No Concept Behind New Magnum Album Title
Tony Clarkin renamed Magnum’s upcoming album The Thirteenth Day after searching the web and realising his original idea was too common.
The band’s 18th studio record is released on September 19 in Scandinavia, September 21 in Germany, September 24 in Europe and October 2 in North America.
The eleven-track work will be available in jewel case, limited-edition digipak with bonus disc and double-vinyl formats.
Clarkin tells DPRP: “The title comes from one of the first songs I wrote for the album.
“When I started it was called On The Twelfth Day – but when I looked on the internet there were like a million songs and movies called On The Twelfth Day, so I changed the title into On The Thirteenth Day.
“Of course, you have things like that horror film, Friday The Thirteenth, but the only other thing I could find was an Indian film that had something to do with the thirteenth day.
“The thirteenth has got dominance and there’s something mystical about it, so that’s why I chose that title.”
Magnum remain with European label SPV despite the firm’s recent near-collapse. Clarkin says: “We re-signed to them and they have been very honest with us. It looked like it was going to be a total disaster, but it didn’t turn out like a catastrophe at all.”
But a financial disaster closer to home came in the form of technological advance, where computer-based production systems rendered the band’s expensive studio gear almost valueless.
“We set up our own studio over ten years ago,” Clarkin explains. “We bought a 48-track recording device, a desk and all that stuff. It’s worth nothing now.
“Machines we bought for £20,000 are costing no more than £2000 nowadays. I sold the desk for about three pence.
“Technology moved on so quickly when Pro Tools, Logic and things like that came on the market. All the effects you’d ever want you’ve got in your programs.”
Nevertheless, Magnum will continue to work in recording studios for the foreseeable future. “You can make a record in the house,” Clarkin notes, “But I play very loud and you could never do that in your house.”