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Founded in Kraków, Poland in 1999

MILLENIUM is a Polish five-piece neo-progressive band with Polish vocals on their 1st album and English vocals dominating after their 2nd production, generally in the PENDRAGON and early MARILLION styles but also with some spices of PINK FLOYD and classical GENESIS. There are influences of older Polish bands like Collage (as you can in every Polish neo-prog band). The self-titled first album shows symphonic arrangements, even featuring some violin. "Vocanda" is a concept album that will appeal to fans of ARENA, PENGRAGON and IQ. Their 3rd album: "Reincarnations" is full of accessible and melodic neo-prog, a feature that continues to be observed in their most recent output.

See also: FRAMAURO

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MILLENIUM discography


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MILLENIUM top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.63 | 41 ratings
Millenium
1999
3.65 | 60 ratings
Vocanda
2000
3.25 | 53 ratings
Reincarnations / Reinkarnacje
2002
3.46 | 44 ratings
Deja Vu
2004
3.39 | 47 ratings
Interdead
2005
3.75 | 61 ratings
Numbers And The Big Dream Of Mr Sunders
2006
4.04 | 128 ratings
Exist
2008
3.83 | 98 ratings
Puzzles
2011
3.84 | 147 ratings
Ego
2013
4.05 | 39 ratings
Vocanda 2013 - Live In Studio
2013
3.85 | 135 ratings
In Search Of The Perfect Melody
2014
3.83 | 102 ratings
44 Minutes
2017
3.59 | 17 ratings
MMXVIII
2018

MILLENIUM Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.53 | 15 ratings
Back After Years - Live In Kraków 2009
2010

MILLENIUM Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 18 ratings
Back After Years - Live In Kraków 2009
2010
4.44 | 9 ratings
The Cinema Show
2016

MILLENIUM Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.50 | 14 ratings
7 Years (Novelties, Rarities And The Best)
2007
4.33 | 21 ratings
White Crow
2011
4.06 | 16 ratings
In The World Of Fantasy? ...and Other Rarities
2014
4.00 | 7 ratings
Time Vehicle the best of...
2015
4.67 | 6 ratings
The Studio Albums 1999-2017
2018
4.43 | 7 ratings
Notes Without Words
2018

MILLENIUM Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Byl Sobie Kraj
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ekopiesn
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lady Cash Cash
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cygara Smak
2002
4.33 | 3 ratings
7 Years
2007
3.62 | 21 ratings
Three Brothers' Epilogue
2008
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Last Three Songs
2018

MILLENIUM Reviews


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 Ego by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 147 ratings

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Ego
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars While the themes explored by Poland's MILLENIUM tend to the serious and downbeat, musically they tilt to the melodic axis, which seems deliberate, a hypothesis confirmed in the title of this album's successor. This does not mean lightweight, as the band incorporates majestic keys and guitars with somewhat less traditional instrumentation in the form of saxophone and trumpet guest spots. These render even the almost feathery "Born in 67" an exercise in elegance.

Like a cross between SATELLITE and PINK FLOYD fronted by STING (I didn't think of this myself), "Ego" drops the mood a few notches with numbers like "Dark Secrets", "When I Fall", "Lonely Man" and "Goodbye my Earth". All of these might have been soundtracks to ACNE-addled youths had they been released in 1973, but instead are probably commercially propelled, if at all, by nostalgic older folks who have forgotten that whitehead isn't a beach resort. It's all good, and somewhat redemptive and cathartic, although the parade of moroseness can be numbingly grey. I think most tracks would be improved with roughly a 40% haircut, but I will stop short of asserting that the band would be happy imparting a truncated message, since they do seem genuine on the matter.

MILLENIUM has established themselves as one of the more prolific aggregations in the flourishing Polish neo prog scene, but this release overflows with super ego when a titch more alter ego might have been expedient. A Floydian slip?

