Millenium - Exist

(CD 2008, 53:01, Lynx Music LM 40 CD-DG)

The tracks:
  1- Embryo(13:19)
  2- Up & Down(12:28)
  3- Rat Race(11:43)
  4- Road To Infinity(15:28)

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Millenium is a Polish five piece formation that released their eponymous debut album in 1999. Exist is already their seventh studio effort. According to the descriptions on the internet, I have the idea that Millenium have made their best album in their long existence.

Exist contains of four long compositions that sound very tastefully with lots of flowing shifting moods and some surprising musical twists and turns like the final part of Embryo: first sparkling grand piano, then a catchy mid-tempo. During the ending of Up & Down we hear a solo on the Warr-guitar, a flashy synthesizer solo in Rat Race and the sound of the vibraphone in the final track Road To Infinity. Millenium’s sound is melodic, accessible and modern, but I also notice hints of early Pink Floyd because of the compelling ‘Gilmourian’ guitar work loaded with emotion and the warm organ sound. The colouring by the guitar and keyboards is very tasteful. Along with the emotional English vocals and the frequent changing atmospheres, Millenium succeeded in keeping my attention, despite the long running time of the compositions.

My highlight is the final song Road To Infinity. It begins dreamy with an acoustic rhythm guitar and melancholic vocals followed by lots of flowing shifting moods. In the middle section you hear a wonderful piece with orchestral keyboards and piano. There’s a splendid build-up to the final part with inspired vocals, a long and moving guitar solo in the vein of David Gilmour and Mark Knopfler, supported by lush organ and slow drum beats. This is prog heaven! I’m pleasantly surprised to discover another Polish prog rock band with a very melodic and tasteful album featuring lots of exciting work on guitar and synthesizer!

**** Erik Neuteboom (edited by Peter Willemsen)

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