Magnum

Fri
27
Oct

MAGNUM New Album Track List & Artwork Revealed

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MAGNUM New album LOST ON THE ROAD TO ETERNITY
20th studio recording out on 19 January 2018
Duet with guest vocalist Tobias Sammet on the title song
 
The release of their latest album Lost On The Road To Eternity sees British hard rock band Magnum celebrate a very special anniversary on 19 January 2018. It will be the 20th studio recording by the group surrounding founder members Bob Catley (vocals) and Tony Clarkin (guitar) since their 1978 debut Kingdom Of Madness. At the same time, Clarkin, Catley and bassist Al Barrow are set to introduce their current line-up featuring new additions Rick Benton (keyboards) and Lee Morris (drums). Benton joined the Magnum camp in December 2016 to replace long-standing member Mark Stanway, while Morris took over from Harry James only a few months ago.
 
Lost On The Road To Eternity contains eleven new songs, among them the first single release ´Without Love` and a duet by Catley and Tobias Sammet on the title track, a kind of artistic thank you by the Edguy /Avantasia frontman in appreciation of Catley's guest stint on a number of Sammet's releases.
 
The release will once again be complemented by Rodney Matthews' atmospheric cover artwork as well as a total of four live bonus tracks on the CD digipak version (´Sacred Blood – Divine Lies`, ´Crazy Old Mothers`, ´Your Dreams WWon`t Die` & ´Twelve Men Wise And Just`) recorded at Magnum's 2017 performance at the Leyendas Del Rock festival in Alicante, Spain.
 
Lost On The Road To Eternity has been scheduled for release by Steamhammer/SPV on 19 January 2018 as digipak version incl. bonus live disc, 2LP coloured version, download and stream.
 
TRACKLISTING:
 
CD 1
1. Peaches and Cream 4:54
2. Show Me Your Hands 5:45
3. Storm Baby 6:13
4. Welcome to the Cosmic Cabaret 8:08
5. Lost on the Road to Eternity 5:54
6. Without Love 5:55
7. Tell Me What You've Got to Say 6:27
8. Ya Wanna Be Someone 5:56
9. Forbidden Masquerade 5:02
10.Glory to Ashes 5:35
11. King of the World 7:04
 
CD 2 (Bonus Live Disc)
1. Sacred Blood Divine Lies  6:48
2. Crazy Old Mothers 5:35
3. Your Dreams Won't Die 5:56
4. Twelve Men Wise And Just  6:21
 
Magnum are scheduled to embark on a major European tour from January to April 2018:
 
THE ROAD TO ETERNITY TOUR 2018
26.01.18 GB-Minehead - Giants Of Rock
20.02.18 GB-Bristol - Trinity
21.02.18 GB-Cardiff - Tramshed
23.02.18 GB-Holmfirth - Picturedome
24.02.18 GB-Manchester - Academy 2
25.02.18 GB-Hull - Welly
26.02.18 GB-Aberdeen - Garage
27.02.18 GB-Glasgow - Garage
01.03.18 GB-Belfast - Limelight
02.03.18 GB-Birmingham - Town Hall
04.03.18 GB-Preston - Guildhall
05.03.18 GB-Nottingham - Rock City
07.03.18 GB-Leamington - Assembly
08.03.18 GB-Cambridge - Junction
09.03.18 GB-London - Islington Assembly Hall
11.03.18 GB-Southampton - Engine Room
12.03.18 GB-Brighton - Old Market
14.03.18 NL-Leiden - Gebr de Nobel
16.03.18 SE-Stockholm - Fryshuset Klubben
17.03.18 NO-Oslo - John Dee
18.03.18 SE-Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
19.03.18 SE-Malmoe - KB
21.03.18 D-Munich - Ampere
23.03.18 D-Nuremberg - Der Hirsch
24.03.18 D-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
25.03.18 D-Berlin - Columbia Theater
27.03.18 D-Bonn - Harmonie
28.03.18 D-Stuttgart - Im Wizemann
29.03.18 D-Freiburg - Jazzhaus
31.03.18 D-Wuppertal - Live Club Barmen
01.04.18 NL-Uden - De Pul
03.04.18 D-Leipzig - Werk 2
04.04.18 D-Hamburg - Fabrik
05.04.18 D-Bremen - Aladin
07.04.18 D-Neuruppin - Kulturhaus
08.04.18 PL-Bydgoszcz - Klub Kuzinia
10.04.18 CZ-Prague - Nova Chemelnice
11.04.18 D-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
12.04.18 CH-Pratteln - Z7
13.04.18 I-Milano - Legend
15.04.18 E-Barcelona - Bikini
16.04.18 E-Madrid - But
 

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Mon
28
Nov

MAGNUM 'The Valley Of Tears - The Ballads' Out January 6

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Renowned not only for their powerful rock songs but also for countless moving ballads, British rock icons Magnum are set to surprise their fans with a very special release at the very beginning of the coming year: THE VALLEY OF TEARS - THE BALLADS has been scheduled for release on 6 January 2017 (US/Canada: 20 January 2017), an album featuring ten of their most accomplished ballads, all of them remastered and in parts even newly re-recorded and remixed.
 
