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:
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