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Talviyö Limited Gatefold Vinyl 2LP Set

by Sonata Arctica

Release Date: 06 September 2019

Format: LP Double Vinyl

Label: Nuclear Blast

£24.99

Sonata Arctica Talviyö Limited Gatefold Vinyl 2LP Set

Overview:

“I let the music write itself within the loose boundaries and just enjoy the ride”, reveals the creative mastermind of this mighty Finnish sound forge, radiating an inner calm as well as compassion that immediately captivates. It’s undisputed: Tony Kakko - charismatic singer, composer and lyricist of Melodic Metal heroes SONATA ARCTICA - is a musical genius! He has a delicatly tuned sense for incomparable, deeply epic and complex melodies which not only go into the ear but even deeper; under the skin and into the soul. It’s this atmospheric finesse which has always been born from a multitude of facets, mixed with an interplay of emotions – that characterises the men from the far north and their vision. Their sound combines deep feeling and beautiful melodies in a most seductive fashion, merging dynamic-driving passages and delicate refrains. SONATA ARCTICA has long since proven that they belong to the Melodic Metal elite...
Founded 20 years ago, the ambitious Finns quickly grew into the position as gate keepers of the best melodic metal sounds; bursting with the innovative joy of playing and completed with their special, individual note; the voice of Tony Kakko. Nine masterpieces have been created in the last two decades of the band’s history, and stylistically, SONATA ARCTICA have never let themselves be deprived of trying out new ways and leaving old habits behind. From classical Power Metal to more progressive excursions, to now finally combining the best of many sonic worlds, each album has its own charm - a perceptible life of its own. Yet SONATA ARCTICA have always been true to themselves. With their skills, their talent, their wealth of ideas and their daring, the band has decisively influenced the genre and had a lasting impact on it.
“The idea was and is to continue the string of albums we’ve released since `Stones Grow Her Name´, which was a little side step. But that’s about it. And I’m not sure how well we‘ve pulled that off, being still too close to the process to see what kind of an addition `Talviyö´ makes to the collection, but at least it feels like it connects with `Pariah´s Child´ and `The Ninth Hour´”, Tony explains, seemingly visibly pleased, “because the process itself then was more natural, where one thing leads to another.”
Nevertheless, Tony Kakko offers a glimpse into this virtuosic creative puzzle and into the depth of his thoughts. He reveals that the album begins with a hymn-like power metal anthem that will delight all SONATA ARCTICA fans from the very beginning. And certainly, in “Message From The Sun” everything that has always distinguished the band is laid bare; an epic, highly bombastic track that deals with the old myths around the wonderful, mystical northern lights.
In conclusion, what can be said, except that SONATA ARCTICA once again prove to perfection that they are the true kings of melodic Scandinavian Melodic Metal. It‘s worth adding that Tony defines “Talviyö” as the third pillar of the new SONATA ARCTICA sound construct. “Yes, it’s the third leg of the new floor of the tower that makes up SONATA ARCTICA’s career”, he underlines. “You can roughly divide our career into three ages, and this is the third album of the third age. That will one day make a great compilation title.“ “Talviyö” manifests one thing more clearly than ever before, that this band is a true creative fountain that will continue to offer wonderful things far into the future, as they put their whole heart and soul into the music - without compromise. This can be heard and felt in every single note. So let’s remain curious to see what era SONATA ARCTICA will lead us into in the years to come…

Featured Tracks:

Side: 1

1. Message from the Sun
2. Whirlwind
3. Cold

Side: 2

1. Storm the Armada
2. The Last of the Lambs
3. Who Failed the Most

Side: 3

1. Ismo's Got Good Reactors
2. Demon's Cage
3. A Little Less Understanding

Side: 4

1. The Raven Still Flies
2. The Garden

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