Originally Posted by Spiral_Slave
Oh come on, Firewind are not THAT much better than Sonata Arctica. Everything Sonata has done except maybe Winterheart's Guild is better than everything Firewind has done pre-Allegiance. One great album isn't enough to blow Sonata Arctica off any stage.
Winterheart's isn't their weakest album, Unia is. But their past catalogue isn't what's important here. Sonata IMO are a band past their prime. Especially now with the departure of Jani, being that Firewind are at the absolute top of their game right now, I don't think it's going to be much competition. Their music has a lot more energy and personality to it.