Guitarist, composer and producer Tony Clarkin: “The release of this album was originally inspired by my daughter. A few months ago she asked me: ´Magnum have so many beautiful quiet numbers, why don’t you put together a compilation highlighting some of the most powerful tracks?` Olly Hahn of Steamhammer/SPV was immediately taken by the concept, so I set down to work on it.”
 
THE VALLEY OF TEARS - THE BALLADS contains material from the band’s different creative phases. Along with remastered versions of more recent ballads from albums such as Into The Valley Of The Moonkings, The Visitation and the current studio recording Sacred Blood - Divine Lies, there will also be a newly re-recorded acoustic version of their classic ´Lonely Night` and a new haunting live version of their hit ´When The World Comes Down` from their 1986 cult recording Vigilante.
 
The release will be supported by selected shows in the UK and Ireland during the run-up to Christmas and a German/Swiss tour where Tony Clarkin and Bob Catley join the "Rock Meets Classic" tour from 30 March 2017. Some more festivals for summer 2017 will be announced shortly.
 
THE VALLEY OF TEARS - THE BALLADS will be released as a digipak version, downloaad and stream on January 06th, 2017 (USA/Canada January 20th, 2017) through SPV/Steamhammer.
 
TRACKLISTING
01 Dream About You (remastered)
02 Back in Your Arms Again (newly re-recorded)
03 The Valley of Tears (remixed, remastered)
04 Broken Wheel (newly re-recorded)
05 A Face in the Crowd (remixed, remastered)
06 Your Dreams Won’t Die (remastered)
07 Lonely Night (acoustic version, newly re-recorded)
08 The Last Frontier (remixed, remastered)
09 Putting Things In Place (remixed, remastered)
10 When The World Comes Down (new live version)
 
TOUR DATES
2016

06.12.GB-Brighton - Concorde 2
07.12.GB-Cambridge -– Junction
09.12.IE-Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
10.12.GB-Wolvverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
11.12.GB-Edinburgh - Liquid RooRooms
http://www.magnumonline.co.uk/touring2.html
 
2017
Tony Clarkin and Bob Catley join "Rock Meets Classic"
30.03. D-Trier - Arena31.03. D-Würzburg - S. Oliver Arena
01.04. D-Regensburg - Donau-Arena
02.04. D-Munich - Olympiahalle
04.04. D. D-Neu-Ulm - Ratiopharm Arena
05.04. D-Passau - Dreil-iländerhalle
06.04. D-Ingolstadt - Saturn Arena
07.04. D-Hallle/Westfalen - Gerry Weber Stadion
08.04. D-Berlin - Tempempodrom
10.04. D-Koblenz - Conlog Arena
11.04. D-Kempten  - BigBox
12.04. D-Nuremberg - Frankenhalle
13.04. D-Wetzlarr - Rittal Arena
15.04. D-Frankfurt am Main - Jahrhunderterthalle
17.04. D-Bamberg - Brose Arena
18.04. CH-Zurich  - Hallenstadion
http://www.rockmeetsclassic.de/de/home.html
 
Festival 2017
09.-12.08.E-Villena - Leyendas del Rock Festival
http://www.leyendasdelrockfestival.com/
 
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Thu
27
Oct

MAGNUM New Album Track LIst & Artwork Revealed

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MAGNUM New album LOST ON THE ROAD TO ETERNITY
20th studio recording out on 19 January 2018
Duet with guest vocalist Tobias Sammet on the title song
 
The release of their latest album Lost On The Road To Eternity sees British hard rock band Magnum celebrate a very special anniversary on 19 January 2018. It will be the 20th studio recording by the group surrounding founder members Bob Catley (vocals) and Tony Clarkin (guitar) since their 1978 debut Kingdom Of Madness. At the same time, Clarkin, Catley and bassist Al Barrow are set to introduce their current line-up featuring new additions Rick Benton (keyboards) and Lee Morris (drums). Benton joined the Magnum camp in December 2016 to replace long-standing member Mark Stanway, while Morris took over from Harry James only a few months ago.
 
Lost On The Road To Eternity contains eleven new songs, among them the first single release ´Without Love` and a duet by Catley and Tobias Sammet on the title track, a kind of artistic thank you by the Edguy /Avantasia frontman in appreciation of Catley's guest stint on a number of Sammet's releases.
 
The release will once again be complemented by Rodney Matthews' atmospheric cover artwork as well as a total of four live bonus tracks on the CD digipak version (´Sacred Blood – Divine Lies`, ´Crazy Old Mothers`, ´Your Dreams WWon`t Die` & ´Twelve Men Wise And Just`) recorded at Magnum's 2017 performance at the Leyendas Del Rock festival in Alicante, Spain.
 
Lost On The Road To Eternity has been scheduled for release by Steamhammer/SPV on 19 January 2018 as digipak version incl. bonus live disc, 2LP coloured version, download and stream.
 
