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MILLENIUM

Neo-Prog • Poland


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Founded in Kraków, Poland in 1999 (known before as FRAMAURO)

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.

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

3.65 | 49 ratings
Millenium
1999
3.67 | 67 ratings
Vocanda
2000
3.31 | 61 ratings
Reincarnations / Reinkarnacje
2002
3.44 | 49 ratings
Deja Vu
2004
3.40 | 52 ratings
Interdead
2005
3.74 | 71 ratings
Numbers and the Big Dream of Mr Sunders
2006
4.05 | 142 ratings
Exist
2008
3.85 | 110 ratings
Puzzles
2011
3.84 | 159 ratings
Ego
2013
3.97 | 46 ratings
Vocanda 2013 - Live In Studio
2013
3.87 | 146 ratings
In Search Of The Perfect Melody
2014
3.86 | 120 ratings
44 Minutes
2017
3.84 | 36 ratings
MMXVIII
2018
3.83 | 70 ratings
The Web
2019
5.00 | 2 ratings
Forgotten Songs
2020
4.01 | 50 ratings
The Sin
2020

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

4.53 | 19 ratings
Back After Years - Live in Kraków 2009
2010

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

4.00 | 20 ratings
Back After Years - Live In Kraków 2009
2010
4.50 | 12 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
4.32 | 22 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
4.71 | 7 ratings
The Studio Albums 1999-2017
2018
4.06 | 12 ratings
Notes Without Words
2018
4.00 | 5 ratings
Rarities
2020

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
4.40 | 5 ratings
7 Years
2007
3.62 | 21 ratings
Three Brothers' Epilogue
2008
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Last Three Songs
2018

MILLENIUM Reviews


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 The Sin by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.01 | 50 ratings

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The Sin
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by mohaveman

4 stars Millenium has released many albums over the years, but this is actually the first I have had a chance to listen to. I am very glad I did! "The Sin" was a welcome surprise for 2020. I'm not actually sure this totally qualifies as "prog" in the strict sense, but I would put it as Crossover or Prog-Related. This 7 song cycle is very enjoyable and I have listened to it many times in the past few weeks. The highlights are LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH, and GREED, with GLUTTONY and SLOTH being my favorites. The musicianship is impeccable and the singing top notch with great melodies and harmonies. I am currently working my way through their back catalogue of releases in search of more gems! Unfortunately only a few are on my Apple Music. Not a perfect masterpiece, but "The Sin" is a solid 4. An excellent addition to any music collection!
 The Sin by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.01 | 50 ratings

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The Sin
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by alainPP

5 stars Millenium we no longer present them, they are releasing their 16th album there on an interpretation of the 7 deadly sins focused on power-hungry politicians getting out of control. Trendy idea this year but so real unfortunately. A neo-prog album without much novelty but flawless with a voice, the voice of Łukasz and its catchy choruses which are quickly remembered, more marked solos ranging from Ryszard keyboards to Piotr strings; the caricature cover of Marek Szczesny clearly indicates what it is about.

"Pride" and a little progressive intro, that's good, a melody with bewitching chorus, Floydian instrumental passage especially for keyboards, a tune that literally plunges into the atmospheric neo-prog of the precursor Arena, a heady tune that is embedded in your head from the first listen. "Lust" goes on, I like the titles that follow one another, with an imposing slower tempo, the voice of Łukasz well in the neo lineage bringing in fact flights of soft keyboards of Ryszard whose recognizable touch and guitars juicy just after an angelic break, simple but effective with a touch of symphonism; and "Wrath" arrives for an intimate guitar solo then a rhythmic and symphonic, metronomic and airy riff, setting the title up to a gentle interlude; the duet voices give more intensity then a greasy final solo from Piotr gives a good impression of the neo; health! "Gluttony" and a Jethro-Tullian flute (original or sampled) on an oriental base, sends us on a more intimate piece, IQ or Arena are there in thought; the suddenly, soft, velvety Pink Floyd synth of the late Richard Wright and then the guitar that has been missing in recent times in progressive achievements. Robotic snack then a final duo. "Sloth" and a ballad, delicious and basic piano at the start, suave voice, synths at first that make you leave, guitars at the second train for a more languid tempo bordering on spleen for one of the pieces at the start. both the simplest and the most moving, return of the piano at the end. "Greed" continues with the hit title in my opinion with the first one, more energetic and also more conventional, Ryszard's keyboards playing with the strings of Piotr, a melodic title agreed a little behind. "Envy" comes to end this concept album, it must be said, with a soaring slide guitar, crystalline, aerial a la Chris Réa too little known him or Mark of Dire Straits; in short, longer song, more sensitivity, slower rise also with long-awaited breaks, Ryszard synths forward as well as an acoustic guitar until the apotheosis prog as it should be with Piotr's guitar solo more emotional, more explosive than the others. Millenium is releasing the ultimate record here, almost hits for each title, a melodic, fruity rhythm as I like to say, an allegorical journey to talk about pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, revenge and laziness. It reminds me a little of the group Mystery which managed to synthesize the substantive progressive marrow, a simple but terribly effective album, not technical in itself but amplifying the melodic side and pouring into atmospheric climates.

