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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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Rock - Released October 1, 2004 | Burning Heart Records - Epitaph

Pennybridge Pioneers is one of Millencolin's most emotionally compelling works yet, largely dispensing with the ska-punk shadings of past releases in order to concentrate on a straight-ahead, melodic punk-revival format. Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph head honcho Brett Gurewitz produced the record, which features some of the band's best songcraft to date, and even dips into acoustic balladry (naturally enough, on "The Ballad"). ~ Steve Huey
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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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Rock - Released October 1, 2004 | Burning Heart Records - Epitaph

After Swedish skatepunkers Millencolin dropped their first full-length, Tiny Tunes, in 1994, the group quickly assembled their follow-up, Life on a Plate, the next year. Both discs were originally offered in Scandinavia only, but after Millencolin began achieving substantial chart success in their home country, the group signed with Epitaph Records and this sophomore effort made its way to American shores in 1996. Millencolin's evolution toward a more song-oriented pop-punk sound is most evident on standout tracks like "Killercrush" and "The Story of My Life." The melodies and guitar riffs are tight and catchy, and the band's unique Scandinavian take on the crowded, some might say stagnant American punk subgenre of the time is as refreshing as it is accomplished. ~ Vincent Jeffries
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Rock - Released October 1, 2004 | Burning Heart Records - Epitaph

So-Cal-styled skate punks from Scandinavia, Millencolin's sophomore effort For Monkeys absorbs the influences of Operation Ivy, Bad Religion and the like and spits it back out as taut, melodic hardcore with a decidedly European twist. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Rock - Released July 26, 2005 | Burning Heart Records - Epitaph

The wide-eyed punk rock of Millencolin continues to improve on Home From Home, their follow-up to the bizarre No Cigar EP. Where that release showed the band experimenting with heavy metal dynamics, this album brings them closer to the post-Hüsker Dü sound that major labels unsuccessfully tried to harness in the early '90s. Don't worry, the band hasn't turned into the Fretblankets overnight. Instead, their songs seem to have a better grasp of atmosphere and their sound is much more filled out than before. "Man or Mouse" is a great opening track, blending the hard assault of Bad Religion with the moody throb of the Afghan Whigs. "Punk Rock Rebel" is a ska-tinged barnburner that pays tribute to the punks that inspired the band to pick up that lifestyle, while "Happiness for Dogs" is a frustrated ode to the yearning that comes with being a young dirtbag. A few tracks still harken back to earlier years, especially "Botanic Mistress," but they do so with a mildly poppier twist than before. This album showcases a band that is not afraid of growth, and luckily they have not taken the easy way out yet and rehashed the simplistic punk of their early years. Home From Home is easily one of the best albums in their catalog, and any fan of melodic punk rock should give this a listen; there are some great songs to be found here. ~ Bradley Torreano
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Rock - Released October 1, 2004 | Burning Heart Records - Epitaph

After Epitaph's re-release of Millencolin's sophomore outing, Life on a Plate, became an unqualified success, the label decided to offer the band's other Scandinavia-only full-length, Tiny Tunes, to American listeners. Warner Bros. had expressed some displeasure regarding the debut's artwork and title, so after Millencolin's Swedish label home, Burning Heart, changed the record's cover and title, it was shipped across the Atlantic in 1998. The aptly renamed Some Old Tunes features much faster, more traditional punk anthems than Life on a Plate. There are enough catchy choruses and dynamic arrangements to satisfy pop-punk listeners impressed with the Swedish outfit's first U.S. disc. Leading off with the well-crafted standout "Mr. Clean," Some Old Tunes is an unrelenting collection of raw, energetic songwriting that includes other highlights like "Diznee Time" and "Leona." Fans of Millencolin, and '90s pop-punk in general, are sure to enjoy Some Old Tunes, a disc that might not be quite as accomplished as the group's other American offerings, but one that still deserves a strong recommendation. ~ Vincent Jeffries
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Rock - Released August 23, 2005 | Burning Heart Records - 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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Rock - Released April 12, 2005 | Burning Heart Records - Epitaph

When Nikola Sarcevic's first solo project, Lock-Sport-Krock, was released in 2004, fans were shocked by how different it was from his work as Millencolin's lead vocalist. Instead of embracing the sort of brash, stomping, boisterous punk that Millencolin is known for, Sarcevic the solo artist moved in a much calmer, more introspective folk-rock/adult alternative direction -- minus the rest of Millencolin, Sarcevic favored an approach that drew comparisons to John Mayer and Gin Blossoms rather than NOFX, the Clash or Cock Sparrer. But the Swedish singer didn't become a full-time solo artist, and Kingwood -- his first post-Lock-Sport-Krock album with Millencolin -- finds him hell-bent for punk once again. This 2005 release doesn't contain even the slightest hint of Lock-Sport-Krock's singer/songwriter aesthetic; Kingwood is punk all the way, and the Swedes spare no passion on melodic but in-your-face offerings like "Mooseman's Jukebox," "Farewell My Hell" and "Shut You Out." Guitarist Erik Ohlsson has claimed that Kingwood is, as of 2005, "our best, most focused record yet"; the 'best' part is questionable, and many longtime Millencolin fans will insist that Pennybridge Pioneers is still the band's crowning achievement. But Ohlsson certainly speaks the truth when he describes Kingwood as focused; Millencolin does bring a lot of conviction to this material, which thrives on the sort of simplicity and gut-level rawness that old-school punk was known for back in the late '70s and early '80s. Kingwood isn't as essential as Pennybridge Pioneers, but it's still an inspired, enjoyable addition to Millencolin's catalog -- and while Sarcevic has a lot of potential as a folk-rock singer/songwriter, it's good to know that he can still belt out punk with a lot of passion and fury. ~ Alex Henderson
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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 August 2, 2008 | Burning Heart Records - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 17, 2015 | Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 24, 2009 | Burning Heart Records - 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 January 29, 2008 | Burning Heart Records - Epitaph