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Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018

Veröffentlicht am 15. März 2018 von Markus W. in Magnum, Gebr de Nobel, Live, Tour, Hardrock, Melodic Rock, Classic Rock, Rock

Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
British rock pioneers Magnum are a regular guest on Markus' Heavy Music Blog. Several CD reviews have been posted as well as some live reports of which the latest one dates back to May 2016 when the legendary band played a show at Waterfront in Norwich, England.
 
Almost to date two years later Magnum hit the road again, starting in Bristol, UK. After having toured on the island, Magnum crossed over to the mainland for many more shows. The first stop was in Leiden and it was the first time that Bob Catley, Tony Clarkin and Co. played the Gebr. de Nobel. 
 
Talking about the line-up, there has been some changes compared with two years ago. Drummer Harry James isn't on board anymore and the same goes for Mark Stanway who left Magnum in 2016. Rick Benton and Lee Morris filled the gap, both having been part of Magnum's latest epos "Lost on the Road to Eternity".
 
As it was in 2016 in Zoetermeer, NL also this time Magnum kicked-off the evening directly without having an opening act with them. "When We Were Younger" was the first song on the setlist and referred back to the "Princess Alice and the Broken Arrow" album from 2007 while the main contribution to the setlist came from the latest exquisite longplayer "Lost on the Road to Eternity" of which four songs have been played. 
 
The great thing with Magnum, as it was also with Saxon a few days ago, is the fact that old and new songs build a seamless concert experience. Each of the tunes, regardless of which era of the band, is equally good. There is no 'we have to get through the new songs before enjoying the old classics'. Each of the sixteen songs played that night was a gift for fans that found their way to Gebr. de Nobel. 
 
No doubt, classics like "Les Morts Dasant" and "On a Storytellers Night" are a 'must' and fans can't get enough of it. Also „All England’s Eye“ was highly appreciated. However, there are new tracks that have the potential for reaching an equal status over time. "Peaches and Cream" from the latest album and also "Crazy Old Mothers" are brilliant melodic rockers that shine on a studio record as bright as during a live show. To see Magnum on stage is always a great experience that you shouldn't miss while being a fan of melodic hardrock that comes with big melodies and Clarkin's rocking guitar.
 
Time was flying that night and far to early the first notes of "When the World Comes Down" filled the room. The song, taken from the "Vigilante" album, was a well-chosen closer, rounding of another Magnum concert with hopefully many more to come.
 
By the way, the band is still on tour and you can find the dates further down below of this live report.
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018

Setlist:

  1. When We Were Young
  2. Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies
  3. Lost on the Road to Eternity
  4. Crazy Old Mothers
  5. Without Love
  6. Your Dreams Won't Die
  7. Peaches and Cream
  8. How Far Jerusalem
  9. Les Morts Dansant
  10. Show Me Your Hands
  11. Twelve Men Wise and Just
  12. All England's Eye
  13. Vigilante
  14. Don't Wake the Lion (Too Old to Die Young)
  15. The Spirit (Encore)
  16. When the World Comes Down (Encore)

 

Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: March 14th, 2018

Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
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CD review MAGNUM "Lost on the Road to Eternity"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Magnum, Bob Catley, Tony Clarkin, Hardrock, Rock, Melodic Rock, Classic Rock, Steamhammer, SPV, CD Review, News

CD review MAGNUM "Lost on the Road to Eternity"

(9/10) Introducing Magnum feels like carrying sand to the beach. I can't imagine that there are fans of rock and metal that never heard at least the name of the British hardrock legend. Guitar wizard Tony Clarkin and singer Bob Catley began in 1972 and what followed was an impressive journey through rock that comprises many successes, highlight and milestones. Magnum became a role model for a genre that ignored all trends with its down-to-earth approach.

My entry-point when it come to Magnum was back in 1985 with the legendary "On a Storytellers Night". Songs like "How Far Jerusalem", Les Morts Dasants" and the title track pout a spell on me. Each of these tunes kept its fascination over all the years up to date and belong to the best British rock music brought up to surface.
Magnum never published an album that disappointed and even the "Rock Art" longplayer, released right before the split, featured some well-crafted numbers.

After having went to on hiatus for almost one decade Magnum returned in the beginning of the new century. "Breath of Life" marked the beginning of a next chapter that turns out to be as successful as the earlier days. Records such as "Into the Valley of the Moonking" and "Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies' are timeless masterpieces in melodic hardrock and the next strike, "Lost on the Road to Eternity", doesn't need to stand back behind the mentioned classics.

