|Here's the translation of the
review, it's not 100% the same as in Finnish, because it was a bit hard
to translate some things straightly to English - I had to modify words
a bit. The second chapter was the hardest part, hope you understand it,
too. (If not, please note, I'll go then to my English teacher and ask help
It was very hard to translate some
finnish special things to English, my dictionaries didn't have any suggestions
for the translation so I had to make it on my own... (Sorry for the Soundi
Magazine for translating the review without asking 'em first.) Anyway,
here it is:
had to admit that I feel dizzy. I guess I'm not the only one, there's sure
same feelings in Italy, Germany, Spain and Japan like here in Finland.
Sonata Arctica may explode to a bigger phenomenom than anyone even dares
to dream for now.
When there are really talented people among all stuffy retro feelings
and mass production of every kinds of heavy, the effects are shaking like
a eclipse of the Sun in the Middle Ages. Sonata Arctica is not just a find,
that kind of skill and style are striking like a lightning even from the
bottom of the ditch.
The words 'mature' and 'promising' are needless, Sonata Arctica belongs
to the group of champions even from the very beginning. I feel a bit confused
in front of Ecliptica's turbocharged melodic and delightly easily played
power metal. The playing is rich and triflingly light, the structures are
ingenious. The tempo is being changed amazingly gently.
The good example of Stratovarius can be heared from the record as Yngie
Malmsteen's valuable legacy from the time near album 'Trilogy'. 'UnOpened'
was chosen to be released as a single but all of the songs would have been
as fine as the chosen one.
Sonata Arctica is even now harder than for example Helloween, Gamma
Ray and Rhapsody. Hell of a starting point for the guys from Kemi aging
about twenty." 10/10 (C) Antti Mattila / Soundi Magazine 1999