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IMMORTAL?

Arena

 

Neo-Prog

3.94 | 483 ratings

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meatloaf
5 stars "Before assigning a star rating to an album, you should carefully consider what the differing number of stars stand for. (...) And not every album you enjoy will be a masterpiece."

Well this one is!

This for me is the culmination of Arena's evolution (Contagion continues that style) this album consolidates their totally unique way of making music. Another aspect of "Immortal?" that is superb is the lyrics, the creativity for coming up with new and interesting themes and writing tham in such a way as to make you actually think, something that not many can get the credit for doing.

The album starts of with "Chosen" a more traditionally progressive song with great melodies and a nice keyboard solo, a catchy (though not poppish) song for playing live. Then comes "Waiting For The Flood" an intense ballad with unobtrusive guitar counterpointing (the details count). The follow up of this one is the one and only "Butterfly Man" the most dramatic song on the album with excellent vocals and guitar, a truly haunting song. The next two pieces: "Climbing the Net" and "Ghost In The Firewall" are relatively simple but are not in the least boring or uninventive. There are no fillers in this cd! Of "Moviedrome" enough has been said, so I'll only repeat: MASTERPIECE! This song has no boring parts, absolutely none, no useless instrumental passages that a lot of other "progressive" bands like "Transatlantic" & "TFK" use to give their songs more minutes and live up to the supposed monumentality of the genre. This song is genius from beginning to end, period. The album then comes to the end with a beautiful ballad "Friday's Dream" and the words: "Wake up" a message no few people should take in account.

| 5/5 |

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