Marillion have revealed the details for their 20th studio album ‘An Hour Before It’s Dark’ due out on March 4th, 2022. Now the video for the second single “Murder Machines” is out now:
Steve Hogarth about the story behind “Murder Machines”:
“I tried not to write about the virus. But it’s been so much a part of life for the past two years that it kept creeping in. The terrifying reality that to wrap my arms around a father or mother could ultimately kill them, gave birth to this song. The lyric was then developed to hint at jealousy and heartbreak – the pain of watching the woman you love embrace another man, or the emotional “murder” of the serial adulterer. And, of course, the arms of the superpowers, and the psychopaths who sometimes have their fingers on the triggers. Beware the murder machines…”
“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. 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 color to things” – H
Like its predecessor, 2016’s critically acclaimed and chart-topping album “F*** Everyone And Run (F E A R)”, “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.
The album is available as CD+DVD Digipak / CD Digipak / Jewelbox CD / Blu-ray Softbox / 2LP Gatefold / Ltd. Coloured 2LP (Orange) here: https://Marillion.lnk.to/AnHourBeforeItsDark
1.Be Hard On Yourself
2.Reprogram The Gene
3.Only A Kiss (Instrumental)
5.The Crow And The Nightingale