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 - Assassing - UK - 12" picture disc - £45.00, $57.15, €52.65 (New Item) (arrived 04-Dec-2023 17:00)on December 5, 2023 at 1:55 am
MARILLION Assassing (1984 UK limited edition 12" Picture Disc single, also including Cinderella Search, clear PVC sleeve 12MARILP2)
- Marillion - Sounds That Can't Be Made - Deluxe Edition - UK - cd album box set - £65.00, $82.55, €76.05 (New Item) (arrived 30-Oct-2023 11:43)on December 5, 2023 at 1:55 am
MARILLION Sounds That Can't Be Made (2012 UK limited deluxe edition box set for the group's seventeenth album, comprising the 8-track CD along with a bonus NTSC DVD featuring interviews with the band & performances of a selection of songs recorded at various stages of the making of the album at Real World Studios & the Racket Club; both discs are housed inside a 6½" square deluxe hard back book with 128 pages of specially commissioned artwork, housed in an outer slipcase featuringdifferent artwork to the standard edition. The packaging shows minimal wear & the contents appear near mint INTACTCD17)
- Marillion - Radiation 2013 - Mediabook - UK - 2-CD album set - £14.99, $19.04, €17.54 (New Item) (arrived 23-Oct-2023 12:56)on December 5, 2023 at 1:55 am
MARILLION Radiation 2013 (UK limited edition 18-track double CD, the tenth studio album by the British rock band originally released in 1998, this edition features the 2013 remix by Michael Hunter along with the original 1998 mix by Stewart Every on the second disc, housed in a hardback book style digipak with integral lyric booklet SMACD996)
- Marillion - Somewhere Else - UK - CD album - £10.00, $12.70, €11.70 (New Item) (arrived 23-Oct-2023 13:00)on December 5, 2023 at 1:55 am
MARILLION Somewhere Else (2011 UK 10-track CD, the fourteenth studio album by the British neo-progressive legends, housed in a digibook picture sleeve with picture/lyric booklet SMACD973)
- Marillion - Clutching At Straws + Blu-Ray - UK - cd album box set - £100.00, $127.00, €117.00 (New Item) (arrived 24-Oct-2023 15:46)on December 5, 2023 at 1:55 am
MARILLION Clutching At Straws (2018 UK Deluxe Limited Edition five-disc [4 x CD /1 x Blu-Ray] set comprising a 2018 Andy Bradfield & Avril Mackintosh Re-Mix of their 1987 fourth studio album alongside a selection of unreleased demos and a 19-track live recording from a performance in Edinburgh across two CDs; plus the bonus Blu-Ray comprising both 2018 remix & original 1987 versions, a 60minute documentary and promotional music videos; housed in a textured digibook packagingcomplete with a 60-page booklet containing rare photos, an essay by Mick Wall & more. This copy is Excellent with just some wear to the edge of the hard cover)