The 20th longplayer features eleven new songs which reflect Magnum's iconic sound with 100%. Actually these tunes belong to the best I have heard from the band since may years with the excellent opener "Peaches and Cream" being one out of eleven pieces of pure ear-candy. Melody, a rocking beat and excellent vocals by Catley provide Magnum fans with all ingredients expected. "Show me Your Hands" is the name of the next highlight, featuring some nice keyboard sequences, done by Rick Bento who recently joined the band. Talking about new band members; Lee Morris became Magnum's new drummer, following Harry James who left the band in 2017.

Some first calmer notes can be listed to with "Storm Baby" before the tune builds up to a typical Magnum anthem. It's hard to highlight some of the tunes since they are equally good. However, the title track is special, mainly due to a guest appearance. Magnum frontman Bob Catley is since may years a constant factor in Tobias Sammet's Avanatasia, enriching the epical songs with his brilliant voice. Now it was time to give something back, leading to Sammet sharing vocals with Catley. Both voice go together in a great fashion and it's the soulful arrangements that gives this sing a real wow-factor.

What more? The single release "Without Love" belongs to the Champions League of rock and it's "King of the World" acting as the Grande Finale of a superb longplayer.
Next to the songs it was always the artwork that made Magnum records immediately recognisable for fans. Also "Lost on the Road to Eternity" doesn't change this pattern. It was Rodney Matthews who was responsible for an artwork that reflects Magnum's mysterious world of fantasy and legendary creatures.

"Lost on the Road to Eternity" showcases a band that combines decades of experience, with a great sense for melodies and hooks, all kept together by a passion for melodic rock music. This album is jaw-dropping good.


(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Peaches and Cream
  2. Show Me Your Hands
  3. Storm Baby
  4. Welcome to the Cosmic Cabaret
  5. Lost on the Road to Eternity
  6. Without Love
  7. Tell Me What You've Got to Say
  8. Ya Wane Be Someone
  9. Forbidden Masquerade
  10. Glory to Ashes
  11. King of the World

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: January 19th, 2017

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MAGNUM tour dates for Europe

Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Magnum, Tour, Live, Steamhammer, Hardrock, Melodic Rock, Rock, Classic Rock

MAGNUM tour dates for Europe
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New MAGNUM record in January 2018

Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Magnum, Rock, Melodic Rock, News, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Steamhammer

New MAGNUM record in January 2018

Melodic rock dinosaur Magnum will release their new album entitled "Lost on the Road to Eternity" on January 19th via Steamhammer/SPV. It will be the band's 20th studio reocrd and it's the first one with two new band members Rick Benton (key) and Lee Morris (d).

The album will include eleven songs of which the first single will be "Without You". Stay tuned for more news.

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CD review MAGNUM "The Valley of Tears - The Ballads"

Veröffentlicht am 15. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Magnum, Rock, Hardrock, Ballad, SPV, CD Review, News

(*/10) Magnum without any ballads is something I can't imagine. Even though the band of hardrock dinosaurs Tony Clarkin and Bob Catley wrote excellent hardrock songs, it has been always the ballads that gave each Magnum longplayer a certain width and an emotional depth.

Magnum belonged and belongs to these bands that can write more quite songs without ending up in annoying cliches. So, what would be more natural than taking some of the best ballads and put them on a compilation album. What sounds very logical wasn't the idea of the band itself. It was Tony Clarkin's daughter who inspired the guitarist to do such an album. A word and a blow.

The band shortlisted 16 Magnum songs of which ten made it on the tracklist of "Valley of Tears". Clarkin put quite some effort in picking the ten best ones, putting them in the right order for keeping the excitement from beginning to end, an undertaking that's challenging with an album that only contains silent tunes.

I think that Magnum succeeded. "Valley of Tears" features some of the best songs, representing various eras of the British hardrock veterans. I'm personally very happy that "Your Dreams Won't Die" made it on this release. Yes, it's from the last studio record, but I think it's one of the best Magnum songs with lyrics that are more than relevant these days.

