Stones Grow Her Name Deluxe
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Stirring up youth in the hearts of many and acting as
a sonic beacon for fans seeking the ultimate adrenaline
high, Finland s ambassadors of light and hope have toiled
through difficult times and have now harvested an awardwinning,
international catalog that is unmatched.
Taking their cues from traditional and power metal
bands, arena rockers and a seemingly long-gone time when
melody in heavy music was the rule and not the exception,
Sonata Arctica have solidified their place in metal history.
With Stones Grow Her Name, the depth and maturity
the band have amassed in their later years is on full display.
This beautifully woven tapestry should please fans
worldwide and secure their status here Stateside.
Top customer reviews
This album is, in my opinion, the culmination of everything I have always loved about sonata arctica. There's old school power metal (losing my insanity), listener-friendly mid-tempo stuff (I have a right; only the broken hearts), emotional sweepers (The Day, Dont be mean), grinding rippers (somewhere close to you, Cinderblox), and epic blistering masterpieces (Wildfires II-III). Tons of great riffs and heaviness strewn about on this one!
There are a couple songs I could give or take (Shi*load of money, Alone in heaven), but nevertheless a complete album that you can listen to from start to finish without having to yawn through some stinkers. Its not as one-dimensional as Ecliptica or Silence, yet not as disjointed and random as Unia/Days of Grays.
Don't get me wrong, I really dig every Sonata album to date but I love the way SGHN seems to blend all elements of the past into a great, cohesive album. Plus, the use of classic instruments throughout like the banjo, fiddle and piano is sweet. And Tony has never sounded better or shown more vocal range.
Probably ranks in my top three Sonata albums (along with Winterhearts and Ecliptica). So nice to see these guys get stronger and continue to grow musically...most groups by the 7th album are mere shells of their former self.
Simply put: an excellent hard rock/heavy metal album. Highly recommended to Sonata fans!
1) Only The Broken Hearts - great opener. We're introduced to a song that shows emotion and attitude. The chorus is catchy, the vocals are energetic, the melody is awesome (I love the solo and the keyboards). There is this effective cross between Winterheart's Guild and Unia here. 5/5
2) Shitload of Money - at one time, SA was known as Tricky Beans, and they played Hard Rock - there's a homage to those times in this song. The chorus is catchy once again, a decent solo gives the right mood, and the lyrics are cool (nothing too fancy, but straightforward). The melody just takes the listener far away. 5/5
3) Losing My Insanity - the intro is perfect, sounds beautiful and a bit tragic. There's a good influence of Reckoning Night in this song. I like the vocals and the guitar work, they make this song superb. The keyboard solo is killer! 5/5
4) Somewhere Close to You - this is one of SA's heaviest songs. This goes to the Unia/The Days of Grays side. It's still cool because they keep things simple, pure and solid guitar work. I love the attitude shown in this song, there's this sensation of rage and need in it that pulls the listener closer. 4/5
5) I Have a Right - this song deviates from everything they've done. It's Hard Rock with Pop elements. No solos here, just a great use of keyboards and vocals. The chorus is catchy in my opinion, there lies the impacting message of the song. Awesome lyrics as well. 5/5
6) Alone in Heaven - mid-tempo song right here, it has elements of Power Ballad in it. The lyrics are decent enough, but there's something odd with the melody, it doesn't attract me even though I gave it a few listens. Still, the solo is cool, and there are good melancholic spots. 3/5
7) The Day - the intro part with the keyboards is excellent. This is a mid-tempo song in the vein of Unia. There's emotion put into it in terms of vocals, but the melody also doesn't seem to provide the right force to exalt the lyrics. 3/5
8) Cinderblox - totally different sound from SA. The way they make this song sound western and kind of Irish is outstanding. Everything is cool about it, the vocals that seem powerful yet funny (in a good way), the cheerful chorus and the non-stop uplifting melody. It seems that they got some elements from the Tricky Beans days. 5/5
9) Don't Be Mean - here we have the Power Ballad of the album. It's simple, focusing on emotions from the lyrics and the vocals. The part with the violins was great. 3/5
10) Wildfire II - obviously, this is the sequel to the Reckoning Night song. This time the drama is strong and the melody varies. It starts with a country style, then it changes to soft and creepy melody. The lyrics are strong and the vocals are in total character. I really love the middle of the song, things go aggressive with the guitar and the drums - the vocals show power (especially "love is the infinite power..", it gives me goose bumps). This is a good way to balance the rage from the first part and the grandeur of the third part. 4/5
11) Wildfire III - this is without doubt my favorite song of the album. The opening is fierce, then it changes to a section of haunting vocals. The melody is epic. The chorus shines in this song, it will transport the listener to its ambience and mood. The middle section shows a good display of violins and orchestration, which give drama and edge to this intense third part of the story. 5/5
This album is definitely for true fans of SA, and for those who enjoy variety regarding Heavy Metal. It's obvious by now that SA are not returning completely to what they used to play because they are reinventing themselves, progressing to keep things fresh and varied. I enjoyed this album a lot, gave it a few spins to analyze and appreciate it. In the end, I give this album 4/5 - it's a still a progression, but this time around it pays tribute to melodies from Reckoning Night, the CD that became the turning point in their career.
I miss the old stuff, but i enjoy the heavy folk influence that Sonata acquired with this album. Cinderblox is my favorite tune and it definitely has some old sonata fused with the new. I have a right is more of a unia feel to me but i still really really enjoy it. There are going to be alot of haters with this album because they demand the band go back to the source material. This is an awesome record and i highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates great instrumentals and wonderful musicianship.
Sonata will always be strong for me and i will always be beside them. check it out guys