MILLENNIAL REIGN - MILLENNIAL REIGN (Independent)
(Review by Officer Nice)
I noticed this album before on the Internet. It was one I wanted to order but thankfully the band sent a copy, makes me save a few bucks. The reason I wanted to buy this one is because I’ve heard a few parts of this release and it pleased me easily. As far as I know this is the band’s debut and I can already say if this is the start they can count me in as a big fan.
One of the members you might know, bass player Dave Harvey. He is, as far as I know, still a member of Aska, without any doubts one of my favorite bands. I am still waiting for their newbie, it was promised to be released in 2012. Anyway the fact Dave Harvey plays in Millennial Reign means that we have a brand new high qualitative band. Well, brand new isn’t exactly true because after all this release was dated early 2012. Furthermore we have Trae Doss (vocals) and Bryan Diffe (drums) in this formation. I don’t know Trae Doss actually but I suppose he’s the man I read so much positive words about in performing works of Jon Bon Jovi.
That could be a fact because Trae Doss seems to be a fantastic singer. He fits this melodic mixture of Metal, Hard-Rock and AOR very well. This is one of those bands that gives me that summertime blues, a good feeling, certainly when the sun shines bright outside. This is the kind of music that brings the listener in a positive mood, the kind of band you would tell anybody about.
Dave Harvey seems to be a great guitar player and the songwriting is overall from a very high level. This kind of music would have been mainstream in the Eighties! Now it sounds maybe dated for the new generation but back then bands like Triumph, Pretty Maids, Dokken, Tesla, TNT, Survivor and even Armored Saint in their “Symbol of salvation” era were hot. Although I was a Thrasher in those old days this kind of melodic Metal has always pleased me! It is the kind of music that changes bad moods into good ones…
And so I was very pleased because all the arrangements I heard on this record. I heard outstanding vocal performances in which particularly that slight melancholic timbre pleases me most. Trae Doss has a specific voice that is able to touch the soul of the listener. The seducing vocal lines are ultra harmonic and easily convinces me to conclude this one is able to do much more in the future in our scène, I hope so! A bit Don Dokken meeting Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) on his most smoothly moments… Awesome!
Also Dave Harvey, playing the guitar right here, left me behind with eyes wide shut! His riffs are touching, the leads are impressive, even spectacular and emotional played. Listening to the intro of “The Ascension” will be enough to be persuade! Well, every single song should convince you, this is a CD that guitar lovers in vein of George Lynch (Dokken) and Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint) really should pick up! I told you before how I adore a guitar player who supports, with leads, the vocals! Davey Harvey is able doing it, makes him a big talent in my eyes. And those riffs, it all seems so easy… it all sounds so perfect!
This album is full of first class material, with tracks that invites the listener in a pleasant journey. Millennial Reign does what plenty of bands did before but they do it perfectly! I can only hope a good label picks this band up and that this record will give this kind of music a new boost! I love AOR, I adore melodic Hard Rock, I’m a fan of Millennial Reign. I understand that a private pressing costs lots of money but I missed a real booklet. Thankfully the band did spend lots of energy in the production, this is a professional product if you would ask me. No doubts this CD deserves a place in a collection of fans from all the bands I’ve mentioned before! An album that will stay for a long time in my player… Check http://www.millennialreign.com
My points : 90 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 89: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish