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Marillion Biography

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Marillion discography

Marillion biography

Marillion are a British Rock group. Formed in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England in 1979, their recorded studio output comprises thirteen albums and is generally regarded as comprising two distinct eras, delineated by the departure of original frontman Fish in late 1988 after their first four albums, and the subsequent arrival of replacement Steve Hogarth ("h") in early 1989. Marillion has released nine albums thus far with Hogarth. The core lineup of Steve Rothery (the sole 'pre-Fish' original member), Pete Trewavas, Mark Kelly and Ian Mosley is unchanged since 1984. The band has enjoyed critical and commercial success with a string of UK Top Ten hits spanning their career, an estimated fifteen million total worldwide album sales and even an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records. The band's music has changed stylistically throughout their career. The band themselves have stated that each new album tends to represent a reaction to the preceding one, and for this reason their output is difficult to 'pigeonhole'. Their original sound (with Fish) on vocals is best described as guitar and keyboard led progressive rock or neo-prog, and has sometimes been compared with 1970's era Genesis. In late 1988, citing 'musical differences', Fish left the band and was replaced as vocalist by Steve Hogarth. The band's sound since has steadily evolved and can now be approximated to alternative art rock along the lines of Radiohead, Keane, Coldplay et al. The band themselves, on their current sampler CD, offer the tongue-in-cheek description of "Songs about Death and Water since 1979..." Many current fans would endorse the description of 'complex, melodic rock with a spiritual and sometimes melancholic edge'. Representative samples of Fish-era Marillion (1987) and h-era Marillion (2004). In fanbase polls, Clutching at Straws and Brave often emerge as the most highly rated album of each era. Marillion are widely considered within the industry to have been one of the first mainstream acts to have fully recognised and tapped the potential for commercial musicians to interact with their fans via the Internet circa 1996, and are nowadays often characterised as a rock & roll 'Web Cottage Industry'. The band are renowned for having an extremely dedicated following with some fans regularly travelling significant distances to attend single gigs, driven in large part by the close fan base involvement which the band cultivate via their website, podcasts, bi-annual conventions and regular fanclub publications. The fourteenth studio album " Somewhere Else " is scheduled for release on 9 April 2007, and will be preceded by a single "See it Like a Baby" on 26 March 2007. Sources close to the band have also commented on the possibility of a fifteenth studio album release as early as May 2008 (currently untitled), as reportedly two full album's-worth (twenty new tracks) are currently in final mixing and will likely be distributed between ' Somewhere Else ' and 'Album 15'.