Magnum to release new album and tour in 2011

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Legendary British Melodic Hard Rockers’ Announce New ‘The Visitation’ Studio Album Released January 17th On SPV & 15 Date April / May 2011 UK Concert Hall Tour

Hugely influential British melodic hard rock group Magnum are set to release their sixteenth studio album, ‘The Visitation’, on Steamhammer / SPV, on January 17th, and have confirmed a massive 15 date UK Concert Hall tour for April 2011. The line up of guitarist / songwriter / producer Tony Clarkin, vocalist Bob Catley, keyboard player Mark Stanway, bassist Al Barrow and drummer Harry James, have excelled themselves on ‘The Visitation’, one of the strongest albums in their illustrious (near-40-year) history to date.


‘The Visitation’, a luxurious sonic experience, contains ten deeply melodious, powerful gems of lavish, captivating progressive rock songs, all glowing with Magnum’s unique, unmistakable, glorious pomp rock overtones. “I feel we haven’t brought out one really weak album, yet none of our previous recordings featured a better production than ‘The Visitation’,” Clarkin announces proudly. “This release sounds more rock-oriented and at the same time more personal than anything we’ve recorded so far, and it definitely features the widest range of stylistic directions and atmospheres. What makes it so special is the fact that the music’s arrangements match the atmosphere and the lyrics’ statements. Every cog turns perfectly within the wheelwork.”


Lyrical subjects range from the deeply personal to the highly political. The cover artwork, which was once again created by graphic designer Rodney Matthews, reflects the lyrics of ‘Door To Nowhere’, on which Magnum look back at their own childhood, while ‘Mother Nature’s Final Dance’ decries the destructive way we treat our environment. “Just look at what’s going on in the world at the moment, toxic red mud polluting a whole village in Hungary, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – terrible. It’s always a mix of greed and lack of responsibility which leads to these kinds of tragedies.” (Clarkin) ‘Freedom Day’ is a paean to self-determination; “We live in freedom in Europe, but looking at a lot of South-American or African countries, you see oppression, you see people living under the brutal reign of a dictator. That’s why we say: let’s fight for freedom.”


Magnum, who won rave reviews for their incredibly well-received main stage performance at London’s High Voltage Festival in July 2010, return to the UK live arena to play the following shows:-


13th April        Glasgow – The Garage

14th April        Newcastle – Academy 1

16th April        Liverpool – Stanley Theatre

17th April        Leamington – Assembly

18th April        Oxford - Academy

19th April        Norwich – Waterfront

20th April        Sheffield – The Cooperation

22nd April        Holmfirth - Picturedome

23rd April        Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall

24th April        Southampton – The Brook

27th April        Nottingham – Rock City

28th April        Manchester – Academy 2

29th April        Treorci - The Park & Dare Theatre

30th April        London – Shepherd`s Bush Empire

1st May            Bristol – Academy


Magnum, who regularly breached the Top 40 of both the singles and album charts in the Eighties and early Nineties, came together in the Midlands in the mid-Seventies and released their debut album 'Kingdom Of Madness' in 1978, followed by 'Magnum II' in 1979 and their first live album 'Marauder' in 1980. During this period they toured relentlessly with the likes of Def Leppard, Blue Oyster Cult and Judas Priest.


1982's 'Chase The Dragon' album was the first to go Top 20, and was accompanied by a sold out UK tour. 1983's 'The Eleventh Hour', 1985's 'On A Storyteller's Night' and 1986's (Roger Taylor produced) 'Vigilante' album all fared similarly well but it was 1988's 'Wings Of Heaven' LP which really broke the band into the mainstream, going gold, breaching the top 5 of the UK chart and spawning three top 30 singles - 'Days Of No Trust', Start Talkin' Love' and 'It Must Have Been Love'. During this period the band regularly graced the stages of such venues as Hammersmith Odeon and major UK Festivals as Reading and Castle Donington.


1990's 'Goodnight To L.A.' album also went Top 10, spawned the Top 40 single 'Rocking Chair' and was accompanied by a tour of the UK's Arena circuit, including venues such as Wembley Arena and the NEC. 1991's 'The Spirit', 1992's 'Sleepwalking' and 1994’s 'Rock Art', were followed by the announcement of the band’s demise and an extensive farewell tour, during which the band's 1996 live album, 'The Last Dance' was recorded.


Clarkin went on to work as a producer and songwriter for other artists, brought out two albums with Bob Catley in Hard Rain ('Hard Rain' in 1997 and 'When The Good Times Come' in 1999), and generally recharged his musical batteries.


Then, in the summer of 2001, Magnum reformed and began writing their February 2002 released ‘Breath Of Life’ album, released 8 years after ‘Rock Art’. "It was particularly inspiring for me to write and produce new material for Magnum,” Clarkin enthused at the time, continuing that "Compared to the Hard Rain tracks, the Magnum compositions are powerful, deeper, and more passionate.”


2004’s ‘Brand New Morning’ album was an even more accomplished body of work, and won over a host of new fans, as well documented on the ‘Livin’ The Dream’ live DVD, recorded in the UK in 2005, and released in 2006. Both ‘Princess Alice and The Broken Arrow’, released in March 2007, and ‘Into The Valley Of The Moon King’ Magnum’s last studio album, released in June 2009, proved how, like a good wine, this band just gets better with every year.


‘The Visitation’ Magnum’s latest masterwork, while immediately captivating when it first bounds out of the speakers, gets still better with every listen. “I’d even say that many of our songs reveal all their strong points only after you’ve heard them a few times,” Clarkin explains, adding: “Our brand-new compositions in particular feature a large number of harmony and rhythm changes, I feel they should definitely be heard a few times so you can discover their many details.”

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