M.II.L.ION ‘The First Two Million’ (2002) A2 Records
This is double CD of the band’s first two albums, ‘No.1’ and ‘We,
Ourselves & Us’. Hailing from Sweden the band’s line-up on these two albums
was BJ Laneby (bass), Hasse Johansson (vocals), CT Rohdell (guitar), Stefan
Wetterlind (guitar), Markus Ydkvist (keys) and Roland Christoffersson
‘No. 1’ really reminds me of early Europe, not a bad thing in my opinion!
‘Signs of Victory’ is an all out rocker and gets the album underway nicely.
‘Winds of Change’ features upfront keyboards, as do many tracks on this
album. ‘90-60-90’ has a great hook and catchy chorus, would have been a good
radio track. Some crunching riffs drive along this rocker with a catchy
chorus and killer guitar soloing. ‘Tomorrow’ is a ballad, which again
highlights the band’s ear for a good melody. Only one real filler, ‘The
Poseur’ which hasn’t aged well! Album closer is the ballad ‘I Wanna Know’,
which is one of the album’s highlights as it features a heartfelt vocal
performance from Hasse.
A competent debut album, if you enjoy early Europe or Pretty Maids, you
will enjoy this. Production is crisp and clear - a very listenable melodic
‘We, Ourselves & Us’, is a heavier sounding CD overall. ‘Burn in Hell’
starts off the album with a bang - an all-out riffing rocker! ‘Dr. Loov’ is
a sleazy track as the title suggests, followed by ‘Tear Down the Walls’ - a
song very reminiscent of Deep Purple circa ‘Perfect Strangers’. ‘Judgement
Day’ is a fast rocker with a slow choir-like chorus plus a shredding guitar
solo and some sci fi keyboards! ‘Stone Cold Killer’ has a galloping bass,
rapid fire drumming and is the heaviest track on the album - reminds me
slightly of Dio-era Rainbow. ‘Never Again’ is driven along by a Sabbath like
bass and is an anthemic rocker. ‘Is It Too Late’ rounds the album off with a
mellow keyboard driven ballad, very different from what has gone on before.
Stronger and heavier than the debut album, it is another quality slice of
melodic hard rock. The band have done two other studio albums, including
this year’s ‘Detonator’. A great way to introduce yourself to the band and
a band to watch out for in the future.
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly