Album review: DARWIN – Darwin 2: A Frozen War

DARWIN - Darwin 2 A Frozen War

Indie [Release date 06.11.20]

A follow-up to 2018’s highly enjoyable ‘Origin Of Species’ and this latest album certainly proved challenging for the band, as they explain -

“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.”

More a mini-album if you will with five songs (although a double LP adds an extra treat of some of the songs from the debut album reworked in orchestral versions), ‘Darwin 2: A Frozen War’ continues the themes of its predecessor, set in the near future as earth faces environmental catastrophe.

Joining the key due of DarWin and drummer extraordinaire Simon Phillips, are Matt Bissonette, Greg Howe, Billy Sheehan, Guthrie Govan and Derek Sherinian amongst others.

‘Nightmare Of My Dreams’ has already been released as a lead track, featuring the guitar talents of Guthrie Govan. Mind you, I’d personally say that ‘Another Year’ is a melodic treat, made for airplay. With an addictive chorus and strong melody, it makes for an album highlight.

One thing DarWin do well is construct songs full of layered vocals, similar to King’s X and this is best illustrated by ‘Future History’. Greg Howe provides the guitar histrionics on this one.

Even at five songs you don’t feel short changed, as the music on here is top notch. Many other artists could perhaps take note that less is more.

If you have yet to delve into the wonderful musical world of DarWin what are you waiting for? Grab this album and its predecessor for one of progressive music’s modern delights. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie


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