The fact that some of the tracks went through a remastering and some have been even newly recorded makes this release to an interesting one for Magnum fans and collectors. But even if you haven't heard from the band before, it's this album that gives you some nice and more silent moments in a rational and hectic world. Well done Magnum.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Dream about you (remastered)
  2. Back in Your Arms Again (newly re-recorded)
  3. The Valley of Tears (remixed, remastered)
  4. Broken Wheel (newly re-recorded)
  5. A Face in the Crowd (remixed, remastered)
  6. Your Dreams Won't Die (remastered)
  7. Lonely Night (acoustic version, newly re-recorded)
  8. The Last frontier (remixed, remastered)
  9. Putting Things In Place (remixed, remastered)
  10. When the World Comes Down (new live version)

 

Label: SPV/Steamhammer

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: January 6th, 2017

CD review MAGNUM "The Valley of Tears - The Ballads"
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Live review MAGNUM/VEGA, The Waterfront, Norwich, 16.05.2016

Veröffentlicht am 17. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in Magnum, Vega, Live Review, News, Hardrock, Rock, AOR, Melodic Rock, Melodic Metal

This is the second time I've seen Magnum within a few days period. After having had the pleasure of joining their show in Zoetermeer last week it's now The Waterfront venue in Norwich UK that hosts the five-piece tonight.

Actually it's the first time that I have been at the Waterfront, a venue with, what I heard, two rooms. The venue is located pretty much central Norwich and it's an old brick building that is also from a scenery point of view a great place to be.

Compared to Holland, this time Magnum was supported by an opening act. It was Vega, some guys from York that had the task of warming up the crowd for Bob Catley and friends. Vega released their fourth album a week ago via Frontiers Music and it was a great opportunity to bring their name on the agenda of hard rockers, at least in the UK. Mick Workman & Co. did a good job and their 45 minute set, with some of the newly released songs, was well perceived by the audience. Even though Vega's sound is less bombastic as Magnum's, they fit very well to this hardrock package. Melodic rock songs like "Stereo Messiah" and "Saving Grace" has been fired into the crowd and with each song played the mood got better and better.

With such a good vibe in the audience it was an easy thing for Magnum to go for a win. The setlist didn't change compared to Holland. Bob Catley was again an agile frontman with a great voice and endless energy, while Tony Clarkin, slightly introvert, celebrated each riff.

Again, the classics like "On a Storytellers Night” are there real pearls of a Magnum show and so it was tonight. The fact that the song was already the second one on the setlist show how many great song Magnum has in petto. And it’s the new tunes too each of them a bombastic rocker that can easily compete with the old highlights.

What was slightly different to the NL show was the venue itself. It was pretty much packed on this Whit Monday night. Maybe it was this fact, maybe it was the support band or it was because Magnum playing in their home country, but the energy level and enthusiasm of the crowd was much higher than in Zoetermeer. Fans supported Catley in the chorus of "Your Dreams Won't Die" with big choir while the song-a-long part in "Dance of the Black Tattoo" was enthusiastically sung as well, not to forget the jumping-around-part during "How Far Jerusalem".

All in all it was great to see Magnum in the UK. These guys rock and hopefully they will be around for many more years.

Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann

Photos: Markus Wiedenmann

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Live review MAGNUM, De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, 10.05.2016

Veröffentlicht am 12. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in Magnum, Live Review, Hardrock, Rock, News, Classic Rock

It's not that often that UK hardrockers Magnum are visiting the Randstad area in Holland. Normally the guys stop more often in the (South-) Eastern parts of The Netherlands, but this time, being on their way from Germany to the UK, Bob Catley, Tony Clarkin and band made a stop at the Cultuurpodium De Boederij in Zoetermeer. Knowing all this, I assumed a venue being pretty much packed since Magnum fans must have been thirsty for seeing the band live on stage. This wasn't the case.

When I arrived at the venue I was already surprised about the parking situation with quite some available spots, something that continue being inside the venue. A few people here and there, but the room being far away from really packed. In expectation of a support band I thought that the situation might change. But there was no support band. Magnum started there great show at 20:30 and fortunately a few more hardrock enthusiasts found their way to De Boerderij so that at least half of the venue was filled. Magnum has deserved far more.

However, everybody who decided to join this show could feel very happy having taken this decision. Magnum is amazing and the 100 minutes show was a pure hardrock pleasure.

It must be hard for the guys to decide on the setlist since they have so many good songs in petto. "How Far Jersualem", "All England's Eyes", "The Spirit",... all excellent melodic hardrock songs that are a treat for each fan. No doubt, Magnum also played some new song from the current album "Sacred Blood 'Divine' Lies". In total it has been five tracks from the latest release that have been performed live and they have been all equally good.

