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    Posted: July 25 2014 at 13:03
From http://prog.teamrock.com/#news/2014-07-25/arena-split-with-bassist-john-jowitt today:

Arena bassist John Jowitt is to leave the band by mutual consent, they've confirmed.

He joined soon after they formed in 1995 but won't take part in their 20th anniversary celebrations next year, including the launch of eighth studio album 'The Unquiet Sky'.

Arena say in a brief statement: "Due to time pressure and numerous commitments, we are sad to announce we will be parting ways with John. This is a mutual decision, and we’d like to wish John good luck with his future projects, and say thanks again for all his work with Arena."

A replacement has not been named as yet. Mainman Clive Nolan has confirmed work on The Unquiet Sky will commence in the coming months, adding: "It will be a concept album, loosely based on an MR James horror story, with plenty of strong themes and dark drama – pure, classic Arena."

The band are planning an extensive touring schedule for next year.

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Edit: Arena's official page for the new album can be found here: http://www.arenaband.co.uk/the-unquiet-sky/Smile


Edited by yam yam - July 25 2014 at 13:05
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Thanks for this update, David! Sad news for me, Arena is a band I quite like and whose albums are always an instant buy. Strange, if anything I would have thought it would be Clive himself leaving (or rather putting Arena on ice), with all his theatre/Alchemy commitments!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2014 at 02:16
So for the first time since about 1992 Jowitt is neither in IQ or Arena. Is this retirement John?!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dorsalia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2014 at 07:51
I hope this album is good, even though a part of me has had the feeling that they've been going through the motions the last few years.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Clepsydra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2014 at 08:08
I will bet that John wishes he did not leave IQ. Maybe he will re-join them!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Clepsydra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2014 at 08:09
Originally posted by Dorsalia

I hope this album is good, even though a part of me has had the feeling that they've been going through the motions the last few years.


Yes, I was very disappointed with the last one.Unhappy
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stonebeard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2014 at 12:35
Pepper's Ghost was a pretty great album, but what concerns me is how long it took after they announced The Seventh Degree before it came out. And it wasn't good. I know Clive has good music in him, so what's the deal?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Unitron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2014 at 20:15
I honestly loved 'The Seventh Degree of Separation' probably because of the heavier Dream Theater like sound to it, but then again, I usually have the unpopular opinions. Hope they continue in the direction they were going on TSDOS. Smile 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Aussie-Byrd-Brother Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2014 at 20:31
Actually, I'm with Unitron, I really enjoyed `Seventh Degree', if only because it sounded a little different from their previous albums, if that difference was only more focus on songs/vocals. It's very underwhelming on the first few listens, but pretty quickly the melodic elements become quite memorable and catchy.

I certainly wouldn't recommend `Seventh...' over other Arena discs for newcomers, but I think somewhere down the line when you look back on their discography, hopefully it will stand out as a one-off that stands on it's own qualities

I really should consider writing up a positive review for it sometime soon.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Unitron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2014 at 21:17
Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother

Actually, I'm with Unitron, I really enjoyed `Seventh Degree', if only because it sounded a little different from their previous albums, if that difference was only more focus on songs/vocals. It's very underwhelming on the first few listens, but pretty quickly the melodic elements become quite memorable and catchy.

I certainly wouldn't recommend `Seventh...' over other Arena discs for newcomers, but I think somewhere down the line when you look back on their discography, hopefully it will stand out as a one-off that stands on it's own qualities

I really should consider writing up a positive review for it sometime soon.

I'm glad someone shares my enjoyment for that album, I always thought I was the only one who loved that album! Tongue
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2014 at 02:41
JJ will be missed, no doubt about that, as he is with IQ.

There's some good songs on Seventh Degree but overall I find the album disappointing, it's a bit too simplistic, much less progressive and not a patch on Pepper's Ghost or indeed any of the previous releases.

They really miss Rob Sowden in my opinion, he was just perfect for Arena.  Undoubtedly Manzi is a fine vocalist technically but he's just not to my taste.  The fact that Sowden chose to leave as he didn't like the musical direction they were heading says it all really.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Clepsydra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 05 2014 at 17:10
Originally posted by Unitron

Hope they continue in the direction they were going on TSDOS. Smile 


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 06 2014 at 02:06
My first taste of this band is the dbl LP of The Seven Degrees ........ and I hope they are NOT going to follow this path........(3 stars at best for me.....). I have known about Arena for years.....
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