DARK MILLENNIUM - Where Oceans Collide

Dark Millennium - Where Oceans Collide

11 songs
50:59 minutes
***** *****
Massacre Records


In the early Nineties, I was totally amazed by German metal band Dark Millennium who were back then far ahead of their time. They combined thrash, death, progressive, doom and avantgarde metal in an unprecedented way, and it was probably that visionary aspect that was the reason that they didnít get the success they deserved. After their two albums Ashore The Celestial Burden and Diana Read Peace, things became quiet. After a twenty-three-year long break, they came back in 2016 with their self-released comeback album Midnight In The Void. With their fourth album Where Oceans Collide, they are signed again to Massacre Records, just like in their early days. As their debut resonated more with their fans than the more Ė or for some even too experimental sophomore record, they decided to go back to the heavier direction on their first album.

Three members of the original line-up are still present, and they do their best to sound pleasantly old-school. Therefore they opted for an analogue production and do without modern achievements like drum trigger and audio quantization. The CD also comes with a bonus track, which is nowadays usually reserved for the vinyl edition. But frankly they could have done without the eleven minute long instrumental Across Oceans Of Souls, and for fairnessí sake, I restrict my review to the ten regular songs.

I have to admit that right with the opener Vampireís Empire, I felt straight at home. The vocals are harsh and is the death metal component of the bandís sound. Occasionally the vocals are used differently though and remind of the heavier emocore bands. The music is very varied and lies somewhere between dark and progressive metal, and yet the vocals always fit perfectly with the instrumentation. Although Dark Millennium are certainly not copying anyoneís sound, I did feel reminded of Voivod and Coroner. All these bands have complex songwriting in common, and use a lot of twists and turns to surprise the listener with the most diverse moods. Moving Light is an example that starts quite roughly, reminding even a little of Venom, then adds heavy riffs and in the end becomes so quiet that there are even soundtrack references. Another such unusual track with Flesh Is Weak where an atmospheric piano part with spoken words all of a sudden bursts into a wild metal orgy, all the while the piano melody continuing as if nothing had happened. This manic approach is running through the entire album, and the only thing predictable about Dark Millennium is their unpredictability.

I am totally overjoyed that Dark Millennium are back. Where Oceans Collide is an incredibly suspenseful album full of amazing moments. The musicians havenít lost an ounce of their youthful freshness and still play more innovative than most younger bands who are usually happy to just follow the current trends. Every time I listen to this album, I discover as yet undetected details. Where Oceans Collide is already a contender for best metal album of the year

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