Next to the great music it's always a pleasure to see the guys performing live on stage. Bob Catley, a real frontman, being always in touch with the fans, did a great job. Considering the fact that the guy was on tour with Avantasia for many weeks and now being on the road with Magnum states the enormous energy level of the singer. He is a real proof that age doesn't matter if passion rules the game. Next to Catley it is Magnum's mainman Tony Clarkin who did a jaw-dropping job at the sixstring. Mighty riffs and spot-on solos have been a crucial incredience for this 100 minutes musical menu. This man conveniences with his guitar play and not by wild posing.

And last but not least it's the consistant line-up with Mark Stanway (key), hidden behind his fortress of keyboards, Al Barrow (b) and Harry James (d) which guarantees a dense sound and a more than solid rhythm foundation, something that made also this night to a special one.

All in all it was an excellent evening with Magnum. It was pleasure to see the guys in Holland and it was really sad that there haven't been more fans of excellent hardrock music.

Live review MAGNUM, De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, 10.05.2016
Live review MAGNUM, De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, 10.05.2016
Live review MAGNUM, De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, 10.05.2016
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CD review VEGA "Who We Are"

Veröffentlicht am 8. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in Vega, News, CD Review, Magnum, Hardrock, Rock, Melodic Rock, AOR

(7/10) VEGA's new album "Who We Are" is already number four in the band's history and the guys focus again on melodic rock. Their sound is rooted in the 80's when bands like Def Leppard celebrated their biggest success. Vega takes this inspiration, writes own songs and enriches the package with full sounding production.

The result might not be rocket science, but in the end this record makes a lot of fun. "Explode", as being the opener, kicks in with rocking guitars, followed by keyboards that made me doubt for a second. But I can reassure you that the balance between guitars and keyboards is done very well, for this song but also when it comes to the entire album. None of the songs is a chumming up mainstream number with an uninspired expression. Even quiet songs like "Nothing is Forever" live up to a certain quality standard.

But the majority of songs is rocking very well. Tom Martin's guitars are very much in the forefront on tracks like "We Got It All" and "White Flag", but also grooving rock songs like "Ignite" keeps the flame of rock burning.

Vega's new album "Who We Are" states clearly who these guys are. Experienced and creative hardrock musicians that share a common passion of writing well-crafted songs with a solid groove and good melodies.

Vega will support Magnum on the UK dates, a package that fits very well and something you shouldn't miss.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Explode
  2. We Got it All
  3. Every Little Monster
  4. Nothing is Forever
  5. White Flag
  6. For Our Sin
  7. Generation Now
  8. Ignite
  9. Saving Grace
  10. If Not You
  11. Hurt so Bad

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Rock

Release Date EU: May 15th, 2016

CD review VEGA "Who We Are"
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CD review MAGNUM "Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies"

Veröffentlicht am 18. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Magnum, Hardrock, Rock, CD Review, News, Classic Rock

(8/10) To introduce Magnum isn't necessary. After more than 4 decades in hardrock music the guys from England are a well know act all over the world. I still can remember when I heard "On a Storytellers Night" somewhere back in the mid eighties. It was a mindblowing experience and longplayer still belongs to my top 3 Magnum releases. 

Anyhow, let's leave the past and focus on the here and now. Magnum has a new longplayer ready to be released. "Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies" is the name of the album that contains ten new masterpieces of the quintet. 

The new record reminds of the early days of the band. The mentioned "On a Storytellers Night" but also The Eleventh Hour" came to my mind when I heard "Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies" for the first time. Magnum presents their rocking side on the new longplayer. Clarkin's guitar gets a lot of focus which gives the songs a certain hardness that I appreciate a lot. Next to Clarkin's guitar riffs it's again Catley's unique voice that makes Magnum so special. 

The title track is the opener at the same time. It's a dynamic song that gives you a good idea about what to expect from the album. Straight-forward, with a strong beat and an irresistable melody the guys introduce you to the new longplayer.

After such an energetic start it's "Crazy Old Mothers" that's next. Still being 100% Magnum the tune has a different expression. The piano part that kick off the tune shows some Queen cross references before a new pounding Magnum classic track takes its course.  The tune is a real highlight on the album and rightly chosen to be the first single release.

