After the news regarding Magnus Rosén’s departure from Avalanch, wanted to hear more about Rosen’s future plans and what he has been up to since leaving HammerFall back in 2007.

Photo: Gabriel Henningson

A while ago we could read that you decided to leave Avalanch, the Spanish power metal band you have been a part of since 2017. I know that you don’t want to talk about why you left, but maybe you could tell me how the last year has been?

Magnus: It’s been a pleasure to play with Avalanch. They are fantastic musicians and the music is great. The best of all is the wonderful fans that supported us. During my time in Avalanch we played in Spain, South America, Latin America and Cuba. And personally I love Spain! I have actually been thinking about moving there; it’s a country of wonderful people, good food and nice climate. All in ones, haha!

But, I also like the north. I have played a few times in Svalbard; and I love Svalbard and Norway. About Sweden I have nothing to say…

The last year I have been giving lectures to younger people in schools etc., where I’ve talked about attitude, dreams and visions for the future. I have also been to China a few times with my solo bass show, and in Bangladesh where I played for 100 million TV viewers. So, the last years has been quite busy!

How did you end up in Avalanch in the first place?

Magnus: It was a friend named Paulo Baron, a manager from Brazil, who recommended me to Alberto [Rionda] and Avalanch. He did one of our first tours in South America with HammerFall when I played with them. It was fantastic that he remembered me after all this years. So, a big thanks to Paulo Baron!

Before Avalanch it’s difficult to keep track on what you have been up to. It seems you are everywhere! And in your statement on Facebook you mentioned «collecting food for poor people in South America», you have been «engaged With music against violence» and «fought for equal rights between men and women». 

If we put music a side; could you tell me about your work besides music?

Magnus: I’m not better than other people, I only believe that we can try to make the world a better place. I use my small celebrity status to put my finger on things I think is important in life. Right now, I feel that our world is upside down. So, if it’s possible to inspire people to care about each other, then we are on the right track.

It’s been 11 years since you left HammerFall. Time flies and I can’t remember why you decided to leave. What was the reason?

Magnus: Thanks for this question. I never told the press about it, because I think that problems needs to be handled within the Group or band, and not With the media or other People that is not involved. It’s so many People that are talking bad about each other, and I don’t want to be one of them. I quit HammerFall, and so did Stefan Elmgren, Anders Johansson and Patrik Räfling.

You were part of the band for ten years, releasing five albums. Do you have a favorite album? And thinking back; how was those ten years?

Magnus: My favorite album is Legacy Of Kings [1998]. Regarding my 10 years with HammerFall, I’m very happy. I got a chance to meet people all around the world, and at the same time play music. And that is my dream. If I was very rich I would love to play all over the world only to make charity concerts for people who have a hard life. Unfortunately I’m not that rich, but it’s a dream I have.

I think that our idea with HammerFall; performance, stage, pyro etc., was very right. We have always had a spectacular show with a lot of energy, and the songs were accessible, so to say. So, the whole package was nice, I think. I’m very thankful for the 10 years with the band.

After HammerFall you have played with Jørn Lande, Tony Martin, Revolution Renaissance among others. And, as far as I know, there are other bands that are still active, such as Planet Alliance, Shadowside, X-World 5, and your solo career of course. Could you give me a quick history lesson on your career after HammerFall?

Magnus: You did a good job, my friend. Yes, I have played with many good bands and musicians and projects during the years. One of the last was with Joe Lynn Turner on a tour in Scandinavia. I love that; it’s the music I grew up with!

One of the projects, or band if you like, was X-World 5. It was me, Big Swede, Andy LaRocque, Reeves Gabriel and Nils K. Rue. We did one album, New Universal Order [2008], where we tried to make futuristic metal.

I have also played with Tony Martin and his band Headless Cross in England. He is a great singer and a nice guy. We still have a project called BLACK, together with Andy LaRocque and Danny Needham. We have some songs ready, but I don’t know wether or not we will go on with it.

Shadowside is a great band from Brazil that I still play with. We did a tour in USA this summer, and I felt that we really rocked! At that time I was still in Avalanch, so there were a lot of flying between USA and Spain. There might be a tour in Brazil in December with Shadowside.

Some of this bands are only projects or a recorded album. But my solo career, with 10 solo albums so far, goes on into the future.

And now what; what are your plans for the future?

Magnus: Right now I will take a break, then I will start looking for a new band to join. I hope to stay in one band and work hard all the way into the future. 

It was said that my time in Avalanch was like 1 year and 8 months, but I know that many people have played in that before me. People come and people goes. But I wish them all the best. 

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