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Millennium: A New World
Millennium - A New World Music Review

Millennium: A New World

Traditional Heavy Metal
3.0/5.0

Formed in 1982, the roots of England's Millennium can be traced straight back to the golden era of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWoBHM). Unfortunately, Millennium never really caught the crest of that rising metal wave. With only one album to their credit, Millennium in 1984, the band folded in 1988. But a chance invitation to Brofest in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2016 brought the band back. A new studio album, Awakening, arrived the next year. Now, lead by only remaining original member and vocalist Mark Duffy, Millennium drops their third album, A New World.

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Millennium's NWoBHM sound is self-evident across this entire album, having twin guitar harmony, large guitar solos, and plenty of gallop and groove from the rhythm section. Regarding the guitar work, if you love sharp riffs and rising killer solos, you will be quite satisfied with A New World. Additionally, I was quite impressed by the rhythm section, especially the bass line which has a strong presence in every song. But the wild card for me in all this was Mark Duffy's voice. His vocal presence is heavy metal assertive, but with a raw and rough timbre. I did not enjoy listening to him. While I made it through one spin for this review, I mostly wanted to skip through the songs as quickly as possible. So then, putting the music first, my favorite picks from A New World were World War 3, Assassin, Summon The Dragons, and Victory, all solid traditional heavy metal tunes.

All said, A New World, Millennium offers a solid album of traditional heavy metal loaded with great guitar work wrapped in gallop and groove from a sturdy rhythm section, but I didn't really care for the vocals. Honesty is what it is. Listen to the video. You may feel differently.


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With A New World, Millennium offers a solid album of traditional heavy metal loaded with great guitar work wrapped in gallop and groove from a sturdy rhythm section, but I didn't really care for the vocals.

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