Stained Class wrote:I've noticed something funny and I thought I'd bring it up for discussion.
There are certain bands on this forum that lots of people put in their top 5 bands or say that they are the reason they are going on this cruise and the rest of the people say they can't stand that band and they want to dump them overboard, make them cry, etc.
You've probably figured out what band I'm talking about by now. SONATA ARCTICA.
Why is it that everyone either loves this band or hates their guts?
No flaming please.
mooyagi wrote:I predict that this won't end well. I'm listening to Reckoning Night right now
I can't really pinpoint exactly what it is about them that makes me love Sonata. Their music, to me is really catchy and not hard to get into. I really enjoy Tony's vocals, and I've really liked the guitar and keyboard work that they do. Every time I've seen them, they have put on a great show and work to get the crowd into the show as well. They have also always taken the time to meet their fans after the show and they are really cool guys to talk to.
I can see why some people hate them. They aren't particularly heavy, sometimes they come out with a more "poppy" power (and not so power) metal sound, and the last two albums are the worst in their catalog, though I appreciate them trying to do something a little different (I'm not saying they are bad albums, they just don't stand up to their earlier work). As it goes with any band that has some measure of popularity, they have their groups of lovers and haters.
They don't really add anything new to the table, but I believe they have always been solid and they are one of my favorites. I'm very excited to see them on this cruise.
SlaytanicE21 wrote:I HATE LOVE... I LOVE HATE!!!!!!
Ecliptica wrote:Yay! There are actually quite a few SA fans coming that don't post here but are pretty active on the SA website. My cabin mate/best friend is another huge, huge Sonata Arctica fan and we booked our tickets the minute they went on sale simply because of them. In essence, this trip has been planned for us since December of 2009. Sad, I know.
I'm just being idealistic about the set list being totally different (and to hear some of the stuff they never play live -- 'Zeroes', 'The Ruins of My Life' --which was played ONCE in 2004 -- 'Ain't Your Fairytale' [also only played once], 'Deathaura'. . .that type of stuff).
I honestly wouldn't mind if I never heard 'The Cage' or 'Don't Say A Word' again. I didn't catch them on the tour this fall (because I wanted to save my 10th show for the cruise) but I'm pretty sure that they were playing 'Juliet' in most of the stops. I did see them play 'White Pearl, Black Oceans' for the first time in Houston in 2007 (in full) and it was truly the single best performance I've ever seen live (any band, any song). I've seen them play it in subsequent shows and it's total hit or miss though :-/. Hopefully the cruise is a bit of a rejuvenation for them, the last time I saw them -- the tour before this last one -- they just looked tired and, for lack of a better term, 'out of it'.
mooyagi wrote:Kevin, I think they wouldn't stick out quite as much if Stratovarius were still in the lineup as they are similar. Do you recall exactly what songs/albums you have been exposed to? It's nice to see someone who's not a fan contribute to the conversation. Thanks for your input.
mooyagi wrote: Anyway, I hope you give them at least a chance on board, as regardless of the merits of their "metalness" they put on a great show. Cheers!
mooyagi wrote:I believe anybody going on a cruise to heckle bands they don't like should be thrown overboard.
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