Arena Reveal Artwork For Double Vision

Arena Double Vision

Double Vision

Zhivago Wolf
The Mirror Lies
Paradise Of Thieves
Red Eyes
The Legend Of Elijah Shade

British prog rockers Arena have revealed the new artwork for their forthcoming new album Double Vision, to be released on Verglas in May.

Prog was treated to an exclusive preview of the album yesterday at the band's Thin Ice studios in deepest Surrey. The centrepiece of the album, The Legend Of Elijah Shade, clocks in at over 22 minutes and sees a return to lengthy epic-based prog akin to the much-loved Solomon from the band's 1995 debut Songs From The Lion's Cage. other highlights include the acoustic-led Scars and rocking opener Zhivago Wolf.

"We've noticed a few comments online from people happy we've done that," keyboard player Clive Nolan told Prog. "I have to be honest and admit I didn't know if I could still do it when I sat down to write it, but eventually it came flooding back.

"The thing is, even with things like Supper's Ready, they're really shorter pieces all stitched together to create something bigger. But this is loaded with references to older material, like The Visitor album, which I think the fans will have fun with."

Arena head out on tour in April and May, where they will be performing 1998's The Visitor album in full, along with a second set that will feature tracks from Double Vision. They will play:

St. Helens The Citadel - April 20
Wath Montgomery Hall - 21
London Borderline - 27
Chepstow Winter's End Festival - 28
Netherlands, Zwolle Hedon - May 4
Germany Aschaffenberg Colosaal - 5
Italy Verona ClubIl Giardinio - 6
Germany Ausberg Spectrum - 7
Belgium Verviers Spirit Of 66 - 8
Germany Essen Zeche Carl - 9
Switzerland Prattein Z7 - 10
France Paris La Maroquiniere - 11
Netherlands Zoertemeer Boerderij - 12
France Nancy Paulette Pub Rock - 13
Germany Reine Hypothalamus - 14
Poland Proxima Warsaw - 15
Poland Poznan Klub U Bazyla- 16
Denmark Copenhagen Ishoj Kulturcafe - 17
Sweden Gothenburg Musikens Hus - 18
Norway Oslo We Lave Rock Holm Gard - 19
Norway Trondheim Kimen Kulturhaus - 20
Canada Quebec Auditorium du Cagep FX Garneau - 26

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.