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Formed in 1990, Landmarq are a UK-based 'neo-progressive' rock band. They have so far released a total of ten albums, four of which were recorded live at various concerts in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Initially signing to a Dutch record company, SI Music, then later forming their own label, Synergy Records, the band have firmly established themselves within the world of progressive rock.
From 1992 to 1995 the band released three very well received albums and played various gigs both in the UK and Europe at which point vocalist Damian Wilson made the decision to leave the band in order to concentrate on his solo career.
Landmarq then found a replacement in Ian 'Moon' Gould. 'Moon' spent a year with the band, playing various gigs in the UK and the Netherlands, before deciding to move on.
It was at this point that Landmarq decided to go for a radical change to their sound and recruited long-time associate and friend of the band, Tracy Hitchings, who formerly sang with Quasar.
Landmarq have since played concerts in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Poland, Italy, the US and Mexico; both as support and as headliners at various festivals and music venues. The band have worked with many well-known artists including Marillion, Focus, John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson, Roxy Music), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Hugh McDowell (ELO, Wizard), Nik Turner (Hawkwind), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), IQ, Pendragon, Arena and even Suzi Quatro.
Apart from making strong in-roads into Europe and America, Landmarq have reached further territories worldwide, as far afield as Russia, eastern Europe, the Far East, and Australia through various magazine/webzine articles, interviews, radio air-play and also compilation CDs from various music magazines. The band's first DVD was released in March 2006. Entitled Turbulence – Live In Poland, it features Landmarq filmed in concert at the Wyspianski Theatre, Katowice, in November 2005. The DVD was released by the Polish label Metal Mind Productions and has received some of the band's best reviews to date. The DVD also comprises a wealth of bonus material including audio and video archive tracks, an interview with the band, a huge photo gallery and much more.
Following an enforced break for a few years, Landmarq re-emerged on to the Prog scene early in 2012 with the release of their eagerly-anticipated fifth album, Entertaining Angels, a Special Edition double-CD set. This proved to be a triumphant return for the band as they received many glowing reviews from fans and music press alike. This was followed up with "Angels On Tour", a series of live dates through 2012-2013, that saw Landmarq performing in various festivals and venues again in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Also to much acclaim and some excellent reviews.
Following on from their gigs in 2012, Landmarq continued their live shows - - dubbed "Angels On Tour" -- with more UK and European dates through 2013, including the Cambridge and Summer's End rock festivals in the UK and the Rock Itervoort Festival in The Netherlands. Landmarq releasd more new product throughout 2014/15, including the vinyl release of "Entertaining Angels" (a double-LP set). Also, a long-awaited compilation album entitled "Origins - A Landmarq Anthology - 1992-2014" (2-CD set) featuring vocalists Tracy Hitchings and Damian Wilson. "Origins" includes a brand new song, also entitled "Origins".
The latest release from Landmarq is "RoadSkill - Live In The Netherlands", a 2-disc DVD+CD set, filmed and recorded live in 2013 at one of the band's European shows at De Boerderij, NL, released in 2015.
A major change of line-up occurred once again in 2018 when, due to relocation in both cases, vocalist Tracy Hitchings and drummer Danny Martin separately made the difficult decisions to move on from Landmarq. Guitarist Uwe D'rose, keyboardist Mike Varty and bassist Steve Gee resolved to continue writing new material for a proposed new album (due 2019) and also began the search for Tracy’s and Danny’s replacements. Following a series of auditions, the band have settled once again back to full strength with the addition of new vocalist Wolf Campen and drummer Andy Allen who were thrust straight into a series of intensive rehearsals in preparation for some live shows later in 2018.
Landmarq have since made a welcome return to the stage with some superb performances both at the Summer's End Progressive Rock Festival 2018 and for the Classic Rock Society and have received excellent reviews and comments.
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