TRACKLISTING:
 
CD 1
1. Peaches and Cream 4:54
2. Show Me Your Hands 5:45
3. Storm Baby 6:13
4. Welcome to the Cosmic Cabaret 8:08
5. Lost on the Road to Eternity 5:54
6. Without Love 5:55
7. Tell Me What You've Got to Say 6:27
8. Ya Wanna Be Someone 5:56
9. Forbidden Masquerade 5:02
10.Glory to Ashes 5:35
11. King of the World 7:04
 
CD 2 (Bonus Live Disc)
1. Sacred Blood Divine Lies  6:48
2. Crazy Old Mothers 5:35
3. Your Dreams Won't Die 5:56
4. Twelve Men Wise And Just  6:21
 
Magnum are scheduled to embark on a major European tour from January to April 2018:
 
THE ROAD TO ETERNITY TOUR 2018
26.01.18 GB-Minehead - Giants Of Rock
20.02.18 GB-Bristol - Trinity
21.02.18 GB-Cardiff - Tramshed
23.02.18 GB-Holmfirth - Picturedome
24.02.18 GB-Manchester - Academy 2
25.02.18 GB-Hull - Welly
26.02.18 GB-Aberdeen - Garage
27.02.18 GB-Glasgow - Garage
01.03.18 GB-Belfast - Limelight
02.03.18 GB-Birmingham - Town Hall
04.03.18 GB-Preston - Guildhall
05.03.18 GB-Nottingham - Rock City
07.03.18 GB-Leamington - Assembly
08.03.18 GB-Cambridge - Junction
09.03.18 GB-London - Islington Assembly Hall
11.03.18 GB-Southampton - Engine Room
12.03.18 GB-Brighton - Old Market
14.03.18 NL-Leiden - Gebr de Nobel
16.03.18 SE-Stockholm - Fryshuset Klubben
17.03.18 NO-Oslo - John Dee
18.03.18 SE-Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
19.03.18 SE-Malmoe - KB
21.03.18 D-Munich - Ampere
23.03.18 D-Nuremberg - Der Hirsch
24.03.18 D-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
25.03.18 D-Berlin - Columbia Theater
27.03.18 D-Bonn - Harmonie
28.03.18 D-Stuttgart - Im Wizemann
29.03.18 D-Freiburg - Jazzhaus
31.03.18 D-Wuppertal - Live Club Barmen
01.04.18 NL-Uden - De Pul
03.04.18 D-Leipzig - Werk 2
04.04.18 D-Hamburg - Fabrik
05.04.18 D-Bremen - Aladin
07.04.18 D-Neuruppin - Kulturhaus
08.04.18 PL-Bydgoszcz - Klub Kuzinia
10.04.18 CZ-Prague - Nova Chemelnice
11.04.18 D-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
12.04.18 CH-Pratteln - Z7
13.04.18 I-Milano - Legend
15.04.18 E-Barcelona - Bikini
16.04.18 E-Madrid - But
 

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Tue
22
Mar

MAGNUM Issue New Tour Trailer Video

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British melodic rock icons MAGNUM are releasing a new tour teaser for their The Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies - Tour 2016.

The band also thank the fans for the great support and the fantastic first week charts-entries in Europe. In Germany the album charted at #20, in Sweden at #23, in Switzerland at #26, in England at #31 (the best entry since 1992), in Austria at #57 and in Belgium at #145 (the first time ever in this country).
 
Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies - again with a fantastic cover by Rodney Matthews - is out now as a digipak version incl. DVD, 2LP coloured version, CD and download.

MAGNUM Live 2016

20.04.SE-Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
21.04.SE-Stockholm - Debaser Medis
22.04.SE-Örebro - Kulturhuset
23.04.SE-Malmö - Babel
25.04.D-Nürnberg - Hirsch
26.04.D-Augsburg - Spectrum
28.04.D-Ingolstadt - Eventhalle
29.04.D-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
30.04.CH-Pratteln - Z7
02.05.D-Munich - Ampere
03.05.D-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
04.05.D-Hamburg - Fabrik
06.05.D-Berlin - Columbia Theater
07.05.D-Worpswede - Music Hall
08.05.D-Bochum - Zeche
10.05.NL-Zoetermeer - Boerderij
11.05.GB-Southhampton - The Brook
12.05.GB-Cardiff - Tramshed
13.05.GB-London - Islington Assembly Hall
14.05.GB-Oxford - O2 Academy
16.05.GB-Norwich - Waterfront
17.05.GB-Nottingham - Rock City
19.05.GB-Birmingham - O2 Institute
20.05.GB-Holmfirth - Picturedome
21.05.GB-Manchester - Academy 2
22.05.GB-Newcastle - O2 Academy
24.05.GB-Aberdeen - Garage
25.05.GB-Glasgow - Garage
27.05.GB-Belfast - Limelight 1
29.05.GB-Bristol - O2 Academy
30.05.GB-Leamington Spa - Assembly

MAGNUM Festival 2016

30.07.16 D-Seebronn - Rock Of Ages Open Air

LINE-UP:
Tony Clarkin
- guitars
Bob Catley - vocals
Mark Stanway - keyboards
Al Barrow - bass
Harry James - drums
_______________________________________

www.magnumonline.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/magnumbandpage
www.spv.de
https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial/

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Mon
29
Feb

MAGNUM - Sacred Blood & Divine Lies (Review)

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content: 
80%
Produced By: 
Tony Clarkin
Release Date: 
2016
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock
Score: 
80
Label: 
SPV
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Magnum are one of my favourite bands of all time. I’ve been a lot harder on their post-reformation releases as I felt they just didn’t stack up against the classic era albums. I struggle to listen to Breath of Life or Brand New Morning at all these days, but Princess Alice and the Broken Arrow was more impressive. Since then it’s been a general progression up the scale. On The 13th Day I gave a 95 and Escape From The Shadow Garden a 96. I even gave The Visitation a 93, showing that in my mind, the band has been getting better with each release. But that march stops here.
 
