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Review: Millennial Reign - Carry the Fire
Millennial Reign
Carry the Fire

Label: Ulterium Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 50:54
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy/Progressive

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 11, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Carry the Fire

Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)

Arlington, Texas-based Heavy Metal band, Millennial Reign, has a strong Christian message within their lyrics, but then again, should we, that some of us call pagans and others society's rebels, care that much? Well, I don't, me being of that rebel, punk, icon smasher – or whatever, or not.

It's Millennial Reign's music, of course, that does all the talking. My first impression was the following one: "So, this is how Maiden would sound if Geoff Tate was their vocalist..." This one single line tells a lot, doesn't it? But seriously, Millennial Reign haven't tried to avoid sounding strongly like Maiden here and there. Listen to those dual guitar melodies and harmonies courtesy of Dave Harvey and Jason Donnelly. There's no way you could avoid comparing Millennial Reign instantly to those British giants. In fact, there's some shameless Maiden rip-off going on on Millennial Reign's second album, Carry the Fire. A fair question is, does it become distracting or annoying at some point? Not for me. Plus, it's easy not to connect the vocal lines of James Guest to Geoff Tate. James' got a great voice; his wide range of powerful, melodic and harmonious vocal lines are simply enjoyable to listen to. What a gifted fellow he is. At times, I would even throw a band like Dream Theater in comparison to Millennial Reign, just like a song called "Save Me" wants to remind all of us of those Long Island uncrowded heroes of all things progressive and challenging.

Whether Millennial Reign are considered as the messengers of Jesus Christ or not, I really don't give a flying fuck. They simply kick ass on Carry the Fire by their well crafted, teeny-weeny progressive Heavy Metal, in which certain influences from Maiden, Queensrÿche and Dream Theater cannot be completely be ignored, if at all. If you can respect what Millennial Reign are all about, both thematically and musically, then here's a piece of an ear candy for you.

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