M.ill.ion – No.1 [1991]

Country Sweden          Style Hard Rock

Rating 89/100

Band Members
BJ Laneby – Bass, CT Rohdell – Guitars, Hasse Johansson – Vocals, Markus Ydkvist – Keyboards, Roland Christoffersson – Drums, Stefan Wetterlind – Guitars

Tracks
01. Sign Of Victory (4:34), 02. Lovers (3:45), 03. Time After Time (3:49), 04. 90-60-90 (4:13), 05. Live It Or Leave It (3:27), 06. Winds Of Change (3:53), 07. Tomorrow (3:56), 08. Desperate Love (3:49), 09. Hold Me, Touch Me (3:41), 10. The Poseur (4:19), 11. Take It To The Limit (3:57), 12. I Wanna Know (3:30)

PROFILE

“No.1” is the debut album by Swedish melodic hard rock/glam metal band “M.ill.ion” originally released in 1991. Having established a firm presence in melodic hard rock over the past five years, the story of “M.ill.ion” goes actually back to the late 80’s at which point they were a more glamorous outfit still just as melodic and hard rocking. The line up features lead singer Hasse Johansson, guitarists CT Rohdell and Stefan Wetterlind, bassist BJ Laneby, keyboardist Markus Ydkvist and drummer Roland Christoffersson.

The sound of “M.ill.ion” is built on bombastic guitars, melodic keyboards, big drumming and dynamic choruses. I would say that “No.1” draws elements from both the American and European school of melodic hard rock/glam metal sounding very much like a mixture of “Bangalore Choir” and “Europe”. One also has to address that “No.1” is a totally uncompromised hard rock record with no shortage of guitar shredding/solos and drum fills (which would often be reduced on albums of that period).

It is also important to note that the quality of “No.1” does not slip at any of its 12 songs, all having memorable choruses and infectious opening melodies. Personal favorites include the classic `Sign of Victory’, “Lovers”, “Live it or leave it” and “Hold me, touch me”. Overall the “M.ill.ion” debut is a great choice for fans of “Europe”, “Bangalore Choir”, “Lion” and “Lionsheart”.

By Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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