The rock band Magnum were based around the Rum Runners night club in Birmingham, England - the famed establishment frequented by Black Sabbath, Wizard and Duran Duran. Magnum were originally the club's house band, playing a variety of covers. In 1975 they broke away from the constraints of the club and began playing their own material and soon secured a deal with Jet Records. Their debut album 'Kingdom of Madness' was well received by music critics and the band's fan base which had built up following their strenuous touring schedule supporting Judas Priest and Whitesnake. The release of 'Kingdom of Madness' coincided with the advent of punk and bands like Magnum found themselves struggling to compete in the charts with the plethora of new wave bands flooding the radio waves. Consequently, it wasn't until the release of their 1982 album 'Chase the Dragon' that the band started to enjoy the kind of commercial success critics had been predicting. Magnum went on to become a popular act within the UK rock scene regularly appearing at festivals until their split in 1995; Catley and Clarkin forming a new band called Hard Rain. The band reformed in 2001 and have since gone on to record eight studio albums including 'Brand New Morning' (2004), 'Into the Valley of the Moonking' (2009) and 'Escape from the Shadow Garden' (2014). Their 21st studio album, 'The Serpent Rings', was released in 2020.