"Lost On The Road To Eternity" 

By The Gil-Man

 I definitely have a soft spot in my musical heart for any rock band that has been around for 40+ years and is still pumping out great music.  When given the chance to listen to and review long-time English rockers, Magnum's, new release, "Lost On The Road To Eternity", their 20th studio album, I jumped at the chance.

First of all, Magnum's long history of success is due to co-founders, Bob Catley (vocals) and songwriter Tony Clarkin (guitar).  Their melodic/hard rock style has made them regulars on the UK album charts for a long, long time and this album is no different, coming in at #15, their highest spot since their 8th studio album, "Goodnight L.A.", which charted at #9 in 1990.  In addition to Catley and Clarkin, Rick Benton (keyboards), Al Barrow (bass) and Lee Morris (drums) round out this group of talented musicians

To me, Magnum's sound most closely resembles the classic rock sound of the 70's and 80's, but with a fresh new face.  The opening tracks, "Peaches and Cream", "Show Me Your Hands" and "Storm Baby", are very catchy, with strong guitar riffs and prominent keyboard playing that are the signature of most of their songs.  The 8+ minute long, "Welcome to the Cosmic Cabaret", really shows off Bob Catley's vocals, strong and deliberate, while the title track, "Lost On the Road To Eternity", employs the Wolf Kerschek Orchestra to provide some added atmosphere, which works surprisingly well.

The record doesn't miss a beat with what might be my favorite song on the album, "Without Love" (the album's first single), or is it, "Glory to Ashes"?  Either way, they are both my favorites, but for different reasons.  Really, the most amazing thing to me is how uniquely different every song sounds, as the song writing is superb and the musicianship is top-notch.  My only regret is that I haven't been on the Magnum band-wagon for the last 40 years.  Thankfully though, Wormwood Chronicles main ghoul, Dr. Abner Mality, recently turned me on to these guys and I couldn't be more happy about it.

Long-time fans will love this release, destined to be one of Magnum's most popular ever, and newer fans will, like me, be searching for past releases to catch up on all of the great music we have been missing.  If you're a fan of melodic classic rock music, you will thoroughly enjoy this album, an album that will take you on a magical ride.