DARK MILLENNIUM
Death Metal / Progressive Metal • Germany

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Dark Millennium was formed in 1989 by Theissen and Hesse. After the release of two demos 'The Apocryphal Wisdom' and 'Of Sceptre Their Ashes May Be' (featuring Torsten Gilsbach on vocals instead of Christian Mertens) they released their debut-LP 'Ashore the Celestial Burden' on Massacre records in 1992. It was well-received. The follow-up 'Diana Read Peace' with ex-Despair bassplayer Pachura was released in 1993. Dark Millennium then proceeded to disband.

Theissen changed his style completely after he went on to form 'Cherub'.

The music of the band mostly is based on slow, melancholic riffs, which even today are unreached.
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.. Album Cover 4.06 | 5 ratings
Ashore the Celestial Burden
Death Metal 1992
.. Album Cover 3.58 | 5 ratings
Diana Read Peace
Progressive Metal 1993
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Midnight in the Void
Progressive Metal 2016

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.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Apocryphal Wisdom
Death Metal 1991
.. Album Cover 3.52 | 2 ratings
Of Spectre Their Ashes May Be
Death Metal 1992

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DARK MILLENNIUM Diana Read Peace

Album · 1993 · Progressive Metal
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"Diana Read Peace" is the 2nd full-length studio album by German progressive metal act Dark Millennium. The album was released through Massacre Records in 1993. Dark Millennium was formed in 1989 and disbanded in the mid-90s after releasing two demos and two full-length studio albums. They started out playing death metal with doomy sections and occasionally progressive structures, but "Diana Read Peace" doesn´t feature much which indicate that Dark Millennium just the year before released the death metal oriented debut full-length studio album "Ashore the Celestial Burden (1992)".

Instead we´re treated to an adventurous and occasionally gothic take on progressive metal with a few nods towards thrash and doom metal. The atmosphere is dark, melancholic, and at times even alien, as if the band have visited places other people don´t dare to, and have found inspiration in that. Some tracks are not as complex as others, but there are some very progressive structured tracks on the album. The best example os probably the 9:45 minutes long "Brotherhood Sleep... Back to Treasureland".

The musicianship are on a high level, even though lead vocalist Christian Mertens is probably an aquired taste. He sometimes sound a bit out of tune, and his vocal lines are not that memorable and generally not very melodic. He sounds a bit strained when he does his more raw vocal parts too, and considering how strong his growling vocals were on the debut album, it´s a bit of a mystery why he would chose to sing in a vocal style like this on "Diana Read Peace". Development is almost always a positive, but in this case it´s a step down the quality ladder.

"Diana Read Peace" is a relatively well produced album, and as mentioned especially the instrumental part of the music is very well delivered, but the adventurous songwriting is sometimes a bit too adventurous for it´s own good, and sometimes it feels like Dark Millennium had a thousand individual ideas for each track, and some parts and transitions between parts therefore come off as disjointed from the rest of the track.

So upon conclusion "Diana Read Peace" is an album that leaves me a bit biased as I hail the adventurous nature of the album and the high level musicianship, but at the same time I have some issues with the vocals, and with the core songwriting (the album is also a bit too long featuring a playing time that exceeds the hour mark). "Diana Read Peace" therefore ends up falling in the catagory of being more interesting than actually good, but I´d still say a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

DARK MILLENNIUM Ashore the Celestial Burden

Album · 1992 · Death Metal
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"Ashore the Celestial Burden" is the debut full-length studio album by German death/doom metal act Dark Millennium. The album was released through Massacre Records in 1992. Dark Millennium was formed in 1989 and disbanded in the mid-90s after releasing two demos and two full-length studio albums. The years leading up to the release of "Ashore the Celestial Burden" were quite busy with both lineup changes and the release of the band´s two demos taking up Dark Millennium´s time. Lead vocalist Christian Mertens was out of the band for a couple of months and didn´t participate in the recording of the "Of Spectre Their Ashes May Be (1992)" demo, but he is present on "Ashore the Celestial Burden".

5 out of the 10 tracks on the album are re-recorded versions of tracks from the two demos. "Black Literature" was originally featured on the "The Apocryphal Wisdom (1991)" demo and "Below the Holy Fatherlands", "Spiritual", "Wizardry Assemblage" and "Medina's Spell" were originally featured on the "Of Spectre Their Ashes May Be (1992)" demo.

Stylistically the music on "Ashore the Celestial Burden" is a doomy type of death metal with occasional progressive leanings. Haunting and melancholic guitar leads, brick heavy doomy riffs and rhythms, and some very aggressive and snarling growling vocals on top. But that´s not all, because this is not solely a doom/death metal album and there are usually several tempo changes in the tracks and the band often play mid-paced (and occasionally slightly faster) old school death metal parts, which adds to the brutality of the music. When they do that they remind me slightly of their fellow countrymen in Morgoth. Dark Millennium also bring progressive ideas and song structures to the table and to my ears a track like "Beyond the Dragon's Eye" is a fully fledged progressive death metal track. The tasteful and clever use of acoustic guitars and piano on that track works really well. The addition of clean vocals sung by Gerhard Magin, also make that particular track stand out.

