Silence (Sonata Arctica album)

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Silence
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Studio album by Sonata Arctica
Released June 21, 2001
Recorded 2000–2001
Studio Tico Tico Studio
Genre Power metal, progressive metal
Length 62:00
Label Spinefarm
Producer Sonata Arctica
Sonata Arctica chronology
Successor (EP)
(2000)
Silence
(2001)
Orientation (EP)
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Metal Observer 4.5/5 stars
Chronicles of Chaos 8/10 stars[1]
Lords of Metal 9.6/10 stars[2]

Silence is the second full-length album by Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica, released in 2001 through Spinefarm Records. It is the only studio album to feature keyboardist Mikko Härkin, and the first album with original member Marko Paasikoski, who returned to the band the previous year. Stratovarius lead singer Timo Kotipelto sang guest vocals on the album.

Concept and themes[edit]

The cover art, featuring a landscape divided into night, summer and winter, was meant to depict nature.[3] However, Tony explained that the cover was not supposed to feature too much symbolism, except for the footprints leading away from the campfire.[3] He explained:[3]

The title of the album was at first supposed to be longer, but Kakko's then girlfriend suggested "silence" and he reflected on how important silence was for him:[3]

The second track "Weballergy" is considered by Kakko to be a sequel to Ecliptica's "Blank File", as both of them cover the theme of Internet privacy.[3]

"The Power of One" is the longest Sonata Arctica song to date, at a length of 10:40, not including an extra minute of silence in the end.

Track list[edit]

All tracks written by Tony Kakko.

No. Title Length
1. "...Of Silence" 1:17
2. "Weballergy" 3:51
3. "False News Travel Fast" 5:18
4. "The End of This Chapter" 7:00
5. "Black Sheep" 3:42
6. "Land of the Free" 4:24
7. "Last Drop Falls" 5:13
8. "San Sebastian (Revisited)" 4:37
9. "Sing in Silence" 3:51
10. "Revontulet" 1:32
11. "Tallulah" 5:20
12. "Wolf & Raven" 4:15
13. "The Power of One" 11:33
Total length: 62:00

Personnel[edit]

Sonata Arctica
Guest vocalists
Technical staff
  • Produced by Ahti Kortelainen at Tico Tico Studios
  • Mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox Studios in April 2001
  • Mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios
  • Cover art and logo by Eric Philipp
  • Inlay drawings by Tero Junkkila
  • Original logo concept by Janne "ToxicAngel" Pitkänen
  • Art Direction and background photos by T. Kakko
  • Band photo by Toni Härkönen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sonata Arctica - Silence : Review". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 4-23-12.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Silence Review". Lords of Metal. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Metal Rules!!: Interview with Tony Kakko of Sonata Arctica". Metal-Rules. 17 November 2001. Retrieved 26 June 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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