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3.92 | 21 ratings | 2 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Millennium Toccata (3:25)
2. Global Heat (5:31)
3. Milky Way (2:18)
4. Trolltog - Long Are The Ages (10:53)
5. In Paradise (11:21)
6. Obey The Universe (3:49)
7. Where The Lions Weep (3:31)
8. The Engulfed Forest (5:21)
9. Oort Cloud (1:20)
10. Millennium Toccata II (7:38)
11. Road To Heaven (8:78)

Total Time 65:20

Line-up / Musicians

- Ray Vanderby / Hammond C3, keyboards, vocals
- King Con Patogiannis / guitars, vocals
- Prof Kon Zizzis / guitar, vocals
- Mark Kearney / bass, effects
- Gordon Graham / drums, percussion

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COSMIC NOMADS Millennium ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
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Review by bhikkhu
4 stars Whereas "Vultress" was all about the rock, "Millennium" is a tribute to the classics. Ray Vanderby and crew have taken themes by Bach, Grieg, and Debussy, and given them a Cosmic Nomads makeover. Much like their first album, this has a bit of heavier feel than "Vultress," but it is every bit as fun. I never thought I would find myself rocking out to Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor," but this version does just that. Now, it's not just a straight reworking. They blend the classical tunes into their own original compositions. This is the case on "Trolltog" and "The Engulfed Forest" as well.

The bulk of "Millennium" is original material, but the classical themes pop up, and a good part of the album holds the classical influence. Most of all, it rocks. Even in the more serious moments, the musicianship is masterful. "Global Heat" is a metal guitar and keyboard extravaganza that would make Keith Emerson jealous. They also hold on to that cosmic vibe. "Obey the Universe" is right out of the hippie rock playbook. "Where the Lions Weep" is that Purple/Atomic/Quatermass style that I so enjoyed before. They even provide a great heavy rock ballad with "Road to Heaven."

I am glad Cosmic Nomads decided not to rest on previous success. They took a different tack, but remained true to their sound. "Vultress" was fun with old style Hammond rock. This is too, except this time it's Hammond rock fun with the classics. It may not be as whimsical, but there is no drop in level of enjoyment. I think the band has improved as well. Not that they weren't good before, but the playing on "Millennium" is simply outstanding. This album brings Cosmic Nomads out of great novelty territory, into the realm of respected prog act.

H.T. Riekels

Review by b_olariu
4 stars Cosmic Nomads from Australia capture my attention few years back when I first discover their second album Vultress. It was a nice heavy prog release with catchy playing and intresting arrangements. Now I've reached to the third album from their catalogue named Millennium released in 2008. Well this is it, heavy prog of the highest calibre. The head of the band Ray Vanderby responsable for keyboards and vocals done a great job here. As other reviewers observe on this album, Vanderby take themes from classical composers as Bach for example and melted in Cosmic Nomads tradition, the result is retty great. The opening Millennium Toccata is absolutely killer, heavy organs, plenty of hammond interludes, nice guitars all melted with classical influences. Another highlights are Global Heat and Where the Lions Weep, both very much in Uriah Heep or Atomic Rooster tradition with almost ELP keyboards characteristics. All in all a quite underrated band to larger public, both Vultress and this album worth to be investigated if you like heavy prog with hammond all over the place. For me 4 stars easy.

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