Power of Metal.dk Review

Sonata Arctica
Pariah's Child
Style: Power Metal
Release date: 28 March, 2014
Playing time: 53:13

A lot of fans were a bit disappointed with the last 3 albums. Especially 'Stones Grow Her Name', although not a bad musicical piece, the songs were a bit commercial and not really Sonata Arctica. A lot of songs on that album you had to listen to several times before understanding and that is not really what we were used to from Sonata Arctica. Their first albums were packed full of catchy songs, that stuck immediately and with nice sing a long refrains and hard kicking double bass drums. Well, I can tell you that with this new album a lot of these elements have returned. In fact you could probably say that this should have been the album they had to release after 'Reckoning Night'. The first track "The Wolves Die Young", with an excellent videoclip (see below), starts very recognizable and has the catchy Sonata Arctica touch.


The guitar sounds rather crunchy and the keyboards finish it off. After that it is a joy to listen to tracks like power metal song "Running Lights" and the very very catchy and happy track "Cloud Factory". "What Did You Do in the War, Dad?" is a very emotional track and "Half a Marathon Man" is a nice rocking song with Hammond organs. The song I like most is "X Marks the Spot", after a gospel spoken part, this song has a funny look on religion in general and is one of the happiest and most inspiring tracks. The album ends with an epic theatrical track in which Sonata Arctica goes a bit Rhapsody/Nightwish. Choir singing, emotional dramatical singing parts go hand in hand with normal power metal vocals and opera kind of singing. A nice end that keeps you asking for more and I'm sure every fan will push the repeat button to listen to the entire album all over.

01. The Wolves Die Young
Running Lights
Take One Breath
Cloud Factory
What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
Half a Marathon Man
X Marks the Spot
09. Love
10. Larger Than Life
Label: Nuclear Blast
Distribution: Sony Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 22 March, 2014
Website: www.sonataarctica.info