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  MAGNUM SHOW THEIR FORCE YET AGAIN WITH A SUPREME NEW ALBUM
Magnum: 'Lost On The Road To Eternity'
Released 19th January 2018 (Steamhammer/SPV)


brian boyle
Words: Brian Boyle
1st January 2018

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On 9th December 2016 Magnum played their first Dublin show in nearly twentry-five years but literally hours before that show, long serving keyboardist Mark Stanway announced his departure from the band leaving the rest of the group royally in the lurch and potentially damaging the long term future of Britain's finest melodic rock band.

But with the aid of well prepped backing tracks the four-piece powered through with a blistering performance.

Now that the dust has settled on that debacle, new ivory tickler Rick Benton has cemented his place in the band and the Brummies have landed their twentieth studio album, 'Lost On The Road To Eternity'.

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The silky 'Peaches And Cream' kicks off the album in true Magnum style, an absolute humdinger of an opener with a thrusting rhythm and their trademark hook filled chorus that grabs you on the first listen. If any hardcore fans are a tad apprehensive upon Rick Benton's debut studio performance, his mouth-watering display on 'Show Me Your Hands' will set minds at ease.

Throughout their career Magnum's music has always had the ability to have you visualizing the song's content and that habit has continued with the mood-setting 'Storm Baby' and the titanic title track which features a duet with Edguy and Avantasia frontman Tobias Sammet. Both tunes are laden with power and drama and topped with the unmistakable rasp of Bob Catley.

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Almost forty years since their debut, 'Kingdom Of Madness', Catley's compelling pipes have always brought a comforting air of familiarity to the bands music. His performance on lead-off single 'Without Love' has the seventy year old still sounding as fresh as he did in his youthful pomp.

The highly lovable 'Ya Wanna Be Someone' will be an absolute banker for a chart position if it is released while as instantly tasty as the majority of the album is, slow burners 'Tell Me What You've Got To Say' and 'Forbidden Masquerade' might take a few laps to get the juices flowing but the ever consistent pen of Tony Clarkin strikes gold again with penultimate tune 'Glory To Ashes'. Kicking off with a rib-tickling riff, it soon elevates to a call to arms feel with it's stirring chorus.

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I have to say I've never been let down or underwhelmed by a Magnum album. Obviously some are superior to others but each one has left it's mark, and this sumptuous banquet of tunes will leave you permanently branded.

It's by no means an exaggeration to say that Tony Clarkin has been one of the finest but grossly underrated songwriters to grace rock music, and he's weaved his magic once again. If you are looking for cast iron proof of that, jump straight to the full bodied closer 'King Of The World', another intense melodic masterpiece with some well groomed Benton keyboards teeing up another memorable chorus and calling time on a magnificent piece of work.

I don't envy Tony Clarkin trying to top this, but I've said that many times before.

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'Lost On The Road To Eternity' is released by Steamhammer/SPV on 19th January 2018 as 2 CD digipak version including bonus live disc, 2LP coloured version, download and stream and is available to pre-order right here.

Tracklisting:
Peaches And Cream
Show Me Your Hands
Storm Baby
Welcome To The Cosmic Cabaret
Lost On The Road To Eternity
Without Love
Tell Me What You've Got To Say
Ya Wanna Be Someone
Forbidden Masquerade
Glory To Ashes
King Of The World

CD 2 (Bonus Live Disc)
Sacred Blood – Divine Lies
Crazy Old Mothers
Your Dreams Won’t Die
Twelve Men Wise And Just




Magnum will embark on a major European tour from January to April 2018 and the dates are:

26th January: UK-Minehead - Giants Of Rock
20th February: UK-Bristol - Trinity
21st February: UK-Cardiff - Tramshed
23rd February: UK-Holmfirth - Picturedome
24th February: UK-Manchester - Academy 2
25th February: UK-Hull - City Hall (with Saxon)
26th February: UK-Aberdeen - Garage
27th February: UK-Glasgow - Garage
1st March: UK-Belfast - Limelight
2nd March: UK-Birmingham - Town Hall
4th March: UK-Preston - Guildhall
5th March: UK-Nottingham - Rock City
7th March: UK-Leamington - Assembly
8th March: UK-Cambridge - Junction
9th March: UK-London - Islington Assembly Hall
11th March: UK-Southampton - Engine Room
12th March: UK-Brighton - Old Market
14th March: NL-Leiden - Gebr de Nobel
16th March: SE-Stockholm - Fryshuset Klubben
17th March: NO-Oslo - John Dee
18th March: SE-Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
19th March: SE-Malmoe - KB
21st March: DE-Munich - Ampere
23rd March: DE-Nürnberg - Der Hirsch
24th March: DE-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
25th March: DE-Berlin - Columbia Theater
27th March: DE-Bonn - Harmonie
28th March: DE-Stuttgart - Im Wizemann (Club)
29th March: DE-Freiburg - Jazzhaus
31st March: DE-Wuppertal - Live Club Barmen
1st April: NL-Uden - De Pul
3rd April: DE-Leipzig - Werk 2
4th April: DE-Hamburg - Fabrik
5th April: DE-Bremen - Aladin
7th April: DE-Neuruppin - Kulturhaus
8th April: PL-Bydgoszcz - Klub Kuzinia
10th April: CZ-Prague - Nova Chemelnice
11th April: DE-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
12th April: CH-Pratteln - Z7
13th April: IT-Milano - Legend
15th April: ES-Barcelona - Bikini
16th April: ES-Madrid - But

Tickets for all UK and some European dates are available right here.

'Lost On The Road To Eternity' is released by Steamhammer/SPV on 19th January 2018 as 2 CD digipak version including bonus live disc, 2LP coloured version, download and stream and is available to pre-order right here.






 


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