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CONTAGIOUS

Arena

 

Neo-Prog

2.89 | 52 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars COMPANION OR CONPAGIOUS

As "Arena" mentions on their web-site, aside of "Contagion" their fine album release, there are two companion mini-albums to complete the main work. One multimedia section and five musical tracks will sit on this one.

The opener is a very strong intrumental number. Almost hard-rocking / metal. But this is not new for Arena. They often flirt with these genres, offering a very interesting and diversified mix in their repertoire.

"I Spy" is the most elaborate of the whole. Since this EP is complementary to "Contagion", none of these songs can be regarded as left overs and this one really belongs to the good Arena songs. Great keys and an inspired Rob on the vocals. This prolonged his very good work (his best so far IMO) on the main album.

The title track of this EP is another instrumental number. Not as catchy as the opener and the next song "The Hour Glass" is an average acoustic number. I have never been over-enthusiastic about remixes. This one is no exception. While the original "Witch Hunt" was a dynamic and solid piece of rock, this "mix" sounds rather poor and useless.

Although this EP is essential for die-hard fans, it makes the whole of the "Contagion- Contagious-Contagium" suite, an expensive story (around 30 ? for the whole). Non Arena fans could hardly find this one interesting. Two good songs are not enough. Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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