Power of Metal.dk Review

On the 13th Day
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 21 September, 2012
Playing time: 57:19

The dynamic duo of guitarist Tony Clarkin and vocalist Bob Catley has been in the driving seat of British Hard Rock scene for the past 40 years. Even though they released their opus magnum "On a Storyteller's Night" all the way back in 1984, they have continued to release one great hard rock epos after another.

To this day they have not released a bad album, sure some have been better than other, and "On the 13th Day" continues the trend. They stay safe within the confines of the sound they've established so long ago, and the trademarks are still Tony's signature riffs and leads and Bob's charismatic voice.

Being a life-long fan of Magnum, I do think I am able to compare and rate "On the 13th Day" - and it ends up somewhere in the middle of the pack. The magic is missing, and it's like it never really takes off. But that's by no means an indication of a bad Magnum album, just that their back catalogue is so strong.

This is a very solid album from the forefathers of British Hard Rock, and an album that fits nicely in their traditional sound universe and while I might not be as thrilled as I were about "The Visitation" or "Into the Valley of the Moonking" it's still a very good hard rock album!

01. All the Dreamers (7.09)
02. Blood Red Laughter (4.40)
03. Didn't Like You Anyway (4.33)
04. On the 13th Day (5.35)
05. So Let It Rain (4.50)
06. Dance of the Black Tattoo (5.16)
07. Shadow Town (5.57)
08. Putting Things In Place (4.41)
09. Broken Promises (4.55)
10. See How They Fall (4.56)
11. From Within (4.42)
Label: Steamhammer
Distribution: Playground Music (Scandinavia)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: 19 September, 2012
Website: www.magnumonline.co.uk