 44 Minutes by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.83 | 102 ratings

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44 Minutes
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Polish group Millenium are back with their twelfth studio album, and I think I've been fortunate enough to have reviewed eleven of them, with just the 1999 debut missing. At the time of their last release, 2014's 'In Search Of The Perfect Melody', they were moving from drummer Tomasz Paśko to Grzegorz Bauer, who is now a full-time member of the band. Also, saxophonist Dariusz Rybka who appeared as a guest on that album is also now a full member as the band have become a six-piece. They should actually have gone the whole hog and added one more as guest singer Karolina Leszko again had a major role to play, even taking some lead vocals as well as duetting with Łukasz "Gall" Gałęziowsk. Łukasz has of course been there since the very beginning, as has band leader Ryszard Kramarski who provides keyboards and acoustic guitar. The line-up is completed with Piotr Płonka (guitars) and Krzysztof Wyrwa (bass, Warr guitar).

It perhaps isn't surprising that a band which has been around as long as these guys, and has released so many albums, is packed full of confidence which really comes through in their music. They have long been one of my favourite Polish bands, and with this album they have turned up the quality just that little bit more. Łukasz has always been a great singer, while Ryszard knows what to write to get the best out of everyone, but here there has been quite a dramatic shift. Karolina has a wonderful voice, providing great harmonies or additional leads, while Dariusz definitely adds to the melodic sound of the band with some great sax. However, it isn't there all the time, but brought in at the right times, which means that it is always delivered with real impact.

There is quite a Floydian feel to some of this, and there is also a real affinity with Damanek. To my ears this is the highlight of their career to date, an album which is packed full of quality and wonderful music. Simply superb.

 Exist by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.04 | 128 ratings

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Exist
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars In the early Nineties I bought the CD Basnie (1990) from Collage, my first Polish progrock album since the LP Follow My Dream (1979) from SBB. Collage their third album Moonshine was released on the legendary Dutch progrock label SI Music. Its huge success fuelled the Polish progressive rock, and gradually Poland turned into a very prolific progrock country, from Quidam and Satellite to Moonshine, Believe, Osada Vida and of course Riverside, without any doubt the most popular Polish progrock formation. Another interesting and prolific band is Millenium, a five piece formation that has released ten studio-albums between 1998 and 2017. This review is about their most praised effort entitled Exist, from 2008.

This seventh album contains four long compositions (all between 11 and 16 minutes) that sound very tasteful, and contain lots of flowing shifting moods and some surprising musical twists and turns.

Like the final part of Embryo featuring first sparkling Grand piano, then a catchy mid-tempo.

A solo on the Warr guitar during the conclusion of Up & Down.

A flashy synthesizer solo in Rat Race.

And the sound of the vibraphone in the final track Road To Infinity.

Millenium their sound is melodic, accessible and modern but I also notice hints of early Pink floyd because of the Gilmourian guitarwork (loaded with emotion and very compelling) and the warm organ sound. The colouring by the guitar and keyboards is very tastefully, along with the emotional English vocals and the frequent changing atmospheres. Millenium succeeds to keep my attention, despite the long running time of the compositions.

My highlight is the final song Road To Infinity. First dreamy with acoustic rhythm guitar and melancholical vocals, then lots of flowing shifting moods and halfway a wonderful part with orchestral keyboards and piano. In the end a splendid build-up to the final part with inspired vocals, a long and moving guitar solo (between David Gilmour and Mark Knopfler), supported by lush organ and slow drum beats, this is Progheaven!

Also recommended: other Polish progrock formation The Adekaem with their second album Sound Coloring (from 2017, wonderful Gilmourian guitar work), featuring bass player Krzysztof Wyrwa from Millenium, full circle.

 In The World Of Fantasy? ...and Other Rarities by MILLENIUM album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
4.06 | 16 ratings

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In The World Of Fantasy? ...and Other Rarities
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars The complete title of this album is 'In The World of Fantasy? ' And Other rarities'. It was actually released prior to 'In Search Of The Perfect Chord', so the final epic song on that album features as the opening song on this collection, a taster for what was to come. Of course, reviewing this some four years later means that some of the impact of that is rather lost. All of the other songs are either rare songs taken from singles, alternative versions, demos or unreleased songs. It goes all the way back to the band's beginning in 2014, and then right up to date with an unrealized theme from the next album.

