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Album Review

It's been a three-year wait for Millencolin to finally drop the follow-up to their 2005 Kingwood album, and although the band remains the same, in the interim Millencolin's sound has undergone a sea change. Although the group's genesis dates back to the late '80s, Kingwood returned Millencolin to transformative years in the early '90s, when they latched onto the SoCal sound and began unleashing exhilarating punk discs that powered them to worldwide fame. Machine 15's title presumably celebrates the band's 15th year of recording, but finds the quartet looking forward to the future. And that future beholds a band now discovering the joys of pop music. Of course, Millencolin always had a strong melodic bent, but now they've lathered the set in harmony by double- and triple-tracking frontman/bassist Nikola Sarcevic's vocals. The set-opening title track is just about smothered in them, and is followed by the one-two punch of "Done Is Done" and "Detox." Amazingly, the hard-driving "Done" features a string quartet, which heightens the song's tension, while the latter number jumps straight into '60s-rinsed pop-punk. "Vicious Circle" is even more startling, and will leave fans torn between heading for the pit or raising their lighters in the air and swaying along with this anthemic number. More surprises are to come; "Broken World" adds a touch of '70s rock to the band's punk sound, while "Danger for Stranger" again returns to the past, but this time with a mind-blowing meld of Cheap Trick and the Clash. By now, some fans may be screaming for relief, and it's on the way, for by and large Millencolin fill the rest of the album with straight-ahead melodic punk. And melody is the key to this set, for rarely has the band so consistently hit these kinds of tuneful heights, leaving the set awash in infectious melodies and anthemic choruses. The sound, thanks to Lou Giordano's production, is absolutely electrifying, while Millencolin's exhilarating performances suggest that they're more than ready for another 15 years. With the album's themes ranging from the politically scathing to the autobiographical, the lyrics invariably resonate as well. Millencolin open an entirely new chapter in their career, and it is guaranteed to be a real page-turner.

Customer Reviews

Awosme

...awsome :D

New album, new sound, same band

After hearing "Detox" and "machine 15" on the band's myspace, I swiftly bought the album. I had an instant appreciation for the album as a whole. The songs are catchy, they stay within the bands best sounds we've come to love, but still have a fresh feel to them. To name afew tracks that really stood out; the previous two mentioned above, "vicious circle", "Who's laughing now", "Ducks and drakes" and "Turnkey Paradise". This album should be a definate buy for old and new fans. Enjoy.

Nothing gorundbreaking, but still a solid effort!

When I first heard the title track, I have to say I thought that after 15 years of great tunes, Millencolin had "gone soft" and it was all going to go downhill from here. But then after hearing Brand New Game on their website, I had to give the album a second chance, and I bought it. Sure, Machine 15 and Detox are very different to their old sound, but the rest of the album sounds pretty good. If you're after classic Millencolin, get Who's Laughing Now and Brand New Game, if you want the new style get Detox and Machine 15 (which I have to say is the worst track on the album) and for other great tracks listen to Viscious Circle, Done is Done, Ducks and Drakes and Route One. Its not Millencolin's best album by a long way, but this is still worth investing in.

Biography

Formed: October, 1992 in Örebro, Sweden

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Scandinavian skatepunk unit Millencolin formed in Örebro, Sweden, in late 1992 with its members coming together from other area punk bands. Inspired by the Southern California hardcore sound of bands like Operation Ivy, the Descendents, and NOFX, vocalist/bassist Nikola Sarcevic and guitarists Erik Ohlsson and Mathias Färm formed the first incarnation of Millencolin (a variation on the skateboarding maneuver dubbed melancholy) as a Swedish-language group, but later began writing and singing in English....
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Machine 15, Millencolin
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  • £8.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Punk
  • Released: 07 April 2008

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