Days of Grays

The Days of Grays

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by Sonata Arctica
     
 

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Having announced their "boredom" with the likeable but at times all-too-predictable power metal peddled on their first four albums, Finland's Sonata Arctica brought a notably heavier sound and darker outlook to bear on their fifth opus, Unia, which understandably didn't sit well with many fans, but certainly helped their metal credibility

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Having announced their "boredom" with the likeable but at times all-too-predictable power metal peddled on their first four albums, Finland's Sonata Arctica brought a notably heavier sound and darker outlook to bear on their fifth opus, Unia, which understandably didn't sit well with many fans, but certainly helped their metal credibility as a band willing to take chances. So, for their sixth studio album (discounting numerous EPs and a few live recordings along the way), The Days of Grays, the Fins decided to keep things interesting by shifting direction yet again -- but this time they reigned in some of their progressive elements and focused their revived melodic tendencies underneath lyrics devoted either to doomed romance ("Juliet," "No Dream Can Heal a Broken Heart") or bouts of clinical depression (see "The Last Amazing Grays," the claustrophobic "Zeroes," and "The Truth Is Out There," which explores psychology as alien abduction). The romantic tracks often boast a mass appeal on par with Sonata's most successful countrymen, Nightwish, but by doing so naturally sacrifice almost every last metallic vestige and will likely further traumatize the band's older fans who still pine for the days when high speed power metal and fanciful fantasies dominated the band's songwriting. As it stands, The Days of Grays offers but two obvious opportunities for those fans to saddle their steeds and don their invisibility cloaks before traipsing off to medieval towns where witchery could severely damage your crops ("Deathaura," featuring guest vocals from Johanna Kurkela), or, failing that, sail away to the New World and pummel Plymouth Rock with the traditional power metal energy of "Flag in the Ground." Actually, the last song also serves up a good metaphor for Sonata Arctica's ongoing journey into uncharted creative territory, and time will tell whether their audience chooses to join them in their quest.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/2009
Label:
Nuclear Blast Americ
UPC:
0727361237929
catalogNumber:
12379
Rank:
99328

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonata Arctica   Primary Artist
Tony Kakko   Keyboards,Vocals
Marko Paasikoski   Bass
Tommy Portimo   Drums
Johanna Kurkela   Vocals
Elias Viljanen   Guitar
Henrik Klingenberg   Keyboards
Perttu Kivilaakso   Cello

Technical Credits

Ahti Kortelainen   Bass Engineer,Drum Engineering
Sonata Arctica   Arranger,Producer
Janne Pitkänen   Illustrations
Tony Kakko   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Pasi Kauppinen   Engineer
Gina Pitkänen   Illustrations
Samu Oittinen   Guitar Engineer

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The Days of Grays 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TurboMel More than 1 year ago
I didn't really like the album before this all too much, Unia... I thought that Sonata Arctica had lost their edge. However, the addition of the symphony in this album is lovely! There are a few tracks I could do without, but those which are good are REALLY GOOD and, therefore, make the whole album worth getting!