I’ve had this album 3 months now. It’s been played over and over and over again and my emotions have changed several times throughout that time.
I’m only now comfortable to review the new album in detail. I’ve struggled with it and I’ve played it so much I began to like some elements I didn’t previously. But now the dust has settled and I can look at this objectively – as someone who grew up on Storytellers, Vigilante, Wings Of Heaven and on…
 
On its own, there’s a lot to like. But the reality is that I’ve heard it all before. And I think I’ve come to the decision I’ve had enough of this style.
The beauty of classic Magnum was that you never really knew what Tony Clarkin would serve up next. Every album had its own sound, its own feel and its own tempo.
That changed when the band reformed. On each album since, it has been a pretty consistent and continual hard edged delivery each time.
Each album has offered hints of the past as Tony delved into some classic sounds or Mark Stanway had greater influence over the song structure, but still nothing has come close to the perfection that is 85-92 Magnum.
 
The other problem with the band’s current day albums is that all too familiar slow plodding pace that the guys rarely break out of. That's the biggest issue I have and am totally over.
Of the 10 main tracks on Sacred Blood Divine Lies, there are only 2 that go beyond second gear and the sequence of tracks is again done in a way to prevent the album from getting rolling.
There are some definite positives here – Bob is singing better than on the last couple and the production quality is probably the best of the recent albums.
 
The near 7 minute opener Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies has that same crunchy guitar riff magnum fans know and some impressive Bob Catley vocals and a chorus that appeals pretty quickly. I like that Mark Stanway stamps his authority on this track with some classic keyboards.
Unfortunately Crazy Old Mothers heads straight into the plods. I really don’t like slow moving tracks so quickly after a momentum building opening.
But if we do have to have a slow, heavy plodder here, this track is one of the better ones of its style. It has a gritty, guitar heavy chorus that’s short but effective.
 
The opening minute to Gypsy Queen would suggest we might be heading back to classic 80s Magnum. It’s slow but I’m anticipating something big. Unfortunately no, it doesn’t head that way at all. I’m still not sold on this track as the structure is all too familiar – slow verse, heavier mid-tempo chorus and repeat.
Princess in Rags (The Cult) is thankfully a big lift in tempo as the band gets out of second gear to deliver another familiar sounding tune (slow verse again, but the mood suits the song) that rocks along at a good pace and a chorus that stands out as one of the better ones on offer.
 
Your Dreams Won't Die is a long pleasant sentimental ballad, but steers the album straight back into ‘go slow’ and I’m not really connecting with this song over some of the band’s better ballads. And let’s face it – Magnum has some of the most epic and brilliant ballads of any band, any time.
I’m beginning to get really frustrated about now. I really don’t like the ultra-slow plod of the go nowhere track Afraid of the Night. I just want the band to speed up a little and deliver some huge choruses like the old days. This track is really pedestrian and sounds way too similar to I Didn’t Like You Anyway.
A Forgotten Conversation is once again slow of course, but I do like Catley’s vocal intro and the orchestration adds a bit of texture. The pace doubles for the chorus, but that still puts it at mind-tempo at best and the chorus isn’t that memorable.
 
Quiet Rhapsody gives the illusion of rocking harder and faster only because the rest of the album is so slow. I do like the riff on offer and the chorus is marginally more effective than some others.
Twelve Men Wise and Just features another slow start, but picks up pace as it goes and evolves into one of the faster and better tracks and should in my opinion been moved up to second place in the sequence. A fine Catley vocal impresses.
The semi-acoustic driven Don't Cry Baby uses the same formula as half the album before it – slow intro, faster chorus. It swaps back and forth a few times. There’s no real chorus again, but the mood of the song and Bob’s vocals make it worthwhile.
 
The Digipak edition offers three additional tracks. But each of the 3 is embedded within the second DVD disc. I don’t get that at all. That’s making it hard for fans to appreciate the tunes in places only digital or CDs go.
 
Phantom Of Paradise Circus is more varied than anything Magnum have delivered in a while. The tempo moves along too, making you wonder why it isn’t part of the main album. No stand out chorus as such, but a decent track.
Don’t Give Up is yet another pretty fast moving rocker, which is a blessing to hear. This is more Rock Art styled Magnum, with fast riff and a good beat and a solid chorus.
No God Or Saviour is a moody rocker that starts slow (again), but the change of pace with the chorus and the accompanying guitar riff again offers more diversity and originality than the album’s main block of tracks. Puzzling as to why it’s not part of the official album.
 
Don’t Give Up and No God Or Saviour should have made the full album and I would have dropped Afraid Of The Night and maybe even Forgotten Conversation, not to mention shuffling the sequencing around once again.

 
My love of Magnum remains and always will, but I think this album is a step backwards after the best album post-reformation – Escape From The Shadow Garden. Make that three steps back, as I rate this behind Thirteenth Day and Visitation too.
 
