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The British rockers have released their 20th studio recording "Lost On The Road To Eternity" by the group MAGNUM 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" sees British hard rock band MAGNUM celebrate a very special anniversary in 2018.
40 years as a rock band is pretty awesome, not many band reach that milestone. And in that time, since their debut record, they have made their own sound, you could say that they earned the right to a "MAGNUM” sound, like AC/DC sounds like AC/DC, IRON MAIDEN sounds like IRON MAIDEN and so on. "Lost On The Road To Eternity" sounds... well MAGNUM!
The album contains eleven new songs, among them the first single release "Without Love", a tune that doesn’t sound like classic MAGNUM, but you will recognize Bob Catley peculiar voice. Even the sound and melody doesn’t follow the typical melodic pattern, instead it flows on a groovy cloud with a funky beat, not bad at all, I do like this step outside the ordinary comfort zone. The title tune "Lost On The Road To Eternity" features vocals from both Bob Catley and Tobias Sammet (EDGUY & AVANTASIA), kinda natural for him to contribute here as they have been working together on AVANTASIA. It’s a fantastic powerful tune! "Show Me Your Hands" is a bouncy modern MAGNUM classic. Beautiful keys by Benton starts "Storm Baby", a softer approach before the tempo rises for a time until it sets back to it's originally beauty. "Peaches and Cream" is a catchy, gentle and very melodic piece, and the opposite of the right sublime tune "Welcome to the Cosmic Cabaret" where the melodic parts really flows out from the classic template that MAGNUM usually adopts, a song that certainly would have been significantly longer, but unfortunately, shortened to only 8 minutes, sad, why not give it all. The song is a piece of art, could easy be the theme for the cover of the album. "Tell Me What You’ve Got to Say" follows the more classic style, powerful melody with wonderful low chugging riff. "Ya Wanna Be Someone" is a straight catchy rocker. "Forbidden Masquerade" continues in the more classic MAGNUM template, great singing, great melody and great guitar playing. Keys and Guitars opens up "Glory to Ashes", an half paced powerful piece, with amazing playing and fine poetic vocals. "King of the World" closes this package grandiose, bluesy licks with big choruses.
The release will once again be complemented by Rodney Matthews's atmospheric cover artwork.
"Lost On The Road To Eternity" is remarkable consistency album by this British institution, absolutely well worth revisiting!
MAGNUM are scheduled to embark on a major European tour from January to April 2018, see all the dates below.
Today's tune "Without Love" is taken from "Lost On The Road To Eternity", released 19 January 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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