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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23025 on: Mon, 2018-05-07, 22:04:23 »
And again! The first song Zhivago Wolf reminds me too much of "The Seventh Degree Of Seperation". I will have to listen to that album again to see why exactly. Still a great song though. ;)
I think I know what you mean, Catching The Bullet might be the song it reminds you of. Great, heavy, catchy opener as we have come to expect from these guys ;)
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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23026 on: Tue, 2018-05-08, 17:16:55 »
+2, it is rather good indeed! It is vintage Arena, but also new and fresh at the same time. Lots to discover still, but it’s a keeper!

Absolutely! I really love The Mirror Lies, fantastic song and it worked really good live. Scars is another very nice song, with nice keyboard moments and a nice guitar solo. The Legend Of Elijah Shade is also full of great moments! I really like the second part, I think it's called I Am Here with the major/minor chord changes. Perfect ballad. And the church organ solo (around the 16 minute mark) is a nice touch, very Johann Sebastian. ;D
In fact, the only song that doesn't really do it for me much yet is Red Eyes. A bit too simple I think... Although the song is mildly redeemed by Paul, who does a fantastic job at singing that tune! Every song for that matter! What an amazing and versatile singer! I hope they'll never let him go. :)

Wow man, I can't stop playing this album!

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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23027 on: Fri, 2018-05-11, 21:30:44 »
Seventh Wonder - The Great Escape *horns*
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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23028 on: Sat, 2018-05-12, 20:06:54 »
jp: Riversea - The Tide
np: Subsignal - Touchstones (Looking forward to the new album 'La Muerta', to be released on 25th May *horns*)
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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23029 on: Sun, 2018-05-13, 16:38:36 »
NP Arena - Double Vision, of course  ;)

The Zoetermeer gig was a feast and I look forward to the dvd!!
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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23030 on: Mon, 2018-05-14, 19:56:44 »
... I look forward to the dvd!!

Yes! Me too!

Does anyone know whether there will be a blu-ray edition too? Or just dvd?
In any case, I will buy one of course. But I'm slowly starting to switch to blu-ray.



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.
It's hard to point out a favourite Arena album anyway. Sometimes I prefer the pure Neo-Prog of "Songs From The Lions Cage", of course I LOVE Solomon but also Valley Of The Kings with that beautiful synth solo. Most of the time I think I'll stick with either "The Visitor" or "Contagion" as absolute favourites.

"Double Vision" is pretty good too!!!

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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23031 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*.

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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23032 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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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23033 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

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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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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23034 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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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23035 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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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23036 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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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23037 on: Tue, 2018-05-22, 18:59:51 »
Arena - Double Vision  *horns*

Definitely favourite album with Paul Manzi on vocals 8).
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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23038 on: Wed, 2018-05-23, 13:27:41 »
The Progwereld review is less enthusiastic 😕

In Dutch http://www.progwereld.org/cms/album/arena-–-double-vision/
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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23039 on: Wed, 2018-05-23, 19:01:18 »
Your link leads me to 'Contagion Max' :). This link does work:
http://www.progwereld.org/cms/album/arena-–-double-vision/

Fortunately most reviews I've read are rather positive ...

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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23040 on: Wed, 2018-05-23, 20:12:30 »
Thanks for correcting the link teunis🙂
Interesting that it led to Contagion Max instead?!🤨
But that review is much more positive of course😉
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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23041 on: Wed, 2018-05-23, 20:32:43 »
NP: Arena - The Eyes of Lara Moon

Although I don’t rank this album as high as Contagion or Immortal? (or Double Vision) I always truly enjoy this track. To be fair, every track on Pepper’s Ghost has it’s moments but as an album it’s not up there. At least not for me.

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Re: Now Playing Thread
« Reply #23042 on: Wed, 2018-05-23, 20:38:55 »
Yeah, I also read that Progwereld review. It's hard to believe the reviewer thinks this is one of their mediocre albums.

The review states that the lineup hasn't changed from "The Seventh Degree Of Seperation" on. Which isn't true, because John Jowitt left Arena again and Kylan Amos came in for "The Unquiet Sky" and "Double Vision".
And there are more things that I don't understand in this review. The Mirror Lies a poppy song? The Legend Of Elijah Shade shallow and boring?
It's very subjective. Of course, a review can't be 100% objective. Perhaps, as Arena fans we're biased, but I don't recognise anything of this review.

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« Reply #23043 on: Wed, 2018-05-23, 20:55:31 »
Yeah, I also read that Progwereld review. It's hard to believe the reviewer thinks this is one of their mediocre albums.

The review states that the lineup hasn't changed from "The Seventh Degree Of Seperation" on. Which isn't true, because John Jowitt left Arena again and Kylan Amos came in for "The Unquiet Sky" and "Double Vision".
And there are more things that I don't understand in this review. The Mirror Lies a poppy song? The Legend Of Elijah Shade shallow and boring?
It's very subjective. Of course, a review can't be 100% objective. Perhaps, as Arena fans we're biased, but I don't recognise anything of this review.

I think the reviewer was in the middle of an argument with his wife or something...  :o

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