On its own, Sacred Blood is probably better than I’ve marked, but I’m feeling it is just too similar to what has come before it. It’s the same Magnum mid-to-slow-tempo pace, it’s the same restrained choruses that lack the intensity, the passion and the pomp glory of tracks like Days Of No Trust, Maybe Tonight, On A Storytellers Night, When The World Comes Down, Heartbroke And Busted et all.
 
I just want my old Magnum back. Or at least I want the new Magnum to pick up the damn pace already and deliver some of those anthemic singalong choruses we know and love. I reallt think the guys could use an outside producer to help - I know they have a true masterpiece left in them.
 
 
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Mon
11
Jan

MAGNUM Video Teaser From 'Sacred Blood & Divine Lies' Album

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New video teaser released - New album Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies out February 26th, 2016 - More tour dates confirmed.
British melodic rock icons MAGNUM are releasing a video teaser for the new studio album Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies. The full song of "Don`t Grow Up" can be heard on the bonus DVD of the limited edition version.
 

Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies - again with a fantastic cover by Rodney Matthews - has been scheduled for release by Steamhammer/SPV on 26 February 2016 as digipak version incl. DVD, 2LP coloured version, CD and download.

MAGNUM Live 2016

19.04.DK-Frederiksvaerk - Gjethuset
20.04.SE-Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
21.04.SE-Stockholm - Debaser Medis
22.04.SE-Örebro - Kulturhuset
23.04.SE-Helsingborg - The Tivoli
25.04.D-Nürnberg - Hirsch
26.04.D-Augsburg - Spectrum
28.04.D-Ingolstadt - Eventhalle
29.04.D-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
30.04.CH-Pratteln - Z7
02.05.D-Munich - Ampere
03.05.D-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
04.05.D-Hamburg - Fabrik
06.05.D-Berlin - Columbia Theater
07.05.D-Worpswede - Music Hall
08.05.D-Bochum - Zeche
10.05.NL-Zoetermeer - Boerderij (new)
11.05.GB-Southhampton - The Brook (new)
12.05.GB-Cardiff - Tramshed (new)
13.05.GB-London - Islington Assembly Hall (new)
14.05.GB-Oxford - O2 Academy (new)
16.05.GB-Norwich - Waterfront (new)
17.05.GB-Nottingham - Rock City (new)
19.05.GB-Birmingham - O2 Institute (new)
20.05.GB-Holmfirth - Picturedome (new)
21.05.GB-Manchester - Academy 2 (new)
22.05.GB-Newcastle - O2 Academy (new)
24.05.GB-Aberdeen - Garage (new)
25.05.GB-Glasgow - Garage (new)
27.05.GB-Belfast - Limelight 1 (new)
29.05.GB-Bristol - O2 Academy (new)

30.05.GB-Leamington Spa - Assembly (new)
30.07.16 D-Seebronn - Rock Of Ages Open Air


Tracklisting

DigiPak Version CD+DVD

01 Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies  6:41
02 Crazy Old Mothers 5:48
03 Gypsy Queen 4:29
04 Princess in Rags (The Cult) 5:27
05 Your Dreams Won't Die 5:25
06 Afraid of the Night 4:32
07 A Forgotten Conversation 4:56
08 Quiet Rhapsody 5:40
09 Twelve Men Wise and Just 6:18
10 Don't Cry Baby 5:05

DVD

Bonus Videos
1. Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies 6:41
2. Crazy Old Mothers 5:48

Bonus Audio Tracks
1. Phantom Of Paradise Circus 5:54
2. Don`t Grow Up 4:47
3. No God Or Saviour 5:53

Jewel Case Version

01 Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies  6:41
02 Crazy Old Mothers 5:48
03 Gypsy Queen 4:29
04 Princess in Rags (The Cult) 5:27
05 Your Dreams Won't Die 5:25
06 Afraid of the Night 4:32
07 A Forgotten Conversation 4:56
08 Quiet Rhapsody 5:40
09 Twelve Men Wise and Just 6:18
10 Don't Cry Baby 5:05

2LP Version

LP1
Side A
01 Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies  6:41
02 Crazy Old Mothers 5:48
Side B
01 Gypsy Queen 4:29
02 Princess in Rags (The Cult) 5:27
03 Your Dreams Won't Die 5:25

LP2
Side A
01 Afraid of the Night 4:32
02 A Forgotten Conversation 4:56
03 Quiet Rhapsody 5:38
Side B
01 Twelve Men Wise and Just 6:18
02 Don't Cry Baby 5:05

LINE-UP:
Tony Clarkin - guitars
Bob Catley - vocals
Mark Stanway - keyboards
Al Barrow - bass
Harry James - drums
_______________________________________

www.magnumonline.co.uk
www.facebook.com/magnumbandpage
www.spv.de
www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial/

 
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Mon
30
Nov

MAGNUM Deliver 'Sacred Blood & Divine Lies' February 26

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For a musician like Tony Clarkin who composes constantly, viewing and selecting the material he has written is always one of the most significant moments during the creation process of a new Magnum album. On the one hand it’s a luxury to have the opportunity to separate the wheat from the chaff and to be in a position to use only the strongest numbers. On the other hand it’s also a difficult process, because after all the creator of those songs has grown fond of every single one of them.
 
