M.ill.ion

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M.ILL.ION
OriginGothenburg, Sweden
GenresHeavy metal
Hard rock
Years active1989–present
Labels
  • K.M.C.
  • BlueStone Music
  • A2 Records
  • Metal Heaven
Websitewww.millionrocks.com
MembersB.J Laneby
Angelo Modafferi
Andreas Grövle
Ulrich Carlsson
Johan Häll
Past membersHasse Johansson
Markus Ydkvist
Jonas Hermansson
Johan Bergquist
Stefan Wetterlind
Staffan Österlind
CT Rohdell
Roland Christoffersson
Mikael Böhnke
Per Westergren

M.ILL.IONis a highly critically acclaimed Swedish melodic hard rock band formed in 1989 in Gothenburg, Sweden by bass player B.J Laneby.[1]

M.ILL.ION's music is described as "the perfect mix of classic rock, melodic metal and rock'n roll" comfortably placed in the 21st century. Their biggest influences include Kiss, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, UFO, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio and Queen.

History[edit]

Seven original albums released so far and no.8 is due on September the 10:th, 2021!

Their latest one Sane & Insanity (Europe/Japan 2011) went straight to the No.1 spot on the U.S Import chart NEH and reached the "Album of the Year" list at the world's most important site for hardrock, melodicrock.com. In Japan they have a really strong following ever since their debut album No.1 charted there in the early 90's.

Their song "Showstopper" from the Detonator album was featured in the EA Games video game NHL 2003.

They have done several headline tours and also shared stages and tours with bands such as Magnum, Nazareth, Oliver/Dawson Saxon, Michael Schenker Group, Pretty Maids among others.

Some of the festival appearances include the major Sweden Rock Festival (attendance record+ named “best band of the festival” by UK Magazine Powerplay), Firefest (England), Rock Over Munich (Germany), Hard Rock Hell (Spain) and Stockholm Rock Out. In July 2013 they did Skogsröjet in Sweden, where they played the main stage joining headliners Twisted Sister and Helloween.

During the UK tour in 2014 their former B.J Laneby was hit with by a terminal bacteria and almost died. After a very long rehab he decided to put the band on hold.

Now in 2021, it's time, not just to celebrate the 30:th anniversary of the first M.ILL.ION album, but also to get back to that pure feeling of joy of the early days! Take note, people: This is not a reunion of tired middle aged men for nostalgic reasons. This is for real and a serious attempt at creating great new rock music, to kick some classic ass on stage again and to have lots of fun doing it all!

Four original M.ILL.ION members reunited in the autumn of 2020: Hans Dalzon (Lead Vocals), CT Rohdell (Guitar) Marcus Berglund (Keyboards) and B.J Laneby (Bass Guitar). The new, and very talented recruits Henrik Andersson (Lead Guitar) and Magnus Rohdell (Drums) complets this powerful six piece.

B.J Laneby comments: ”It's so much fun, creativity & energy again! It's really like the title track says: ” BACK ON TRACK – Time to make boys out of men!”

The band spent the spring of 2021 working on the reunion album BACK ON TRACK. This 15 track production includes three brand new songs and two re-recordings/re-arrangements of tracks from the No.1 album. Adding to this: Rare recordings have been found, remixes have been done + remasterings of songs from the first three albums; ”No.1”, ”We, Ourselves & Us” and ”Electric” as well. All very highly praised albums, all getting updated sounds. Indeed, quite a cool package of classic melodic hard rock!

The new recordings on the Back on Track album were mixed by the world famous British producer Simon Hanhart (David Bowie, Bryan Adams, Saxon, Marillion, Asia, Yngwie Malmsteen, Waysted. a.o). Mastering was handled by another world class guy: Tim Debney of Fluid Mastering, UK. (Deep Purple, Rod Stewart, Judas Priest...)

M.ILL.ION signed a deal with the well known German label AOR Heaven for the European release. The album will be out in Europe on September 10, 2021, preceded by the single and video of the title track “Back on Track” and the single of "Circle of Trust".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • No 1. (1992)
  • We, Ourselves & Us (1994)
  • Electric (1998)
  • Detonator (2001)
  • Kingsize (2004)
  • Thrill of the Chase (2008)
  • Sane & Insanity (2011)
  • Back on Track (2021)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1991–2006 The Best, So Far (2006)

Extended plays[edit]

  • 2004 (2004)

Singles[edit]

  • "Judgement Day" (1994)
  • "Back on Track" (2021)
  • "Circle of Trust" (2021)

Videos[edit]

  • Sign of Victory
  • Candyman
  • Backdoor Queen
  • Live in Germany
  • Everyday Hero
  • Back on Track
  • Circle of Trust (TBA)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "M.ILL.ION - FORMER GUITARIST BACK IN THE BAND" Bravewords. Retrieved 2018-06-21.