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Friday, April 8, 2011

Magnum: New Bob Catley Video Interview conducted an interview with Magnum singer Bob Catley on March 11, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.

MAGNUM's latest album, "The Visitation", was released in January via Steamhammer/SPV. The five Magnum members - Tony Clarkin (guitar), Bob Catley (vocals), Mark Stanway (keyboards), Al Barrow (bass) and Harry James (drums) - have invested all their passion, skill and great experience to come up with an optimum result. "I feel we haven't brought out one really weak album, yet none of our previous recordings featured a better production than 'The Visitation'," Clarkin stated. "This release sounds more rock-oriented and at the same time more personal than anything we've recorded so far, and it definitely features the widest range of stylistic directions and atmospheres. What makes it so special is the fact that the music's arrangements match the atmosphere and the lyrics' statements. Every cog turns perfectly within the wheelwork."

Magnum prove repeatedly on "The Visitation" that their lyrics are anything but superficial or mediocre: "Mother Nature's Final Dance" has the musicians decry the destructive way we treat our environment. "Just look at what's going on in the world at the moment, toxic red mud polluting a whole village in Hungary, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico - terrible. It's always a mix of greed and lack of responsibility which leads to these kinds of tragedies." The rock number "Freedom Day", a kind of paean of praise to self-determination, is equally profound. Clarkin: "We live in freedom in Europe, but looking at a lot of South-American or African countries, you see oppression, you see people living under the brutal reign of a dictator. That's why we say: let's fight for freedom."

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