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 - Real To Reel - Dutch - vinyl LP - £20.00, $22.60, €22.80 (New Item) (arrived 05-Oct-2022 15:13)on October 6, 2022 at 5:02 am
MARILLION Real To Reel (1984 UK 6-track LP, the first live album from the neo-progressive rock band, recorded at the Spectrum in Montreal, Canada, and De Montfort Hall in Leicester, England; glossy picture sleeve with picture inner. The sleeveand inner displays only light wear and the shows only light signs of play, a really nice example. 5099915762313 )
- Marillion - No One Can - UK - 12" picture disc - £15.00, $16.95, €17.10 (New Item) (arrived 26-Sep-2022 11:41)on October 6, 2022 at 5:02 am
MARILLION No One Can (1992 UK limited edition 3-track 12" Picture Disc single, also including Cover My Eyes and Sympathy, housed in a clear PVC sleeve with picture backing insert. The PVC sleeve has a small seam split to the bottom andthe vinyl looks superb 12MARILPD17)
- Marillion - Incommunicado - UK - 12" picture disc - £15.00, $16.95, €17.10 (New Item) (arrived 22-Sep-2022 15:35)on October 6, 2022 at 5:02 am
MARILLION Incommunicado (1987 UK limited edition 3-track 12" Picture Disc single, also including an Alternative Mix of the title track and Going Under, clear PVC sleeve 12MARILP6)
- Marillion - Heart Of Lothian - UK - 12" picture disc - £20.00, $22.60, €22.80 (New Item) (arrived 22-Sep-2022 15:37)on October 6, 2022 at 5:02 am
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 - Punch And Judy - UK - 12" picture disc - £25.00, $28.25, €28.50 (New Item) (arrived 22-Sep-2022 15:38)on October 6, 2022 at 5:02 am
MARILLION Punch And Judy (1984 UK limited edition 3-track 12" Picture Disc single with the UK Feb / March 1984 tour dates printed on the reverse. also including Market Square Heroes and Three Boats Down From The Candy, the original versions from '82 that were initially planned for the Fugazi album, clear PVC sleeve 12MARILP1)