Happy Monday, everyone! This week we have another one of Finland's finest. What more ridiculousness can this country possibly create? Let's find out!
Sonata Arctica are a band I want to like more than I actually do, but for some reason they have failed to completely grab me. That doesn't mean I think they're bad. I like Tonny Kakko's voice, especially when he's singing the theme to 90's anime, and I think their sound is a nice middle ground between something like Nightwish and Stratovarius. I also enjoy this song a good deal, which is why I decided to share it with you fine folks today. Time to dissect this bad boy!
First of all, where are they even playing!? It looks like they're in the wine cellar of a vineyard. I didn't even know you could grow grapes in Finland! Also, is it just me or does Tonny Kakko look like Russel Brand here? Anyway, around the 0:38 mark, the band reveals that the main character of this "story" is traveling by ship to the magical land that is Boston. Maybe it's to deliver barrels of wine from the only Finnish vineyard.
As it turns out, the rest of the song reveals that the main character is apparently trying to make enough money that he and his lover "need for the dream", whatever that is. It seems that the way he plans on earning the cash is to walk through Fangorn Forest at the 2:25 mark while carrying trash bags. When he does finally attain the money, he apparently "sticks his flag in the ground". What exactly is the point of this if the person he is writing to (lets just assume its his wife) is hundreds of miles away!? Was he expecting her to see it somehow!? Sticking the flag in the ground does, however, result in an awesome guitar harmony leading into the always amazing key-tar solo. Finally, the waving of the flag at the end is yet another example of why power metal is stupid in the best possible way.
That's all I got. See you next week!