Normally with an album of this type, reviewers would say that this is a nice set for completists and those who are already fans of the band, and move smartly onwards and not bother listening to it. But, what we have here is one of those rare instances of a rarities collection that is actually a bloody fine listen indeed. One of the real joys on this one is 'Born In 67', where keyboard player, band leader and label boss Ryszard Kramarski provides lead vocals on the demo. Contrast that to the Beatles-like 'The Prose Of Life' that follows it, and I can guarantee that any listener will be smiling (at least I was). I believe this CD was only released as a limited numbered edition, so I don't know if it is still available, but all progheads should grab this if they come across it. These days, most progheads when they think of Poland always think Riverside, but in truth there have been a great deal of wonderful bands out of that country in the last 20 years, and to my ears Millennium are right up there with the very best.

 In Search Of The Perfect Melody by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.85 | 135 ratings

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In Search Of The Perfect Melody
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Some fifteen years on from their debut, and the 2014 version of Millennium still featured four of the five musicians who had played on 'Vocanda'. Of all the wonderful progressive bands I have heard from Poland, it is with this one I feel the most affinity, as they have consistently released great albums throughout their career, and this shows no sign at all of that changing. As with their previous album they brought in some guests on vocals and additional instruments (interestingly both Darek Rybka ( saxophone) and Grzegorz Bauer (drums) joined as full members in 2017), to add additional polish and effect. The use of saxophone in modern progressive music still feels fresh, and that is again very much the case here.

This neo-prog outfit takes cues from the likes of Pink Floyd, but IQ are obviously also very much an influence, and there is always a firm concentration on songs and melodies. Singer Lukasz Gall has a wonderful voice, and is always kept to the forefront of the sound, and the female backing singers add a touch of finesse, with 'Girl From A Glass Sphere' in particular managing to be beautiful, modern and timeless all at once. The last song on the album, 'In The World Of Fantasy' is also one of the longest in their canon, stretching in at twelve minutes. It tells the story of a composer obsessed with the desire to write the perfect tune and ready to sign a pact with the devil to achieve this goal. The band see this as a tribute to Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Handel and Wagner and also to 'legendary art rock bands and timeless compositions such as Genesis, "Supper's ready", Pink Floyd "Echoes", Yes "Close to the edge", The Alan Parsons Project "The turn of a friendly card" or Marillion "Grendel".'

This digipak is a fine addition to any prog lover's collection, and I feel so fortunate that I have been able to hear so much of their work. This is the ninth album of theirs that I own, and is either their 10th or 11th studio release (depending as to whether you consider the debut Millennium album to actually be the second Framauro album or not), and all of them are very high quality indeed. Truly one of the great Polish progressive bands.

 Back After Years - Live In Kraków 2009 by MILLENIUM album cover DVD/Video, 2010
4.00 | 18 ratings

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Back After Years - Live In Kraków 2009
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars "FIRST REVIEW OF THIS ALBUM"

Millenium is a prolific Polish five piece band that has released 12 albums between 1999 and 2017 and two live DVD's, in 2010 and 2016, this review is about their first one. In order to promote their new album Exist (2008) the band went on tour in 2009 and then released a double live CD and this live DVD in 2010.

On Back After Years Live In Krakow you can witness the pleasure of the band members and their warm interaction with the crowd. The lights show is very beautiful, the sound is great and the camera shots are very well done. Fortunately not that '10 shots in 5 seconds' as so many live DVD's suffer from nowadays. Millenium is a tight unit, everyone knows his place and this matches with their song oriented musical attitude. Although their sound is modern, I also trace elements of early Pink Floyd, every now and then with the keyboards, especially in Embryo. And for sure with the guitar, often the focus is on his varied work, from moving to fiery and heavy (the distinctive wah-wah pedal). The keyboard player has an important role too, but more subdued with his tasteful colouring: from piano and a flute-Mellotron sound to fat synthesizer flights. The visual highlight on this DVD is the song Madman in which the singer adds an extra dimension by wearing a strait jacket, referring to the title. Another highlight is the final composition My Life Domino featuring a spectacular lightshow and lots of dynamics. The Extra section contains a video with a studio recording of 7 Years and a docu entitled Millenium About Myself that contains pictures and the band members talk about themselves in Polish, unfortunately not translated.

