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Winterheart's Guild

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1. Abandoned, Pleased, Brainwashed, Exploited
2. Gravenimage
3. The Cage
4. Silver Tongue
5. The Misery
6. Victoria's Secret
7. Champagne Bath
8. Broken
9. The Ruins Of My Life
10. Draw Me

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  • Audio CD (June 3, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B00009EIPZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Winterheart's Guild(2003). Sonata Arctica's third studio album.

Unlike most people on this site apparently, I DON'T hate power metal. I'm not one who slags the whole genre off upon the discovery of other music like progressive rock and other styles like a lot of people do. When I first came across the genre years ago, I was in heaven. There were a lot of really cool albums by bands like Stratovarius, Labyrinth, Dream Evil, Blind Guardian, Primal Fear, Hammerfall, and others that brought forth the nostalgic sounds of some of my favorite 80s metal bands, though with the benefit of modern production technology. Sure, the subject matter among many of these bands can come across as goofy (almost bearing a Manowar quality at times), but most people seem to miss the point that none of it is meant to be taken seriously.

Of course, my interest in Power Metal has waned since then, but only because after a while, most of the bands I came across started to sound a lot alike with very little to separate them apart from others and make me want to come back for more. It seemed like all the bands had the same machine-gun double bass drumming, Malmsteen-inspired guitar solos, harpsichord keyboard soloing, and Geoff Tate-inspired singing. In short, I needed more _variety_.

Thankfully, bands like Sonata Arctica, Kamelot, and Nightwish are around to show the rest how to make a good, memorable band.

To me, Sonata Arctica sounds like a bigger, better, more realized Stratovarius. I'd known about the band for a while, and I've always loved the song 'Power Of One' off of Silence(2001) which was my first introduction to them. I finally saw one of their albums in the store the other day, and since I'm always looking for good music, I figured "why not?".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Guglielmo on June 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As originally written (by me) for RoyalCarnage.com:
Finnish melodic metallers return with Winterheart's Guild, their third effort, and perhaps their strongest to date. All their hooks are in place, their ducks in a row, SONATA ARCTICA seems more determined than ever before this go `round, as if they truly have something to prove, something to impress upon the casual listener.
Songs like "The Cage," "Silver Tongue," or album opener "Abandoned..." demonstrate that SONATA ARCTICA haven't lost even the slightest edge, and are all deliciously strong rockers in the true power metal fashion. "The Misery" harkens back to 1989, when the power ballad ruled. It's not going too far out on a limb to draw a comparison to THE SCORPIONS at this point; I hear so much in SONATA ARCTICA that allows them to transcend just being a "metal" band, much like the SCORPIONS were able to broaden their appeal to encompass a greatly varied audience. SONATA ARCTICA has that same ability. Then take a song like "Gravenimage," which seduces you with a delicate intro, the listener hanging on every syllable to weep forth from lead singer Tony Kakko's mouth, before exploding in your face like a thoroughbred bursting from the starting gate. In fact, now would probably be a decent time to mention Kakko's impeccable vocal performance. Longtime fans of SONATA ARCTICA already realize that very few are in Kakko's league when it comes to pipes. It might be hard to believe, but they're even stronger on this album, soaring powerfully over the incendiary guitars, rapid-fire drumming and majestic keyboards. But unlike the 1st two albums, Kakko's range on this new one is tremendous; he has truly matured into one of the great vocalists of our time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Juha Ylinen on October 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
After the Silence I have eagerly waited Sonata Arctica's next studio album. My wishes are granted and Sonata have made its best album. I didn't believe that is could happen because Silence and Ecliptica are so great albums that it was almost impossible to made better fellower. Kakko has showed that his song and lyrics writing skills are not lost. He has written strange, touching, variable, funny, marvelous and personal texts. Gravenimage is an unique song, that begins to ballad part, contains faster parts and ends to wolves' howling. Keyboards are awesome and melody is great. Victoria's Secret is song that tells women's undewears. Hah! I am just kidding! It is a sad story about woman whose past is very painful and she wants to new start fo her life but she cant' do it. Champagne Path tells famous people funs whose pictures are often in tabloids.
Song is fun and ironic story for them. There are some tracks that uses Sonata's basic powers for exemple Abonded, Pleased, Brainwashed and Exploited which is a fine opener track for album and live gigs. The Cage and The Ruins of My Life are also basic power showers. Kakko has made some songs that shows his skills to do something new. Broken, Gravenimage and Silver Tongue are evidence for little change of wind direction. I have two little stories for you rewiever.
First story ( Lintupaisti )
When I was in collage there was one strange boy who liked to chemistry. He was in classroom and Chemistry teacher was teaching. Window was open. Suddenly, boy said: Tuolta ikkunasta tulee haukka! Tehdään siitä lintupaistia!( finnish text) Translated: Look over there! Here comes the edge! Let's make it food! Sonata Arctica's Winterheart Guild's album the last song is Draw Me.
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