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***CELEBRATED BRITISH MELODIC ROCKERS' 20TH STUDIO ALBUM 'LOST ON THE ROAD TO ETERNITY' RELEASED JANUARY 19TH ON SPV PRIOR TO 16 DATE FEBRUARY /MARCH UK TOUR***

Unrivalled British melodic hard rock group Magnum have confirmed the release of their absolutely enthralling new studio album 'Lost On The Road To Eternity', as a digipack CD (with bonus 4 track live CD), double gatefold 180 gram purple vinyl LP (+ CD in paper sleeve), download and stream on Steamhammer / SPV on January 19th 2018.

'Lost On The Road To Eternity', which marks the major 20th studio album milestone on this illustrious group's 40 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," he says, looking back with satisfaction. "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).



'Without Love', the first single, a strident, relentlessly driving groove-laden song with a subtly irresistible melody, glorious guitar riffs and catchy chorus, will totally tantalize the fans' musical appetite when released on December 8th. 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, commencing with the following UK concerts:-

20th February Bristol - Trinity
21st February Cardiff - Tramshed
22nd February Holmfirth - Picturedome
24th February Manchester - Academy 2
25th February Hull - Welly
26th February Aberdeen - Garage
27th February Glasgow - Garage
1st March Belfast - Limelight
2nd March Birmingham - Town Hall
3rd March Preston - Guildhall
4th March Nottingham - Rock City
7th March Leamington - Assembly
8th March Cambridge - Junction
9th March London - Islington Assembly Hall
10th March Southampton - Engine Room
12th March Brighton - Old Market



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 front man in appreciation of Catley's guest stint on various of 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 a good deal of the musical prowess on 'Lost On The Road To Eternity', a fair amount more must to 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."

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 4 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 2016's '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.

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13th November 2017


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MAGNUM


*** MIGHTY MELODIC ROCKERS' 'SACRED BLOOD DIVINE LIES' WINTER UK TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED ***

Mighty British melodic hard rock group Magnum, whose new studio album 'Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies' crashed in to the UK national album chart at number 31 in March - the band's highest top 40 album chart position since 1992 – have lined up a 5 date UK & Irish tour in December. Dates are:-

December 6th BRIGHTON Concorde 2
December 7th CAMBRIDGE Junction
December 9th DUBLIN Voodoo Lounge
December 10th WOLVERHAMPTON Wulfrun Hall
December 11th EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms

'Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies', which also debuted at number 2 in the Rock & Metal chart and at number 6 in the Indie chart on release on Steamhammer / SPV, is a notably heavier, harder offering than its much acclaimed predecessor, 'Escape From The Shadow Garden', and is packed with even more of Magnum's massive trademark rousing rock melodies.

Powerplay Magazine's Dave Cockett awarded the album 10/10 in his review in the magazine's February 2016 issue, stating "Thumping opener and title track ''Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies' has a mesmerizing beat and a chorus that is simply to die for…classic Magnum! The equally engaging 'Twelve Men Wise And Just' is another track echoing with sentiment and ringing with majesty, whilst the likes of 'Gypsy Queen' with its superbly contrasting light and shade, the perfectly understated 'Your Dreams Won't Die' and pomptastic 'A Forgotten Conversation' are all destined to become cherished Magnum staples. A superb album from a band with no peers, this is simply glorious".

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5th August 2016


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MAGNUM


***MIGHTY MELODIC ROCKERS' SUPERLATIVE NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'SACRED BLOOD "DIVINE" LIES'' RELEASED FEBRUARY 26th ON STEAMHAMMER / SPV + MAY UK TOUR CONFIRMED***

Mighty British melodic hard rock group Magnum are set to release their magnificent new studio album 'Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies', on Steamhammer / SPV on February 26th, as a limited edition DigiPak CD (with bonus DVD), standard Jewel Case CD, double gatefold vinyl with printed inner sleeves + CD (in paper sleeve), and download.

'Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies', a hugely stirring, uplifting opus, is a notably heavier, harder offering than its much acclaimed predecessor,'Escape From The Shadow Garden', and is packed with even more of Magnum's massive trademark rousing rock melodies. The band have also lined up a 15 concert headline UK tour in support of the album, from May 11th through to May 30th; dates are:-

11th May SOUTHAMPTON The Brook
12th May CARDIFF Tramshed
13th May LONDON Islington Assembly Hall
14th May OXFORD 02 Academy
16th May NORWICH Waterfront
17th May NOTTINGHAM Rock City
19th May BIRMINGHAM 02 Institute
20th May HOLMFIRTH Picturedome
21st May MANCHESTER Academy 2
22nd May NEWCASTLE 02 Academy
24th May ABERDEEN Garage
25th May GLASGOW Garage
27th May BELFAST Limelight 1
29th May BRISTOL 02 Academy
30th May LEAMINGTON SPA Assembly

Magnum mastermind Tony Clarkin started working on the resounding new album even before 'Escape From The Shadow Garden' crashed into the UK Album Chart at 38, (the band's first top 40 album chart position for over 20 years), on release in March 2014. "I usually start composing for our next album immediately after the release of the previous one," Clarkin recalls, continuing "When 'Escape…' arrived at the stores in March 2014, my thoughts had already turned to our next recording."

Clarkin was inspired to write 25 new songs during and after the subsequent triumphant European tour, the most outstanding 13 of which were selected for 'Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies'. Ten of the numbers made it onto the standard album CD and another three onto the DigiPak bonus DVD, which also contains videos for three of the brand new songs on the album.



The epicentre of this soundquake features, along with frontman Bob Catley's charismatic voice, Clarkin's awesome riffing and hard driving lead guitar licks, which provide the all-important substructure to each of the ten gems of songs on the album.

'Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies' counts without a doubt among the group's most dynamic releases; Clarkin states that "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."

Nowhere is this more evident than on the title track and album opener; "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.

Among the other multiple highlights on this thoroughly powerful recording, mention must be made of the anthemic 'Gypsy Queen', which Tony was inspired to write after 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 cascading piano chord sequence, reflecting the song's poignant philosophical message. "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"."

'Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies', the cover of which has once again been designed by renowned fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Nazareth, Asia), is a stupendous record, packed with soon-to-be-proclaimed-classic, majestic hard rock compositions.
Sanctified– Roland Hyams on 020 8677 8466 / 07768 156392.
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7th January 2016


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