It appears that Million Dead’s debut album ‘A Song To Ruin’ is a bit like frog hair and hen’s teeth, (Amazon marketplace want Â£14 for it used and what I assume is the Japanese release is going for Â£52!) so the good people at Xtra Mile Records are re-releasing the 2003 pot-hardcore noise-a-thon, complete with bonus tracks and a dvd featuring their last ever London show in September 2005, the last show with Cameron Dean (ex-guitarist) and all the promo single videos. Not bad that. The asking price of Â£20 on Xtra Mile’s website is a bit steep, but I think there’s been a mistake as ’Â£19.99’ has been crossed out and replaced with ‘Â£19.99’ again, so could be a typo of sorts.
In any case, those that are familiar with Frank Turner’s work, but never really heard the stuff he did before ‘Sleep is for the Week’ or ‘Love, Ire and Song’ should seriously consider getting ‘A Song To Ruin’; plus the inclusion of single-only release ‘I Gave My Eyes To Stevie Wonder’ (which is one of their best songs) and ‘Medicine’ is a nice touch.
Frank Turner is set to release a new album in September entitled ‘Poetry of the Deed’ (pun-tastic!) in September via Xtra Mile and Epitaph. (Cheers to Punknews for this and the above info!)
If anything, this news has made me put ‘A Song To Ruin’ on again and it still fucking rocks, especially the bit at the 2:30 mark on ‘The Rise and Fall’ where the drummer starts screaming. EPIC.
‘I Am The Party’ (featuring some nice MTV2 tags at the top) by Million Dead.
By Ross Macdonald