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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)

3.59 | 39 ratings
Millenium
1999
3.68 | 57 ratings
Vocanda
2000
3.24 | 52 ratings
Reincarnations / Reinkarnacje
2002
3.46 | 44 ratings
Deja Vu
2004
3.39 | 47 ratings
Interdead
2005
3.75 | 60 ratings
Numbers And The Big Dream Of Mr Sunders
2006
4.06 | 122 ratings
Exist
2008
3.83 | 96 ratings
Puzzles
2011
3.96 | 138 ratings
Ego
2013
4.05 | 39 ratings
Vocanda 2013 - Live In Studio
2013
3.85 | 132 ratings
In Search Of The Perfect Melody
2014
3.89 | 91 ratings
44 Minutes
2017

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

4.50 | 14 ratings
Back After Years - Live In Kraków 2009
2010

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

4.04 | 17 ratings
Back After Years - Live In Kraków 2009
2010
4.38 | 8 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
4.30 | 20 ratings
White Crow
2011
4.06 | 16 ratings
In The World Of Fantasy? ...and Other Rarities
2014
4.00 | 6 ratings
Time Vehicle the best of...
2015
4.67 | 6 ratings
The Studio Albums 1999-2017
2018
4.50 | 6 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
4.50 | 2 ratings
7 Years
2007
3.61 | 20 ratings
Three Brothers' Epilogue
2008

MILLENIUM Reviews


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 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 Prog 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 | 132 ratings

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In Search Of The Perfect Melody
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog 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
4.04 | 17 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
3.89 | 91 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
3.61 | 20 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 Prog 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
3.96 | 138 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)

 Puzzles by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.83 | 96 ratings

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Puzzles
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars Over the years I have been fortunate to review pretty much all of Millenium's albums, but it was only when I was writing about 2013's 'Ego' that I realised that I hadn't heard 2011's 'Puzzles'. I soon rectified that, and as with all of their recent releases I was impressed even before I put the first CD into the player. This is a double CD digipak, with both of the CDs looking as if they are old fashioned vinyl, and there is a booklet containing all of the lyrics (in both English and Polish, although they are sung in English) as well as some artwork. Keyboard player Ryszard Kramarski again wrote all of the music and recorded the album, while he co-wrote the lyrics with singer Łukasz Gall. So after looking at the packaging, it was time to listen to the actual music, and settle back for 90 minutes (14 songs) of some of the best neo-prog around.

To be honest, I have never been disappointed by the output of these guys, who have been incredibly consistent since I heard their debut some fifteen years ago. Although all of the music is written by the keyboard player, one would never imagine that to be the case as this is very much a band album with loads of guitar parts and times when Piotr Płonka is very much in control with Ryszard playing a supporting role. This is neo-prog that has much in common with Nineties IQ, and will definitely appeal to those who are fans of bands such as Credo and Galahad although in reality they are quite different to all three and follow their own path. The production is superb, with a real clarity and space for everyone to shine while Łukasz is simply a star throughout. A concept album, each song adds an additional piece to the story, just like the jigsaw that is pictured on the cover and is about relationships, using the names of Adam and Eve to make the point.

Yet again this is a wonderful album, and if you have yet to hear the joys of Millenium (and there are plenty of albums to choose by now) then this is a great place to start. www.lynxmusic.pl

 Numbers And The Big Dream Of Mr Sunders by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.75 | 60 ratings

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Numbers And The Big Dream Of Mr Sunders
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars During the recordings of ''Interdead'' Ryszard Kramarski came up with the idea of his next concept album: combining the central heroes of the ''Vocanda'' and ''Interdead'' stories into a new concept.The main figure of the album would be John Sunders, who won a large amount of money choosing the right numbers, but this way starts his trip towards his long adventures.Ten months of recordings at the Lynx Studios, between August 05' and June 06', would lead to the release of ''Numbers and the big dream of Mr. Sunders'' in September 2006.

In this album Millenium finally procude a semi-personal style of Neo Prog, led by their fantastic singer.The work is again heavily driven by the lyrical concept, however the sound is more balanced, eventually with enough room for some pretty good instrumental textures and a great changes between sensitive arrangements and more pompous breaks.Surprisingly, except SATELLITE, which have been one of the band's dominant inspirations, the new album contains also big time IQ influences in the alternating melodic/symphonic and more grandiose passages.The musicianship is full of decent and, most important, memorable melodies and the keyboard work finally is on the surface with some lovely semi-symphonic themes in the vein of COLLAGE, while the guitars are once more used with care, delivering series of interesting solos.A couple of ballads and some mellow pieces help the concept unfold with comfort and the sufficient presence of grandiose and powerful moments result a work of musical diversity in sights and sounds.

The incosistency for the Polish Prog Rockers continues with their sixth studio album.This time though it is for good reason.Nice, melodious and atmospheric Neo Prog with plenty of interesting material.Recommended.

 Reincarnations / Reinkarnacje by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.24 | 52 ratings

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Reincarnations / Reinkarnacje
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

3 stars 'Reincarnations' is Millenium's third album, and is the follow-up to 'Vocanda' which was released in November 2000. Although the band are Polish, and it has been released on a Polish label, the lyrics to the songs are in English (and printed both in English and Polish in the booklet) which makes it very accessible to the casual listener. This is progressive music of a dreamy relaxing nature, which lulls the listener in and has been done very well indeed. Vocalist Łukasz Gałęziowski has a very melodic voice, and while the range is kept to a minimum he sings with great power and emotion. Keyboard player Ryszard Kramarski provides the backdrop and the harshness and bite comes from guitarist Piotr Płonka.

This is an album that has been influenced by American AOR, and based only on hearing the album that would be where people would imagine that the band hailed from. "Higher Than Me" manages to combine Emerson Lake & Palmer with Asia and Styx and comes out as a joyful rocker. Easy to listen to, but with lots of styles that mean that there is always more to get out of the album each time it is played. This is not in your face cutting edge progressive rock music, but rather music that can be really enjoyed by any lover of that genre.

Originally appeared in Feedback #68, Jun 02

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