Title - 'DarWin II: A Frozen War'
Artist - DarWin
For those not in the know, following the release of his critically acclaimed debut album, Origin Of Species in early 2019, DarWin will release his follow up album, Darwin 2: A Frozen War on November 6th, 2020 via his own record label.
Once more DarWin has assembled a stunning ensemble of musicians, which means that DarWin II: A Frozen War continues the core collaboration with: Simon Phillips (drums, Toto/The Who/Jeff Beck), Matt Bissonette (Elton John, David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr) and DarWin. Joining them are powerhouse players Billy Sheehan (bass, Mr Big/ Steve Vai/Winery Dogs), Guthrie Govan (guitar, Aristocrats/Asia/Hans Zimmer/Steven Wilson), Greg Howe (guitar, Michael Jackson/Justin Timberlake), Derek Sherinian (keyboards, Dream Theater/Alice Cooper/Black Country Communion), and more!
This second album builds on the themes of Origin Of Species, with the first single 'Nightmare Of My Dreams' featured a stunning video centered around the theme of the recent wildfires; having also been filmed in areas of Australia directly affected.
The other tracks build on DarWin’s sound – drawing the best elements of progressive rock with a depth of vocal soundscapes and songwriting.
Indeed, there is a generous amount of guitar shred and heavy grooves on display for the rock faithful who demand athletic performances, but at the same time there are ethereal, pop and prog moments too, that combine perfectly to embody and gel the project.
1. 'Nightmare Of My Dreams' (7:07)
2. 'Future History' (5:39)
3. 'Eternal Life' (5:32)
4. 'A Frozen War' (7:31)
5. 'Another Year' (5:10)
Opening with the stirring, operatic, cultured orchestral prog mayhem of sound that resides in the melodic 'Nightmare Of My Dreams,' that's backed by the gentler, soothsaying AOR tale 'Future History.'
Next up - from the man singlehandedly opening our eyes, hearts and ears to the future of humanity and the challenging world around us - is my own personal favorite, the harmonious, pop rock of 'Eternal Life,' which is followed by a countdown into the thunderous, at times, passive and spoken word warnings, of 'A Frozen War,' coming to a close on the acoustic guitar-led, yet upbeat and poppy duet 'Another Year.'
The album is also be available in spectacular Double-Colored Eco-Vinyl Gatefold LP with a 30cm x 20cm poster included!
The first LP will be the standard album track listing, as above, whereas the second LP features new interpretations of various songs from the first two albums.
Highlighting the orchestral or unplugged performances of the earlier tracks, they were all mixed and rearranged by mastermind Simon Phillips, and show a more delicate and emotional side to the DarWin recordings.
The full track listing for the second LP of this magnificent Double-Colored Eco-Vinyl Gatefold LP is:
1. 'Escape the Maze' (Orchestral)
2. 'Nightmare of My Dreams' (Orchestral)
3. 'Slowly Melting' (Unplugged)
4. 'Forever' (Orchestral)
1. 'One Horizon' (Unplugged)
2. 'Rise' (Orchestral)
3. 'Last Chance' (Orchestral)
4. 'Another Year' (Acapella)
DarWin says. “We completed this album under extraordinary circumstances. The writing for the album continued as we wrapped Origin of Species in 2018, and our worlds were turned upside down by wildfires and viral pandemics."
"We’re grateful to the amazing group of musicians, artists and professionals who participated in this project. Almost no aspect of the creative process was “typical,” with team members spread out around the world, and often under lock down."
"We had our instruments, our technologies, and a passion for musical creativity. We hope that the emotion and resilience of this time period will come through these recordings.”
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