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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Nightmare of My Dreams (7:08)
2. Future History (5:40)
3. Eternal Life (5:33)
4. A Frozen War (7:32)
5. Another Year (5:11)

Total Time 31:04

Line-up / Musicians

- DarWin / guitars, string arrangements
- Simon Phillips / drums, percussion, keyboards
- Matt Bissonette / vocals

- Greg Howe / guitar (2,5)
- Billy Sheehan / bass (1,2,4,5)
- Guthrie Govan / guitar (1,3)
- Derek Sherinian / keyboards (4)
- Alex Sill / acoustic guitar
- Jeff Babko / keyboards
- Peter Nickalls / string arrangements

Reykjavik String Quartet:
- Helga Thora Bjorgvinsdottir / violin
- Una Sveinbjarnardottir / violin
- Thorunn Osk Marinosdottir / viola
- Sigurdur Bjarki Gunnarsson / cello

Releases information

Format: Vinyl, CD, Digital
November 6, 2020

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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Iceland based project DarWin, spearheaded by the composer and musician using the DarWin moniker as his creative alias, first came to some prominence in 2018 when the double concept album "Origin of Species" appeared. DarWin has since worked on finalizing material for his second album, "A Frozen War", which is scheduled for release in late November 2020.

DarWin presents us with a short and concise album for his second outing, featuring an array of high quality musicians that provides instruments and vocals in compelling and relatively easy going songs with a foundation in the calmer, AOR-oriented parts of the progressive rock universe but with detours to both orchestral, pastoral, hard rock and progressive metal territories along the way. The most striking aspect of this album for me is the quality musicianship, and I'd recommend this album to those who generally enjoy progressive rock explored in a more careful manner, that appreciate a fair degree of style variations thrown into the mix and most of all those who generally enjoy listening to music provided to them by a vast array of high quality musicians in the described context.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars Following on from the debut, 'Origin Of Species' in 2019, the second album came out towards the end of 2020. Guitarist DarWin has again joined forces with drummer Simon Phillips (Toto/The Who/Jeff Beck) and singer Matt Bissonette (Elton John, David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr) as the core unit. As with the last album he has brought in a host of stellar musicians to fill out the sound, including bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr Big/ Steve Vai/Winery Dogs), guitarists Guthrie Govan (Aristocrats/Asia/Hans Zimmer/Steven Wilson) and Greg Howe (Michael Jackson/Justin Timberlake) and keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater/Alice Cooper/Black Country Communion) along with Alex Sill (acoustic guitar) and Jeff Babko (keyboards) while The Reykjavik String Quartet also return.

The first album was a double CD event, but the second is far shorter, just five songs and 31 minutes long (although it is also available in an extended version where there are a further 9 songs as orchestral versions ? this was later released as album in its own right as 'Darwin 3' in 2021). This is a direct continuation to the debut album, where the story was set in 2028, where an exhausted ecology, and global conflicts, have led to a huge upheaval of the world order, straining, and diminishing human populations. The lives of everyday people and families have been turned upside down by the intense ecological pressures related to climate change. This polished, layered, progressive rock music with great performances from all involved ( as if we would expect anything else from these guys). The standout for me is the last song, "Another Year", which is a wonderful duet with some great female vocals (I have no idea who it is, sorry) and it is the interaction between her and Matt which really makes this shine. High class, powerful and middle of the road prog with strong songs, great performances, guaranteed to make any proghead smile.

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4 stars DarWin is a progressive rock infused exploration into the future of humanity and the difficult world around us, supercharged prog metal, it says. Darwin is a collection of musicians ranging from Darwin to Phillips, Bissonette, Sheehan, Govan, Howe, Sherinian who have played in TOTO, BECK, VAI, M ... (read more)

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