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SONATA ARCTICA
UNIA
NUCLEAR BLAST

Finnish power metal clan Sonata Arctica noticeably pour the keyboards on heavy on UNIA, the latest 12-track release from the quintet, showcasing a piano pronounced sound now intertwined with their ever-shrinking power metal roots. With a very underwhelming amount of guitar and a plethora of vocal virtuosity eclipsing the overall presentation, the theatrical tendencies heard across this disc yields an excessive, over the top listening experience that falls somewhere between Meatloaf, Queen, and Stratovarius in a Broadway musical kind of way. Those with penchants for dramatics will gush, but others may just ask where the rock went.
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- Mike SOS