates a band well-versed in sweeping dramatics (“The Dead Skin”) and poignant balladry (“As If the World Wasn’t Ending”) as well as cranking out darkened, over-the-top orchestral metal (“Zeroes”) while sneaking in a bit of homeland folk metal (“Flag in the Ground”) for good measure.

Melodic and full of zest, "The Days of Gray" bridges the gap between Dream Theater-esque flash and Blind Guardian-like durability, providing an abundance of rousing metal moments for those who prefer a more elegant design in their metal.

For more information, check out http://myspace.com/sonataarctica.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

 

Back to CD Reviews Home

Back to RoughEdge.com Home

Copyright © 2003 by R. Scott Bolton. All rights reserved.
Revised: 06 Mar 2016 14:20:09 -0500 .