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CONTAGIUM

Arena

 

Neo-Prog

3.17 | 47 ratings

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thwok
4 stars I agree with the general consensus regarding CONTAGIUM. This is the better of the two EPs consisting of songs that didn't quite fit onto CONTAGION. The songwriting and general memorability of these four songs is a bit stronger then CONTAGIOUS. It isn't better then the CONTAGION album, but it's still very good. I didn't have access to the bonus features for this review, so I am only reviewing the 4 songs.

Only "The March of Time" overstays its welcome. I suppose "On The Edge of Despair" and "Confrontation" take pride of place over the other two tracks. I was very happy when Arena became a more aggressive band and shortened their songs a bit, which they did during this period. Arena aren't a clone of any other band, but the general description of them as a more hard rock-sounding Marillion is apt. It was enough to get me to start listening to them. If that piques your interest in Arena, this EP is a very fine place to start.

thwok | 4/5 |

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