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Neo-Prog • Poland


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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)

3.65 | 37 ratings
Millenium
1999
3.71 | 54 ratings
Vocanda
2000
3.27 | 49 ratings
Reincarnations / Reinkarnacje
2002
3.50 | 41 ratings
Deja Vu
2004
3.39 | 44 ratings
Interdead
2005
3.76 | 56 ratings
Numbers And The Big Dream Of Mr Sunders
2006
4.04 | 117 ratings
Exist
2008
3.86 | 92 ratings
Puzzles
2011
3.95 | 133 ratings
Ego
2013
4.11 | 35 ratings
Vocanda 2013 - Live In Studio
2013
3.85 | 126 ratings
In Search Of The Perfect Melody
2014
3.99 | 71 ratings
44 Minutes
2017

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

4.75 | 12 ratings
Back After Years - Live In Kraków 2009
2010

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

4.67 | 15 ratings
Back After Years - Live In Kraków 2009
2010
4.50 | 6 ratings
The Cinema Show
2016

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

4.54 | 13 ratings
7 Years (Novelties, Rarities And The Best)
2007
4.30 | 20 ratings
White Crow
2011
4.07 | 15 ratings
In The World Of Fantasy? ...and Other Rarities
2014
4.00 | 6 ratings
Time Vehicle the best of...
2015

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
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Cygara Smak
2002
4.50 | 2 ratings
7 Years
2007
3.61 | 20 ratings
Three Brothers' Epilogue
2008

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 44 Minutes by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.99 | 71 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
4.11 | 35 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
3.95 | 133 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
3.86 | 92 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
3.76 | 56 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
3.27 | 49 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

 Ego by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.95 | 133 ratings

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Ego
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars The latest release from Polish band Millenium is probably their most complete to date, with a great deal of work having taken place on he arrangements. The five guys have also brought in some guests on backing vocals, sax and trumpet but these have been used sparingly and consequently to great effect. There are times when I find myself reminded of the way that IQ also uses a sax to great effect, bringing it is just to add a further touch of class to music that is often quite Floydian and symphonic in nature. This is in direct contrast to "Dark Secrets" which is a bouncy romp with plenty of in your face guitars and keyboards. But, that in turn leads to "When I Fall" which starts off just with piano and voice. Music doesn't need great complexity to be enthralling, and that is definietly the case here.

Millenium are not only one of the top prog bands to come out of Poland, but are one o fthe top prog bands around, period. They continue to produce high quality work album after album, and this is probably their finest achievemnet to date. I have been lucky enough to be able to hear most of their releases to date, and hopefully this will be the one that finally breaks them through to a wider audience. If you think that Riverside are the only prog band worth knowing about from Poland then your musical education is sadly lacking, and this is an album that should be high on everyone's lists to discover. Symphonic, complex, immediate, accessible, beguiling and bewitching, who could wish for more? www.millenium.art.pl

 Exist by MILLENIUM album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.04 | 117 ratings

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Exist
Millenium Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars What one notices immediately about this 2008 album, is the artwork where on the front cover a boy is crawling towards the sea through open doors, while on the beach next to him is the band name and album title written in the sand. On the rear of the booklet is a hand poking out of the sand. Are we witnessing a birth in a similar fashion to that of a baby turtle, or is it the last frantic movement of someone who has been buried and is dying? That may all seems a bit dark and deep, but take it from me here is a band that want you to think about the lyrics ? which is why they are printed in both English and Polish (although sung in English). Musically they also want you to take a breath and dive into their world with opener "Embryo" having more than a hint of Pink Floyd about it. This is more symphonic, with plenty of 'trad prog' elements, although they do also riff to remind us that they are generally neo-prog.

Only four songs, but the shortest is just under twelve minutes long and the extended length allows them to really explore. They mix up with mellotrons with more modern sounds, with the guitar often being allowed to take the lead while bassist Krzysztof Wyrwa and drummer Tomasz Paśko are such a complete rhythm section that it is possible to overlook their contribution: if they are just to provide simplicity then they are there, but if complex runs and fills are required then they can deliver it with ease. This is again an album of great maturity and musical dexterity while also being immediate and totally accessible. www.millenium.art.pl

 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 kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars This 2008 EP brings to a close the story that had been developed through earlier albums and then coming to a climax on 'Numbers and the Big Dream of Mr Sunders'. There are two reworkings (with vocals) of songs from that album, but the highlight is definitely the fifteen minute "Epilogue", where we learn that the three Sunders' brothers, Daniel, Adrian and Johnny, all end up together in the same asylum. As with all of their more recent works, the vocals are in unaccented English, while the lyrics are provided within the booklet in both English and their native Polish, a nice touch. I have never been able to understand why Millenium haven't managed to achieve quite the acclaim withi prog circles as Riverside, as everything I have heard of this is extremely polished and enjoyable and here is another case in point. Although not an album, here we have 28 minutes of music that has not appeared in this form elsewhere which needs to be sought out by fans of the band as it really does provide a major link between their previous works and what was yet to come.

As always, the music and concept is by keyboard player Ryszard Kramarski, who then worked with singer Łukasz Gall on the lyrics, and complexity can often be replaced by a simplicity that is breathtaking. Listen to the introduction of "Dream About Aliens" to see what I mean, with Piotr Płonka's guitar taking the lead and being supported by keyboards before switching roles. Elements of Collage, IQ and possibly Pendragon combine to provide prog that is symphonic and elegant and so very easy to appreciate.

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