Something Else! sneak peek: Marillion, "Power" (2012)

Even as Marillion puts the finishing touches on their forthcoming 2012 studio album, the prog rockers have released a new song — called “Power.”

It’s the lead track from Sounds That Can’t Be Made, a full-length project to be issued through the band’s Racket label in September. Sounds, some of which was tracked at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, will be Marillion’s initial studio effort since 2009′s Less is More — an album of acoustic reworkings that included only one new track, “It’s Not Your Fault.”

“I think we’ve managed to redefine, once again, what Marillion stand for — and are capable of,” singer Steve Hogarth (aka “H”) writes on the band’s Web site. “I think this record will affect you.”

Hogarth began fronting Marillion in 1989. Founding member Steve Rothery has led a core group since 1984 that includes Pete Trewavas, Mark Kelly and Ian Mosley.

Next up for Marillion — which ranked No. 38 in Classic Rock magazine’s 2008 list of the 50 best live acts of all time — are a series of dates in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Oslo and Bergen. Then? Well, maybe an appearance on the late-night program “Jimmy Kimmel Live”? A devoted Marillion fan has launched a Facebook campaign at https://www.facebook.com/GetMarillionOnJimmyKimmelLive in an effort to see that happen.

Preorder Marillion’s forthcoming Sounds That Can’t Be Made through their Web site here: http://www.marillion.com/shop/albums/sounds.htm

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Here’s a look back at our recent thoughts on Marillion. Click through the titles for more …

MARILLION – MARBLES (2004): An odd beast: a modern rock concept album with few of the pretentions of the prog-rock that is typically associated with the concept album. It wasn’t without flaws — the four, short title-track pieces serve virtually no purpose and, in spots, sound as if they were recorded on the fly with no time for corrections or overdubs, as is evidenced by Steve Hogarth’s struggling singing on the first installment. Overall, however, it was without a doubt among the best work Marillion has done.

MARILLION – SOMEWHERE ELSE (2007): Marillion returned three years after their epic, widely lauded Marbles concept piece with another self-produced album. While no one seriously expected them to top such a feat, all ears were curious as to how they’d attempt to follow up what many now consider to be the unexpected peak of their 25-year career. Over the past two decades since Hogarth joined the band, Marillion has slowly shifted from a progressive band into what they are now: a pop-rock band doing very intelligent music now that happens to occasionally be conceptual in nature. This album, however, wasn’t — and I’m personally glad they opted for an album of songs rather than another big concept piece.

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