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  MAGNUM RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'ESCAPE FROM THE SHADOW GARDEN'
13 February 2014



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Supreme British Melodic Hard Rock group Magnum have confirmed the release of their utterly compelling new studio album, 'Escape From The Shadow Garden' on Steamhammer / SPV on March 24th. Like a vintage bottle of champagne, Magnum just get better and better with age, and never is this more evident than on 'Escape From The Shadow Garden', the band's nineteenth studio album.

Magnum mastermind Tony Clarkin started working on 'Escape From The Shadow Garden' merely a month after the release of its illustrious predecessor, 'On The 13th Day', which crashed in to the UK national album chart at 43 and number 3 on the Rock & Metal chart, on release in October 2012. But as with all artists, creativity never comes at the push of a button; either angst or a certain amount of peace and serenity is required for inspiration, and Clarkin is certainly no exception to this rule.

"We used to be under permanent pressure from our record companies" he notes, recalling that "They kept calling us, demanding hit singles and radio numbers. But that sort of thing doesn't work on demand. Now we're with SPV, where it's a totally different situation. They give us the necessary time and trust us to do the right thing. That's probably the reason why I enjoy working with Magnum again."

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Clarkin's regained joy is omnipresent on each and every one of the eleven wonderfully melodic, timeless, distinctively classic Magnum rock songs on 'Escape From The Shadow Garden'. Tony modestly explains that "I simply told myself: you're a passable guitarist, so you should play the guitar. As the band's guitarist and producer, I have all the freedom I need to create exactly what I feel like creating. This band has certain unmistakable trademarks; among them are my feel for melodies and Bob's unique vocal style."

Particularly spangling gems of new songs on 'Escape From The Shadow Garden' include epic opener 'Live 'Til You Die', the groove-laden, hard rocking 'Too Many Clowns', the poignant, balladic 'Don't Fall Asleep', and gorgeous album closer 'The Valley Of Tears', with its tinkling ivories and luscious soundscapes.

A month after release, Magnum head out on a thirteen date April / May UK tour. Dates are:

19th April SOUTHAMPTON - The Brook
20th April BUCKLEY - Tivoli
22nd April OXFORD - O2
23rd April BRISTOL - O2
24th April NORWICH - Waterfront
25th April LEAMINGTON SPA - Assembly Halls
26th April MANCHESTER - The Ritz
28th April NOTTINGHAM - Rock City
29th April GLASGOW - Garage
30th April NEWCASTLE - O2
2nd May HOLMFIRTH - Picturedome
3rd May WOLVERHAMPTON - Wulfrun Hall
4th May LONDON - Islington Town Hall

'Escape From The Shadow Garden', the cover of which has once again been created by fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Asia, Nazareth, Eloy); "Is a release which forges an arch to the early days of Magnum's career" muses Clarkin, adding "And that's wonderful! I was really happy when my friend Jimmy Lea of Slade came to visit me at the studio again and said: 'You've done it again?'"

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TRACKLISTING:

Digipak Version
CD
1. Live 'Til You Die
2. Unwritten Sacrifice
3. Falling For The Big Plan
4. Crying In The Rain
5. Too Many Clowns
6. Midnight Angel
7. The Art Of Compromise
8. Don't Fall Asleep
9. Wisdom's Had Its Day
10. Burning River
11. The Valley Of Tears

DVD
Bonus Features
Recorded Over Six Nights In Europe Live Footage
(Black Skies - Freedom Day - All My Bridges - On A Storyteller's Night)

Extras (On tour Footage)
(Too Many Clowns - Dance Of The Black Tattoo)

Jewel case Version
1. Live 'Til You Die
2. Unwritten Sacrifice
3. Falling For The Big Plan
4. Crying In The Rain
5. Too Many Clowns
6. Midnight Angel
7. The Art Of Compromise
8. Don't Fall Asleep
9. Wisdom's Had Its Day
10. Burning River
11. The Valley Of Tears

LP Version

LP 1 Side One
1. Live 'Til You Die
2. Unwritten Sacrifice
3. Falling For The Big Plan
LP 1 Side Two
1. Crying In The Rain
2. Too Many Clowns
3. Midnight Angel
LP 2 Side One 1. The Art Of Compromise
2. Don't Fall Asleep
3. Wisdom's Had Its Day
LP 2 Side Two
10. Burning River
11. The Valley Of Tears
12. Dance Of The Black Tattoo (live) - bonus track

LINE-UP:
Tony Clarkin - guitars
Bob Catley - vocals
Mark Stanway - keyboards
Al Barrow - bass
Harry James - drums

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