• Hi, Millennium. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?
Hi everyone at Sick and Destroy, we’ve been busy with the release of our new album “Awakenening”.
• Would you please introduce your band to our readers who are not aware of your band and music? I know your band is an old one, but there are some people who had never heard your music still =(
Millennium is a band from the 80’s and were part of the NWOBHM scene.We recorded our first demo tracks at Guardian Studios in Durham England. Our first release was on a compilation album called “Pure Overkill” released on Guardian records in 1983 featuring 3 of our demo tracks. Other bands on the album were Spartan Warrior, Risk and Tokyo Rose. We then released our debut album in 1984 again on Guardian Records to much critical acclaim! In 2014 No Remorse records re- released our debut album and then in 2016 they released “Caught in a Warzone” an album from recordings we made in 1985.
• Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?
Millennium was formed in 1982 by Mark Duffy and Pete McArdle (vocals and guitar) we recruited Dave Price (Bass Guitar) Steve Mennell (Drums) and Dave Merrington (guitar) after the release of our album we recorded a number of demos from 1985 to 1988. The band broke up in 1988 and Vocalist Mark Duffy went on to join thrash band Toranaga.
• At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into metal music?
Mark and Pete started playing guitar at age 16. We were listening to bands like Journey, Styx a lot of light rock type of music. Pete was the first to be influenced by heavy metal bands when he bought Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell with Dio on vocals, he played it to Mark and they were both blown away by it and that’s when we knew we wanted to be in a Heavy Metal band!
• Millennium recently released album “Awakening”. Tell us something about it. Walk us through all the tracks lyrics and meaning.
Our new album “Awakening” has just been released and the main theme is about becoming aware of being controlled by governments and people in power.
1.False Reality – is about how governments and world powers feed us false information and manipulate the population to believe what they want us to believe.
2.Rise Above – this song is about fighting back at those who try to put you down if you don’t conform or are different to others.
3.Searching – tells the story of looking for a purpose and a reason why you’re alive and living in this life!
4.The Spell – is an intro to Awakening it’s the realisation that you have become aware and have woken up to see the truth!
5.Awakening – is the mass consciousness of people coming together and seeing the world for what it is and to question everything instead of accepting everything we’re told.
6.Lies all Lies – so many things on TV and in the media are lies, again from those in power who want to control us.
7.The Calling – This is about joining a cause to fight against evil.
8. Witch Hunt – Those in a position of power hunting down anyone who is different and who they think is a threat to them by having different beliefs.
9.When Mad Men Rule – this song is based on religion and how it is used to control people and how it has caused so much war and hatred in the world.
10.Revolution Calls – is about the breaking point of the population who’ve had enough of those in power and decide to do something about it.
11.Possessed – How something evil can take control of somebody as they become another person controlled by an evil force.
• How has been the response so far by the listeners? Have you started working on new songs already?
We’ve had a great response for the album with fans and from magazines and webzines we’ve received some great reviews! We’ve also started to write new songs for the next album we have around four songs written so far and we think the next album will be all written and ready to record by the end of 2018.
• When and where did you play your first gig? How was the experience of going live for the first time?
Our first show was in 1984 in a local club. I was quite nervous and thought I was going to throw up! We were the support band and we got a good response from the crowd.
• What, according to you, is the secret behind band’s success?
I don’t think we are a very well known band but we seem to have a following outside of the UK. We’ve been really surprised at the festivals that we have done recently and the crowd know the songs and the words and they are too young to remember us from the 80’s so some people who like NWOBHM might have heard of us but we hope that we will find new fans with our latest album.
• Ever had an epic fail moment during a gig?
The biggest epic fail I remember is going on stage to a fog of dry Ice that was so thick you couldn’t see the crowd and they couldn’t see us! It took about 10 minutes to clear and we we’re on the the 3rd song.
• If asked to differentiate Millennium from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?
I think Millennium is similar to a lot of bands and not so different in that we are happy to still be doing music and recording our songs. It’s great that there’s renewed interest in NWOBHM which has given us a new chapter and to gain new fans.
• How compatible are band members with each other right now?
As a band we are quite compatible we like the same type of music and bands and we work well together with no ego’s getting in the way!
• Which bands/ artists do you draw your influences from? Which are your favorite local bands?
There’s a lot of influences within the band but I think the main influences would be Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden.
• How do you guys manage jobs and gigs? Also how often do you guys gathering altogether just to fun?
We have to plan around our jobs if we are doing gigs or tours. It would be great to be doing this full time. Outside the band we sometimes get together and have a drink or go to see bands.
• Millennium is very promising formation (and just good old band). Talking of your future, 5 years from now, where do you see yourself?
We still hope to be doing this in five years time though we’re not a young band but there’s a few albums left in us yet that we hope to release!
• How could you compare nowadays metal scene with ‘80s?
I think todays metal scene has a lot more categories of different styles of metal bands compared to the 80’s and the metal scene has grown bigger for it. The internet has given bands the chance to spread their music around the world more easily but I think it’s even harder now for bands to get record deals and to make a living through music than it was in the 80’s. The internet has given music for free so record labels don’t invest in bands in the same way as they used to.
• Well, that’s it. Thanks a lot for your time. Speak out to all your fans and supporters.
We would like to say a big thank you to our fans those who are liking the new album and coming to our shows and spreading the word about Millennium. … Keep on Metal!