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  EXCLUSIVE COMPETITION: WIN THE NEW MAGNUM ALBUM, 'LOST ON THE ROAD TO ETERNITY' - FIVE CDs MUST BE WON
7th January 2018

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British melodic hard rockers Magnum will release their enthralling new studio album, 'Lost On The Road To Eternity', through Steamhammer/SPV on January 19th 2018.

'Lost On The Road To Eternity', the twentieth studio album milestone of this illustrious group's forty year musical path, is one of Magnum's most inspired, diverse, exhilarating and alluring albums ever. Reflecting on the reason for this new creative zenith, guitarist/songwriter Tony Clarkin recalls:

"As I had started to write the songs even before we embarked on our most recent tour, I subsequently had time to let my initial ideas sink in for a few weeks, which helped me realise that I was on the right path.

"That was a good feeling which inspired me to write more powerful numbers. Apart from that, the usual Magnum formula applied: I go to the studio, try out ideas on the guitar or on the keyboards and do my damnedest to write the best Magnum song of all time."

As a result, 'Lost On The Road To Eternity' contains eleven of arguably the best Magnum songs of all time, all additionally sparkling with the fresh inspiration brought to the table by consummate new band members Rick Benton (keyboards) and Lee Morris (drums).

Here's the first single, 'Without Love', a strident, relentlessly driving groove-laden song with a subtly irresistible melody, glorious guitar riffs and catchy chorus.



The album's mighty title track features a duet between vocalist Bob Catley and Tobias Sammet, a kind of artistic thank-you by the Edguy/Avantasia frontman in appreciation of Catley's guest stint on various Sammet's releases. 'Lost On The Road To Eternity' was also additionally enhanced by atmospheric arrangements courtesy of the Wolf Kerschek orchestra.

While much kudos must be attributed to original band members Tony Clarkin and Bob Catley for most of the musical prowess on 'Lost On The Road To Eternity', a fair amount should be attributed to bassist Al Barrow, who has been in the group since 2001, along with new keyboardist Rick Benton and drummer Lee Morris. Benton joined the Magnum camp in December 2016 to replace long-standing member Mark Stanway, while Morris took over from Harry James in the summer.

"Harry has two other bands, Thunder and Snakecharmer, and it became more and more difficult to coordinate our schedules," Clarkin explains and confesses:

"I must admit that I was reluctant to let him go, but after Lee had drummed for us for the first time and we realised that he adds even more rhythmic complexity to our songs, I'm more than happy with the line-up change."

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Clarkin feels just as positive about his new keyboardist Rick Benton:

"Rick has brought a breath of fresh air and interesting ideas into the band. His style is carefully considered and he seems to know intuitively what enhances our material. You just have to give him a rough idea of the arrangement and he immediately comes up with a perfect solution. All you have to do is listen to and enjoy the atmospheric middle part of 'Welcome To The Cosmic Cabaret' to appreciate what a positive addition Benton is to the Magnum fold."

The digipack CD version of 'Lost On The Road To Eternity' will include a bonus live CD containing four songs recorded at Magnum's 2017 performance at the Leyendas Del Rock Festival in Alicante, Spain.

'Lost On The Road To Eternity', the follow-up to 2016s 'Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies', looks set to chart even higher than it's highly acclaimed predecessor, which crashed in to the UK Top 40 at 31 on release in March last year.

After their headline appearance at the Giants Of Rock Festival in Minehead on January 26th 2018, Magnum will set off on a two month European headline tour in February, dates as follows:

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.

Here on MetalTalk you can win yourself a CD of 'Lost On The Road To Eternity' by entering our exclusive competition. We have five copies to give away to our lucky readers and one of them could be you.

All you have to do is correctly answer the question below and our computerised randomiser will pick five winners after the closing date of 31st January.

Which legendary illustratior did the artwork for Magnum's 'Lost On The Road To Eternity'

a) Roger Dean
b) Rodney Matthews
c) Mark Wilkinson

'Lost On The Road To Eternity', is released on Steamhammer/SPV on January 19th 2018 in various formats and you can read the review of the album right here.

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