Arena rock takes its sound from hard rock, heavy metal, and progressive rock. Arena rock is "heavy", but it is not as hard and is "more commercially oriented" than other subgenres of hard rock and heavy metal. Songs are often linked by concept albums, a trait inherited from progressive rock. Other features include "slick productions", an emphasis on the verses, and an "unnatural emphasis on big, anthemic hooks and choruses", the last trait "set apart from its influences".
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