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The story of LANDMARQ goes back to the year of 1990 in London from the ashes of the also British band QUASAR as a strong Neo Prog exponent but with the curiosity that they had always a haed keeping vocalists, to the point that they were voiceless in five occasions.

Steve Lake (Keys) and Uwe D'Rose (guitar) from QUASAR, joined the bassist Steve Gee from ARTEMIS, a lesser known band that supported other acts such as CAMEL, decided to call QUASAR drummer Dave Wagstaffe who was returning from a tour, he and the vocalist Bob Daisley, who joined to form the first lineup.

At the beginning of 1991 and after recording a demo, Daisley leaves the band and is replaced by the actor and singer Rob Lewis Jones, who also discovers his vocation is on the theaters and not in the studios, so the band again looses a vocalist, just when they had been offered a contract with the Dutch label SI.

Desperate, they contact Tracy Hitchings (Also ex QUASAR), but the label vetoed him, but for their luck they find Damian Wilson from the BLUE HEAT PROJECT, who immediately accepts the challenge.

In the next year, the band releases two albums "Solitary Witness" and "Infinity Parade" (Produced by Clive Nolan) in which their Neo Prog sound is more than evident with strong references to CAMEL. But again at the end of 1992, Damian Wilson is offered the lead vocals in LA SALLE and the band has to see their third vocalist leave.

Almost in the dawn of an important presentation in the London's Marquee, with STEVE HACKETT, PORCUPINE TREE and IQ, they recruit the powerful vocalist John "Moon" Gould, but again you can't fight destiny and after receiving the award of Vocalist of the Year, leaves LANDMARQ, who had to search for a new singer for their third album.

Luckily for them, the relation Wilson - LA SALLE wasn't working well so he returns to the band and in 1995 with Damien in the vocals they release "The Vision Pit" in 1995.

At this point the label collapses and the band is left on their own until 1998 when Tracy Hitchings joins LANDMARQ as backing vocalist, but due to the fact that Damien Wilson places more emphasis in his solo career, she takes the lead vocals for the fourth studio album "Science of Coincidence".

Since then the band has changed several times and joined for several ocasions, a new album (yet untitled) is announced for this year, I'm sure they have much more to offer.

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3.30 | 52 ratings
Solitary Witness
1992
3.25 | 40 ratings
Infinity Parade
1993
2.77 | 40 ratings
The Vision Pit
1995
3.56 | 50 ratings
Science Of Coincidence
1998
3.73 | 76 ratings
Entertaining Angels
2012

LANDMARQ Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.92 | 22 ratings
Thunderstruck
1999
4.03 | 12 ratings
Aftershock
2002

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3.17 | 13 ratings
Turbulence - Live In Poland (DVD)
2006

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Origins
2014

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 The Vision Pit  by LANDMARQ album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.77 | 40 ratings

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The Vision Pit
Landmarq Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars First clouds within the Landmarq family appeared in 1993.Damian Wilson was proposed the position of singer for the Luxembourg-based act La Salle and left the band, who replaced him with Ian Gould after several auditions.Gould spent a year with Landmarq, participating in numerous live shows with his powerful voice, but he also quit in 1995 because of musical differences and went on to join Medicine Man.In the meantime the collaboration between Wilson and La Salle did not go well and he rejoined Landmarq for the recordings of the third studio album ''The vision pit''.The album was recorded at the Thin Ice Studios in Maidenhead in the early summer of 95' with Clive Nolan helping Landmarq in orchestrations, while additional engineering and mixing was served by Karl Groom.''The vision pit'', released in 1995, was the last album of the band for the SI label.

Too many things went on between the previous and the new album, but the inspiration was still there for a group that slowly became a stable value of the Neo Prog scene, producing bombastic and sharp Progressive Rock with grandiose orchestrations, angular guitar riffs and of course monumental vocals by Damian Wilson.While the music is once more accesible, heavy and quite melodic, this is another case of a Landmarq album that requires time to be appreciated.Energetic music with excellent guitar solos, great breaks between mascular grooves and lyrical material, poetic lyrics and edgy synthesizers, often with a symphonic edge.The songwriting is pretty great with memorable melodies, impressive choruses and a variety of atmospheres, including lots of 80's-styled Prog keyboard stylings, straightforward rockin' moments and some decent room for pompous instrumental work.Neo Prog legends ARENA must have listened to Landmarq tons of times, as the style is pretty similar.Powerful piano lines, orchestral overtones with the sign of Clive Nolan and Heavy Rock pounds are also in the menu, combined perfectly in the longer tracks of the album like the excellent ''Infinity parade'' or the punchy ''Bed of nails''.

