The backstage area on the grounds of Wertheim Castle captivates with a very special flair. The band has settled on the second floor of a narrow tower in two small rooms when eclipsed meets them for an interview. A visibly well-placed Steve Hogarth is already sitting at the table, raising bassist Pete Trewavas, who doesn't know exactly if he's assigned for the interview. But in fact we are waiting for guitarist Steve Rothery, who will answer questions together with the singer.
eclipsed: Before we talk about the new album, I would like to know how you rate the predecessor "Sounds That Can't Be Made" today.
Steve Hogarth: We are still very satisfied with it, in large parts at least. "Gaza" and the title track are great songs of which I am very proud. Well, I'm critical of Lucky Man today. And I wouldn't record "The Sky Above The Rain" again in this form.
MARILLION - The New Kings (IV): Why Is Nothing Ever True? (3:10)
Album: FEAR - Fuck Everyone And Run (2016)
Politics and prog united in emotionally stirring, wonderfully arranged longtracks - the new album of the British prog legend has it all. Marillion take a clear stand against the steadily growing, unholy power of capital and wrap their "Protestalbum" (Steve Hogarth) in graceful, experimental, stirring songs.
The title of Marillion's latest work provokes questions, for example: Do Prog veterans really need to provoke with a power word? That's not what they were primarily aiming for, but they'd be happy if the album title would arouse curiosity or invite discussion, Steve Hogarth and Steve Rothery explain in an enlightening trailer about the new release.
The starting point of the album, which changed everything and without which according to keyboarder Mark Kelly "Marillion would no longer exist in its present form", is to be found in late summer '84: After the exhausting "Fugazi" tour, Marillion initially took a two-month break. Although they sketched some initial ideas for a new album here and there, they used this phase to recharge their batteries for the upcoming tasks. And they had it in them. The band had got wind of their label EMI playing with the idea of terminating the contract with them. The responsible persons there were dissatisfied that the high investments in the second album had not led to the desired sales figures. In fact, "Fugazi" had been sold a few thousand times less in England than "Script For A Jester's Tear", which sold around 120,000 copies.
When they founded in 1995, Progressive Rock was slowly on the rise again and was no longer dismissed as obscene. In the meantime, the English formation Arena looks back on a twenty-year history. The bombastrockers celebrate this with a new album. The second with singer Paul Manzi. Looking back on their own career, the Arena bosses Clive Nolan and Mick Pointer also ponder the unsteady line-up of their band.
30 years "Fugazi"
"We were in a transitional phase as a band: from a bunch of kids in a van hunting for a record deal to a band that finally had that deal in their pockets and was now trying to record the follow-up to a successful debut album This is Fish's assessment of the situation Marillion found himself in a few months after the release of "Script For A Jester's Tear" in spring 1983.
GOOD TIMES, BAD TIMES
Led Zeppelin in the Mirror of the World Press: 1968-1980
The reverberation of Led Zeppelin is enormous. The band hasn't existed for more than 30 years, but they're still being reported on - almost unchecked. The coverage of her unique reunion concert in December 2007 was indeed just as hysterical as it was during her active reign. This era, the years 1968 to 1980, we trace on the following pages from the perspective of the contemporary world press and send our best wishes to the jubilarian Jimmy Page.
The Soul of the Stones
DEEP PURPLE IN ROCK
The Rebirth of a Band
An album carved in stone! 40 years ago the English band Deep Purple erected their own monument. Even considering the fact that the former hard rock heroes around Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord ruined their reputation in the middle of the eighties, the LP is still one of the top monuments in rock history. An album as massive and monumental as the Mount Rushmore to which the cover refers.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.