St. Petersburg is selected as the theme for "Gyspy Queen", a city with a special atmosphere that inspired Clarkin to this tune.  After those more bombastic songs "Princess of Rage" brings back the rocking guitars that dances on a dense keyboard sound.

Highlights towards the end are the light-hearted "Twelve Men Wise and Just" and the closer "Don't Cry Baby" which is a puristic and bombastic in one.

"Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies" is the next pearl in Magnum's long history and a 'must' for each fan of the legendary five-piece. 

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies
  2. Crazy Old Mother
  3. Gypsy Queen
  4. Princess in Rage (The Cult)
  5. Your Dreams Won't Die
  6. Afraid of the Night
  7. A Forgotten Conversation
  8. Quiet Rhapsody
  9. Twelve Men Wise and Just
  10. Don't Cry Baby

 

Label: SPV/Steamhammer

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: February 26th, 2016

CD review MAGNUM "Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies"
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MAGNUM's new album and tour in 2016

Veröffentlicht am 1. Dezember 2015 von Markus W. in Magnum, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, Tour

Tony Clarkin did it again - writing new songs for the British hardrock institution of Magnum. The guys have been in the studio and the result of their hard work will be released on February 26th, 2016.

The name of the new record is "Sacred Blood 'Divine' Lies" which will be released by Steamhammer/SPV. The band already revealed the cover of this new masterpiece.

Furthermore, first tour dates for 2016 have been announced and here they are.

MAGNUM's new album and tour in 2016
MAGNUM's new album and tour in 2016
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CD review MAGNUM "Escape from the shadow garden - live 2014"

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2015 von Markus W. in Magnum, Hardrock, Melodic Rock, Melodich Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review, Rock

(8/10) If I counted right "Escape from the shadow garden - live 2014" is Magnum's ninth live album - and it's another good one the add to their discography.

The first song I heard from the British melodic hardrock band was "Les Morts dasant" from the 1985 album "On a storytellers night" it was at that time, when there was no Facebook and YouTube, the Swiss radio station DRS 3 that had a rock and metal show, broadcasted every Wednesday night from 22-24. And those guys played Magnum. From this moment on I was caught in the "Magnumania". 

What I highly appreciate is the fact that the guys created an own sound that you can identify immediately. Second of all the five piece never disappointed over all those years and delivered excellent records. 17 studio albums show a great variety of British hardrock songs - all with Magnum's trademarks.

The new live album is a twelve song long capture of their latest tour. Recorded in various locations the setlist contains songs from the last record like the opener "Live 'till you die". And there are the band's highlights that can't be missed during a Magnum gig. It's the mentioned "Les morts dasant", but also timeless pearls like "How far Jerusalem" and the catchy "Vigilante" have been played and pressed on the album. In total there are twelve song that reflect seven Magnum longplayers. A good choice.

The live album also shows how much Magnum could keep the quality in their songs. It doesn't matter if they play old stuff like "All Englang eyes" or newer tunes; they all fit together and you have a hard time to identify different periods of the band. This is what I call timeless.

As you could read so far, I like the live album, that also got a good, but authentic sound. It feels real. And also this is something I like with Bob Catley, Tony Clarkin and band mates. They stay authentic - from day one up till now.

It's great to have this kind of bands that accompany you many years. "Escape from the shadow garden - live 2014" is an album that will be loved by fans of the band and will give new fans a good overview about the disography of a great band. Thumbs up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Live till you die
  2. Black skies
  3. Freedom day
  4. Dance of the black tattoo
  5. Blood red laughter
  6. Unwritten sacrifice
  7. How far Jerusalem
  8. Les morts dasant
  9. Falling from the big plan
  10. All England's eyes
  11. Vigilante
  12. Kingdom of madness

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Melodic Hardrock

 

CD review MAGNUM "Escape from the shadow garden - live 2014"
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CD review MAGNUM "On Christmas day" EP

Veröffentlicht am 17. November 2014 von Markus W. in Magnum, Hardrock, Rock, CD Review, News

(8/10) Right before the winter tour of Magnum the band released a new single. The name is "On Christmas day" which fits perfectly in the season. 
The song is a typical Magnum track with all the trademarks of the legendary hardrockers from the UK. It is based in a crunchy guitar from Tony Clarkin and big keyboard melodies. I think that it goes without saying that Bob Catley is doing a great job again. His voice is so important for the band and makes Magnum a standing out since decades. The track is in two versions on the 7". The first one is the radio edit setup and the full pleasure of the song, means seven minutes, is on the single too. I like the longer version since it rocks more. 
The second track on the record is "Born to be king". It's one of the harder songs of the five-piece with a quite heavy guitar riff and a hammering beat. This song has a real punch. It's an energizer on a grey, dark morning, esp. when the song gets really fast towards the end.
Good single, good songs. Magnum: I like.