At this point Landmarq seemed like a group ready to rule the Prog world.While their music was not the most original around, the solid and consistent songwriting along with amounts of energy included in their third album were enough to satisfy the prog fans.Highly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 Aftershock by LANDMARQ album cover Live, 2002
4.03 | 12 ratings

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Aftershock
Landmarq Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars This is the follow-up album to 'Thunderstruck' as it is the second part of that live album, and marks the end of an era for the band as it will be the last album to feature keyboard player Steve Leigh. Although the band have been a little careless with vocalists over the years (with Damian Wilson doing the hokey cokey, Moon never recording, and now Tracey who was the person they originally wanted to front the band years ago), this is the first time that they have had a change of 'musician'. So the future is now with Spanish keyboardist Gonzalo Carrera (ex Galadriel etc), but this album looks back with five of the six numbers taken from the three Damian albums.

Tracy has long been one of my favourite female singers, and she gives the songs a different edge to that from Damian who was a very hard act to follow indeed. The fact that the guys had been playing together for many years certainly show as they have a total understanding of what they are about and with Tracy giving it her all, this captures one of the UK's most under-rated prog bands at their best. There is an instrumental version of the mighty "Ta Jiang" (here combined with "Narovlya") that is only half its' original length but it still shows what close understanding between a rhythm section and twin melodic lead instruments can provide. Uwe is never an over the top guitarist but he has enough of an edge to give the music bite when it needs it while Steve's keyboards can be simple and almost understand or total pompous grandeur when the need arises.

Yet again this is a solid testament to the band, and an album that all progheads will surely enjoy, but instead of just listening to the album why not get out and see them! They are playing some dates around the country in the near future ? go out there and give the much maligned prog scene some support. The band has all the details on their very informative web site at www.landmarq.net.

Originally appeared in Feedback #73, Jun 03

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 Infinity Parade  by LANDMARQ album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.25 | 40 ratings

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Infinity Parade
Landmarq Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars The 'difficult' second album was upon them, but with "Solitary Witness" opening 'Infinity Parade', it showed that there was absolutely nothing to worry about. This is a powerful rock song full of emotion, with delicately picked guitar and keyboards that build to a crescendo as Damian turns on the power and the edge. The highlight of this album is "Ta'ijing" where the band go all out with an epic, at over sixteen minutes long. While there are elements of Twelfth Night in sections of this, they manage to bring in some oriental influences and styles and make this very much their own with tension building and the music driving along. Another favourite of mine is "The More You Seek The More You Lose", which belts along much quicker and heavier than many prog numbers. There is also the bonus of "Borrowed Mind" which was originally only available on the Japanese version of the album

It has been far too long since these great albums were easily available in the UK, so if you enjoy your prog then get these now! Cyclops have also reissued 'The Vision Pit' (the last album with Damian), 'Science Of Coincidence' (their first album with Tracy) and the live 'Thunderstruck'. There will also soon be a new live album, 'Aftershock'.

Originally appeared in Feedback #69, Aug 02

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 Solitary Witness  by LANDMARQ album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.30 | 52 ratings

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Solitary Witness
Landmarq Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars It has been a long time since I put this CD on the player, far too long, and it is like returning to an old and trusted friend. Landmarq were formed out of the ashes of Quasar by Steve Leigh and Uwe d'Rose (Steve had previously taken over the keyboards in Chemical Alice when Mark Kelly left to join some outfit called Marillion), along with ex-Quasar vocalist Bob Daisley. Bassist Steve Gee was next to join and after writing a host of material they called on Dave Wagstaffe to complete the line-up. Just as they were recording a demo for Dutch label S.I. Bob decided to leave, and replacement Rob Lewis-Jones didn't want to commit himself. The band now had a deal but no singer! Tracy Hitchings (also ex-Quasar!!) wanted to join the band but the label was loath to have her in a band so soon after releasing her solo album. Luckily Karl Groom (who was engineering the album) had the perfect solution in the vocalist he was working with on another project, Damian Wilson.

Damian is to my ears one of the finest male rock singers this country has produced, and when he joined, the band were ready to set the prog world alight. 'Solitary Witness' was an impressive debut, released in 1992. It combines strong keyboard-led prog with good guitars, intricate melodies, and soaring vocals. Opener "Killing Fields" powers away while "Foxing The Fox" always reminds me of a powerful rushing taken of "Blood On The Rooftops". Clive Nolan and Karl Groom produced the album at Thin Ice and Clive also helped out by providing the lyrics to some of the songs. Landmarq never forget that they are a rock band, and the crisp clean lines of their music cut through much of the over-dramatised music of the time. Even now it has a great deal to offer, and the fact that it has long been unavailable surely means that many will pick up this reissue, featuring as it does a different version of the album highlight "St Helens Suite". I can remember watching the band at The Standard where they were joined by Tracey and Clive, with Clive reading his own lyrics out of the booklet as he couldn't remember them!!

