ARENA

(UNITED KINGDOM)

CONTAGION

(2003)
LABEL:

VERGLAS

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Neo
"More modern and full of nuance, "Contagion" is proving to be a real gem in addition to the already excellent "The Visitor" and "Immortal? ""
TORPEDO (29.08.2003)  
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The event of this beginning of 2003: Arena's new album entitled "Contagion". No differences in terms of formation, all the members of the previous album are present. However, the music of this new opus has evolved well without radically changing. 

This evolution can be seen first of all in the singing. Rob Sowden is no longer a singer but a great performer and the nuance is very important. On many tracks, we wonder if it's really the same singer who was on "Immortal?". Broken and nervous, neutral and sad, sweet and plaintive, acute and liberating... All emotions are transcribed to perfection.

Instrumentally, the situation is more or less the same. Of course, we find the characteristics that have made Arena an essential group. The typical keyboards of "Nolan" bring fullness, Mitchell's guitar brings emotion without forgetting the bass and drums which do a very good job of accompaniment. But in addition to all this, a great effort has been made on the expressive aspect of the compositions which, from the first to the last, captivates and holds the attention.

More modern and full of nuance, "Contagion" is proving to be a real gem in addition to the already excellent "The Visitor" and "Immortal? ". Slightly less obvious to apprehend, it takes three or four listeners to begin to appreciate all its flavor. Then it's a pure pleasure with a crush on the instrumental track "This Way Madness Lies".
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Witch Hunt
02. An Angel Falls
03. Painted Man
04. Madness Lies
05. Spectre At The Feast
06. Never Ending Night
07. Skin Game
08. Salamander
09. On The Box
10. Tsunami
11. Bitter Harvest
12. The City Of Lanterns
13. Riding The Tide
14. Mea Culpa
15. Cutting The Cards
16. Ascension

LINEUP:
Clive Nolan: Claviers
Ian Salmon: Basse
John Mitchell: Guitares
Mick Pointer: Batterie
Rob Sowden: Chant
   
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