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Arena

 

Neo-Prog

3.69 | 233 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. ARENA continue on the same path as their debut "Songs From The Lion's Cage". Although the new vocalist makes this album feel less like a lost MARILLION record.

"Welcome To The Cage" is an uptempo song with lots of keys and guitars. I really like Paul Wrightson's vocals. "Crying For Help V" is a continuation of the first four "Crying For Help" songs from "Songs From the Lion's Cage". It's a beautiful instrumental with light keys and flute. "Empire Of A Thousand Days" features mellotron courtesy of Clive Nolan, and some soaring guitar at the 7 minute mark, the song is better from here on.

"Crying For Help VI" is another instrumental with a GENESIS feel to it. "Medusa" is a good song with mellotron and wailing guitars throughout. "Crying For Help VII" is a lament with vocals only. This song and "Fool's Gold" are pretty average in my opinion. "Crying For Help VIII" features dark and ominous synths with female opera style vocals. "Sirens" is the best song in my opinion, it's fantastic ! There is a Gilmour-like guitar melody that comes and goes, as the mellotron waves roll. Then we get riffs in the form of the guitar and drums, with a keyboard melody over the top of it.

ARENA's second record doesn't stack up to what was to come, but I still recommend this, it's quite good.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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