Saturday, 26 March 2011

Sonata Arctica - 25 Mar 2011 (Islington Academy)

I was introduced to Sonata Arctica back in 2003 or 2004, when I was still a teenager getting into metal, and back then I was liking some of the songs but nothing more. So after 6 or 7 years it was finally the time for me to witness Sonata Arctica live, and yes this was my first Sonata Arctica gig. In general I wasn't impressed but neither was I disappointed. Sonata had setted up a very nice stage which is something you don't often get in the academy and it was certainly nice to see some change. The band delivered a very good set that ended very early (9:20pm) due to some club night that probably was taking place at the academy. The academy was almost full and this probably explain the change of venue that happened (originally the gig was going to take place in Koko). Sonata Arctica started their set with songs from their latest album Days of Grays and then performed a series off classic songs from their previous albums. FullMoon was definitely a hit with the crowd chanting like crazy on the "runaway parts". Tony Kakko(Vocals) had some very interesting ways of presenting the next song which I definitely thought was funny. One of those stories about his two Toyota's rusting in his back garden resulted to Paid In Full which is always very energetic to hear. Don't say a Word was definitely the apogee of the gig and the crowd responded very well. The atmosphere was very warm and nice and I generally think that everyone enjoyed the gig. Sound wise it wasn't great but it is very rare to get bands with a good sound in the academy so I'll blame that on the venue. The problem with Sonata Arctica though is that they are unable to deliver the magnitude of sound that they have on CD. On many parts the lack of guitars, instruments and backing vocals is quite striking and would definitely make a huge difference if those parts were introduced somehow. Overall an enjoyable gig and a satisfied crowd!

We are introducing a new point system today which goes as follow:

Sonata Arctica: 17/20
Sound: 3/5
Ambience: 5/5
Presentation: 4/5
Performance: 5/5

Posted by Nick

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