Influential British melodic hard rockers MAGNUM will release their 19th studio album, "Escape From The Shadow Garden", on March 25 (one day earlier internationally) via Steamhammer/SPV. The effort will be made available as a limited digipak edition with bonus material, as a double colored vinyl LP, standard jewel case CD and download. The cover artwork was once again created by famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (ASIA, NAZARETH, ELOY).
Says MAGNUM: "OK so we have been locked away at M2 studio working on what we think is one hell of an album. We literally have just finished mixing the tracks and they are sounding fantastic, even if we say so ourselves."
Adds bassist Al Barrow: "I have just spent the last few hours listening to the album and it has to be one of the most powerful albums I have had the pleasure of being part of. Every track has a killer chorus and the production is just top notch. I got goosebumps! Everyone has put so much of themselves into this album. The tracks have everything I think a MAGNUM fan will ever want to hear. Energy, power and passion. The lyrics take you to all sorts of places painting images as the music pushes along with so much force."
States guitarist Tony Clarkin: "I had a feeling of freedom when coming to write the lyrics for this album and I am very happy with how it has turned out."
Says vocalist Bob Catley: "I can't wait for everyone to hear this. It's going to blow them away. I say it with every album, this is our best, but I really have to say it again, this not just the best — it's beyond that!"
Adds the band: "So all that needs to be done now is wait for March to roll around. We wished it was sooner, and we can't wait to get out on the road to play some of these new tracks and some classic MAGNUM songs for you all.
"We're very excited to be sharing the stage with SAGA on the German/Swiss part of the 2014 tour.
"By now you will have seen the new artwork. Once again, Rodney has gone beyond the call with this cover.
"We can't wait for you all to see the full double gatefold version.
"Already we have seen so much positive feedback about artwork and photos so far.
"Everything about this new album is a step up and we believe we have taken it to another level.
"We know you're going to love this new album."
MAGNUM's last CD, "On The 13th Day", came out in September 2012.