Originally appeared in Feedback #69, Aug 02

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 Entertaining Angels by LANDMARQ album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.73 | 76 ratings

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Entertaining Angels
Landmarq Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars It has been some 13 years since the last Landmarq album, due in no small part to Tracy's battle with cancer. This got me thinking, as the keyboard player is Mike Varty who is also in Credo ? whose singer Mark Colton also suffered a life-threatening illness which long delayed an album. If I was in DeeExpus, Shadowland, or anything else Mike is involved with I might be concerned?.Anyway, I first came across Tracy's singing a million years ago when she was in Quasar with Dave Wagstaffe and Steve Leigh, and after they all left that band they formed Landmarq, although with Damian Wilson on vocals while Tracy worked with Clive Nolan and also followed a solo career. It was only towards the end of the Nineties that Tracy became the singer on a full-time basis (after Damian, then Moon, and then Damian again if my memory serves me right) and she appeared on their last studio album 'Science of Coincidence', but this is the first to feature Mike as he has only been there seven years. The rest of the guys are those who have been there since the beginning, namely Uwe D'Rose (guitars), Steve Gee (bass) and Dave Wagstaffe (drums). Although since the release of this album Dave has had to announce his sad departure as he is no longer able to commit to touring, as he also plays with Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash.

So, what about it then? Production is top class, as one would expect from Mike, and although Tracy has been through a lot on the last ten years it doesn't show in her voice at all. I have always felt that Tracy is one of the most under-rated singers from these shores (go and find her solo album if you don't believe me), and is easily on a par with Lana Lane, and here she sings with a passion and strength that totally belies what has been going on in her personal life. In many ways this is easy listening prog, in the sense that the music is here as an accompaniment to the vocals and although there is a lot of complexity in the arrangements it is all about the singing. There are Floydian moments ("Mountains of Anglia" features some great slide guitar as well as sax) and others that are more in your face, but at all times it is about mood.

My favourite Landmarq album is always probably going to be 'Solitary Witness', but in many ways this is a rebirth and to my ears is a totally different band who produced that album 20 years ago, not just in personnel but in approach. 2012 has been a wonderful year for bands that first came to prominence in the 90's to produce great albums, and Landmarq are no exception.

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 Entertaining Angels by LANDMARQ album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.73 | 76 ratings

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Entertaining Angels
Landmarq Neo-Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Turbulence?

If you happen to know the live concert DVD Turbulence released in 2006 (or, if you have seen the band live recently?), several of the tracks on this new studio album will be familiar to you. The title track, Mountains Of Anglia, Prayer, and the 16 minute plus Calm Before The Storm were all included on the Turbulence DVD (but ironically not the track called Turbulence itself). As such, more than half of the music on this album is at least six years old. But during this time little or nothing has happened to these songs or to the sound of the band in general. Like on the previous Science Of Coincidence from 1998, the songs are lush and melodic and filled with modern keyboard and clean, soaring lead guitar. I again find this music very pleasant and enjoyable, but somewhat lightweight.

Even if I think that Tracy Hitchings is a fantastic vocalist, I much prefer the Damian Wilson-era of Landmarq. The excellent debut album Solitary Witness remains my favourite Landmarq album and nothing they did after that has impressed me. There is no denying that these people are very talented musicians, and this is certainly another good Landmarq album, but again I fail to be impressed. As I said in my review of Science Of Coincidence, anyone looking for something dark or heavy should definitely look elsewhere.

Long overdue, Entertaining Angels will please fans of the band and many fans of the lighter side of Prog

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 Entertaining Angels by LANDMARQ album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Entertaining Angels
Landmarq Neo-Prog

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars It's been quite some time since Landmarq released a studio album, the last being Science Of Coincidence way back in 1998. There have been a number of live releases since then including the band's first DVD - Turbulence, Live In Poland in 2006. The delay has in part unfortunately been down to vocalist Tracy Hitchings diagnosis with cancer a few years ago. Thankfully she has now been given the all clear and made a full recovery and is back in fine form.

Entertaining Angels is a great comeback for Landmarq and whilst I don't have all their albums in my collection it's the strongest set of songs I've heard from them. It's a consistently enjoyable collection of neo prog verging on crossover with strong and memorable melodies throughout. Lush keyboard work prevails alongside some fantastic and very tasteful guitar work from Uwe D'Rose including some searing Gilmour style soloing. Icing on the cake though has to be Tracy Hitchings gorgeous vocals whose theatrical delivery soars over this excellent collection and proves that she's one of the finest female vocalists working in prog, or any other genre today.

