Magnum Sacred Blood, Divine Lies on Limited Edition 2LP + CD
For a musician like Tony Clarkin who composes constantly, viewing and selecting the material he has written is always one of the most significant moments during the creation process of a new Magnum album. On the one hand it's a luxury to have the opportunity to separate the wheat from the chaff and to be in a position to use only the strongest numbers. On the other hand it's also a difficult process, because after all the creator of those songs has grown fond of every single one of them.
"I usually start composing for our next album immediately after the release of the previous one," Clarkin explains. "When Escape From The Shadow Garden arrived at the stores in March 2014, my thoughts had already turned to our next recording." Clarkin wrote 25 new songs during the subsequent months, the most promising 13 of which were selected for Sacred Blood Divine Lies. Ten of those tracks made it onto the new album.
The ten numbers on the regular album present Magnum from their most rocking side again. The epicenter of this soundquake features, along with frontman Bob Catley's charismatic voice, Clarkin's awesome riff and lead guitar which provides the all important substructure to the songs. Courtesy of his driving style, Sacred Blood, Divine Lies counts without a doubt among the group's most dynamic releases.
Clarkin adds, "I've always been into rock numbers. But it isn't necessarily that easy to write really good rock material. It's much more simple to compose a ballad. But that dynamic pace suits Magnum perfectly." Clarkin is referring mainly to the title track and opener of the new album. "I feel that Bob delivered it really well. As far as I am concerned, ´Sacred Blood Devine Lies` is definitely likely to join the ranks of great Magnum classics. So it comes as no surprise that ´Sacred Blood Divine Lies` with its significant message became the album title."
Of course there are more highlights on this thoroughly powerful recording. Clarkin was inspired to write the anthemic "Gypsy Queen" at a concert in St. Petersburg, a city which deeply impressed him with its unique atmosphere. By no means less memorable is "Your Dreams Won't Die" which is based on a piano chord sequence and could lead you to believe that Magnum have put to music their own band philosophy.