June 14 – Review by Stefan – DARK ARENA – ALIEN FACTOR (Pure Steel Records / Soulfood)

Arose from the ashes of Arena (1994-2001) and Arenah (2001), Cleveland, Ohio based Dark Arena was officially formed in 2004 by exceptional guitarist/song writer Paul Konjicija, this good man played also in US Power Metal act Antithesis with whom he released two albums entitled “Dying For Life” (2001) and “Dreaming Reality” (2010). Unfortunately, Paul died on May 10th. 2019 of diabetic coma. He was the figurehead, the driving force of Dark Arena that stood at the side of another very special person, his name Juan Ricardo, born in Puerto Rico.

A singer who has already given his qualities to multiple bands, I’m proud to give you names like: Attaxe, Torment, Ritual, Blind Cross, Sunless Sky, Wretch. None of these bands have ever let me down, thanks to the wonderful vocals of Mr. Ricardo ! He’s a one of a kind type of vocalist which can easily be compared to quantities such as Ski (Deadly Blessing/Faith Factor), John Cyriis (Agent Steel), Tim Ripper Owens John Leone (ex-Attacker), James Rivera (Helstar, ex-Seven Witches/Destiny’s End/Malice/New Eden/…) one by one suppliers of high-pitched/air siren type vocals ! READ MORE…