Starting out as a solo project by ASKA bassist Dave Harvey, Millennial Reign has grown into a very solid sounding unit in its own right. Though I am not too familiar with the 2012 self-titled debut, I can attest that this 2015 follow up is a very mature sounding album that sounds like something that Queensryche would be proud to have put out (and it is certainly better than anything either variation of that band has put out recently). Honestly Millennial Reign is not a Queenrcyhe clone by any means, maybe that has to do with James Guest’s really sweet and vastly underrated vocals more than anything, but they definitely lend an extra bit to the sound here. MR are an interesting band with other typical inspirations from the usual such as Maiden and Priest to the like of Crimson Glory, sort of having that bit of a proggy feel without the prog, as it were. The band doesn’t sit there and shoehorn themselves into trying to sound traditional, they just play what feels right to them and sort of make it their own, sounding familiar and fresh all at the same time. With some professional sounding production, this has a very major label kind of a vibe to it, without sounding arrogant and pompous. A very listenable piece of metal with nuances that might miss you by the first couple of listens, making it a release that sticks with you and doesn’t get stale anytime soon. Highly recommended!
Choice Tracks – Innocent Cry, Forever Changed, Millennial Reign, Way Up High