This music is a joy for lovers of neo-prog and modern progrock.

My rating: 3,5 star.

 44 Minutes by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.83 | 102 ratings

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44 Minutes
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by rickdeckard

5 stars Millenium is a staple of the neo-prog genre, consistently churning out brilliant melodic rock year after year, closing in on 2 decade's worth (one of the few neo-prog bands whose ENTIRE back catalog is worth seeking out). The release of 44 Minutes is notable for an additional reason however, the last with long-time lead vocalist Łukasz Gałęziowsk. He's been amazing throughout, a pure talent, very sad to see him go. That said, the band shows zero sign of slowing down as they've quickly recruited new singer Mirek Smelkowski but for now, focus should be on the majesty that is this swan song release with Gałęziowsk on the mic.

In further proof that Millenium can do no wrong musically, this release additionally features the debut of new band member Dariusz Rybka on saxophone and does he ever deliver the goods! His work is liberally featured throughout the songs and all I can say after listening to this release many times is...more please. There is not a throwaway track to be found here, just excellent melodic prog from the first note to the last. This is beyond 5-star essential status if you truly love neo-prog as I do. Trust me it's not just a sax-prog album, all the lush guitar and synth barrages you crave are all here. It's still very much a classic Millenium release, albeit perhaps a bit more emotional and slightly downbeat, something I attribute to the mood of the band given the then-pending departure of Gałęziowsk. Neo-proggers will not be disappointed.

 Three Brothers' Epilogue by MILLENIUM album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2008
3.62 | 21 ratings

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Three Brothers' Epilogue
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars As the band itself considered ''Vocanda'' its ''real'' debut album, in 2007, 7 years after the release of the album, a compilation album entitled ''7 years'' was released.It contained the most radio-played tracks of Millenium's career along with remixes and tracks from the band's maxi singles.In April 2008 the trilogy, that started in 2004 with ''Deva Ju'' would come to an end with the release of the EP ''Three brother's epilogue'', refering to the three characters, with which each of the last three Millenium albums dealt with.

The centerpiece of this work would be the 15-min. title-track, which is on par with Millenium's last launches.It is led by the clean and emotional voice of Lukasz Galeziowski and the impressive, atmospheric Neo Prog sound of the band, split between the flashy MARILLION sensibilities and the heavier overtones of modern Polish Prog Rock.The track features a combination of intense synth lines with light organ moves and some symphonic backdrops, showered by the nice electric guitar parts of Piotr Plonka, who's sentimental soloing comes often in evidence in a very PINK FLOYD-ian mood, and the frequent use of electronic samplers.Among the very good latest offerings of the group.A pair of tracks, coming from the sessions of ''Numbers and the big dream of Mr Sunders'', complete the album.''Dream about Aliens'' is another trademark of Millenium's contemporary sound.Lots of electronic beats next to symphonic synthesizers, downtempo guitar lines, crying solos and sensitive vocals offer another listening experience split between PINK FLOYD and compatriots SATELLITE.''Wake up John!'' features a dramatic orchestral intro with Galeziowski's voice in excellent shape, soon turning into a flashy Neo/Symphonic Prog with synthesizers in evidence and some deep melodious themes in a lyrical background.

Many people would consider the purchase of this EP not really necessary, but I assure you it contains some of Millenium's very best material.The limited running time might a preventing factor, but all three pieces are good examples of modern Polish Neo Prog.Recommended.

