Swedish act M.ILL.ION has been around for two decades, all the way from their debut album "No. 1" (Büms 1992) to this seventh album "Sane & Insanity". However, the sole remaining member from the original line-up is founder B.J. LANEBY on bass. M.ILL.ION has had quite a similar career and development as their national colleagues GLORY - starting out as a quite pure AOR act that quickly turned heavier and became a solid melodic hard rocking band.
New members are keyboard player Angelo Modafferi from Australia and guitar player Andreas Grövle. Still on the train is lead vocalist Ulrich Carlsson and Per Westergren on drums. Musically I'd place M.ILL.ION somewhere between the latest TREAT album and (also Swedish) TEARS OF ANGER. It's slightly heavier than Treat, but not as edgy as Tears Of Anger. There are some progressive hints in one or two songs, like "Hell's Gate" for example. Imagine a more straight-edged THRESHIOLD and you know what it' about. Otherwise it's more plain hard rocking. A look at the band's own influences shows a lite of bands like DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE and DIO among those mentioned. And it speaks for itself - you can hear traces of all of these in the M.ILL.ION songs. This is a good band - they always deliver! And I like the use of many old 70's flavoured keyboard sounds. No song is a filler; on the other hand no song is a killer either. Just good or real good songs from the beginning to the end. There's one step left for M.ILL.ION to reach the dominating bands of melodic hard rock. Maybe next time?