MILLENNIUM was formed in 1982 by Mark Duffy (vocals) and Pete McArdle (guitar). They recruited Steve Mennell (drums) Dave Price (bass) and Dave Merrington (guitar). The band recorded their first demo in July 1982 at Guardian Studios the demo contained two songs Magic Mirror and I'm on Fire. Later that year they went on to record a second demo again at Guardian studios the band recorded three songs Steal your Heart, Rock was meant for me and Nightmare (which later became The Devil Rides Out). In 1983 Guardian records released a compilation album featuring Millennium, Spartan Warrior, Tokyo Rose, Risk and Incubus. The album contained three Millennium demo tracks Magic Mirror, Steal Your Heart and Rock was meant for me. In July 1983 Millennium started recording their debut album again at Guardian Studios. The band released their debut album in 1984 on the Guardian Record label to much critical acclaim. Unfortunately Dave Merrington decided to leave the band. Millennium soon recruited local guitarist Mike Muskett a former member of the band Skitzofrenik . The band recorded a number of demos between 1985 - 1988 and disbanded in June 1988. Vocalist Mark Duffy went on to join Thrash Metallers TORANAGA releasing albums through Peaceville records and Chrysalis records. In 2014 No Remorse Records re released Millennium's debut album followed by a second album released in 2016 titled "Caught in a Warzone" this album was made up from recordings the band made throughout 1985.
In 2015 Mark responded to an advert that Will Philpot had posted looking for like-minded individuals to form a Metal band. The idea of resurrecting Mark's band Millennium seemed an obvious course as Mark had always felt that this chapter of Metal history was not yet over. Original members were contacted and drummer Steve Mennell and guitarist Dave Hardy were on board along with new bass player Andy Fisher. Rehearsals and gigs followed with a great response to the live appearances at Brofest, Live Evil and Mearfest. During this time Will and Mark had been demoing new material that they had written. Sadly, ill health and other commitments meant the loss of Steve and Dave. In February 2017 the band, including new drummer Darren Moore (previously in Millennium from 1987 - 1988) travelled to Coach House Studios in France to record their new album, mixing the album at Ritual Studios in Darlington UK, the band are ready to unleash "AWAKENING", a combination of NWOBHM riffage, Heavy Metal ideals and a lyrical call to arms. Welcome to the new Millennium!
Current Line up:
Mark Duffy – Vocals
Will Philpot – Guitar
Paul Simpson - Bass
Nigel Waterfall Brown - Drums
Craig Stayman - Guitar
Past Line ups:
Members: Mark Duffy – Vocals 1982-1988, Steve Mennell – Drums 1982-1987, Pete McArdle – Guitar 1982 – 1985, Dave Merrington – guitar 1982 – 1984, Dave Price – Bass Guitar 1982 – 1986 Mike Muskett – Guitar 1984 – 1988, Dave Hardy – Guitar 1985 – 1986 / Bass Guitar 1986 – 1988, Miles Lofthouse – Guitar 1986 – 1988, Darren Moore – Drums 1987- 1988.
2015 Line up: Mark Duffy - Vocals, Steve Mennell - Drums, Dave Hardy - Guitar, Will Philpot - Guitar, Andrew Fisher - Bass
2017 Line up: Mark Duffy - Vocals, Darren Moore - Drums, Will Philpot - Guitar, Louis Astbury - Guitar, Andrew Fisher - Bass