While the U.K.'s Marillion aren't the best-known rock band in the 21st century, they've influenced many acts that followed in their wake, directly or indirectly, from Porcupine Tree and Radiohead to the Pineapple Thief and Gazpacho. They are rightfully credited with having established the neo-prog subgenre, and have explored many types of music over the decades that, thanks to their expert musicianship, have celebrated their long, inventive passages for electric guitars and keyboards. Though they landed as an outlier on the U.K. post-punk music scene during the early '80s as throwbacks to the Peter Gabriel-era Genesis sound -- thanks in no small part to their flamboyant original lead vocalist Fish (Derek Dick) -- by the time they released their sophomore outing, Fugazi, in 1984 they were a Top Five-charting, gold-certified act, and ...
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