In 1996 Pride is released as Arena’s 2nd Studio album, with renowned producer Simon Hanhart behind the mixing desk. The result is astonishing, and despite the changes in the line-up the music and cover feel comfortably familiar. Paul’s voice is not totally unlike John’s, but there is just a tad more power and aggression.
Besides proving that Arena has not lost the ability to write excellent songs, this album displays the musical capabilities of the individual band members, with perhaps the best examples being the a capella Crying for Help VII, in which new singer Paul gets the chance to stretch his vocal chords, and the closing epic Sirens with its fierce instrumental mid-section.
Released in 1996
Produced and Engineered by Clive Nolan
Mixed by Simon Hanhart
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Chris Blair
Sleeve Design and Artwork by Salli G