Magnum // The Serpent Rings // Album Review

A new Magnum LP is always a joy to behold and this one is no exception to that rule. With a newly revived band, Messrs Catley and Clarkin have really gone to town with this on the production and have made an outstanding LP.

Once again all the material on the album has been penned by Tony Clarkin, and the artistic freedom bestowed on them by SPV has enabled exploration into a harder Rock sound whilst maintaining the Magnum “vibe” . 

Of the song “Madman or Messiah”, a song about the phenomenon of self-proclaimed saviours.  Clarkin says:

“You have to approach these kinds of gurus with a lot of caution, because in reality they’re taking their followers for a ride and in a worst-case scenario even seducing them into performing dubious acts, as the case of Charles Manson in the late 1960s shows.” ‘Man’ is another sceptical number about the underbelly of human behaviour. “A lot of what mankind does to Planet Earth is based on greed and insatiability. We destroy nature just to make an even bigger profit, and we are seeing the negative results of that attitude more clearly now than ever before.” 

But this would not be a Magnum LP without the dreams and magic and this is, of course, helped along by the LP cover being once again a Rodney Matthews original.

This is an LP that is going to sound fantastic in the live arena and given the keyboard arrangements by Rick Benton and the addition of hard rock bassist Dennis Ward, the rhythm section, completed by drummer Lee Morris are going to rock your socks off for sure. Ward is also a wizard at backing vocals and this will surely complement Bob Catley in a live situation.

This LP is a grower, the songs flow majestically from one to the next and really keep your interest. The addition of orchestral elements and even classical passages keep the listener engaged in a way that only Magnum at their finest can do. 

Magnum’s major European tour has been scheduled to start in March 2020, initially with a number of headlining shows, to be continued by a first-rate package together with Gotthard from Switzerland. This extremely successful collaboration first passed the litmus test a few years ago, and Clarkin, Catley & Co. are very enthusiastic: “Along with some classic numbers, we will also present four or five songs from The Serpent Rings,” the band promises, providing even more reasons for their fans to mark the dates in their calendars.

Tour Dates 2020:

Headliner Tour

19.03. UK-Glasgow – Garage
20.03. UK-Belfast – Limelight 1
21.03. IRL-Dublin – Voodoo Lounge
22.03. UK-Cardiff – Tramshed
24.03. UK-Sheffield – Leadmill
25.03. UK-Hull – Welly
26.03. UK-Manchester – Academy 2
28.03. UK-Holmfirth – Picturedrome
29.03. UK-Cambridge – Junction
30.03. UK-Birmingham – Town Hall
31.03. UK-Norwich – Waterfront
02.04. UK-Exeter – Lemon Grove
03.04. UK-Southampton – Engine Rooms
04.04. UK-London – Islington Assembly 05.04. NL-Uden – De Pul
06.04. DE-Kiel – Max Music Hall
08.04. NO-Oslo – Vulkan Arena
09.04. SE-Huskvarna – Folkets Park
10.04. SE-Stockholm – Fryshuset Klubben
11.04. SE-Karlstad – Nöjesfabriken
13.04. SE-Gothenburg – Pustervik
14.04. SE-Malmö – Babel

on tour with GOTTHARD

16.04. DE-Frankfurt – Batschkapp
17.04. DE-Regensburg – Airport Obertraubling
18.04. DE-Balingen – Volksbankmesse
20.04. DE-Munich – Tonhalle
21.04. DE-Fürth – Stadthalle
22.04. DE-Hamburg – Grosse Freiheit 36
24.04. DE-Hannover – Capitol
25.04. DE-Bremen – Pier 2
26.04. DE-Berlin – Tempodrom
28.04. DE-Singen – Stadthalle
29.04. DE-Cologne – E-Werk
30.04. DE-Saarbrücken – Garage

Headliner Tour

01.05. CZ-Prague – Nová Chmelnice
02.05. DE-Schwalmstadt – Kulturhalle
05.05. DE-Stuttgart – Im Wizemann
07.05. CH-Pratteln – Z7
08.05. IT-Milan – Legend
09.05. IT-Bologna – Alchemica
11.05. ES-Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
12.05 ES-Madrid – But
13.05. ES-Bilbao – Santana 27 

16.05. UK-Nottingham – Rock City

Release Date: January 17th, 2020 Format: – CD Digipak

– 2LP Gatefold, 140g purple-violet vinyl, printed inner sleeves

– Deluxe Box Set (incl. CD Digipak, 2 LP Gatefold, Sticker, Photocard, A1 Poster, Pin Button, Woven Patch, Manuscript Music Sheet etc.),

Limited to 1.000 units Europe-wide



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