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Millennial Reign: The Great Divide
Millennial Reign - The Great Divide Music Review

Millennial Reign: The Great Divide

Melodic/Symphonic/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

Texas based metal band Millennial Reign has been busy since the release of 2015's Carry The Fire. Besides supporting major acts such as Sonata Arctica, Leaves' Eyes, Theocracy, and Hammerfall, the band toured with Stryper for their To Hell With The Devil 30th Anniversary Tour. That's a pretty big deal, but these things came with personnel changes afterwards. For their third album, The Great Divide, founder and guitarist Dave Harvey (also Aska) has brought on fellow Texans Travis Wills (v, Infidel Rising), Steve Nichols (d, Solitude Aeturnus) and Neil Bertrand (b, When Angels Die).

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Millennial Reign

With each album, though American, Millennial Reign sounds more and more like a traditional European melodic power metal band. If anything, with The Great Divide, the band sounds more bombastic and epic in their metal presentation. The simple reason for this is huge bump up in synth orchestration and embellishment. The synth layer is rather ubiquitous throughout the album, increasing Millennial Reign's wall of sound. On the vocal side, whereas former vocalist James Guest had a twist of Dickinson and Tate, Wills sounds like his own man, essentially a classic heavy metal singer. Of course, Dave Harvey continues to lay down some sharp riffs and spicy guitar leads.

As for the songs, you some have quick power metal pacing with The Day The Sun Stood Still, The Great Divide, or Break The Tide. Others, such as Behind The Time or Wounds In Hand turn on moderate or mixed heavy metal tempos. All things are supported by the thunder of the drums and the groove of bass line. With In Your Silence, you have something of a heavy metal anthem that moves by breakdowns with voice over lighter electric guitar. Suffice to say, with The Great Divide, Millennial Reign has made their melodic power metal more grand and bombastic, thanks to the significant synth presence throughout. If you liked them before, you will enjoy them again. Recommended.



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The Bottom Line

Suffice to say, with The Great Divide, Millennial Reign has made their melodic power metal more grand and bombastic, thanks to the significant synth presence throughout. If you liked them before, you will enjoy them again. Recommended.

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