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4.16 | 602 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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5 stars At this point, Arena distinguishes themselves from their peers, and in my opinion shows that they are really the best at playing exciting and dynamic music with classic progressive sensibilities. Few of the "neo-prog" bands out there can keep up with Arena's enthusiasm and energy.

"Contagion" shows the band playing its best and sounding the most refined as a group, with strong song writing and performances throughout. Nolan and Mitchell give us their best lead playing to date, while Sowden's vocals soar with emotion. The opening track, "Witchhunt" starts the album big and band delivers with each successive song; there's rarely a dull moment (even the rhythm section is interesting!). There is splendid variety, emotion, and energy. It all adds up to an outstanding high-point in the band's library and within the genre.

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 4 Lyrics/Vocals: 5 Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

Prog Leviathan | 5/5 |


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