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  • Audio CD (2 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verglas Music
  • ASIN: B00007FZFK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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If you love music with variable time signatures, driving bass, power chords mixed with crying guitar lines and great swathes of synthesisers and vocals from the heart rather than sterilised by the producers desk - this album is a must.
Anyone who grew up with Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd and ELP should give this a listen.
Does it break new ground? well a bit, but if you like the prog rock genre, you don't want the basics messed around too much.
Top tip - play the first track very loud. You won't have heard this bass sound before. Its brilliant.
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You know how it is. Something that, previously, hadn't quite gelled suddenly clicks - hits you "like a two ton heavy thing" as Queensryche once remarked - and you spend the next week thinking it's the best thing you've heard in your entire life. Arena's most recent studio album Contagion is just such a beast - a fine work, but ultimately one that didn't connect with me in the same was that it's predecessor Immortal? or the live Breakfast In Biarritz did. Or at least it didn't until the small hours of last Sunday morning, when I must have dislodged a chunk of earwax and all of a sudden the world made sense.
It's got soaring guitar. It's got walls of swirling keyboards. It's got lots of other bits, too - in fact it's got all the ingredients of a classic album. There isn't a less than excellent track on it, but if I had to pick out a couple that are currently holding my attention, I'd go for "Witch Hunt" (rapidly attaining anthem status, chez Jones) and the gorgeous "Spectre At The Feast". If the latter doesn't give you goose-pimples then you need a new Hi-Fi. Or possibly a completely new head.
The prog-dog's danglies :-)
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This is one of those rare albums that takes a couple of listens before you "get it" and then becomes one of your essential-to-life classics. My initial "yeah, great album" turned into a whole new understanding after a few spins and it's quickly become my all time favourite album. It has everything: brilliant melodies (for which Arena are famous), amazingly gripping vocal performances, not only by the main vocalist Rob Sowden, but the backing vocals are fabulous as well, fascinating lyrics (puts most other concept albums to shame), great sound and album artwork you'll want to use as wallpaper - on your actual walls! This is the ultimate "if you're going to buy one album this year" recommendation!
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This is, imho, a phenomenal album, with soaring guitar solos, great lyrics and vocals and superb keyboards. You know great prog when you feel your very spirit rise up in unison with the climactic end to a song or album. By the time you get to Ascension on this album, I've risen so high, it's virtually an out of body experience. The biggest bonus has been acquirimg the two complimentary albums, Contagious and Contagium , with great multimedia extras. Then taking the time to transfer the tracks to mini-disc in the specified order..Wow!! The real deal. From the opening riff of Witch Hunt, I felt this was going to be good, and as other reviewers say, this just grows and grows. Personal favourites are Vanishing Act (Contagious), City of Lanterns, Riding the Tide and March of Time (Contagium). Is there a duff track...I can honestly say I don't think there is. Go on....buy it - you know you want to!!! PS Thank you Arena.
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I'm not in the slightest bit embarrassed to say that this my 5th Arena album! Such a wonderful mix of sounds, a more rounded sound than my other favourite prog rock band (Pendragon) and much as I appreciate Nick Barrett's great guitar playing, none of us would probably say he's a great singer! Arena has had great singers over the years. The theatrical style of singing from Paul Manzi and Rob Snowden suits Arena's music so well. John Mitchell's guitar work is supreme with fantastic drumming from Mick Pointer, Clive Nolan is an incredibly talented keyboard player.
Can't wait to see Arena at the Borderline in London on 19 March 2015. I also have the DVD 'Rapture' shot at the same Polish theatre Pendragon used, this DVD is a great showpiece and the interview with Mick Pointer and Clive Nolan is a treat!
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This album continues Arena's rich vein of form that started with "The Visitor" and continued with "Immortal?" The album has some terrific hooks with "Witch Hunt" opening the album in terrific style. Other stand out tracks for me were "Painted Man", "Spectre at the Feast", "Riding the Tide" and "Ascension". However, my favourite is probably "Skin Game" which features an intriguing opening through what sounds like a minor progression (warning - I'm not a musician) and cracking guitar solo. There is also "Riding the Tide" which is a live favourite and really showcases Clive Nolan's keyboards. If you like Pink Floyd and Genesis I think you'll enjoy this album.
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