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Best Of//Rare Tracks
Genres: Pop, Metal
Japan exclusive compilation features one CD of the metal act's best material & a second sic with ten additional tracks including covers (MSG, Rainbow, Jefferson Starship, Sweet, two previously unreleased tracks, & four dem... more »
Japan exclusive compilation features one CD of the metal act's best material & a second sic with ten additional tracks including covers (MSG, Rainbow, Jefferson Starship, Sweet, two previously unreleased tracks, & four demos. 26 tracks in all. Crown. 2004.
What fans really want
George Dionne | Cape Cod, MA | 01/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Disc one focuses on Millenium's last two releases, Hourglass and Angelfire. A harmonic a cappella verse leads into an over-the-top rhythm section on "Power to Love". If that isn't perplexing wait until the piano breakdown. What would power metal be without a six minute opus? "Hourglass" starts off with a slow drum beat that leads to a power chord laden chorus. "Superstar" could be used as a great power anthem for your favorite wrestler or superhero. There's some great guitar leads to listen for. The riffs become a little more dark and meaty when "Shaman" rolls around. Even though you can hear a change in vocalists, it never takes away from the group as a whole. Each vocalist is a melodic powerhouse. Some catchy guitar licks and chugga-chugga riffs dominate "End of Time". Chalk up another catchy chorus for Millenium. The group blends heavy ascending guitar chords with soothing single note picking on "Heaven Sent". The opening licks on "The Color of Night" have more of a bluesy feel to them. The lyrics are delivered with passion and emotion.
Disc two is comprised of Millenium's first self titled album and unreleased material. You can hear how raw their sound was on "Believe in Love". The guitars were still trying to find that right power metal tone. Millenium sound more like your standard rock band of the time. "Almost Made It to Heaven" is an acoustic power ballad that's enhanced by powerful vocal chops. Millenium abandoned a covers CD project they were working on, but saved four recording from the session. They breathe new life into Rainbow's "I Surrender" and Jefferson Starship's "Jane". "Love is Like Oxygen" is by far the most obscure and best cover. Two unreleased song from the Jorn Lande sessions are included, the tender "Rain" and the heavy hitting "Anybody". Millenium round out the set with four well produced demos.
The songs run chronologically backward instead of forward.
Millenium set the standard by which all greatest hits collections should be comprised of. You get the best material, plus the rare material. That's what fans really want!