Album review: M.ILL.ION – Back On Track

M.ILL.ION - Back On Track

AOR Heaven [Release date 10.09.21]

Four original M.ILL.ION members reunited in the autumn of 2020 – Hans Dalzon (vocals), CT Rohdell (guitar), Marcus Berglund (keyboards) and B.J Laneby (bass) – and they were joined by new recruits Henrik Andersson (lead guitar) and Magnus Rohdell (drums). The results of this reunion are ‘Back On Track’, an album that includes three brand new songs and two re-recordings/re-arrangements of tracks from the ‘No.1’ album. The remainder of the tracks on here are rare recordings, remixes and remasters of songs from the first three albums – ‘No.1’, ‘We, Ourselves & Us’ and ‘Electric’. It is the first album by M.ILL.ION since ‘Sane and Insanity’ back in 2011 and this year also marks the 30th anniversary of their debut album’s release.

The three new songs are all pretty damn fine, with the lead single ‘Back On Track’ the pick of the bunch. M.ill.ion have lost none of their melodic hard rock sound with the guitars and Hammond still driving their music along to good effect. I am hoping the rather pomptastic ‘Circle Of Trust’ gets released as a single to as this has such a good chorus and plenty of musical delights, including bells and choral backing vocals. Impressive.

Those after a hard rock fix will enjoy ‘Judgement Day’ and ’90-60-90’, whilst ‘Lovely Eyes’ shows a lighter side to the band’s sound. A strong ballad without being too clichéd. ‘Doctor Loov’ and ‘Get Down To Biz’ have perhaps not aged as well.

A good way for M.ill.ion to re-introduce themselves and acquaint people unfamiliar with their earlier material. Based on the new songs let’s hope they record and release a whole album of new songs soon. Great to have them back, they have been missed. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie




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