JD Miller
World War X

1. Journey Through The Past
2. Against The Wind
3. My Open Arms
4. Evergrey
5. Power
6. Clouded Minds
7. Forgotten
8. Isolation
9. Wanderer Of Light And Sorrow

Peter Halldén – Vocals
Emil Eriksson – Drums
Alex Oriz – Lead Guitar/Rythm Guitar
Elias Fröjd – Lead Guitar/Rythm Guitar
Chris David – Bass Guitar

Grand Intentions (2014)


Recorded at Studio Haga and Studio Berghem
Mixed by Christian Svedin
Mastered by Thomas ’Plec’ Johansson at ‘The Panic Room’

Released 2017-04-28
Reviewed 2017-05-15


mighty music

World War X is the second offering by Swedish band JD Miller, it follows their critically acclaimed debut from 2014. Now they have put together nine war hymns that will dazzle everyone who enjoys modern melodic hardrock with good energy from a band that is said to be a cross breeding between Eclipse and Evergrey. One can wonder if it is the new label Mighty Music or the band's new members since the last album that figured out that little description because it is actually fairly accurate.

It is modern melodic hardrock with strong choruses good energy and very strong production. The vocalist is very strong and the variation is strong and combined with a playing time of just 38 minute the albums ends in a way that makes the listener want to replay the album once more. They may not make earth-shattering music but with good drive and the ability to make the most of a well tried and tested concept they show that you do not always have to make something unique to stand out and be relevant. It is a high quality production.

World War X is a great album with great songs, great energy and drive, I really like it and it is an album that keeps me listening from the beginning to the end. Of the great songs on this album I figure that the opening one and the fourth one are the best, the fourth one is actually named Evergrey and I have to wonder if their countrymen with that name inspire it. It is a really strong album and I think I can recommend it to all of you, even those who dislike wars.

In the end I think that JD Miller shows that you can make great and relevant music even if you walk down paths often threaded. They use simple concepts, and make straightforward music that is easy to like and impossible to dislike. I don't think there are any weaknesses in this album. And as little as I can think to write about it, as much I recommend it, as it is a brilliant album. It is war hymns that you can like and that you shouldn't miss.




Label: Mighty Music/Target
Three similar bands: Eclipse/Evergrey/Europe

Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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