Millenium’s second release “Hourglass” features former Vagabond, The Snakes and Ark vocalist Jorn Lande. “Hourglass” has received an incredible amouny of hype in regards to this release and the Millenium delivers a memorable CD from the very first listen. Opening track “Power to Love” is a majestic track with the anthemic feel of Blue Murder which is apparent on other tracks throughout the disc as well.
Lande’s strong influences are apparent on the tracks “Hourglass” and “I Will Follow”, both of which are bluesy rockers drenched with the aura of David Coverdale filling the soulful phrasing of Lande. Lande vocals on some of the other cuts such as “Superstar” and “I Still Believe” call to mind Jeff Scott Soto and his Takara project.
Lead Guitarist Ralph Santolla lays down a serious blues solo on “I Will Follow” which fades out with the song. The grand piano passages supplied by Dag Stokke (TNT) on “Power To Love” and “No More Miracles” are beautifully performed and quite refreshing to hear in lieu of a synthesiser. The upbeat ”Rocket Ride” has a very catchy chorus with the feeling of an internet radio single. “Masquerade” gradually builds into a monster of a track while “Chasing Time” sounds like it would have been right at home on the debut Phenomena release.
The band has progressed considerably from their initial release when they were known as Eyewitness. The addition of Lande as lead vocalist has only improved an already impressive group of musicians. “Hourglass” should further enhance the Millenium name and bring the band increased success on the international level.