IT does make the editor here feel a little old, but he remembers the last time Magnum played Belfast a quarter of a century ago. And now the legendary rockers are coming back on May 27th, 2016 in Limelight1.
And, to say we're excited is an understatement. They may no longer be riding the upper echelons of the album and single charts, but for hard rock fans they've never stopped being consistent and deliver brilliant albums time and time again.
Here's the full press release:
British rock legends MAGNUM have confirmed their return to Ireland with a date at The Limelight, Belfast on Friday 27 May 2016, the bands’ first in over 25 years on these shores.
Tickets are on sale now from all usual Ticketmaster outlets and Katy’s Bar, Belfast.
Their brand new studio album titled ‘Sacred Blood "Devine" Lies’ is released worldwide on February 26th 2016.
For a musician like Tony Clarkin who composes constantly, viewing and selecting the material he has written is always one of the most significant moments during the creation process of a new Magnum album. On the one hand it’s a luxury to have the opportunity to separate the wheat from the chaff and to be in a position to use only the strongest numbers. On the other hand it’s also a difficult process, because after all the creator of those songs has grown fond of every single one of them. I usually start composing for our next album immediately after the release of the previous one, Clarkin explains.
When Escape From The Shadow Garden arrived at the stores in March 2014, my thoughts had already turned to our next recording. Clarkin wrote 25 new songs during the subsequent months, the most promising 13 of which were selected for Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies. Ten of those tracks made it onto the new album, the other three onto the included bonus CD. It would have been too much of a shame to disregard them, Clarkin reckons, particularly since our fans want to know after every release what happened to the rest of the material. This time they’re getting it in addition to the album tracks."
The ten numbers on the regular album present Magnum from their most rocking side again. The epicentre of this soundquake features, along with frontman Bob Catley’s charismatic voice, Clarkin’s awesome riff and lead guitar which provides the all-important substructure to the songs. Courtesy of his driving style, Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies counts without a doubt among the groups’ most dynamic releases. Clarkin: I’ve always been into rock numbers. But it isn’t necessarily that easy to write really good rock material. It’s much more simple to compose a ballad. But that dynamic pace suits Magnum perfectly."
Clarkin is referring mainly to the title track and opener of the new album. I feel that Bob delivered it really well, Clarkin praises his vocalist Bob Catley. As far as I am concerned, ´Sacred Blood "Devine" Lies` is definitely likely to join the ranks of great Magnum classics. So it comes as no surprise that ´Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies` with its significant message became the album title.
Of course there are more highlights on this thoroughly powerful recording. Clarkin was inspired to write the anthemnic ´Gypsy Queen` at a concert in St. Petersburg, a city which deeply impressed him with its unique atmosphere. By no means less memorable is ´Your Dreams Won’t Die´ which is based on a piano chord sequence and could lead you to believe that Magnum have put to music their own band philosophy. "To me, the title and lyrics have an almost religious depth," says Clarkin. "There’s a saying that somebody is not forgotten if their name is remembered." A successful rock group like Magnum should be entitled to eternal renown, shouldn’t it? Says Clarkin: "You want my honest opinion? I don’t think that far ahead, but of course it’s a nice notion that this band may always be remembered because so many people love our music."
And last but not least: Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies closes with a song which surprised even Clarkin. "I liked the general sound of ´Don’t Cry Baby` from the start," he remarks. "Although I initially didn’t have a lyric, the melody kept going through my head, as well as the chorus with acoustic and e-guitars plus piano. We even kept the drums from the demo version because our drummer Harry James liked them so much. He said: ´I love it the way it is. We shouldn’t change a thing about it."
So here it is: Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies has been scheduled for release by Steamhammer/SPV on 26 February 2016 and will – you don’t need to be a clairvoyant to predict this – be loved by the bands’ fans. That Clarkin will probably already have his mind on Magnums’ next release by that time – well, that’s another story.
Magnum plus guests – Limelight 1, Belfast – Friday 27 May. Doors: 7pm – Early Show. Tickets on sale now from http://www.ticketmaster.ie/ and all usual outlets including Katy’s Bar & DV8, Belfast. 24 Hr CC Bookings on 0844 847 2455.
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