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Millennium (Front Line Assembly album)

Millennium is the eighth album by Industrial artists Front Line Assembly, released in 1994 by Roadrunner Records on both Compact Disc and LP formats.

Millennium
Millenniumcover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 11, 1994
RecordedJanuary 1994 (1994-01) – February 1994 (1994-02), The Armoury Studios, Vancouver, B.C.
GenreIndustrial metal
Length62:53
48:33 (2007 Re-issue Disc 2)
LabelRoadrunner, Apollon International, Metal Mind
ProducerBill Leeb, Rhys Fulber
Front Line Assembly chronology
Tactical Neural Implant
(1992)
Millennium
(1994)
Hard Wired
(1995)
Singles from Millennium
  1. "Millennium"
    Released: August 23, 1994
  2. "Surface Patterns"
    Released: November 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Infectious SubstanceUnfavorable[2]
Melody MakerUnfavorable[3]
Sea of Tranquility3.5/5 stars[4]
Select3/5 medals[5]

ReleaseEdit

The album was re-released on July 30, 2007 by Polish record label Metal Mind Productions as a limited two disc remastered edition.[6] The second disc of which contains all of the remixes and B-sides from the Millennium and Surface Patterns singles. The re-release was issued on golden discs and was limited to 2000 copies and numbered.[7]

The track "Surface Patterns" is featured on the soundtrack album of 1995 American horror film Hideaway.[8]

SinglesEdit

The release of the Millennium single preceded the release of the album. The single contains three remixes of the title song. Non-album track "Transtime" uses a sample from the song "Home Computer" which was released by German electronic music band Kraftwerk on their 1981 album Computer World.[9] "Transtime" is also featured on the compilation album Monument.[10] The video clip that was shot for the track "Millennium" was filmed in Seattle and Chicago.[11]

The second single Surface Patterns features three remixes of the title track and non-album track "Internal Combustion". The cardboard case is mislabeled "Suface Patterns" on the spine.

See also Disc 2 in Track listing.

Musical styleEdit

Shifting from the electronic music dominated style of Front Line Assembly's former works, Millennium makes heavy use of metal guitars. "[W]e just wanted to like do a different kind of record and just basically broadened our sound and our appeal", Bill Leeb said in an interview with Chaos Control about the change in sound, adding, "we also wanted to challenge the fans that we have, the listeners, because I’ve always been a die-hard purist in electronic music. I mean, if I could change I thought anybody else could, too."[12] Some of the guitar sounds are used as looped samples, some are played live in the studio.[12] A further addition to Front Line Assembly's sound on Millennium is rap on Victim of a Criminal.

SamplesEdit

Millennium borrows guitar riffs from several metal songs:[13]

There are also samples from songs of other bands:[13]

The album contains several voice and effect samples from a number of films, including these:[13]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Vigilante" 6:28
2."Millennium" 6:10
3."Liquid Separation" 5:05
4."Search and Destroy" 6:30
5."Surface Patterns" 5:36
6."Victim of a Criminal" (feat. Che The Minister Of Defense)Leeb, Fulber, David Hansen6:32
7."Division of Mind" 5:47
8."This Faith" 6:12
9."Plasma Springs" 6:20
10."Sex Offender" 8:13
2007 Re-issue Disc two
No.TitleLength
1."Surface Patterns (Surveillance Remix)"5:53
2."Surface Patterns (Chemical Cauldron Remix)"7:38
3."Internal Combustion"5:37
4."Surface Patterns (Scarification Remix)"4:35
5."Millennium (1000 Years Of Decay Remix)"6:19
6."Millennium (Left In Ruins Remix)"7:50
7."Transtime"5:58
8."Millennium (Until Death Remix)"4:43
Total length:48:33

PersonnelEdit

Front Line AssemblyEdit

Additional musiciansEdit

  • Devin Townsend – guitar (1, 7, 10)
  • Don Harrison – guitar (4, 9)
  • Che the Minister of Defense – vocals (6)

Technical personnelEdit

Chart positions and awardsEdit

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 31

AwardsEdit

Millennium was nominated for the Juno Awards of 1995 in the category Best Hard Rock Album.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bush, John. Front Line Assembly: Millennium > Overview at AllMusic. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Maynard, Mark (1995). "Front Line Assembly - Millennium". Infectious Substance. Herndon, Virginia. 1 (2): 16.
  3. ^ The Stud Brothers. "Front Line Assembly - Millennium". Melody Maker. London: IPC Media.
  4. ^ Dark, Hugh (October 4, 2007). "Front Line Assembly: Millennium (remaster)". Sea of Tranquility. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  5. ^ M., D. (November 1994). "Front Line Assembly: Millennium" (JPG). Select. London: Emap International Limited: 100. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  6. ^ "Front Line Assembly - re-release of 3 albums". Metal Mind Productions. July 5, 2007. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  7. ^ Van Isacker, Bernard (January 8, 2007). "Reissues for Front Line Assembly". Side-Line. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "Hideaway - Das Böse (1995) Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  9. ^ "Front Line Assembly's Transtime sample of Kraftwerk's Home Computer". WhoSampled. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  10. ^ "Frontline Assembly – Monument". Discogs. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  11. ^ Jester (February 29, 1996). "Interview: Front Line Assembly - 2/29/96". Sonic Boom Magazine. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Front Line Assembly". Chaos Control Digizine. 1994. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  13. ^ a b c "Front Line Assembly samples". mindphaser.com. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  14. ^ "Front Line Assembly's Surface Patterns sample of Pantera's Walk". WhoSampled. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  15. ^ "Front Line Assembly's Surface Patterns sample of Metallica's Don't Tread on Me". WhoSampled. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  16. ^ "Front Line Assembly's Sex Offender sample of Tears for Fears's Shout (US Remix)". WhoSampled. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  17. ^ "Frontline Assembly samples". codeblog. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  18. ^ "Liquid Separation". §107.net Sources of voice samples in music. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  19. ^ "Surface Patterns". §107.net Sources of voice samples in music. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  20. ^ a b "Sex Offender". §107.net Sources of voice samples in music. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Front Line Assembly – Millennium". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  22. ^ "About – Rhys Fulber". Rhys Fulber website. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014.