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Magnum - Lost On The Road To Eternity

Lost On The Road To Eternity
by Craig Rider at 23 February 2018, 6:53 AM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I’m proud to present to you: MAGNUM; signed via SPV Records, hailing from England - performing Rock, on their 20th album entitled: “Lost On The Road To Eternity” (released 19th January 2018).

Since formation in 1972; the quintet in question have 19 albums behind them, I’m introduced to their 20th album entitled: “Lost On The Road To Eternity”. 11 tracks ranging at around 65:24 – MAGNUM arrange a solid slab of concrete developments of old-school heavy-hitting Rock distinctions, the quartet compose intricately designed instrumentation and musicianship that’s executed proficiently. “Peaches And Cream” begins the record; delivering an organic aesthetic of diversity and a fluid formula of distinguishable substances, the band profusely provide a robust array of rhythmic melodies and elegantly enjoyable orchestrations that are utmost captivating.

Consisting of Tony Clarkin on guitar; the man consistently supplies complex dexterity in the song “Show Me Your Hand”, showcasing an efficient amount of exquisite riffs and solos that have a groovy efficaciousness to it. With the melodious amalgamation of keyboardist attributions from Rick Benton, “Storm Baby” demonstrates these with prominent diligence as they bring an atmospheric adroitness to it that are admirably graceful. Vocalist Bob Catley has a grandiose manifestation of high-pitched, clean singing in the titular track and “Without Love” - distributing a polished flair of concisely trained skill that has a hint of rough juxtapositions to it which give it a nice, strong edge for good measure.

Powerhouse bassist Al Barrow contributes a hammering stability in his efforts in the song “Tell Me What You’ve Got To Say”, there is a lot catchy relentlessness here that has a motivating drive which is very entertaining. Harry James has similar characteristics as he pulverizes his set with pummeling force, “Ya Gonna Be Someone” constructively variates the songwriting & sound production equalities that shine with unique grit & salubriousness. “Forbidden Masquerade” balances the aforementioned with bouncy & thumpy enlightenments; there is a slight psychedelic implementation, fused with synthetic elements in every song that rapidly swift with a fulfilling experience.

Glory To Ashes” excels with anthemic delights which has a singsong effect, and memorably creative craftmanship - having me hooked at the sheer quality of this record. Overall concluding with “King Of The World”; I am compelled to say that for my first MAGNUM record that I have listened to, it exceeded all original expectations and they earned a new fan with this one. Bottom line, “Lost On The Road To Eternity” may well be a contender for 2018’s Rock album of the year - we still have a long way to go though, listen at your own discretion.

Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 8
Originality: 8
Sound Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Peaches And Cream
2. Show Me Your Hand
3. Storm Baby
4. Welcome To The Cosmic Cabaret
5. Lost On The Road to Eternity
6. Without Love
7. Tell Me What You’ve Got To Say
8. Ya Wanna Be Someone
9. Forbidden Masquerade
10. Glory To Ashes
11. King Of The World
Tony Clarkin - Guitars
Bob Catley - Vocals
Al Barrow - Bass
Harry James - Drums
Rick Benton - Keyboards
Record Label: SPV/Steamhammer


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