Sonata Arctica – The Ninth Hour


Sonata Arctica has never been subtle and The Ninth Hour doesn’t change that. The cover art features a city in the shape of a skull, balancing society versus nature (wolf shirt!) and this theme also dominates the album. More than any previous record, The Ninth Hour is fairly thematic, focused on the issues of climate change and the human relationship to the earth. The album’s opening finds Sonata Arctica riffing on Nightwish‘s ridiculous Richard-Dawkins-reads-nonsense section from Endless Forms Most Beautiful, hitting home the conflict between society and nature.


Rating: 3.5/5.0
Origin: Finand
Worldwide Release: October 7th, 2016

01. Closer to an Animal 05:25
02. Life 05:06
03. Fairytale 06:38
04. We Are What We Are 05:25
05. Till Death’s Done Us Apart 06:06
06. Among the Shooting Stars 04:10
07. Rise a Night 04:28
08. Fly, Navigate, Communicate 04:27
09. Candle Lawns 04:32
10. White Pearl, Black Oceans (Part II: By the Grace of the Ocean) 10:13
11. On the Faultline (Closure to an Animal) 05:34
Total playing time: 1:02:04

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