Magnum – Into The Valley Of The Moonking (2009)


Magnum has been around since 1972 and after taking a break from 1995 to 2000 they came back stronger than ever. “Into The Valley Of The Moonking” is an excellent example of current Metal influenced Rock releases capturing the old school sound. This album will send the listener a few years of AC/DC and bands alike.

Having 15 full length albums during their career, Magnum does not seem to run out of ideas. They keep releasing excellent albums in the way that bands used to release albums years ago. The band will not win any awards for originality or anything, but the stick to what has worked for them, and they have managed to reach almost perfection in their genre.

The vocals, the guitar riffs, the drumming, everything in general, feels like an older release all the way. And this is what makes this band very interesting in these days, where some bands are experimenting here and there and destroying their signature sound, and other bands are just releasing iterations of re-hashed copies of their glory days work. Magnum continues to play the music they excel at, while adding hints of freshness in every album.

Musically this album is excellent, there is no dull song and there are memorable riffs and epic song sections that will have all fans of the band, and the genre, very pleased. The vocals are diverse and never get dull, they are the perfect match for a release like this. The vocalist vocal range is pretty good, and it shows that he is been doing music for years since he knows how to blend his vocals with the music.

Magnum has returned with other brilliant album, that all fans of classic rock and earlier Metal should add to their album collection. Even the occasional listener would appreciate this band to a great extent. While this type of music is not my cup of tea, I must say that I truly enjoyed this album and will be added to my regular rotation.

Band: Magnum Album: Into The Valley Of The Moonking
Label: SPV

Release: June 16, 2009

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Genre: Progressive Rock


Rating: 90/100

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