SONATA ARTICA – Stones Grow Her Name

Great title there guys. Finland has so many more worthwhile bands it is almost impossible to conceive that this tripe exists there as well. 2012 does not need a mashup of Europe, Helloween, Live, and Dragonforce – this garbage should not even make the cut for a Guitar Hero soundtrack. Fourth rate cock rock flirting with euro disco sensibilities and crooning metal ballads with the lyrical instinct of Evanescence… further proof that Nuclear Blast will just throw any old shit at the wall, though sadly I am sure this “moves units” in some “markets.” A beautifully woven tapestry of absolutely no significance whatsoever. But hey, the splash page on NBA’s website will for sure sell this to… someone… fuck. (Nuclear Blast, Brad Skibinsky

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