Sonata Arctica continue the tradition of their Finnish contemporaries, like Stratovarius and so on, and offer a bunch of interesting solos and melodies on Ecliptica. Sonata Arctica have proven earlier that they do have the skills and potential to make an exceptional heavy metal album, although here they seem to have chosen the easy path. Nevertheless, hit songs such as "Blank File" and "Unopened" will satisfy the "everyfan" of heavy metal, and as a debuting band, Sonata Arctica are not bad.
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This Finnish band started after listening Stratovarius' Visions and you can notice it while you are listening this album. The first track, Blank File is very fast and so are 8th commandment, Mary-Lou and Picturing the Past. There are also slower ones, Letter to Dana and Replica which are very touching. My Land is a classic. It is maybe a love song, or is it? You have to have your own opinion! Fullmoon is that kind of track that doesn't sound very good at first but when you keep listening it, you have to put it on the record player again and again. UnOpened and Kingdom for a Heart are the best tracks in this album. Is UnOpened a love song? Well, at least it is quite a fast one. Kingdom for a Heart is a strange track for its message. Does it tell about Satan, is it love song or maybe Shakespeare. Destruction Preventer is good end for this album. It is song about Jesus, maybe? Well, Ecliptica gives you many ways to think. You have to listen it over and over again.
This album may not be my favorite Sonata Arctica album, but it is definitely a good one. It has some of their most famous songs on it, so if you are a fan then you definitely want this one in your collection.
By far the best album that Sonata put out (although Winterheart's Guild and Silence do give it a run for its money), Ecliptica is one of the albums that listeners of any genre should own. Blank File is a rather good open (Abandoned, Pleased, Brainwashed, Exploited is a better opener), but the album shows its true colors from there. My Land, 8th Commandment, and FullMoon are all ridiculously good, from both a technical standpoint and from a performance standpoint. Replica and Letter to Dana are excellent songs to slow the pace of the album, so it's not all repetitive shredding all the time. Sadly, I have not heard Mary-Lou at all, and I'm buying this album not only for Mary-Lou, but to attempt to get it autographed next time SA rolls into town. In closing, this album, no matter what kind of music you listen to, will have something on here you'll always have on your iPod (for me, it's My Land and FullMoon.) Five stars all the way around in apllicable categories for the customer rating.
This is probably Sonata Arctica's best album, although their other ones are quite awesome also. It's kind of a shame that it's only available as an import though, as the price kind of deters people from buying it.