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4.16 | 667 ratings

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4 stars With the new album upon us I felt it time to revisit their earlier material?

?and fell upon the album Contagion, and was hooked. I then realised that the two 2003 EP's contained material that belonged to the concept and duly inserted it, and placed the whole into the correct order and listened, and re-listened?

This is (now) a superb (extended) album from start to finish. Sowden by his own admission felt that this was his album and he's not wrong. Once again Arena have mastered the heavy sound and imposed superb melodies with great vocals.

Each of the members has honed their skills and together with the slick production has an absolute masterpiece on their hands ? subtly similar but also completely different; this album takes from the previous two and extracts and develops what worked, the result was to clearly demonstrate the progression evident here. Another obvious contributory factor is the stability within the group.

Easily a four star award, only let down by the fact that the two EP's were never included in the original release?

huge | 4/5 |


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