“I usually start composing for our next album immediately after the release of the previous one,” Clarkin explains. “When Escape From The Shadow Garden arrived at the stores in March 2014, my thoughts had already turned to our next recording.” Clarkin wrote 25 new songs during the subsequent months, the most promising 13 of which were selected for Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies.
 
Ten of those tracks made it onto the new album, the other three onto the included bonus CD. “It would have been too much of a shame to disregard them,” Clarkin reckons, “particularly since our fans want to know after every release what happened to the rest of the material. This time they’re getting it in addition to the album tracks.”

The ten numbers on the regular album present Magnum from their most rocking side again. The epicentre of this soundquake features, along with frontman Bob Catley’s charismatic voice, Clarkin’s awesome riff and lead guitar which provides the all-important substructure to the songs. Courtesy of his driving style, Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies counts without a doubt among the group’s most dynamic releases. Clarkin: “I’ve always been into rock numbers. But it isn’t necessarily that easy to write really good rock material. It’s much more simple to compose a ballad. But that dynamic pace suits Magnum perfectly.”

Clarkin is referring mainly to the title track and opener of the new album. “I feel that Bob delivered it really well,” Clarkin praises his vocalist Bob Catley. “As far as I am concerned, ´Sacred Blood Devine Lies` is definitely likely to join the ranks of great Magnum classics.” So it comes as no surprise that Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies with its significant message became the album title.

Of course there are more highlights on this thoroughly powerful recording. Clarkin was inspired to write the anthemnic ´Gypsy Queen` at a concert in St. Petersburg, a city which deeply impressed him with its unique atmosphere. By no means less memorable is ´Your Dreams Won’t Die´ which is based on a piano chord sequence and could lead you to believe that Magnum have put to music their own band philosophy. “To me, the title and lyrics have an almost religious depth,” says Clarkin. “There’s a saying that somebody is not forgotten if their name is remembered.” A successful rock group like Magnum should be entitled to eternal renown, shouldn’t it? Says Clarkin: “You want my honest opinion? I don’t think that far ahead, but of course it’s a nice notion that this band may always be remembered because so many people love our music.”

And last but not least: Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies closes with a song which surprised even Clarkin. “I liked the general sound of ´Don’t Cry Baby` from the start,” he remarks. “Although I initially didn’t have a lyric, the melody kept going through my head, as well as the chorus with acoustic and e-guitars plus piano. We even kept the drums from the demo version because our drummer Harry James liked them so much. He said: ´I love it the way it is. We shouldn’t change a thing about it.`”

So here it is: Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies - again with a fantastic cover by Rodney Matthews - has been scheduled for release by Steamhammer/SPV on 26 February 2016 as digipak version incl. DVD, 2LP coloured version, CD and Download and will you don’tt need to be a clairvoyant to predict this be loved by the band’s fans. That Clarkin will probably already have his mind on Magnum’s next release by that time well, thatt’s another story.

Tracklisting

DigiPak Version CD+DVD

01 Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies  6:41
02 Crazy Old Mothers 5:48
03 Gypsy Queen 4:29
04 Princess in Rags (The Cult) 5:27
05 Your Dreams Won't Die 5:25
06 Afraid of the Night 4:32
07 A Forgotten Conversation 4:56
08 Quiet Rhapsody 5:40
09 Twelve Men Wise and Just 6:18
10 Don't Cry Baby 5:05

DVD

Bonus Videos
1. Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies 6:41
2. Crazy Old Mothers 5:48

Bonus Audio Tracks
1. Phantom Of Paradise Circus 5:54
2. Don`t Grow Up 4:47
3. No God Or Saviour 5:53

Jewel Case Version

01 Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies  6:41
02 Crazy Old Mothers 5:48
03 Gypsy Queen 4:29
04 Princess in Rags (The Cult) 5:27
05 Your Dreams Won't Die 5:25
06 Afraid of the Night 4:32
07 A Forgotten Conversation 4:56
08 Quiet Rhapsody 5:40
09 Twelve Men Wise and Just 6:18
10 Don't Cry Baby 5:05

2LP Version

LP1
Side A
01 Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies  6:41
02 Crazy Old Mothers 5:48
Side B
01 Gypsy Queen 4:29
02 Princess in Rags (The Cult) 5:27
03 Your Dreams Won't Die 5:25

LP2
Side A
01 Afraid of the Night 4:32
02 A Forgotten Conversation 4:56
03 Quiet Rhapsody 5:38
Side B
01 Twelve Men Wise and Just 6:18
02 Don't Cry Baby 5:05

MAGNUM Live 2016
19.04.16 DK-Frederiksvaerk - Gjethuset
20.04.16 SE-Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
21.04.16 SE-Stockholm - Debaser Medis
22.04.16 SE-Örebro - Kulturhuset
23.04.16 SE-Helsingborg - The Tivoli
25.04.16 D-Nürnberg - Hirsch
26.04.16 D-Augsburg - Spectrum
28.04.16 D-Ingolstadt - Eventhalle
29.04.16 D-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
30.04.16 CH-Pratteln - Z7
02.05.16 D-Munich - Ampere
03.05.16 D-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
04.05.16 D-Hamburg - Fabrik
06.05.16 D-Berlin - Columbia Theater
07.05.16 D-Worpswede - Music Hall
08.05.16 D-Bochum - Zeche
29.-31.07.16 D-Seebronn - Rock Of Ages Open Air
more dates will be added soon

