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Arena Concerts / Arena on tour for Double Vision
« Last post by Deenfan on Sat, 2018-05-19, 16:43:56 »
Just spoke to Clive!! I have spent well in the merch stall. Listening to the other bands, and enjoying that. But we're just waiting for the flood. Arena, I mean! 😅
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Off Topic / Re: Now Playing Thread
« Last post by erik on Sat, 2018-05-19, 12:36:56 »
NP Kepler Ten - Delta V

Great debut album on John M’s White Star record label, recommended!
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The Albums / Re: Double vision - It has arrived!
« Last post by erik on Sat, 2018-05-19, 12:35:37 »
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and enthusiasm Deenfan!
Have fun tonight!!
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The Albums / Re: Double vision - It has arrived!
« Last post by Deenfan on Sat, 2018-05-19, 12:21:31 »
Indeed, it's good to be back. And to me, this might be the best Arena album ever. I already thought "... separation" might be the best. "... sky" had a few minutes too many of neutral, a bit nondescript material, but the best 65% of it certainly topped almost everything. To me, Manzi is the first singer that represents a great asset, a point of interest, or a source of goosebumps. The others have been, on balance, ok. Definitely a few nice passages here and there, that lifted the song, but also the odd part where severe limitations became obvious.

I appreciate Manzi the way my old man appreciated Pavarotti. There is a profound pleasure in hearing a singer do things you just know is not within reach for anyone's neighbour.

Double vision is largely made up of SONGS, as good as the best SONGS on previous albums. (Friday's dream, What if, The eyes of Lara Moon, Crying for help VIII, How did it come to this, etc.) Even the epic is essentially a composition of several brilliant SONGS.

I love it. And now, after more than a thousand miles and a couple of nights' rest, we will start driving even further south, because tonight is the night!! 😎
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Off Topic / Re: Now Playing Thread
« Last post by erik on Sat, 2018-05-19, 10:34:32 »
NP Tony Banks - Five

His latest classical album and probably the best of the three. Often sounds like a movie score, simply beautiful.

Must really catch up on Gazpacho, still have not heard Molok 😬
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Off Topic / Re: Now Playing Thread
« Last post by Teunis on Fri, 2018-05-18, 19:45:42 »
Gazpacho - Soyuz

For the third time in a row. Needs more listening and won't top my favourite Gazpacho album Tick Tock, but like it more than 'Molok'. Great album I'd say 8).
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Off Topic / Re: Your latest cd or DVD purchase
« Last post by Teunis on Fri, 2018-05-18, 19:44:06 »
Gazpacho - Soyuz
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Off Topic / Re: Now Playing Thread
« Last post by erik on Thu, 2018-05-17, 21:25:08 »
NP C:Live Collective - Age Of Insanity [bandcamp stream]

New project of Twelfth Night Member Clive Mitten. This is an instrumental abbreviated version of an upcoming new epic entitled The Fifth Estate, bookended by two new recordings of Twelfth Night songs We Are Sane and This City. Later in the year the double album Fifth Estate will follow with the full vocal version. I like this instrumental version a lot, it works very well in its own right and as a taster for the upcoming album. More info in this DPRP interview/duo review, which led me to it: http://dprp.net/reviews/2018-028

Just played:
Arena - Double Vision
Galahad - Seas Of Change

Galahad really can do no wrong, from Empires Never Last onwards they have been releasing very strong albums and with this one they continue their winning streak. Love it! Great live band as well. Only saw them once (when they double billed with Clive/Caamora), became an instant fan. They are doing a gig in Holland in June, close to where I live, but I am already going to see The Gathering with niquicho that same evening.
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Off Topic / Re: Now Playing Thread
« Last post by erik on Thu, 2018-05-17, 20:56:36 »
On topic:
I was listening to Arena's "Contagion" today. Man, oh man, what a wonderful album this is! It's either "Contagion" or "The Visitor" for me when it comes to favourites.
I still rate Contagion as my favourite and Visitor as a close second, but must say as the tour made me listen to  Visitor a lot again I was slightly starting to doubt my number one, almost :). I stick with Contagion, but Visitor is a very, very close second. The other albums are harder to rank, but my least favourite is probably Pepper’s Ghost (see review series thread). No not Seventh Degree that gets such bad press from most fans, I rather like that one and play it much more often than Pepper’s Ghost.
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Off Topic / Re: Now Playing Thread
« Last post by Teunis on Wed, 2018-05-16, 18:30:18 »
On topic:
I was listening to Arena's "Contagion" today. Man, oh man, what a wonderful album this is! It's either "Contagion" or "The Visitor" for me when it comes to favourites.
Contagion is still my favourite Arena album *horns*.

jp: Neal Morse - Life & Times
np: Riversea - The Tide
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