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SONATA ARCTICA
WINTER HEART'S GUILD
CENTURY MEDIA

Keyboard-driven power metal seems to be the predominant flavor of most of the bands that hail from Finland, and the quintet Sonata Arctica prove to be no exception. This band has got the whole double-bass drum meets operatic orchestration sound down to a science, as the dynamically rich 10-tracks that comprise WINTER HEART'S GUILD are warranted enough to be labeled power ballads. If you're a fan of bands like Sentenced, Stratovarius, and even the mighty Helloween, chances are you'll dig Sonata Arctica's carefully composed metal assault.
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- Mike SOS