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1) MAGNUS is one of the pioneers of the wave in Poland formed in 1987. In the 80's when DEATH was being born, MAGNUS blazed a trail of an innovative style of fast and heavy play. The first in Poland and one of the first bands in the world which highlit music with a controversial and rare image, as black uniforms filled with thorns were in those times. Band split up in 1997.

2) Magnus is a joint dance project of Tom Barman - heart and soul of Antwerp rockers dEUS - and CJ Bolland - DJ-producer and key figure in the international techno scene.

‘First one to call Magnus a side-project will get his teeth kicked in by me personally’ Barman grins. The message is clear: we’re not talking about a quick inbetweenie here, but a close and successful encounter between two musicians with radically distinct musical backgrounds, who took it to a recording studio in search of a common sound.

C.J. Bolland’s interest in electronic music started at a very young age. His inspiration came from artists as diverse as Jean-Michel Jarre to Kraftwerk. Although world renowned as the master of Techno, C.J. has experimented with all aspects of electronic music - not only on his own albums, but also on remixes for pop and underground artists alike.

The Magnus debut album aims to hit body rather than mind and is totally dedicated to rhythm. Tom Barman calls the opener - uncoincidentally called Rhythm Is Deified - a declaration of intent, while the moody closing track Assault on Magnus should be regarded as the ‘hangover after the party’.

Magnus stands for . Which means party. Magnus is an CD meant to be played loud, if possible at volume - so you can get your feet on the floor and shake your booty.

Barman's alliance with CJ Bolland was a means to free himself from classic rock-song standards, the old verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure. But even though beats dominate this album, most tracks still contain an awful lot of ‘song’ in them. ‘I can’t get rid of it, I guess’, says Barman.

Magnus originally started out as a threepiece, but soon Peter Vermeersch – composer, tenor sax and clarinet player of X-Legged Sally and Flat Earth Society – was obliged to step out, due to a busy agenda.

It is true that CJ Bolland was responsible for the technical side of this project, but creatively and on a production level, both felt they were very complementary to each other. Magnus helped them grow closer together, musically.

2) MAGNUS is one of the pioneers of the thrash death wave in Poland. In the 80's when death thrash was being born, MAGNUS blazed a trail of an innovative style of fast and heavy play. The first in Poland and one of the first bands in the world which highlit music with a controversial and rare image, as black uniforms filled with thorns were in those times.

3) Magnus is a experimental pop/rock band from Chicago, USA.
Album: Sleepwalker (2004)

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