Pariah's Child

April 1, 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 1, 2014
  • Release Date: April 1, 2014
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 Nuclear Blast GmbH
  • Total Length: 53:13
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,541 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Cooper on April 3, 2014
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After the first couple of spins of Pariah's Child I had to ask myself a question: "Why don't I like this album?" With a couple more spins I realize that, in fact, I do like it. Nonetheless, for my taste it has some weaknesses.

Since I do like the work, let's get the things that troubled me off the list early. This album is dominated by the lyrics. The instrumental work has been mixed somewhat lower than in most metallic music, while the words to the songs are of primary importance. The result is that initially I overlooked the musical brilliance I had come to expect from SA. It is often there, it's just deeper in the mix. The second problem for me was the overuse of sound effects, voiceovers, and other gimmicks. Some might like that, but here I found it sometimes to be a cover for tedious music (*cough* Cloud Factory, X Marks the Spot). Finally, there were a couple of songs here that were basically good, but had drum parts that could have been created by Meg White (Half a Marathon Man). Portimo is a terrific drummer - I have come to expect more from his parts.

Fortunately, that is not the whole story. On careful listening, the album often does have the very clever use of time and key signatures that I have always loved in Sonata Arctica - a 4/4 verse with a waltz chorus in the The Wolves Die Young; a delightful 5/4 passage in Take One Breath... The musicians are playing, for the most part, as well as they ever have. Kakko's vocals are outstanding as always, albeit a little too high in the mix for my own taste. This is the SA we all know and love - it's just that it is easy to overlook the fact in all the jokes and sound effects.

I like this album more every time I listen.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Heriberto Figueroa Rivera on April 1, 2014
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This is the band's eighth album, it has been 15 years of inspiration, discovery, maturity and evolution for them. In Ecliptica you could notice Power Metal along with influences of Neo-Classical, then Silence took on pure Power Metal, Winterheart's Guild showed a transition towards some Progressive and ambient sound, Reckoning Night displayed more darkness in terms of lyrics and sound - making it their turning point in Power-Progressive Metal, then Unia went on with the Progressive style with some gothic and orchestral influences, so did The Days of Grays (much darker still), and finally with Stones Grow Her Name, you could find a mixture of their old days of Hard Rock, Progressive style and a few tracks evoking shadows of Winterheart's Guild and Reckoning Night. It could be said that they have experimented a lot and have worked hard to keep themselves fresh and constant. Now, with Pariah's Child, they vary all those mentioned sounds and influences with ease and experience. So, for those who expected this to be a return to Ecliptica or Silence in some way, be warned, this is NOT a return to form - it does evoke some of that past, but it isn't that past. Every band deserves to find ways to stay constant, and SA has kept themselves that way, not yielding to what others want or to keeping themselves repetitive and safe. They have kept true fans and supporters, and they have lost fans, but what matters is what keeps the band going on and what makes them feel comfortable. So, without further due, let me present you with the songs.

1) The Wolves Die Young - many already know this song because it was the first single.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua P. Christie on April 4, 2014
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Pariah’s Child is a frustrating release to listen to. Collectively it is far stronger album than Stones Grow Her Name (SGHN). At the same time when you take them both apart, SGHN had more stand out tracks than Pariah’s Child (PC). Bottom line is it is not a return to the power metal form of SA’s earlier stuff but it does offer more variety for those who are looking for it. For those who still listen to albums from start to finish, you won’t have to skip around on this album to get past any non-essentials. If you prefer pulling the stand out tracks for your MP3/iPod however, you may be saddened to realize you’ll probably have more from SGHN than PC-- hence the aforementioned frustration.

The Wolves Die Young - vintage Sonata Arctica track (the album’s 1st single) and one of the album’s best.

Running Lights/Take One Breath - both of these tracks are the same in that they are solid songs keeping the album flowing well from a pacing standpoint but neither is particularly memorable no matter how many times you hear them.

Cloud Factory - the 2nd released single is also one of the album’s best. It only takes a couple of listens for this one to be stuck in your brain whether you want it to be or not. This is very much in the same vein as One-Two-Free-Fall (awesome song) from SGHN but with a more pop-infused melody giving it the commercial appeal OTFF was lacking.

Blood - another standout track that is heavy but not in the speed metal vein one might associate with old school Sonata Arctica. There is a consistent hook buried within the entire song but not in the same manner as The Wolves Die Young or Cloud Factory-- great rhythm section here also gives new bassist Pasi Kauppinen a chance to shine.

What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
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