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***NEW ‘THE VALLEY OF TEARS – THE BALLADS’ ALBUM RELEASED 6TH JANUARY ON STEAMHAMMER / SPV***

Renowned not only for their powerful rock songs, but also for countless moving ballads, British melodic hard rock icons Magnum have lined up a very special release for the beginning of 2017. ‘The Valley Of Tears – The Ballads’, featuring remixed, remastered and / or re-recorded versions of ten of their most accomplished ballads, will be released as a digipak CD, download and stream on January 6th on Steamhammer / SPV.

Guitarist / composer / producer Tony Clarkin reveals that “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.”



Clarkin, along with Magnum vocalist Bob Catley, then spent months painstakingly tearing apart, remixing, remastering, and in some cases re-recording ten poignant songs drawn from their extensive 19 studio album strong back catalogue.

Along with remastered versions of more recent ballads on albums such as ‘Into The Valley Of The Moon King’ (2009), ‘The Visitation’ (2011) and 2016’s ‘Sacred Blood – Divine Lies’, included are a new acoustic rendering of their ‘Lonely Night’ classic, plus a new haunting live recording of ‘When The World Comes Down’, both taken from 1986’s cult ‘Vigilante’ Long Player.

Prior to the release of ‘The Valley Of Tears – The Ballads’, Magnum are set to play selected UK and Irish shows 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

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21st November 2016


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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.
roland@workhardpr.com
www.magnumonline.co.uk
www.spv.de

7th January 2016


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