As the '90s wore on, Ten released three further albums, The Robe, the live record Never Say Goodbye, and Spellbound -- the latter went on to become one of their most successful records. They entered the next decade with a concept album, 2000's Babylon, which centered around the love affair of a computer programmer and was set in the future. Their next album saw a shift in the group's dynamics as Don Airy was replaced on keys with Paul Hodson, and Burns departed, citing creative differences. He was eventually replaced by Chris Francis
, but the band had a break from 2002 to 2003 while Hughes worked on his rock opera Once and Future King. The rest of the decade saw two further Ten albums, 2004's Return to Evermore, and a best-of called The Essential Collection 1995-2005. That year, bassist Steve McKenna left the band, followed in 2008 by Francis
, and Hughes
and the band went on hiatus in 2008.
Ten reemerged in 2011 with Stormwarning, five years after their last record. However, they soon began to lose members again, with Hodson, guitarist Neil Fraser, and bassist Mark Sumner all leaving that same year. But they were soon replaced by guitarist Dan Mitchell and keyboard player Darrel Treece-Birch, and McKenna also returned on bass. Ten continued stayed active, releasing Heresy and Creed in 2012, Albion in 2014, Isla de Muerta in 2015, and their first EP in 16 years, The Dragon and Saint George, also in 2015.
2016 saw Ten return to their old label Frontier Records
for their 13th studio album Gothica, which was released in 2017. The band also planned to reissue their back catalog physically and digitally, with the latter a virtual box set titled Opera Omnia. ~ Bekki Bemrose, Rovi