The musicianship are obviously on a high level and "Ashore the Celestial Burden" is also packed in a raw and suitingly dark sound production. It could have been slightly more powerful and well sounding, but it´s a minor issue, and it´s pretty great as it is.

While I mention progressive ideas and structures above, "Ashore the Celestial Burden" is an album where Dark Millennium successfully balance death metal brutality, doomy melancholy, and progressive sophistication. Which means that the progressive ideas never come in the way of the death metal brutality or the doomy melancholy and visa versa. And along with the skilled delivery of the music, the decent sound production, and the adventurous songwriting, that´s probably the album´s greatest strength. A 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

DARK MILLENNIUM Of Spectre Their Ashes May Be

Demo · 1992 · Death Metal
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"Of Spectre Their Ashes May Be" is the 2nd demo release by German death metal act Dark Millennium. The demo was independently released on cassette tape in March 1992. Dark Millennium was formed in 1989 and disbanded in the mid-90s after releasing two demos and two full-length studio albums. Quite a few lineup changes have taken place since the release of "The Apocryphal Wisdom (1991)" as Torsten Gilsbach has replaced original lead vocalist Christian Mertens, bassist Markus Gabriel has been replaced by Jörg Dinstühler, and finally Michael Burmann has been added to the lineup as the band´s second guitarist. So only drummer Christoph Hesse and guitarist Hilton Theissen remain from the original lineup. Christian Mertens would however return to the fold later in the year for the recording of the band´s debut album "Ashore the Celestial Burden (1992)".

The many lineup changes haven´t affected the music too much though. It´s slightly more doomy than the case was on "The Apocryphal Wisdom (1991)" and the vocals are more deeper growling, but the infectious aggression and relatively technical and adventurous approach to playing old school death metal is still intact. The sound production is raw and brutal and initially I felt the quality of the recording had dropped a bit since "The Apocryphal Wisdom (1991)", which featured a near semi-professional sound production, but upon repeated listens I realise this more raw sound production suits the music perfectly.

In addition to the high quality songwriting featured on the demo, the musicianship is a great asset too. Drummer Christoph Hesse again stands out as a rather different extreme metal drummer with a subtle drumming style and new lead vocalist Torsten Gilsbach proves to be a great replacement for Christian Mertens (although his tenure would be brief).

Dark Millennium were an ever changing act in their relatively short existence, but "Of Spectre Their Ashes May Be" pretty much stay in the same territory as "The Apocryphal Wisdom (1991)", although it´s overall a bit harsher. Quality wise it´s not as such a step up from "The Apocryphal Wisdom (1991)", but it´s definitely equal in quality and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

DARK MILLENNIUM The Apocryphal Wisdom

Demo · 1991 · Death Metal
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"The Apocryphal Wisdom" is the debut demo release by German death metal act Dark Millennium. The demo was independently released on cassette tape in February 1991. Dark Millennium was formed in 1989 and disbanded in the mid-90s after releasing two demos and two full-length studio albums.

The music on the 5 track, 27:51 minutes long demo is death metal with both relatively technical death/thrash riffing and drumming, and the occasional more doom/death oriented section. The material are quite adventurous and dare I say semi-progressive at times. Structurally these guys aren´t afraid to experiment and while some shifts between sections are slightly awkward, it predominantly works pretty well. The 12:07 minutes long closing title track is the most doomy track here, but it goes through several changes, tempi, and sections during it´s playing time. The other tracks which are more regular length songs, are quite adventurous too and the creative songwriting should definitely be mentioned among the assets of this release.

Another asset is the high level musicianship. Dark Millennium sound a bit more seasoned than they probably were at this point. Especially drummer Christoph Hesse has a very creative drumming style, that´s kind of subtle for such extreme music. Jazzy would be a wrong description, but there is something about his style that points in that direction. The extremely aggressive and quite distinct sounding snarling intelligible growling vocals by Christian Mertens deserve a mention too. The music is actually quite aggressive in nature and generally not as melancholic and doomy as their studio albums are.

Considering the fact that "The Apocryphal Wisdom" is a demo, the sound production is very well sounding and not far from (contemporary) professional studio quality. It´s not often you´ll hear death metal demos from this era, with a sound quality like this. It´s still suitably raw and authentic old school sounding though. After listening to the demo it´s a bit of a mystery to me, that Dark Millennium had to release another demo before getting signed, because the high quality here should have warranted a great deal of attention from labels back then. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is fully deserved.

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