This one’s a real anomaly in the fact that it seems to mix rock and hard rock together with a black metal edge and some other oddities. Germany’s Dark Millennium don’t play by the rules, crafting a sort of angsty dark rock that contains a heavy share of hits and misses. There are twelve tracks here and a playing time of seventy minutes, so I can’t entirely promise you that everything here is going to be golden. I will say that “Insanity Suck System” caught my attention with it’s punchy edge as “Looking Good Dead” reminded me a little of a cross between latter Carcass and Megadeth. Then we have “Rats Leading Rats” which almost sounds like a sort of twisted modern-era Satyricon. If that wasn’t enough, then the emotional brevity of “Set In Motion” and the unexpected lesson in atmosphere that comprises the disc’s closer “From A Thousand Years Of Yore” should be more than enough to satisfy your musical appetite. There’s a reason that I like this record enough to cover it here, and that’s because it doesn’t quite feel like the same song is being repeated over and over. Different riff ideas and styles are being implemented, along with some nice effects and certain unconventionalisms that some metalheads will scratch their heads at. But that’s interesting to me, because it’s challenging. The most interesting thing is that Metal Archives has these guys tagged as progressive doom/death, even though frontman Christian Mertens’ vocal approach certainly comes off with as much as a scowl as Satyr. That still doesn’t make it black metal, but it’s so hard for me to not hear that influence here. To be fair, the band haven’t released an LP since ’93 so fans will ultimately have to expect something a little different from these Germans. The band’s two previous records have scores in the upper nineties over at MA, so that should tell you something at least. All of this aside, I can say that if you’re looking for a furious sound, albeit with a little more variety and texture, you’ll find something here. I really feel that this record needs a bit more attention (and I mean from me, as well) because it’s definitely the kind of disc that offers something new with every listen. Not bad for a twenty-year break.
(12 Tracks, 70:00)