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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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1. In Black And White
2. Paid In Full
3. For the Sake Of Revenge
4. It Won't Fade
5. Under Your Tree
6. Caleb
7. The Vice
8. My Dream's But a Drop Of Fuel For a Nightmare
9. The Harvest
10. The Worlds Forgotten, the Words Forbidden
11. Fly With the Black Swan
12. Good Enough Is Good Enough
13. Out In the Fields

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Seek on May 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've never been a huge Sonata Arctica fan, but Unia ain't your Daddy's Sonata Arctica. Virtually gone is the typical Euro-power metal tempo, replaced with some rather excellent songwriting that idles somewhere in the mid-tempo vein. There are plenty of up-tempo sections of songs, so it's not like they've totally wimped out, but I'm sure SA traditionalists and euro-power metal enthusiasts are screaming bloody murder because of the complete absence of the standard repetitive double-bass drumming.

Personally, I love it! I never liked repetitive double-bass drumming anyway. The songwriting is key here. Totally awesome, and quite unique. It's got a strong prog flavor that always keeps it interesting (reminds me of Savatage - Poets & Madmen) while retaining its metal edge throughout with some godly riffs (again reminds me of Savatage - Poets & Madmen). There are quite a few ballad moments sprinkled throughout (which I always felt SA was best at) and they also remind of Jon Oliva's songwriting.

I also hear influences ranging from Therion and Devin Townsend, to Star One (Ayreon) and Kansas. Unia is a very diverse album, much broader and ambitious than anything in their past catalogue. Don't pass this one off as just another Sonata Arctica album. This one gets a gold pedastal in my hallowed hall of fame for brilliant songwriting.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mick V. Nicholas on May 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There is really not much that I can say about this album because it is the closest thing to perfection that I believe this band has come to. It has consistency, complexity, originality and intrigue. By about the seventh song I was wondering if I was listening to the same band that made "Reckoning Nights." This album is the most focused and mature release that this band has produced.

Album Run-down:

In Black and White: 9/10 - A wonderful opening track for this particular record. It sets the mood with an abrupt beginning, complexity that is rarely matched and wonderful vocal melodies/harmonies throughout.

Paid In Full: 10/10 - This song is marvelous! The soulful voice and lyrics of Tony really come full force in this track! The melody is wonderful and rather catchy...This is the single for those who didn't know. If you didn't know, it's easy to see that it is after reviewing the entire album.

For The Sake Of Revenge: 8/10 - Whoa...I don't know if the fans were really ready for a song like this. The offbeat vocals with the hallow drumbeat make for a classical and unusual feeling. This is probably the most unique song on this record. It will definitely take a few listens for the average music listener. It is most impressive indeed!

It Won't Fade: 9/10 - This song engages the listener with a crunchy and progressive riff with intense harmonizing and once again, soulful vocals (this time, not so sad..but more angry than "Paid In Full"). This song experiments with ambiance that I don't believe Sonata Arctica has really truly achieved in the past. It's one of the tightest tracks on the album!

Under Your Tree: 10/10 - If there is one thing that Sonata Arctica is good at, it is making an effective and beautiful ballad!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nason P. Schooler on June 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As for those complaining that Sonata Arctica is no longer straight-up power metal, I say look elsewhere. This band has been following a very consistent, gradual progression from power metal to a more artistic blend of original SA, Queen, Dream Theater, Classical, etc. ever since Their third album, Winterheart's Guild. Even Silence, their second album had hints of the deeper artistry to come.

Therefore it is no surprise that their fifth installment takes even further steps into this (for SA) previously uncharted territory. In fact, I am surprised at how Unia sounds like a very natural continuation of Reckoning Night. It's as if some meta-album just keeps unfolding with each successive release. I don't listen to a lot of progressive rock, rock opera, whatever; but from what I have heard SA does a better job at making art music more listenable and inspiring than most.

However, gone are the simple over-the-top driving power metal anthems of the Ecliptica days. In a way, this is unfortunate, since I feel SA did the best power metal out there. Like I said, however, if you want power metal, look elsewhere. These guys obviously have a need to continually expand into deeper, more artsy territory, and they are doing it quite well. Unia is definitely the best such effort to date. Some of the multi-part vocal work is particularly unique and astounding - also not a surprise, since this has always been SA's greatest strength (in the studio, that is - they would need to hire an entire chorus to do any of their later albums justice when played live). And there are still some good hooks in there. The "Out In The Fields" bonus track is a good example).

So, if you like the direction SA was heading with Reckoning Night, definitely rush out and buy this album. If you are expecting an album that hearkens back to the Ecliptica or Silence days, go buy Dragonforce Sonic Firestorm or something.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
So it seems that, on a whole, fans are pretty happy with this release. At the very least, I know that I am. However there is always people who can't be pleased and something tells me if their complaints on this album were met then they wouldn't be satisfied in the first place. Let's examine these negative reviews for the farce they truly are, ok?

People complains that the mile a minute double bass is gone. Ok, true. But there is still tons of double bass. In fact, almost every song has double bass. Because it's not fast doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Sonata Arctica's old one hundred mile a minute double bass sounded dumb anyway because their songs aren't not up to speed with the drums. Now, onto the tempo. Up tempo? Since when was Sonata Arctica an up tempo, speed metal band? Um, never. Sure their first cd was pretty uptemp but after that they started making slow to mid temp albums with the up tempo just sprinkled throughout. I mean, Silence and Winterheart's Guild were pretty slow and even reckoning night was pretty slow too most of the time so I'm not sure why people are suddenly mad that that sonata are no longer play fast up tempo power metal when they never did that in the first place.

In fact, calling Sonata Arctica a power metal but would be a really big stretch. Ok, so their first album was power metal to the core but after that it's obvious they turned into more of a progressive metal band, which they are still are on this release. Reviewers act like this band just makes ballads now, which is not true. There is maybe two songs on here that could be considered a ballad. It doesn't really matter anyway since SA has always had several ballads on their albums so why should this one be any different to your hears? Oh wait, it's not.
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