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M.ILL.ION - 2011 Sane And Insanity

ALBUM: Sane And Insanity
LABEL: Metal Heaven
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Ulrich Carlsson - vocals * Andreas Grövle - guitars * Angelo Modafferi - keyboards * Per Westergren - drums * BJ Laneby - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sea Of Fate (intro) * 02 Cry To Heaven * 03 Everyday Hero * 04 Tomorrow Never Dies * 05 I Raise My Glass * 06 Sane And Insanity * 07 Hell's Gate * 08 Under Your Wings * 09 Fuel To My Heart * 10 Drama Queens * 11 Test Of Time * 12 Hate * 13 Seize The Day



It horrifies me to admit that after seven albums, this is our very first review of Swedish band M.ILL.ION here at GLORY-DAZE. Oh dear! Slap me with an anvil why don't you. To add insult to injury, I even have a few albums of this band in my collection, and knowing also that Elevener's Johan Bergquist was previously a member of the band should have been a red-flag for me to investigate this band earlier. Better late than never I guess, but 2011's 'Sane And Insanity' will hopefully rectify matters, because this is one catchy slab of melodic hard rock. The band introduce two new players: guitarist Andreas Grövle and Australian keyboardist Angelo Modafferi, and it's the band's latest album since 2008's 'Thrill Of The Chase'. Signed to Metal Heaven for a few years now, the band are a much more mature proposition than ever, and their sound is just a perfect amalgam of Scandi melodic hard rock with doses of AOR and classic 80's influences as well. The organ work of Modafferi lends this latest album to being compared to the recent work of Uriah Heep, so that's a pretty good way to start out.

The Songs
Modaferri gets his curtain call on the intro sequence 'Sea Of Fate', a one minute plus entree before the big riffs come a calling on 'Cry To Heaven', a tune that sits safely in the center of European melodic rock, a good Treat like delivery though a little predictable too. 'Everyday Hero' is primetime Uriah Heep, those galloping riffs and organ work is doppleganger like. 'Tomorrow Never Dies' contains some great parts, again Treat like in places, so that can only be good. Like most bands in this genre, this lot sound much better putting their best foot forward and going for it. Case in point: 'Under Your Wings', 'Drama Queens' and 'Hate', all three foot-stomping anthems with little in the way of intricacy - just pure grunt. The title track is probably the epic of the album, at 5min 43s it has the length of a progressive rocker, but the track itself seemed a bit one-paced and there didn't appear to be any room for variation. 'Fuel To My Heart' is the ballad on the album, but really didn't do enough to convince, those orchestral keyboards from Modaferri reminding me of Place Vendome, which if some of you may remember, annoyed the hell out of me. Another Uriah Heep soundalike was 'Test Of Time', while the closer 'Seize The Day' got points for being the most commercial offering here, a good way to finish up.

In Summary
Mostly there are some good to excellent moments on 'Sane And Insanity', though to make an informed opinion on the band I'll really need to go back and listen to their back-catalogue. There are a heap of superb releases coming through in 2011, and whether M.ILL.ION can withstand the heat of these forthcoming albums and remain in contention for your ear/headspace remains to be seen. Still, I am glad that finally one of us has thrown the virtual pen at this mob and they now take their place at GLORY-DAZE.

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