Lost on the Road to Eternity

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Lost on the Road to Eternity
Magnum - Lost On The Road To Eternity.png
Studio album by
Released19 January 2018
GenreRock
Length66:53
LabelSteamhammer Records/SPV
Magnum chronology
The Valley of Tears – The Ballads
(2017)
Lost on the Road to Eternity
(2018)
Live at the Symphony Hall
(2019)

Lost on the Road to Eternity is the 20th studio album from the rock group Magnum. The album was released on 19 January 2018.[1] It is the group's first album to feature Lee Morris on drums and Rick Benton on keyboards.[2] It is also the longest studio album the band has released to date (not counting bonus tracks).

The album features Tobias Sammet on the title track, an artistic thank you by the Avantasia frontman for Bob Catley's numerous guest appearances on his albums.[3] It was the last studio album by Magnum to feature bassist Al Barrow, as he retired from the band a year and a half after the album's release.[4]

The cover was painted by Rodney Matthews, and features almost every character from The Wizard of Oz and Lewis Carroll’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.[5]

Commercially, Lost on the Road to Eternity became one of the most successful Magnum albums to date, and it was well-received by critics across Europe.[5] It became the first Magnum album to reach the Top 10 in the German charts and the second to do so in the Swiss charts, peaking at 8 in both.[6][7] It also charted 15 in the United Kingdom, the band's highest position there since 1990.[8] The album entered charts in France and the United States, a first in the band's history.[5]

Song themes[edit]

"Peaches and Cream" is about life not being as easy as people say; one has to work hard to earn success.[9]

"Show Me Your Hands" is about Magnum's loyal fan base. Tony Clarkin was inspired to write the song after performing in front of a very enthusiastic audience on a tour in Germany.[9]

"Storm Baby" is a love song, and features clear creative input by Rick Benton.[5]

"Welcome to the Cosmic Cabaret" was inspired by the city of Istanbul, which Clarkin describes as a "magical city" due to all the history that unfolded there, stretching back to the time of the Roman Empire.[9]

"Lost on the Road to Eternity" is about people being lost and needing guidance in life, "the road to eternity" being an analogy for life. The theme on the album cover is taken from this track.[9]

"Without Love" is about children in Third World countries who grow up without their parents, hence "without love".[5] The song was partly inspired by pictures taken by Clarkin's son-in-law while travelling in Vietnam; the cover of the single is from this collection, featuring a child who had just asked him for chocolate.[9]

"Tell Me What You've Got to Say" is about people who talk badly about others in public, instead of speaking with them directly.[5] Clarkin described it as a song about "people who cause you problems".[9]

"Ya Wanna Be Someone" is about being conceited and narcissistic. Clarkin declined elaborating any further, saying he could get into "so much trouble" if he did. However, he did say that contrary to speculations, it is not about Mark Stanway, with whom the band had a fallout the previous winter.[9]

"Forbidden Masquerade" is about drinking problems, which Clarkin himself used to have, and about how much better life gets once one overcomes them.[9]

"Glory to Ashes" is an anti-war song.[9]

"King of the World" is about founding figures of the great religions and how people worship them. The song is not a critique of religion, but rather an expression of fascination with those individuals. Although the song makes several references that clearly point to Jesus (scarlet robe, the kiss of Judas), Clarkin stated that the message could apply to Christianity, Islam and other religions alike.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Tony Clarkin.

Original 2018 CD release
No.TitleLength
1."Peaches and Cream"4:54
2."Show Me Your Hands"5:45
3."Storm Baby"6:13
4."Welcome to the Cosmic Cabaret"8:08
5."Lost on the Road to Eternity" (featuring Tobias Sammet)5:54
6."Without Love"5:55
7."Tell Me What You've Got to Say"6:27
8."Ya Wanna Be Someone"5:56
9."Forbidden Masquerade"5:02
10."Glory to Ashes"5:35
11."King of the World"7:04
Bonus live disc
No.TitleLength
12."Sacred Blood – Divine Lies" (live)6:48
13."Crazy Old Mothers" (live)5:35
14."Your Dreams Won't Die" (live)5:56
15."Twelve Men Wise and Just" (live)6:21

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[10] 22
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 8
Scottish Albums (OCC)[12] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 23
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 8
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.magnumonline.co.uk/index.html
  2. ^ Album review: MAGNUM – Lost On The Road To Eternity
  3. ^ MAGNUM - Lost On The Road To Eternity Album Due In January; TOBIAS SAMMET Guests On Title Track
  4. ^ Alan Barrow Youtube channel
  5. ^ a b c d e f 30. Lost On The Road To Eternity - with famous support, Magnum biography, Martin Vielhaber.
  6. ^ "Suchergebnisse in den deutschen Charts". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  7. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community - Suche nach: magnum". Hitparade.ch (in German). Swiss Hitparade. Archived from the original on 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  8. ^ "UK Official Charts". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j You Spin Me Round: The Album Review Show - Edition 10, Part 2: 15th Jan 2018, MetalTalk.net, Jan 15, 2018. Accessed Jun 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Magnum – Lost on the Road to Eternity" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Magnum – Lost on the Road to Eternity" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 27 January 2018. Click on "Veckans albumlista".
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Magnum – Lost on the Road to Eternity". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 January 2018.