Most of the songs exceed the eight minute barrier with album closer Calm Before The Storm reaching sixteen minutes. Landmarq go for strong hooks over complex instrumental workouts and it works in their favour. Whilst unlike many prog bands we don't get a myriad of changes on most the tracks but they never appear overly long and laboured. This in part has to be down to the way Tracy expertly builds her vocal parts keeping the listener captivated, Part 2 of Glowing being a shining example. There's still room for some strong instrumental passages though with sax making a guest appearance on a couple of occasions for added colour.

The album is also available in a limited edition which includes a bonus disc with a further four tracks making up an extra thirty minutes of listening. Whilst these make a welcome addition there's nothing on here as strong as the main album but nevertheless worth the extra few quid. Overall then Entertaining Angels is a great return for Landmarq and sure to keep fans of the band happy and hopefully get them a few new ones along the way.

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 Infinity Parade  by LANDMARQ album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.25 | 40 ratings

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Infinity Parade
Landmarq Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars No time for rest for the five-piece Neo Prog veterans from London, as Landmarq will enter the studio, preparing for a sophomore comeback after the questionable result of ''Solitary witness''.The new album would be named ''Infinity parade'', starting a tradition by the band including always a track named after the previous album's title, eventually released on the Dutch label SI Music in 1993.

What the listener was aware of in ''Solitary witness'' now takes some flesh in ''Infinity parade'': following a band that was always capable of more than what was taped.With the new album Landmarq finally deliver some great performances, memorable tunes and , above all, take advantage of Damian Wilson's voice at a higher degree.Especially the first and last couple of tracks breeze this fantastic British Neo Prog air at its best. Compositions with fantastic lyrical moments, dramatic atmospheres, clear production, mindblowing solos and emotional moments.The band seems more tight and the tracks are more adventurous and conveincing.There is also a 16-min. grand epic produced by the band, entitled ''Ta'Jiang'', which is also pretty solid and contains all of the above characteristics.''Landslide'' and ''Tailspin'' suffer a bit from the flaws of the previous release.Tracks that have something to offer but never take off to the level of the rest of the material, sounding a bit flat and mechanical.

To this point of their career Landmarq managed finally to shake things a bit and return with an album equal to the names of their experienced line-up.But there is always a sense that they could have done it even better.Still ''Infinity parade'' contains two or three killer tracks, enough to label the album as ''strongly recommended'', especially to fans of Classic British Neo Prog...3.5 stars.

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 The Vision Pit  by LANDMARQ album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.77 | 40 ratings

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The Vision Pit
Landmarq Neo-Prog

Review by stewe

4 stars I decided to write few words The Vision Pit in a defense of this underrated record. Despite the low reception I consider this album certainly as a band's finest achievement, having all positive trademarks of previous albums. I see it as one of key neo-prog albums in 90s. The Vision Pit is darker and I would say slightly more sophisticated, memorable and consistent than previous two, and is probably harder to get into.

Compositionally it goes more adventurous path and for some reason it has quite strong impact on me. Great for purgatorial journey through the coldness, broodiness and despair, it nicely elevates the emotions. Its freezy atmosphere includes variety of moods, from uplifting, to sad and mournful, from furious to dreamy, evil and grotesque. Synthesizers' patterns are wisely chosen (although some of them may sound a bit 'outdated' today) to intertwine with the sharp chorus lead guitar and interesting rhythm structures, melodic basslines. There is no exhibition, instruments nicely complement each other.

Above all, Damian Wilson shows his distinctively impressive voice at his finest. Soulful melancholy and vocal acrobacy create unique experience along with the instrumentation. Ideas and chord progressions are inventive, but still melodic, and dynamic shifts are done very well, so it holds my attention over the entire album. I really like every single song on it, despite the first side being slightly stronger.

I'd say it is a fine prog album even in 'objective terms' (odd tepmos, mood shifts...), but also it has kind of extra magic and certain chemistry which moves it into quite special place in my music collection. Especially if you are fan of rich and melodic neo-prog moments, from the bands like Arena, IQ, Credo, Pendragon or prog-projects involving Damian Wilson - give it a chance! You might be pleasantly surprised. Good 4 stars.

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 Science Of Coincidence by LANDMARQ album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.56 | 50 ratings

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Science Of Coincidence
Landmarq Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Though new vocalist Tracy Hitchings brings some impressive talent to bear on The Science of Coincidence, it's not quite enough to sell me on Landmarq's rather generic Pendragon/early Marillion-derived brand of neo-prog. Part of the issue is that the production on this album seems rather average - Tracy's vocals have plenty of room to breathe, but the rest of the instruments seem to be tripping over each other, and are often a little too quiet compared to the vocals to really stand out. After the belter of a title track, the album rapidly loses momentum, and whilst I think it is a shade better than previous efforts by the band it's not enough to propel them into the upper tier of neo acts.

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