ARENA

(UNITED KINGDOM)

THE VISITOR

(1998)
LABEL:

VERGLAS

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Easy-Listening, Epic, Neo
"The Visitor is an opus of extreme quality that will delight neo progressive rock lovers easily affordable."
BATRIC (29.08.2003)  
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The Visitor, the last album before the departure of singer Paul Wrightson and bassist John Jowitt, is an opus of extreme quality that will delight neo progressive rock lovers easily affordable.

What makes the listener stand out from the very first listening is the accessible aspect of Arena's music. Here, no original experimentation or particular technical demonstration, just tracks in which the melody is held in a relatively classical way by the keyboard-guitar duo, the rhythmic supporting the ensemble without trying to put itself forward.

Where does The Visitor's strength come from, then? Talent, quite simply. There are artists who have an innate sense of melody and these musicians fall into this category. you can listen to this concept album very naturally in one go, the melodies follow one another and the whole is interpreted with a great feeling. 

Even a song like "Enemy Without", although undeniably reminiscent of the credits of a famous television show by its downright pompous side, is nonetheless catchy and will remain in your head for a while. As for John Mitchell, he literally makes the emotion of his guitar sweat, just like in a totally overwhelming "Serenity". 

An extremely elaborate production brings a final touch to what will remain one of the reference albums of the neo-progressive of the late 90s. This visitor deserves a special place in your playlist.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. A Crack In The Ice
02. Pins and Needles
03. Double Vision
04. Elea
05. The Hanging Tree
06. A State Of Grace
07. Blood Red Room
08. In The Blink Of An Eye
09. (don't Forget To) Breathe
10. Serenity
11. Tears In The Rain
12. Enemy Without
13. Running From Damascus
14. The Visitor

LINEUP:
Clive Nolan: Claviers
John Jowitt: Basse
John Mitchell: Guitares
Mick Pointer: Batterie
Paul Wrightson: Chant
   
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