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SOS

Rock - Released February 15, 2019 | Epitaph

Hardworking Swedish punk rockers Millencolin slapped a fresh set of wheels to their decks on 2015's sweet and salty True Brew, and they continue to carry the '90s skatepunk torch on the fiery follow-up SOS. Like its predecessor, album number nine was produced with considerable punch by the band's own Nikola Sarcevic and Mathias Färm, and it gets off to a rollicking start with the titular cut, a pick slide-heavy, politically charged melodic rager that's sure to incite a stadium pit frenzy. What follows is about as reliable a set as one could hope for from a group with 27 years in the rearview mirror. Lyrically, the band touches on the usual themes of love, weed, heartache, and political, cultural, and societal ills -- they even pay homage to "Yanny and Laurel," the 2018 viral meme that threatened to split the Internet in two. As genres go, pop-punk and skatepunk tend to avoid pushing the envelope structurally -- that muscle is made for fighting, not flexing -- and as per usual, Millencolin rage against the machine with as much melody as they do might. Whether they're channeling the sugary, controlled chaos of the Ramones ("Do You Want War"), the anarchic power pop of Against Me! ("Sour Days"), or channeling their inner Bad Religion ("Trumpets & Poutine"), the hook is sacrosanct. There's something to be said for consistency, but Millencolin maintain their equilibrium by paying as much attention to the quality of the product as they do its shelf stability. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 24, 2015 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released January 8, 2019 | Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 7, 2008 | Epitaph

It's been a three-year wait for Millencolin to finally drop the follow-up to their 2005 Kingwood album, and although the band remains the same, in the interim Millencolin's sound has undergone a sea change. Although the group's genesis dates back to the late '80s, Kingwood returned Millencolin to transformative years in the early '90s, when they latched onto the SoCal sound and began unleashing exhilarating punk discs that powered them to worldwide fame. Machine 15's title presumably celebrates the band's 15th year of recording, but finds the quartet looking forward to the future. And that future beholds a band now discovering the joys of pop music. Of course, Millencolin always had a strong melodic bent, but now they've lathered the set in harmony by double- and triple-tracking frontman/bassist Nikola Sarcevic's vocals. The set-opening title track is just about smothered in them, and is followed by the one-two punch of "Done Is Done" and "Detox." Amazingly, the hard-driving "Done" features a string quartet, which heightens the song's tension, while the latter number jumps straight into '60s-rinsed pop-punk. "Vicious Circle" is even more startling, and will leave fans torn between heading for the pit or raising their lighters in the air and swaying along with this anthemic number. More surprises are to come; "Broken World" adds a touch of '70s rock to the band's punk sound, while "Danger for Stranger" again returns to the past, but this time with a mind-blowing meld of Cheap Trick and the Clash. By now, some fans may be screaming for relief, and it's on the way, for by and large Millencolin fill the rest of the album with straight-ahead melodic punk. And melody is the key to this set, for rarely has the band so consistently hit these kinds of tuneful heights, leaving the set awash in infectious melodies and anthemic choruses. The sound, thanks to Lou Giordano's production, is absolutely electrifying, while Millencolin's exhilarating performances suggest that they're more than ready for another 15 years. With the album's themes ranging from the politically scathing to the autobiographical, the lyrics invariably resonate as well. Millencolin open an entirely new chapter in their career, and it is guaranteed to be a real page-turner. ~ Jo-Ann Greene
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 25, 2012 | Epitaph

Millencolin ring in their 20th anniversary with the B-sides and rarities collection The Melancholy Connection, a kind of spiritual successor to 1999's The Melancholy Collection. Gathering up assorted B-sides from the years after the release of their breakout album, Pennybridge Pioneers, the collection sheds some light on some of Millencolin's lesser-known work from a period that found them transitioning from their driving skatepunk sound into a more well-rounded rock band. And as if a B-side collection weren't enough to rope in longtime fans, the album also contains two new tracks, the effervescent "Carry You" and the Bad Religion-esque "Out from Nowhere," both of which show that the band hasn't lost its knack for writing driving, infectious punk. As an added bit of fan service, the compilation also comes with the DVD, A Pennybridge Production, a documentary that transports viewers back to the recording of Pennybridge Pioneers with archival footage shot by the bandmembers themselves while in the studio, as well as some live performances of the songs from the album. While all of this might not be of much use to the uninitiated, who might be better off just buying Pennybridge itself, the set will be a real treat for Millencolin devotees who are looking for something new to dig into while they wait with bated breath for a new album. ~ Gregory Heaney
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 17, 2015 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released November 21, 2018 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released February 12, 2019 | Epitaph

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Punk / New Wave - Released February 26, 2016 | Epitaph

Alternative & Indie - Released February 17, 2015 | Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 4, 2008 | Epitaph