 Notes Without Words by MILLENIUM album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2018
4.06 | 12 ratings

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Notes Without Words
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars As part of the twentieth celebration of Lynx Music, the label has made this new compilation available, and as one may surmise from the title this is a collection of instrumentals. Inside the digipak there are details of who played on what tracks, including past members of the band, but it would have been nice to have details of what originally appeared where. The tracks go all the way back to the debut with "Mirage", while "Calling!" appeared on the most recent album '44 Minutes'. The songs are mixed up in terms of age, yet the album still feels complete and not like a compilation at all. Instead of being just a single track on an album, here the instrumentals are combined to show just what a powerful band they are in that format. It did make me realise just how much an impact guest Magda Ksiazek had on the band, as her cello on "Chaos" is simply stunning and takes the band into a quite different area.

Piotr Płonka often takes the lead role on electric guitar, but Ryszard is always there to provide support on keyboards as he delivers the curtains of sound for the guitar to play against. Given how important the saxophone is to their current sound it is quite interesting to go back in time and realise that without vocals they are a neo-prog quartet working in a quiet different manner to today. The final track is something of a rarity as it didn't make it onto the album for which it was intended, 'Three Brothers Epilogue', but even without that I would still recommend this album for those who have yet to come across Millenium, who continue to be one of the best Polish bands around.

 MMXVIII by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.84 | 36 ratings

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MMXVIII
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars The cover of this 13th album contains a lot of information about the band and label, but possibly the most important is the item by the thumb of the left hand, namely the departure of singer Łukasz "Gall" Gałęziowsk who has been the voice of the band since their very first album in 1999. But in the middle under the banner, one can read the news that the band have found a new singer in Marek Smelkowski who I first came across when he was singing for the wonderful band Padre. Changing a singer is obviously always a significant change, but the band have found someone who fits perfectly into the groove and sings in perfect unaccented English.

Millenium have long been one of my very favourite Polish bands, whatever genre, and part of that has been due to the continued high calibre of their music, and that continues with the latest release which is somewhat unusual in that virtually all of the songs have already been released. This is being treated as an introduction to Marek, so apart from one new song (called 'Unnamed'), the others (which are the 9 minute long 'When I Fall' and another 12 songs performed as a medley) are all songs which have previously been recorded by Millenium, and here have been given new arrangements and of course new vocals. Saxophone player Dariusz Rybka has only bee a full member of the band for a few albums, so he uses this opportunity to show just important he is to the overall sound, adding nuances and touches where they are needed.

This is composed and restrained symphonic neo-prog. They can riff it out when they need to, but for the most part this is polished and restrained, with Ryszard gently guiding the band from the keyboards, as he has always done. The medley doesn't always flow as it might, but given it is actually all different songs placed together on one track, that criticism feels a little harsh. Marek has been introduced to the fans, so now is the time for the new album! Can't wait.

 Ego by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 159 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
3.86 | 120 ratings

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44 Minutes
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

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
4.05 | 142 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 Honorary Reviewer

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
3.87 | 146 ratings

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In Search Of The Perfect Melody
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

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 | 20 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.

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