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3 stars This album could possibly be their best since Wings of Heaven.

The production isn't as loud and distorted as their recent outings. The band sounds young and energetic, like they sounded in the days of Storyteller's Night and Chase the Dragon.

The first thing that is noticable is that Mark Stanway doesn't play on this record. Is he missed? Not really. I hate to say it, but Rick Benton was maybe exactly what Magnum needed.

In recent years Magnum sounded washed out, more as a four-to-the-floor rockband like AC/DC than a melodic rockband bordering symphonic rock. Thanks to the new keyboardplayer, they have more flavour and colour to their sound.

Another big change is the drummer, Harry James (Thunder) is an excellent drummer, but he is more a rockdrummer. The new drummer (Lee Morris) is playful and reminds more of the rhythmic acrobats of star-drummer Mickey Barker (I always missed his drumming since the reunion of Magnum).

Of course Catley is singing great, more gritty but still melodic as ever. Clarkin plays a lot of good riffs and solos but thanks to the new bandmembers he is not the main character anymore.

The last 20 years were difficult for the band and on most albums there were at least 2 or 3 good songs, but on this new album, every track is a killer. I would really recommend this album to everyone that loves pomprock infused symphonic rock. Maybe not much much progressive rock here, but really great melodic rock.

Kingsnake | 3/5 |


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