Let’s get one thing straight from the outset. Dark Millennium’s Ashore The Celestial Burden (1992) is a masterpiece. It’s a staggering work of progressive death/doom that remains virtually peerless and if you haven’t heard it, you should do yourself a massive favour and resolve the situation post haste! Now that we’ve got that particular public service announcement / reprimand out of the way we can fast forward 30 years and concentrate on the release of Dark Millennium’s 5th opus, Acid River.
After reforming in 2016, these deathly, doomy Germans have been rather prolific, with Acid River being the third full length release of new material in that time. The quality has been uniformly high as well with Dark Millennium venturing on ever more progressive excursions into death/doom country. Hot streak!
Perhaps due to the ongoing COVID situation, Acid River actually finds the band in a playfully nostalgic mood, honouring their own illustrious past with another batch of constantly challenging, highly immersive and atmospheric songs that are very much in the vein of their classic releases; the aforementioned Ashore The Celestial Burden (1992) and 1993’s follow-up, Diana Read Peace.
With lead single “Threshold” being the kind of multi-faceted beast you’d immediately expect from this band, any notion that Dark Millennium are resting on their laurels is swiftly dispelled. In comparison, “Godforgotten” is relatively upbeat….that is until prime death/doom kicks you in the soft bits – and normal service resumes.
As experimental as ever, Acid River is the work of a cult band with a huge legacy to live up to and the hunger and desire to maintain their reputation while forging ever further into realms unexplored. The first must-hear album of the year! 9/10
Dark Millennium‘s Acid River was released on January 7th, 2022 via Massacre Records