(8/10)


Tracklist:

  1. On Christmas day (radio edit)
  2. Born to be king
  3. On Christmas day

 

Label: SPV
Genre: Hardrock


 

CD review MAGNUM "On Christmas day" EP
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MAGNUM tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 29. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Magnum, Hardrock, Rock, Thrash Metal, News

Melodic hard rockers Magnum are touring through Europe this autumn and here are the dates:

 

MAGNUM tour dates
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CD review MAGNUM "Escape from the shadow garden"

Veröffentlicht am 13. März 2014 von Markus W. in Magnum, Hardrock, News, CD Review

(9/10) It was in 1985 when I heard the first time about Magnum. Till then it was a private investigator from Hawaii wearing funny colourful shirts. But from that moment on the name became for me a synonym for excellent hardrock music. Almost 30 years ago I was listening the first time to the legendary "On a storytellers night" album and since that moment I really like the band - up till now. I appreciate them due to two main reasons. I was never disappointed from a Magnum album. The band always managed to create excellent records - regardless if studio- or live releases. The second reason is, that eventhough I never met a band member, they always gave me the feeling of true and honest music. This is a virtue which unfortunaltely becomes less and less.

Based on all this I was very happy when I heard that the band worked on the new album "Escape from the shadow garden". Expectations have been high and I must say: They are met again. 11 songs, all really good, gives you an hour of great music. Tony Clarkin stated that it's the trust and time they get/got from the record company which makes them enjoying to work with Magnum. After listening to the album I could hear what he means. All the songs sound typical Magnum, by still being fresh and energizing. It's obvious that to write and produce this album was more a pleasure than a burden.

Next to the typical guitar play from Clarkin it's the unique voice of Bob Catley which stands for the sound of the band like nothing else. This combination just works - since decades. But Magnum means also well planned keyboard soundscapes, played by Mark Stanway and a solid rhyhtm foundation performed by Al Barrow (b) and Harry James (d). 

As mentioned earlier the songs come with all the typical trademarks of Magnum. Great melodies combined with powerful riffs and gorgoues hooks. Some tunes remind me actually a bit to the earlier days of the band from England. "Falling for the big plan" could e.g. also be from "On a storytellers night". "Midnight angel" is another example. It reminds a bit to the excellent "Les morts dansant". 

But there are also the typical ballads. "Don't fall asleep" is an example for this album. A slow and intesive track which transports a lot of emotions with avoiding all the cliches you often find. This time Magnum also have a real rocker on the album. "Too many clowns" is esp. in the verse and the chorus a straight forward rocker. The guitar and the riff are dominating while the keys have more of a background role. I think, that I have never heard Clarkin playing that hard on a Magnum album. Sounds excellent and a bit like in the Hard Rain times. With "Crying in the rain" Magnum also plays the more complex card. Of course in the framework of the band's trademarks, but interesting and slightly different from the other tracks. It takes a few more lsitening sessions before you discover the beauty of this song. It's those tracks which brings the variety into "Escape from the shadow garden". With songs like "Live 'till you die" and "The art of compromise" the album also have the very 'typical' Magnum songs which we so much like. The beautiful and powerful "The valley of tears" is the final track on the album. For me actually the best song on the album.

Congratulations. "Escape from the shadow garden" is the expected great new Magnum album and it's good to have the band after 36 years still in business.

 

(9/10)

 

PS: Why did nobody manange in the last years to get Magnum to Amsterdam, Zoetermeer or Utrecht?????

 

Tracklist:

  1. Live 'til you die
  2. Unwritten sacrifice
  3. Falling for the big plan
  4. Crying in the rin
  5. Too many clowns
  6. Midnight angel
  7. The art of compromise
  8. Don't fall asleep
  9. Wisdom's had its day
  10. Burning river
  11. The valley of tears

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

CD review MAGNUM "Escape from the shadow garden"
CD review MAGNUM "Escape from the shadow garden"
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