Magnum - 'Lost On The Road To Eternity'

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Magnum - 'Lost On The Road To Eternity'

All I can say is well done guys!

This will be very easy. Magnum's follow-up to 2016's 'Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies' sees the band with a new line-up. Long standing keyboard player Mark Stanway, who left the band in December 2016, has been replaced by Rick Benton, while departed drummer Harry James (who has two other bands to deal with) has been replaced with Lee Morris. I suspect, like me, you will probably have gone "who?" in both cases. However, let me tell you, this band sounds totally re-invigorated and in turn have come out with the best album they have recorded for years.

I had only listened to this once and I already knew this was something special. Right from the solid opener of 'Peaches And Cream' through to the last track 'King Of The World', there is something in every song that will make you sit up and take note. The break in 'Show Me Your Hands' has an African feel, thanks to the sequenced Marimba (I think) running under the guitar, while the title track has a nicely classic piano opening which leads into some glorious orchestration courtesy of the Wolf Kerschek Orchestra.

Then, at around just under two minutes in, a voice arrives that isn't Bob Catley's! Instead, it belongs to Edguy/Avantasia front-man Tobias Sammet; talk about a surprise, I can't remember anyone else ever singing with Magnum (write in and correct me if I am wrong). This title track is almost six minutes long, as is the following 'Without Love', and those times sit firmly in Prog territory. 'Forbidden Masquerade' has a taste of 'On A Storyteller's Night', and then at two and a half minutes in, it has another gorgeous section that feels like you really should be outside staring at a starry sky while listening to it; it's almost hymnal.

There's not a bad song on here and every one of them should and likely will become a Magnum favourite. I firmly believe that any long-time fans who lost the faith in the band over the years will once again jump back in after hearing this – all I can say is well done guys!

Andy Brailsford

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