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At this time of year I'm normally making a drunken fool of myself at the Hard Rock Hell Festival over the border in the coldest depths of Wales. However this year I opted not to go because Magnum were playing on my home soil and it was a gig I didn't want to miss, especially as in my opinion Magnum were the best band at last year's Hard Rock Hell extravaganza.

Since Magnum reformed in 2001 after a hiatus of six years, the pomp rockers from Birmingham have been making some of the best music in their (almost) forty year career. 'On The Thirteenth Day' is the seventeenth album and is right up there amongst some of their strongest output.

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For the UK leg of the tour the support came from Trillium. Led by Amanda Sommerville, a beautiful young lass from Michigan who has made a name for herself on the euro goth Metal scene providing backing vocals for bands such as Epica, Kamelot and Avantasia.

With her band Trillium the four piece made many new friends as they cleanly cut their way through their set of crunchy melodies with the operatic tones of Sommerville who looked stunning with her long blonde mane. Sommerville had a friendly approachable manner with the fans down the front and stood out from other bands of this genre by simply enjoying the music. Certainly a band to look out for.

bob catley magnum

Magnum have seen it all, living through all the rock fads that have come and gone and are still holding strong with their own unique blend of melodic pomp rock with a very British feel. Magnum rightly have enough confidence in their later day material that the first part of the set is made up of tracks from that period including the storming opener 'All The Dreamers' from the latest album. 'Blood Red Laughter' is another well received new track whilst 'Brand New Morning' from the album of the same name is now reaching classic status.

Bob Catley's voice was a little under the weather as he was suffering from a cold but he was still in fine fettle. Tony Clarkin is a man who shows little emotion but surely must be full of pride with the crowd's reaction. They are right behind the band from the very first song.

bob catley magnum

Harry H James is an underrated drummer and is one of the best in the country providing a very solid back bone. Mark Stanway is having the time of his life on the keys whilst new boy, bassist Al Barrow, has fitted into Magnum very well.

An extended 'How Far Jerusalem' is magnificent while 'The Flood' from 92s overlooked 'Sleepwalking' album makes a welcome return. The acoustic 'The Spirit' is a timeless gem and 'Vigilante' and 'Kingdom Of Madness' is Magnum at their very best, the perfect cue for Catley to do his trademark hand expressing gestures.

bob catley magnum

Surprising the Russ Ballard penned 'Rockin' Chair' was back in the set for the encore and why not when you've got the lyric "I don't need no rocking chair" because Magnum certainly don't. The pipe and slippers are on hold for a long time yet.

'Days Of No Trust' ended a glorious night from one of rock's most understated bands.

Mark interviewed Bob Catley just before this gig and you can see the interview right here.

bob catley magnum

Set lists

Machine Gun
Into The Dissonance
Bow To The Ego
Set Afire
Path Of Least Resistance
Utter Descension

All The Dreamers
When We Were Younger
Blood Red Laughter
Wild Angels
Brand New Morning
How Far Jerusalem
The Flood
Les Morts Dansant
The Spirit
Dance Of The Black Tattoo
All My Bridges
All England Eyes
Kingdom Of Madness

See How They Fall
Rockin' Chair
Days Of No Trust

bob catley magnum

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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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