The long-awaited moment has come, January 2003 brings the release of Contagion! Being the first subsequent studio album with the same line up, the album reflects the growing unity of the band. It’s another concept album, this time based on a short story written by Clive, and offers ‘a dark vision of the future’. Surpassing The Visitor with even better artwork by fantasy artist David Wyatt and an intense musical roller-coaster ride, the album leaves both fans and critics stunned. It’s impossible to name any highlights – the album is one coherent whole. It gives Arena their first chart position in the band’s existence, in both Germany and Holland.
The band embarks on a new world tour, which coincides with the release of Contagious, the first of the two EP’s that together fill the gaps in the Contagion concept (and now contained within Contagion Max)
Released in 2003
Produced by Clive Nolan
Engineered by Clive Nolan, John Mitchell, Karl Groom, Mike Stobbie & Patrick Darlington
Recorded & Mixed at Thin Ice Studios, Surrey
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Nick Webb
Art Direction and Design by David Wyatt