well, this album has surely been a long time coming in finally being released.
For a personal take on this, back in 2002 Militia were scheduled to be
included on the ill-fated and ultimately cancelled Spectrum Magazine Issue
6 compilation / CD and were one of only a few acts whom submitted their
interview and track to me by the requested deadline (of which their musical
contribution was to be an exclusive pre-release of the album track 'They
marked the path'). So although this album was originally slated for
a 2003 release, at least "Everything is one" has finally now
With respect of their last official album (not counting the "Eco-Anarchist
Manifesto" book/ live CD release), this constituted the highly acclaimed
"The black flag hoisted" DCD. So in providing a brief comparison,
"Everything is one" showcases a honed and distilled version
of what could broadly be expected from Militia’s sound. As such
the characteristic driving rhythms, rousing neo-classical melodies &
stoic junk metal percussion all remain, albeit in a slightly less rough
and ready guise. Yet in order to progress their sound further, the production
is cleaner and clearer then past releases, and is further augmented with
such elements as violin, clarinet, accordion and even a soprano singer.
Likewise, the use of harsh vocals and sampled dialogue plays less of a
central theme, however when sparingly used they provide a clear summation
of Militia’s now well documented political / societal stance.
Looking at specific tracks, 'They marked the path' is a standout,
being an amazing piece of understated martial percussion, rousing violin
and rhetoric infused vocals, and is only stronger now that I can hear
it in context of the full album. 'The hidden connection' is another
excellent piece, where by being reliant on a central pounding percussive
framework, it allows a free form and loosely played violin to inject a
folkish air. Alternately 'The new found dawn' follows a more
classic style of Militia songwriting, which would not be fully complete
if it were not for the trademark disharmonic horn wails. Grandiose indeed!
The title piece and final track concludes the album on a sombre note,
due mostly to the removal of the overt percussive elements. Thus with
the absence of such a central aspect, the moody orchestral layers remain
as the backing for the soprano vocals, whilst the acerbic vocal sermon
recites the album’s concept one last time.
By virtue of not to attempt to outdo the unbridled anger of "The
Black Flag Hoisted", Militia have succeeded in producing a fantastic
follow up, of which my appreciation has grown with each subsequent rotation.