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Reckoning Night. I 'recon' I'll be up all 'night' listening to this!!!
Reckoning Night - Sonata Arctica
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Reckoning Night - Sonata Arctica
Date: 31/07/09, updated on 09/08/09 (128 review reads)
Advantages: Great Power Metal with meaningfull lyrics, even if they dont mean anything in particular.
Disadvantages: Not everyone likes Power Metal, but they should (joke)
Sonata Arctica - Reckoning Night.
Another great album by the amazing Sonata Arctica. This album contains some awe inspiring tracks such as "Ain't Your Fairytale", "Wildfire" and "White Pearl, Black Oceans..."
As with all Sonata Arctica albums, the songs tell a story, and each song is like a chapter in a book, albeit a strange book written by a mad man lol.
The front cover depicts a ship going through rough waters with the waves personified as wolves, a strong symbol that is Sonata Arctica's symbol. There is also a lighthouse in the background with no light. This is a reference to the 9th track on the album "White Pearl, Black Ocean". The back cover and inside depict a puppet, referring to the epic "The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Real Puppet".
The first track is "misplaced", which is fast paced and makes you want to dance. The vocals make you think it is a dark song even if you are not listening to the lyrics. The song is about a man who feels 'misplaced'. He doesn't fit in and wishes he could go back in time and realizes he is in a dream land. He ends up thinking something is really wrong with him.
The second track is called "Blinded No More". This is another love song about being used by a woman. I can't help thinking that the singer may have had some bad relationships in the past as this is a recurring theme in Sonata Arctica songs. It is slower and not as dark, with a sad melody.
"Ain't Your Fairy tale" is a great song. It describes the war between the humans and wolves from the wolves' perspective. It is sung in the style of an old wolf telling young wolves the history of the pack. A fast paced song with wonderful lyrics that, for some reason, make me feel proud. I have literally no idea why as it has nothing to do with me in subject, or my way of life but whatever. Extremely powerful power metal.
"Reckoning Day, Reckoning Night" is a slow song which is an instrumental. It puts to mind the feeling of creeping though an enemy forest. The end gathers ticking which is then continued in "Don't Say A Word"
"Don't Say A Word" is another dark fast paced song. This is the first Sonata Arctica song that I heard containing a swear word. Well, not really a swear, more a rather nasty insult. It is about a woman who has a 'strangle hold' on his heart, and so he decides to kill her. Well that is my take on it any way. It is done very tastefully and no murder actually takes place in the song.
"The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Real Puppet" is an incredibly dark song about a boy who becomes fascinated with a puppeteers doll. He wishes to buy it, but the puppeteer refuses. The boy threatens to kill the man and then the boy becomes a puppet. He realizes his mistake, but the puppeteer refuses to turn him back. It is a sad slow song that truly tells a great if creepy story. The melody is enchanting.
"My Selene" has a lighter melody and is relatively fast paced. Another love song but once again, if you listen to the lyrics, it is a sad love song about a man who has fallen for a girl in his dreams. Its got a happy melody with the feel of hope.
"Wildfire" was the first Sonata song I ever heard. The beginning is a very cheesy talk followed by the heaviest melody in a song they have ever done. It's about a man who gets blamed for everything so decides to set his town on fire and run away. He comes across as a crazy person with a dual personality. A funny song if you like dark humor and the closest to a screamer song that Sonata Arctica have done.
"White Pearl Black Ocean" is about a lonely lighthouse worker who decides to go into town one day and meets a girl, sleeps with her and forgets to turn on the lighthouse. It turns out the White Pearl crashed and all aboard died due to his night of passion. The song is slow and filled with guilt. A large section is dedicated to whether or not he should jump off the top of his tower. So another dark song then.
"Shamandelie" is a slow sad song. I have no idea what they are going on about in this song. Im sorry. Its a nice song to listen to but when I try to understand the story behind it I get a bad headache.
I loved this album. "White Pearl Black Oceans..." and "The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Real Puppet" are two of the best story songs I have ever heard, and I love "This Ain't Your Fairy Tale".
Another great album by a band that rocks my socks. Love all the tracks on it and I definitely recommend it to all lovers of music.
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Summary: Power Metal story telling for all moods!!!