According to Blabbermouth.net, Influential British melodic hard rockers MAGNUM will release their 19th studio album, “Escape From The Shadow Garden”, on March 25 (one day earlier internationally) via Steamhammer/SPV. The effort will be made available as a limited digipak edition with bonus material, as a double colored vinyl LP, standard jewel case CD and download. The cover artwork was once again created by famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (ASIA, NAZARETH, ELOY).
MAGNUM bassist Al Barrow previously stated about “Escape From The Shadow Garden”: “It’s a killer album; you’re gonna love it. Very up-tempo, balls-to-the-wall guitars, lots of keyboards and Bob‘s [Catley] done some fantastic vocals. Tony [Clarkin, guitar] has surpassed himself once again with the songwriting. Harry [James, drums]… well, that goes without saying, he’s got us rocking our socks off.”
MAGNUM‘s last CD, “On The 13th Day”, came out in September 2012.
Three weeks after the release of “Escape From The Shadow Garden”, MAGNUM will kick off a huge European tour.
Long-running UK act MAGNUM and Canadian prog rockers SAGA have announced a 2014 co-headlining tour in Germany and Switzerland.
Tour dates include:
8 – Dortmund, Germany – FZW
9 – Koln, Germany – E-Werk
10 – Emden, Germany – Nordseehalle
12 – Hamburg, Germany – Docks
13 – Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s Neue Welt
15 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Garage
17 – Offenbach, Germany – Capitol
19 – Obertraubling, Germany – Airport
20 – Nurnberg, Germany – Rockfabrik
22 – Munchen, Germany – Circus Krone
23 – Pratteln, Switzerland – 27
24 – Ravensburg, Germany – Club Oberschwabenhalle
Saga released Spin It Again – Live In Munich last week. More info can be found here. Magnum will release Escape From The Shadow Garden in early 2014. More info on that can be found at this location.
On March 30th Avantasia will release their new album “The Mystery Of Time”. Several journalists have already made comments that the new epic might mark the best Avantasia album ever, featuring ten tracks and guest stars such as Biff Byford (SAXON), Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, ex-HELLOWEEN), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE), Eric Martin (MR. BIG), Ronnie Atkins (PRETTY MAIDS), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Russell Gilbrook (URIAH HEEP) and more.
Now another vocalist can be confirmed for the album: Bob Catley, legendary frontman of British Epic Rock storytellers MAGNUM. And Bob will not only be featured on the album, besides Michael Kiske, Amanda Somerville and Eric Martin, Bob has also been confirmed to join Avantasia on their forthcoming world tour. For their own April indoor shows (not festivals), Avantasia have been confirmed to play three-hour special shows, not only celebrating the release of their forthcoming album, but also embracing all eras of the bands history.
Avantasia’s complete routing is available at this location.
The cover artwork for The Mystery Of Time, hand-painted by world famous British fantasy painter Rodney Matthews, can be seen below:
The Mystery Of Time tracklist is as follows:
‘The Watchmakers’ Dream’
‘Where Clock Hands Freeze’
‘Savior In The Clockwork’
‘Invoke The Machine’
‘What’s Left Of Me’
‘Dweller In A Dream’
‘The Great Mystery’