Title - 'Roadskill: Live in the Netherlands'
Artist - Landmarq
As I'm sure you are well aware by now, given that you are reading this review, Landmarq are a UK-based neo-progressive rock band. Indeed, since forming in 1990, they have released eight (8) albums, three of which were recorded live at various concerts in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.
Having basically established themselves within the world of progressive rock, though their style may also extend into album-oriented rock, melodic rock, hard rock and even a slightly jazz edge, Landmarq are now celebrating their highly-impressive 25th anniversary here in 2015.
Ergo, this brand new live release is just part of the celebration of the band's remarkable career, which has also included a retrospective anthology (Origins), their first vinyl release (Entertaining Angels) and a forthcoming UK and European tour in the Autumn!
Roadskill: Live in the Netherlands is a very special edition DVD, with a highlights CD of the very same show included, showcasing songs from the band's most successful and latest album, Entertaining Angels. Indeed, and with regard that very same album, Landmarq not only lived up to the quality of their back catalog, they exceeded it!
2. 'Personal Universe'
7. 'Calm Before The Storm'
i Strange But Beautiful
iii Into The Abyss
8. 'Entertaining Angels'
1. 'Mountains Of Anglia'
3. 'Personal Universe'
8. 'Walking On Eggshells'
9. 'Calm Before The Storm'
10. 'Entertaining Angels' -
PLUS Interviews with the band and bonus features!
The show features the outstanding and widely celebrated vocals of Tracy Hitchings, award winning keyboard player Mike Varty, Daniel Martin on drums and the two founder members that have been there throughout the last quarter century, Uwe D'Rose (guitars) and Steve Gee (basses).
As with their live tracks here on Roadskill: Live in the Netherlands, the band have clearly built upon the template of their 90's neo-progressive heritage, adding new sounds and textures to the mix of even older songs. Updated, if you will, in order to refresh a sound that worked so well for them on Entertaining Angel, it's obvious they have one ear always cocked in the direction of nuance and fundamental detail.
The darker, rockier elements of these Landmarq best loved songs are beefed-up to great effect in a few places, while alternately, the song structures and arrangements are more varied and refined; the melodies more scrumptious and majestic than ever here live.