LINE-UP:
Tony Clarkin - guitars
Bob Catley - vocals
Mark Stanway - keyboards
Al Barrow - bass
Harry James - drums
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Mon
06
Jul

MAGNUM's Mark Stanway Publishes Autobiography

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British rock legends Magnum's piano and keyboard maestro Mark Stanway has now added the word author to his already more than impressive CV.
With 'Close To The Mark' nearly 40 years of behind the scenes fun and madness from the world of Rock comes to life from the pen of someone who was there and lived to tell the tales!

Stanway has played and toured with some rock giants over the years and as well as Magnum stories a plenty, his times with the likes of the late, great Phil Lynott, Robert Plant and M3 Classic Whitesnake (to name a few) are covered.

Mark has written the book in its entirety so there are no second or third hand accounts of events. It is straight from the horse's mouth and we are talking thoroughbred. As well as all that, there are over 170 photographs, including many previously unseen ones.

To find out more and get your very own copy go to: www.markstanway.co.uk
You can also find Mark on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/markstanway

 
'Told with the with and style that makes this the sort of book you pick up and feel compelled to read in one session' - Malcolm Dome
 
'A riotous read from one of the nicest guys in Rock, who's been there, done it and got all the tee shirts' - Paul Anthhony Planet Rock
 
'Not your 'run of the mill' diary, but a rocking collection of rampageous stories from life on tour, backstage, tourbus, everywhere. A Rocker's must have' - Roger Fauske Metaltaltalk.net, TBFM Radio
 
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Fri
22
May

MAGNUM - Escape From The Shadow Garden Live 2014 (Review)

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88%
Produced By: 
Tony Clarkin
Release Date: 
2015
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Europe
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock
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88
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SPV
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Since reforming, Magnum has kept an increasingly busy recording/touring schedule that bands half their age would be envious of. The band’s last studio album was Escape From The Shadow Garden, which has spawned this document of the tour that followed.
There are very few heritage bands that have a fan base willing to indulge the band with a set list heavy with new songs rather than relying on milking the classics to within an inch of their life.
 
But each album and each tour sees Magnum change things up to showcase the new material and the fans lap it up, and here is no different.
The entire first half of this live album is all new tracks and I have to say, they translate into the live arena beautifully. There’s energy there, there’s passion and conviction in the delivery.
Live Til You Die and the ultra-heavy Dance Of The Black Tattoo shine; while the second half of the set includes the legendary All England’s Eyes, Kingdom of Madness, Les Morts Dansant (another stunning version), plus a just brilliant version of Vigilante and an iconic 11 minute How Far Jerusalem.
 
Bob Catley might sound a little croakier than once upon a time, but his tone and delivery still capture my attention and respect every time.
The band packs a punch as usual and the recording quality and the live mix is really impressive.
 

Another memorable live release from one of Britain’s great melodic rock acts. A rousing delivery of some new and old makes for a really enjoyable ride.
Essential for all long time fans I would say.
 
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Thu
26
Feb

MAGNUM 'Escape From The Shadow Garden - Live 2014' Out May 6

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British melodic rock icons MAGNUM are releasing a new live album which was recorded at selected venues from their successful “Escape From The Shadow Garden” European tour in the spring of 2014. The set list comprises songs chosen  from 7 of their 18 studio albums, the band have produced this album so that fans can fully appreciate the songs penned from Magnum’s beginning, in the 1970s, right up to the present day.

"Escape From The Shadow Garden - Live 2014" will be released in Scandinavia on May 06th, in Germany on May 08th, in Europe on May 11th and in the USA on May 12th as a super jewel case version, double gatefold vinyl version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.

TRACKLISTING:

Super Jewel Case

1. Live ‘til 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 Dansant
9. Falling For the Big Plan
10. All England’s Eyes
11. Vigilante
12. Kingdom of Madness

2LP

LP1
Side 1
1. Live ‘til You Die
2. Black Skies
3. Freedom Day
Side 2
1. Dance of the Black Tattoo
2. Blood Red Laughter
3. Unwritten Sacrifice

LP 2
Side 1
1. How Far Jerusalem
2. Les Morts Dansant
3. Falling For the Big Plan
Side 2
1. All England’s Eyes
2. Vigilante
3. Kingdom of Madness

LIVE 2015:
18.07. SE-Väsby Väsby Rock Festival
31.07. SE-Rejmyre Skogsröjet Festival
01.08. D-Seebronn Rock Of Ages Festival
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Mon
19
Jan

MAGNUM Straight Back To Work On Next Album

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MAGNUM back in the studio
 
Magnum are excited to be back in the studio again working on their 19th studio album as yet untitled. This will be the 8th Studio album to have been recorded at Mad Hat’s studios and, as for the last 4 albums, will have Sheena (Sheenius) Sear at the helm with engineering duties.
 
