Stones Grow Her Name

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Stones Grow Her Name
Studio album by Sonata Arctica
Released May 16, 2012 (Finland)
May 18, 2012 (Europe)
May 22, 2012 (North America)
May 23, 2012 (Japan)
Recorded November 2011 at Studio 57, Alaveteli, Finland (bass, drums, hammond)
January and February 2012 at Kakkoslaatu Studios (lead and backing vocals, additional keyboards)
January and February 2012 at Sonic Pump Studios (trumpets, saxophones, acoustic guitars, viola caipira, banjos, violin, double bass, additional backing vocals, violin)
January 2012 at Tico Tico Studio, Kemi, Finland (double bass)[1]
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, power metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal
Length 53:16
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Sonata Arctica
Sonata Arctica chronology
Live in Finland
(2011)
Stones Grow Her Name
(2012)
Pariah's Child
(2014)

Stones Grow Her Name is the 7th full-length studio album by Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica. It was released in Finland on May 16, 2012, in Europe on May 18, 2012, in North America on May 22, 2012 and in Japan on May 23, 2012.[2][3] It was the last album to feature longtime bassist Marko Paasikoski.

Regarding the song "Cinderblox", vocalist Tony Kakko stated:[4]

"As you might figure, it started out as a... joke. Me fooling around with this banjo sound I came across. Wrote a riff which turned into a song. And when we then decided it's gonna be recorded for this album all we had to do was to find someone to play the banjo. We did! [...] This is the one song that still makes me smile every time I hear it."

Track list[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tony Kakko. 

No. Title Length
1. "Only the Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful)"   3:23
2. "Shitload of Money"   4:52
3. "Losing My Insanity" (Song written by Tony Kakko which was originally featured on Ari Koivunen's Fuel for the Fire) 4:03
4. "Somewhere Close to You"   4:13
5. "I Have a Right"   4:47
6. "Alone in Heaven"   4:31
7. "The Day"   4:14
8. "Cinderblox"   4:03
9. "Don't Be Mean"   3:17
10. "Wildfire, Part: II - One with the Mountain"   7:53
11. "Wildfire, Part: III - Wildfire Town, Population: 0"   8:00
Total length:
53:16

Tour Edition[edit]

On October 24, 2012 a special 2 disc "Tour Edition" of the album was released in Japan to commemorate the band's appearance at the Loud Park Festival. The first disc contains the standard Japanese version of the album with "One-Two- Free-Fall" serving as the bonus track. The second disc features acoustic versions of "Only the Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful)" "I Have a Right" "Alone In Heaven" and "Somewhere Close to You" respectively.[7]

Personnel[edit]

Guest artists[1][edit]

Additional personnel[1][edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart 79[8]
Hungarian Albums Chart 13[9]

On June 1, 2012 the following chart positions for the album were announced on the Sonata Arctica website.

Finland 1

Hungary 13

Switzerland 21

Germany 24

Austria 29

Sweden 37

Norway 39

France 54

Italy 72

Netherlands 72

Canada 79

Belgium 79

Spain 97

Sweden Rock Charts 5

Canada Rock Charts 7

United Kingdom Rock Charts 9

United States Billboard Heatseekers Chart 9

The following message from Tony Kakko regarding sales of the album in North America was posted as well "North America! Awesome! Our best ever 1st week sales with Stones Grow Her Name! Thank you so much! Feels good to hear this kind of news from the other side of the great puddle. Especially now, when the times are what they are... You guys rock! Sure hope to get all the tour plans ready as soon as possible, so we can announce out next great North American adventure. See you guys hopefully soon! Miss ya! Cheers!"[10]

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