Stones Grow Her Name [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Having seemingly reached the limits of their experimental comfort zone with the more progressive and/or aggressive tendencies of recent albums, Finland's Sonata Arctica retreated to safer melodic metal terrain on 2012's Stones Grow Her Name. In fact, so "safe" that metal barely appears in the picture at times. Granted, thanks to their copious displays of instrumental technique, lavish synthetic string sections, heavyweight staccato guitar riffs, and overactive drums not to mention head-scratching eco-friendly lyric concepts?, isolated tracks like "Losing My Insanity" and parts two and three of the "Wildfire" suite check off both the prog and power metal boxes one ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Having seemingly reached the limits of their experimental comfort zone with the more progressive and/or aggressive tendencies of recent albums, Finland's Sonata Arctica retreated to safer melodic metal terrain on 2012's Stones Grow Her Name. In fact, so "safe" that metal barely appears in the picture at times. Granted, thanks to their copious displays of instrumental technique, lavish synthetic string sections, heavyweight staccato guitar riffs, and overactive drums not to mention head-scratching eco-friendly lyric concepts?, isolated tracks like "Losing My Insanity" and parts two and three of the "Wildfire" suite check off both the prog and power metal boxes one can't be quite sure which box is checked by the banjo-infused oddity "Cinderblox". But notwithstanding the ballsy title of "Shitload o' Money" see also the dark irony of "Alone in Heaven" and Euro-defining keyboard overkill, predominant radio-oriented tunes like "Only the Broken Hearts Make You Beautiful," "I Have a Right," and "The Day" essentially straddle the gossamer-thin partition between L.A. glam rock and AOR also see the intolerably schmaltzy ballad "Don't Be Mean" -- ultimately reflecting the 1980s' commercial values and ultra-glossy production aesthetic. In short: pop-metal, new millennium style. Not that there's anything wrong with that, as Sonata Arctica always seem to carry this style off as well as anyone else. And as long as their loyal fans share the band's appreciation for such saccharine by metal standards, at least but undeniably infectious sonic ingredients, everyone should go home happy with Stones Grow Her Name. [A Deluxe Edition added a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2012
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • UPC: 727361286187
  • Catalog Number: 128618
  • Sales rank: 72,844

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonata Arctica Primary Artist
Timo Kotipelto Background Vocals
Lauri Valkonen Double Bass
Nino Laurenne Background Vocals
Mika Mylläri Trumpet
Pekka Kuusisto Violin
Peter Engberg Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Viola Caipira
Perttu Korteniemi Drums
Sol Engelhardt Drums
Masi Hukari Drums
Tapsa Ollonen Drums
Anna Lavender Spoken Word
Technical Credits
Ahti Kortelainen Engineer, Additional Production
Sonata Arctica Arranger, Producer
Nino Laurenne Engineer
Janne Pitkänen Illustrations
Tony Kakko Arranger, Composer, Producer
Svante Forsbäck Mastering
Pasi Kauppinen Engineer
Jim Feeney Stage Sound
Jörg Neubart "Neubi" Tour Manager
Gina Pitkänen Illustrations
Gerrit Wissdorf Tour Manager
Larry Longsleeve Merchandising
Jukka Wahlsten Additional Production
Mikko P. Mustonen Orchestration
Heikki Pietikäinen Backline Technician
Antti Punkki Tour Manager
Ari Arvola Pyrotechnics
Ville Häivälä Stage Sound
Brian Warner Merchandising
Paul Gilliam Merchandising
Masi Hukari Engineer, Proof Reading, Additional Production
Tapsa Ollonen Tour Manager
Petri Ahvenainen Engineer
Ralf Speiter Stage Sound
Mediocre Media Ogre Choir Additional Music
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