MAGNUM 2015 tour dates
2015
06/2/15
UK
Liverpool
Arts Club
07/2/15
UK
Minehead
Giants Of Rock
18/7/15
Sweden
Vasby
Vasby Rock
31/7/15
Sweden
Rejmyre
Skogsröjet
01/8/15
Germany
Seebronn
Rock Of Ages Festival
 

Special guest announced for Liverpool show
MAGNUM are pleased to announce their special guest for the show on February 6th at the Liverpool Arts Club will be VEGA.

 

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Fri
07
Nov

MAGNUM New Digital & Vinyl Single Out November 14

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The British melodic hard rock group MAGNUM have confirmed new release dates for the upcoming single "On Christmas Day" on Steamhammer / SPV. "On Christmas Day" is a re-recorded new version of the same song, which appeared on the original version of the 1994 album "Rockart". The single contains a long version of the song and a shorter radio edit and on top a brand new recording of the song named "Born To Be King"

The digital version will be available worldwide (except UK) on November 14th, the 10" vinyl version in Germany on November 14th and Europe (except UK) on November 17th.
In the UK the digital version and the 10" version will be available on December 1st!

 
Guitarist and songwriter Tony Clarkin tells how it all happened: "It was Olly Hahn at SPV/Steamhammer who said that he a great idea, and could I write a Christmas song? I replied we had already had done that in the past and told him about "On Christmas Day" and that it was on the "Rockart" album.So if he wanted to check that out to see if it was suitable because it`s not the normal Christmas song that people would expect. I had not heard it myself for a long long time. We were in Germany at the time and so we all sat round the computer to listen to the track and we were all impressed and I was really looking forward to re doing it. That's really the story of how it came about, but I also thought "Born To Be King" could also fit with On Christmas Day as a strong B side for the whole package.!"
 
Bass player Alan Barrow, who created the single’s artwork, explains that the idea for the cover "was based on some documented facts about the men in the trenches around Christmas in 1914."  Carol singing was said to have been heard going back and forth between the trenches from both sides. Some documents state that on Christmas day a small amount of soldiers ventured in to ‘no mans land’ where they exchanged food, cigarettes and souvenirs. There are some reports that a game of football was also played.”
 
MAGNUM live 2014
 
23.11. CH-Zug - Chollerhalle
24.11. D-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
26.11. D-Bochum - Zeche
27.11. D-Osnabrück - Rosenhof
28.11. D-Mannheim - Alte Seilerei
29.11. NL-Haarlem - Patronaat
01.12. UK-Cambridge - Junction
02.12. UK-Sheffield - The Corporation
03.12. UK-Preston - 53-Degrees
04.12. UK-Middlesbrough - Empire
05.12. UK-Bilston - Robin 2
07.12. UK-Porthcawl - Planet Rockstock

MAGNUM live 2015

06.02. UK-Liverpool - Arts Club
07.-09.02 UK-Butlins Minehead - Giants Of Rock Festival
17.-18.07. SE-Stockholm - Väsby Rock Festival
31.07. SE- Rejmyre - Skoksröjet Festival
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Wed
03
Sep

SPV Announces MAGNUM Christmas Single 'On Christmas Day'

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The British melodic hard rock group MAGNUM have confirmed the release of a new digital single "On Christmas Day" on Steamhammer / SPV. The digital version contains a long version and a radio edit of the song and another track named "Born To Be King". The digital version will be available worldwide on October 24th together with the limited 10" vinyl version.
 
Guitarist and songwriter Tony Clarkin tells how it all happened: "It was Olly Hahn at SPV/Steamhammer who said that he a great idea, and could I write a Christmas song? I replied we had already had done that in the past and told him about "On Christmas Day" and that it was on the "Rockart" album.So if he wanted to check that out to see if it was suitable because it`s not the normal Christmas song that people would expect. I had not heard it myself for a long long time. We were in Germany at the time and so we all sat round the computer to listen to the track and we were all impressed and I was really looking forward to re doing it. That's really the story of how it came about, but I also thought "Born To Be King" could also fit with On Christmas Day as a strong B side for the whole package.!"
 
Bass player Alan Barrow, who also created the artwork, explains the idea behind the cover: "Based on was a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I. It`s documented that German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches. On Christmas Day, many soldiers from both sides independently ventured into "no man's land", where they mingled, exchanging food and souvenirs. Several meetings ended in carol-singing. Troops from both sides would also play games of football with one another."
 

MAGNUM will embark on another European Tour in 2014. Here are the dates:

 

23/11/14
Switzerland
Zug
Chollerhalle
24/11/14
Germany
Aschaffenburg
Colos-Saal
26/11/14
Germany
Bochum
Zeche
27/11/14
Germany
Osnabruck
Rosenhof
28/11/14
Germany
Mannheim
Alte Seilerei
29/11/14
Netherlands
Patronaat
Haarlem
01/12/14
UK
Cambridge
Cambridge Junction
02/12/14
UK
Sheffield
The Corporation
03/12/14
UK
Preston
53-Degrees
04/12/14
UK
Middlesbrough
Empire
05/12/14
UK
Bilston
Robin 2
07/12/14
UK
Porthcawl, Wales
Planet Rockstock

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