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magnum 13th day

And 'On The Thirteenth Day' Magnum gave us their eighteenth studio album which sees the band return to a sound heard around their 'Chase The Dragon' era thirty years ago but with the smooth commercial clout of the 'Vigilante' era.

Ever since the resurrection of the Midlands based rockers with 'Brand New Morning' in 2004, Magnum have improved with every release, winning over any doubters with the critically acclaimed album 'The Vistation'. Even the two brand new songs they recorded for the 'compliation' album 'Evolution' last year were by no means cheap throwaways. Tony Clarkin still has the midas touch when it comes to writing melodic pomp rock yet still remaining quintessentially British.

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'On The Thirteenth Day' has the progressive pomp rock of Kansas mixed with indulgence of Queen. Bob Catley's vocals have matured in time to a more gravely soothing pitch, Mark Stanway's keyboards soar all over this album in only the right places and Clarkin's none aggresive guitar hooks lure the listener in whilst Thunder moonlighter Harry H James keeps it all in place at the rear.

The album blasts off into 'Sacred Hour' territory with 'All The Dreamers', 'See How They Fall' is a romp through melodic heaven with a rocking big chorus,the playground taunt of 'Didn't Like You Anyway' is a tune that embodies in your musical mind and 'So Let It Rain' and 'Broken Promises' are prime slices of AOR.

Fans of Magnum who lost interest in the band after their commercial fall to grunge should re-invest their time in these faithful Brummies because I can't think of any other bands out there who are doing what Magnum uniquely do.

13 could well prove to be Magnum's lucky number.


Video interview with Tony Clarkin December 2011
Review of 'Evolution'




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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