Release Date: Apr 28, 2015
Record label: Epitaph
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk/New Wave, Punk Revival, Punk-Pop, Skatepunk
Millencolin fans are always waging wars, pitting so many of their records against each other. You'd expect no less regarding a band that isn't ever really afraid to mix things up. They always create waves and buzz as they continually shake their modus operandi and play outside their comfort zone. Millencolin love to explore and take risks; and whether you like their style or not, in jumping in and out of these sandboxes, there's a certain level of respect to be gained.
Swedish punk outfit Millencolin's presence in the U.S. is mostly relegated to a specific time, namely the skatepunk scene of the late '90s/early 2000s, but the band has been cranking out high-quality, Bad Religion-inspired pit anthems since the early '90s, and the Epitaph-issued True Brew, their eighth studio album and first collection of new material in seven years, is a near-perfect distillation of knee-scraping skate rock and melodic, blue-collar punk-pop. In a genre saturated by nasally, emo-heavy metalcore, it's a real joy to hear old-school, no-frills, D.I.Y.
For their first album in seven years, Swedish melodic skate punks Millencolin have delivered... well, exactly what you'd expect them to deliver. Come on, this ain't prog rock: '90s-style melodic pop-punk is the order of the day here, and as always, Millencolin come through dependably. The ripping opener "Egocentric Man" comes across with just enough Bad Religion-esque flavor in those trusty chords, while "Chameleon" follows it up showing off this band's strong melodic suit.