MAGNUM's thirteenth studio album, "Princess Alice And The Broken Arrow", marks one of the British rock legends' strongest productions in their career to date. "We worked over a year on these songs, but the effort was definitely worthwhile," comments vocalist Bob Catley. "This is undeniably the most complete and rounded album we’ve ever written. As far as I'm concerned, it's on a par with 'On A Storyteller's Night'."
Parallels with the classic are also reflected in the awesome cover artwork by fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. Matthews designed an impressive sleeve for "On A Storyteller's Night" in 1985, applying similarly perfect brush strokes to "Princess Alice And The Broken Arrow".
The eleven new songs on the album were written by guitarist Tony Clarkin, whose wealth of inspiration and compositional talent has been responsible for many a masterpiece in the history of MAGNUM. Clarkin and his well-rehearsed group, featuring Bob Catley, keyboard player Mark Stanway and bassist Al Barrow, as well as new addition Jimmy Copley (drums), make "Princess Alice And The Broken Arrow" a luxurious sonic experience that invites its listeners to dream away to, enjoying the music with all their senses. The first edition of the album will include a bonus DVD featuring making-of footage of the production, interviews with all band members, a studio video of the new MAGNUM track, "Dragons Are Real", and a slide show with exclusive pictures.
"Princess Alice And The Broken Arrow" is scheduled for release in Germany on March 23, rest of Europe on March 26 and in the U.S. on April 3 via SPV.
MAGNUM will be back live in Germany, Switzerland and U.K. in May, presenting, alongside their greatest hits, a number of tracks from their new album. "Although it has not been decided yet how many current numbers we will play on our tour, I know that tracks such as 'When We Were Younger', 'Eyes Wide Open', 'Out Of The Shadows' and 'Thank You For The Day' will blend in seamlessly with our classics," promises Catley, well aware that this statement is a seal of approval for those songs.
Upcoming MAGNUM shows:
May 04 - Lagerhalle - Osnabrück, Germany
May 05 - Columbia Club - Berlin, Germany
May 07 - Spectrum - Augsburg, Germany
May 08 - Z7 - Pratteln Switzerland
May 10 - Colossaal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
May 11 - Capitol - Hannover, Germany
May 12 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany
May 13 - Kantine - Cologne, Germany
May 17 - The Garage - Glasgow, UK
May 18 - The Academy - Newcastle, UK
May 19 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
May 20 - The Academy - Bristol, UK
May 23 - The Academy 2 - Manchester, UK
May 24 - Wulfrun Hall - Wolverhampton, UK
May 25 - Rio's - Bradford, UK
May 26 - The Astoria - London, UK
Jul. 28 - Rock Of Ages Festival - Seebronn/Rottenburg, Germany