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Forum Name: Proto-Prog and Prog-Related Lounge
Forum Description: Discuss bands and albums classified as Proto-Prog and Prog-Related
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Topic: Magnum
Posted By: salmacis
Subject: Magnum
Date Posted: April 15 2005 at 11:22

Would anyone else apart from me classify Magnum as prog rock?

I think they were like Styx and Kansas, in that they fused progressive elements like multi structured songs, with pop hooks.

Anyone else feel they are due a place on this site?

Posted By: greenback
Date Posted: April 15 2005 at 12:48
i have 3 albums, and the best one is storyteller: the guitar is extremely razor and aggressive. however,  it is not very prog.


Posted By: Easy Livin
Date Posted: April 15 2005 at 14:23
They certainly had the potential to be a good prog band, but they never really got there. Magnum made fine melodic rock, and albums like the excellent "Wings of heaven" did find them dabbling in prog on some tracks. I enjoy their music enormously, and would love to see them make the prog album they are capable of.

Posted By: Swinton MCR
Date Posted: April 15 2005 at 14:56
I think that Kingdom of Madness is definately PROG.......

If Music be the food of Love, Play on.......

Posted By: Miaugion
Date Posted: April 15 2005 at 15:21
One of my favourite bands ... but I wouldn't classify them as prog. They're somewhere between early Hogarth-Marillion and Queen. "Melodic Rock" is the label I guess ...

Posted By: valravennz
Date Posted: April 15 2005 at 18:36

Originally posted by Miaugion Miaugion wrote:

One of my favourite bands ... but I wouldn't classify them as prog. They're somewhere between early Hogarth-Marillion and Queen. "Melodic Rock" is the label I guess ...

I would agree with that sentiment and I would also like to say that Bob Catley is definitely one of the best rock vocalists - ever. He would leave many of the so called 'greats' in the dust!


"Music is the Wine that fills the cup of Silence"
- Robert Fripp

Posted By: Pylo
Date Posted: April 15 2005 at 18:50

IMHO "On a storyteller's night" is an excellent album and could be considered as prog rock (somewhere between art rock and hard rock)


Posted By: Fishy
Date Posted: April 16 2005 at 07:49
Yes I do think they should be included here. Tracks like "Only a memory", "On a storyteller's night" or "Don't wake the lion" are pure prog. A great deal of their fan base used to like prog. I know that lots of material isn't really prog but If Asia is included than Magnum should too. 

Posted By: Martinyesman
Date Posted: April 16 2005 at 09:57
Undoubtedly yes, it's criminal that they're not included in this site.

Posted By: lucas
Date Posted: April 16 2005 at 12:03 -  

Loved by millions, Magnum ice cream is the UK's No.1 ice cream brand.

"Magma was the very first gothic rock band" (Didier Lockwood)

Posted By: Reed Lover
Date Posted: April 16 2005 at 13:59

Lovely melodic proggish rock.But not a prog rock band per se!

Their 1992 Live DVD is available for 4.99 (inc free delivery) from - r=R2M&title=172694

On a winter's night in December 1992 Magnum took the stage before a capacity home town crowd packed into Birmingham Town Hall. This is the superb film of a triumphant festive romp through the greatest hits of the band captured at the very peak of form.




1. All England's Eyes
2. Vigilante
3. Pray For The Day
4. Les Morts Dansant
5. You're The One
6. On A Story Teller's Night
7. Stormy Weather
8. How Far Jerusalem
9. Only In America
10. Days Of No Trust
11. Kingdom Of Madness
12. Midnight
13. On Christmas Day
14. The Last Dance
15. One Sacred Hour
16. When The World Comes Down
17. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
18. Vigilante (TV Version) (Bonus Track)
19. Lonely Night (Bonus Track)
Big smile


Posted By: Progger
Date Posted: April 28 2005 at 13:07
Fantastic band. Tony Clarkin is so criminally underated as a songwriter. Just bought the expanded edition of 'Story Teller's Night'. 'Les Morts Dansant' is a rock song on the original demo!

Posted By: JamesLabrie
Date Posted: April 28 2005 at 13:54
I agree with the guys that say the exact genre is MELODIC ROCK, but they make it very personal, sometimes epic, sometimes bluesy or even jazzy...his vocalist is fantastic..though i dont like that much the other projects he has participated. Btw i have the same problem to rate a band like TOTO..they trully have prog or jazz intrumental moments...but i woundt ever consider prog...i dont think theres a genre that fits TOTO...;)

Posted By: greenback
Date Posted: April 29 2005 at 00:39

if you listen to storyteller, you will notice that the electric guitar quality sound on this album can easily be compared to judas priest (ram it down, screaming for vengeance & defenders of the faith)and headpins (turn it loud)!

it sounds a bit like FM cheesy hard rock band PHENOMENA, featuring cozy powell!!


Posted By: PROGMAN
Date Posted: April 29 2005 at 04:58
They're Proggish!!


Posted By: Rune2000
Date Posted: February 06 2009 at 17:43
Kingdom of Madness is definately PROG!

Just listen to the killer intro to "In The Beginning". If I remember correctly the album was recorded in 75' but wasn't released until 78'. In Prog terms that's a lifetime!

I definitely believe that the band would have been a whole lot more successful if they had released
Kingdom of Madness earlier.

Posted By: LinusW
Date Posted: February 07 2009 at 08:11
Wow. Talk about bump!

I certainly enjoy On A Storyteller's Night now and then (own it on LP), but I know very little about their other albums.

Posted By: Raff
Date Posted: February 07 2009 at 08:32
I own On a Storyteller's Night, which I wouldn't call my favourite album by any means. Bob Catley is indeed a great singer, but I find them ultimately a bit on the boring side. Prog? Not really, in my opinion, but definitely related. Therefore, I have no problem in seeing them there, even if their music is not exactly my cup of tea.

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