 Vocanda 2013 - Live In Studio by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.05 | 39 ratings

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Vocanda 2013 - Live In Studio
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars 2013 saw the fifteenth anniversary of Lynx Music, quite an achievement for a label that concentrates on progressive rock. To mark the event, Ryszard Kramarski decided that his band Millenium should undertake a special performance of 'Vocanda', which they released in 2000. Obviously they needed to rehearse for such an event, and a month before the gig they congregated at the studio and recorded the rehearsal so that they could play it back and check if anything needed amending. The concert was well received, but wasn't professionally recorded, so Ryszard thought that it would be a nice idea to make this available for fans, in a strictly limited numbered edition. It isn't a studio album, nor is it a live album as there is no audience, but has the band playing the new arrangements with no overdubs, so in many ways it is a combination of both.

Having played this quite a lot, I feel that I am very fortunate to have been introduced to this band all those years ago as I have many of their albums in my collection and each and every single one is a joy. There are many neo influences in what they do, especially IQ and Pendragon, and Ryszard understands the need for rock guitar as part of this so doesn't hog the limelight but ensures that Piotr Płonka has plenty of time centre stage. Singer Łukasz Gall's voice is as powerful and strident as it was when he first sang this all those years ago, but guest Karolina Leszko also has a major part to play and she provides lush harmonies or the occasional lead when the music is right.

Poland has had some great progressive bands over the years, with Collage and SBB being of particular note, but Millenium more than stand up with them, and this is yet another wonderful album from the guys, even more impressive is that it is live in the studio. Highly recommended. For this and details of other releases on Ryszard's label visit www.lynxmusic.pl

 Ego by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 147 ratings

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Ego
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

4 stars Millenium is a Polish Neo Prog band that has been together since 1999 and began as a solo project by keyboard player Ryszard Kramerski. Today the band has also Łukasz Gall (vocals), Piotr Płonka (guitars), Krzysztof Wyrwa (bass) and Tomasz Paśko (drums) in the line-up. Ego (2013) is their 9th and most recent studio album (not counting EPs and re-recordings) and it was released by Ryszard's label Lynx Music.

Before going into Millenium's music I would like to mention the magnificent artwork that Ego (2013) has. A really astonishing piece of work on the cover (by Marek Juza) and digipack design (by Maciej Stachowiak), including a CD that imitates a little LP.

Millenium has always followed the Neo Prog path and it's no different on Ego (2013), which means that keyboards and guitars are up front in the songs. Also, having Ryszard as the main writer, producer and keyboard player of the band is quite natural that his instrument is very important in the band's sound. 'Ego' the tittle-track is the first one on the album. This is a very well written piece with a bit of 'electronics' here and there, but this complements the music perfectly. Piotr Płonka and his guitars have to be mentioned cause he did an impeccable job. Great opening track!

The following track 'Born In 67' is all about nostalgia! Although the lyrics that aren't that great Łukasz Gall's vocals make them shine. The track also has many backing vocals and includes a trumpet solo (by Michał Bylica). Track 3 is called 'Dark Secrets' and it is a different kind of ballad. It's contemplative with many mini guitar solos and an absolutely brilliant final part where everything goes faster.

'When I Fall' follows the same footprints as the previous song, but this time as a piano ballad. It's a mid-tempo track that focuses on the vocals. As in the previous track, it shifts tempo to an upbeat one around the middle but then goes slower again towards the end.

'Lonely Man' has a great melody. I especially like this kind of chords changing this track has! But I think the song follows a bit of a repetitive road with the verse-chorus-verse formula, and having the song over 10 minutes this can transform a good song into a bit of a tiring one, even with the good sax solo (by Darek Rybka) in the middle! The final track on Ego (2013) is another 10 minutes piece called 'Goodby My Earth'. It starts very well with some great guitars, but once again it is a mid-tempo song which makes you feel it's still the previous track. But still, it's a strong track with lots of breaks and moods, including robots in the middle part.

I really think that Millenium could bet more on some upbeat songs like the opening track 'Ego', for instance. Nonetheless Ego (2013) is a very strong album by a hard working band and I see no reason why every Neo Prog fan would not enjoy this album! Especially if you're a guitar fan, because we have some great guitar performance throughout Ego (2013).

Recommended!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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