A venerable Birmingham, England-based melodic hard rock outfit, Magnum emerged in the early ’70s, and over the decades developed a sound that straddled the line between heady art rock and commercial pop. Tangentially tied to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement of the late ’70s and early ’80s, the band found success in 1982 with the release of their third studio LP, Chase the Dragon, which spawned a handful of hit singles in the U.K.
They reached their commercial zenith in 1988 with their seventh effort, Wings of Heaven, which cracked the Top Ten at home and also made a strong showing in the European market.
The band ceased operations in 1995 after co-founders Bob Catley and Tony Clarkin decided to strike out on their own under the moniker Hard Rain, but they re-formed in the early 2000s. Beginning with 2002’s Breath of Life, Magnum 2.0, with Catley and Clarkin the sole original members, issued a string of well-received albums like The Visitation (2011), Lost on the Road to Eternity (2018), and The Monster Roars (2022), that found favour both at home and across Scandinavia and Western Europe.