The album title An Hour Before It’s Dark could refer to the last hour you were allowed to play outside as a child before you had to go home, a reference to the fight against time in relation to the climate crisis or the last minutes in a person’s life.
“Be it social, political, or personal issues, Marillion have never minced words and have always found a way to combine them with their own unique sound, known for incredible songwriting, melodies and top-notch musicianship, while swimming against the tide, not bending to norms and limitations,” say the band’s label.
“Despite the seemingly bleak contemplations across this album – the virus, our mortality, medical science, care, and Leonard Cohen (ha ha) – the overall feeling of the music is surprisingly upbeat,” adds singer Steve Hogarth. “I think the band are as on form as they ever were really, and the addition of Choir Noir has added another new soul and colour to things.”
Like its predecessor, FEAR, An Hour Before It’s Dark was recorded at Peter Gabriel‘s Real World Studios, which also provided the perfect backdrop for the carefully chosen selection of behind-the-scenes footage in form of a documentary on the making of the album and a performance of Murder Machines from Real World that will be released together with the album.
Marillion are currently on the road with the Light At The End Of The Tunnel tour in the UK, which will be followed by several Marillion weekends until summer 2022 and a major European tour in autumn 2022.
1. Be Hard On Yourself
i. The Tear In The Big Picture
ii. Lust For Luxury
iii. You Can Learn
2. Reprogram The Gene
ii. Trouble-Free Life
iii. A Cure For Us?
3. Only A Kiss (Instrumental)
4. Murder Machines
5. The Crow And The Nightingale
6. Sierra Leone
i. Chance In A Million
ii. The White Sand
iii. The Diamond
iv. The Blue Warm Air
v. More Than A Treasure
i. Maintenance Drugs
ii. An Hour Before It’s Dark
iii. Every Call
iv. Angels On Earth
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- Marillion - Marillion.com - Sealed - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £39.99, $53.19, €46.79 (New Item) (arrived 02-Dec-2021 16:31)on December 5, 2021 at 11:49 pm
MARILLION Marillion.com (2012 UK limited edition 9-track 2-LP set pressed on Heavyweight Vinyl, the eleventh studio album by the British neo-progressive rock band produced by the band with Steven Wilson, originally released in 1999. Housedin a gatefold pictire sleeve and remains factory sealed)
- Marillion - B'Sides Themselves - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $33.25, €29.25 (New Item) (arrived 01-Dec-2021 17:39)on December 5, 2021 at 11:49 pm
MARILLION B'Sides Themselves (1988 UK 9-track compilation LP gathering together some rare tracks that were previously only available on various single B-Sides. The glossy picture sleeve shows only the lightest edgewear and the vinyl looks barely played EMS1295)
- Marillion - Heart Of Lothian - UK - 12" picture disc - £20.00, $26.60, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 01-Dec-2021 17:18)on December 5, 2021 at 11:49 pm
MARILLION Heart Of Lothian (1985 UK limited edition 3-track 12" Picture Disc single featuring the Full Version & Single Version of the title track & a live version of Chelsea Monday, clear PVC sleeve 12MARILP5)
- Marillion - Lavender Blue - UK - 12" picture disc - £20.00, $26.60, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 01-Dec-2021 17:20)on December 5, 2021 at 11:49 pm
MARILLION Lavender Blue (1985 UK limited edition 3-track 12" Picture Disc single taken from the stunning third album Misplaced Childhood, also including Freaks & Lavender, clear PVC sleeve 12MARILP4)
- Marillion - Kayleigh - UK - 12" picture disc - £20.00, $26.60, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 01-Dec-2021 17:22)on December 5, 2021 at 11:49 pm
MARILLION Kayleigh (1985 UK limited edition 3-track 12" Picture Disc single, featuring the Alternative & Extended mixes of the title track & an Extended Version of Lady Nina, housed in a clear PVC sleeve with artwork by Mark Wilkinson 12MARILP3)