MAGNUM Rock Lost on the Road To Eternity

MAGNUM Lost On The Road To Eternity

MAGNUM’s twentieth studio album Lost On The Road To Eternity hits the sweet spot. The album is a fascinating mix of whimsical, fantasy and the power driving beats of rock. The road Magnum are taking us down within the album is full of twists and turns and hidden pathways for you to explore.
There have been changes afoot at camp Magnum, with Rick Benton behind the keys replacing Mark Stanway who suddenly departed from the band mid tour., and with Lee Morris behind the drum kit replacing Harry James whose duties with Thunder and Snakecharmer meant that something had to give-way. The heart of the band are vocalist Bob Catley, guitarist Tony Clarkin and bassist Al Barrow. Band personal sorted, roles defined and Clarkin has completed the songwriting now to step on the road to eternity with the new line-up.
Opening with Peaches and Cream instantly wrapped up in the sweetest Magnum sound. This is an anthem that reverberates through the speaker and beyond. This is life with no happy heading it is no fairy tale “…say life is like Peaches and Cream I say it is only a dream…” – Magnum lyrics wrapped around Bob’s silver vocals and encased in the glorious guitar from Tony. Songwriter, riffing master and vocalist in perfect harmony. Rick Benton’s keys bring a new depth to the tone when they are added to the mix on an opener that gets your attention.
The pace stays with Show Me Your Hands, this is where we hear the new style from Benton on keys in a solo. The shaping of the chords from Benton works well with Clarkin’s melodic vocals. Yes, new keyboards work well linking in and using the bass lines from Al Barrow.
The album is value for sound with plenty of Magnum music to get your ears into. Longer tracks including Welcome To the Cosmic Cabaret gives the time and space for the whole band to explore the context of Magnum rock on the road to eternity. Lee Morris’ power drumming holds the cabaret together grounding the track with a driving shape and purpose. Catley’s vocals unfurl the storyline soaring above the drum and bass lines with a heat and fire in his belly. The interlude with cymbals and keys is a tinkling experience between the verses. This is a prog-rock journey as a story unfolds and fades away as the river flows through the landscapes of our musical imagination. We are at a show Magnum entertains through our speakers up loud at home.
The title track in the middle opens with melodic keys played with an expectation and poignancy. There is an edge to the number, it has a different feel. The album has the addition of Tobias Sammet on vocals giving a different tonal quality to Bob Catley. The two voices work well together giving the theatrical feel that is deserving of a Magnum album title, as We Are Lost on the Road to Eternity.
Every track has its place on the album’s narrative with ballads, such as Storm Baby and slower tracks like Forbidden Masquerade. Starting slower and building to hit you between the ears. Bob Catley’s voice is fantastic full of tonal texture. The number is spiritual and full of mystery it builds the album so that the energy is being maintained.
The final two tracks are those that often linger when the stereo falls silent. Glory To Ashes the guitar picks up an underlying bluesy tone, whilst still one-hundred percent Prog-rock. We are back exploring war and social justice. It would not be a Magnum album if these topics were not considered. The drum is a war drum of despair crafted and sung as a clarion call of rock. Closing the album with King of The World, Magnum are certainly reaching another pinnacle. The new members have injected a sense of purpose and energy. Combining with the power and intricacies of Tony Clarkin’s songwriting imagination and Bob Catley’s voice that just keeps hitting every note effortlessly. He shapes the lyrics so they fit into the melody laid down so that Magnum Prog-rock is a harmonious joy. As we get Lost on the Road to Eternity. Eternity is not long enough when you are entertained by the music of this power and quality as we find out about King of the World.

MAGNUM – Lost On The Road To Eternity – STEAMHAMMER / SPV

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

 

Available physical formats:
Format: CD + CD
Packaging: DigiPak incl. bonus live CD

Format: 2 LP + CD (in paper sleeve)
Packaging: Double Gatefold, printed inner sleeves, purple 180gr. vinyl

TRACKLISTING:

2 CD Digi
CD 1
1. Peaches and Cream 4:54
2. Show Me Your Hands 5:45
3. Storm Baby 6:13
4. Welcome to the Cosmic Cabaret 8:08
5. Lost on the Road to Eternity 5:54
6. Without Love 5:55
7. Tell Me What You’ve Got to Say 6:27
8. Ya Wanna Be Someone 5:56
9. Forbidden Masquerade 5:02
10.Glory to Ashes 5:35
11. King of the World 7:04

CD 2 (bonus live CD)
1. Sacred Blood – Divine Lies 6:48
2. Crazy Old Mothers 5:35
3. Your Dreams Won’t Die 5:56
4. Twelve Men Wise And Just 6:21

2 LP Gatefold Version
Side 1
1. Peaches and Cream 4:54
2. Show Me Your Hands 5:45
3. Storm Baby 6:13

Side 2
1. Welcome to the Cosmic Cabaret 8:08
2. Lost on the Road to Eternity 5:54

Side 3
1. Without Love 5:55
2. Tell Me What You’ve Got to Say 6:27
3. Ya Wanna Be Someone 5:56

Side 4
1. Forbidden Masquerade 5:02
2.Glory to Ashes 5:35
3. King of the World 7:04

Digital Version
1. Peaches and Cream 4:54
2. Show Me Your Hands 5:45
3. Storm Baby 6:13
4. Welcome to the Cosmic Cabaret 8:08
5. Lost on the Road to Eternity 5:54
6. Without Love 5:55
7. Tell Me What You’ve Got to Say 6:27
8. Ya Wanna Be Someone 5:56
9. Forbidden Masquerade 5:02
10.Glory to Ashes 5:35
11. King of the World 7:04

TOUR DATES

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

Bluesdoodles review of MAGNUM show Tramshed, Cardiff 21st February 2018

MAGNUM Rock Lost on the Road To Eternity

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