For many, it is too early to release a live-album after only two albums, for many others, it is a sign for the status, which SONATA ARCTICA reached in a very short time.
Recorded in the Japanese capital city of Tokyo, "Songs Of Silence" leads through their both albums "Ecliptica" and "Silence", and it confronts the five sympathic guys from the north-Finnish Kemi with frenetic fans, who celebrate a big party with the North-ones. The whole Metal fans know anyhow, that the songs stand all quality tests.
The sound (band as well as fans) is very good, clear and powerful, also musically everything is right, only Toni has his problems with some higher parts, but for me, this shows the true live-character of this record, the authentic interpretation.
If "Songs Of Silence" was necessary so early, you have to decide by your own, for those, who answer this question with "Yes", they get a really good record served, in any case. (Online October 10, 2002)