The first album on which both Rob and Ian appear ‘officially’, is the 2000 release Immortal?, for which the writing sessions have started in late 1999. Again, the album is an absolute killer and Arena has proven that they have succeeded in turning the setback of yet another two line-up changes in 1999, into something absolutely positive! Immortal? is not a concept album like The Visitor, but it is a ‘conceptual’ album, as Clive puts it. Food for thought again, thanks to Clive!
The music contains very strong atmospheres, and varies from partly acoustic ballads (Friday’s Dream) to crunching epics (Moviedrome), providing some of their most popular tracks with the fans. Both Rob and Ian are convincing and comfortable in their new roles, making it seem they have been part of the band forever.
Released in 2000
Pre-Production by Clive Nolan and Mike Stobbie
Engineered by Clive Nolan, Karl Groom and Simon Hanhart
Mixed by Simon Hanhart
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Chris Blair
Art Direction and Design by Hugh Syme