Tony Mills has had a long and successful career in music spanning over 30 years. Originating from England, he began his career at 14 years old playing in a punk band. Tony joined the Hair Metal band Shy in 1983, and Shy were highly successful in the 80s supporting the likes of Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, Manowar, Meat Loaf, and many others. Tony also co-wrote with well-known artists such as Dokken, Michael Bolton, and Cinderella. In 2002, Tony released his first solo album and has written multiple solo albums since then including his brand new solo album ‘Over my Dead Body’ which was produced by Battlegod Productions.
‘Over My Dead Body‘ is first and foremost a very well written album musically and lyrically, there is a lot of diversity in this album which span from the fast and heavy track “28 Flights” to the ballad of “My Death” to the gregorian chant of “Bitter Suite“. The album is a throwback to the 80s and it’s an old school sounding album but also has elements of power metal and also some symphonic metal mixed in as well. Tony has used voice-overs which the album starts as a voice-over. He has also used to good effects for example the track “We Should Be On By Now” starts as though it was played in a concert hall, the track “No Love Lost” also has some good voiceovers and sound effects to bring extra contrasts to the song.
Tony has a beautiful old-style vocal, with vibrato and a large range that needs to be recognised. The music is very well put together with excellent guitar solos and hard-hitting riffs and guitar duels followed by the rhythm section that sets the core to this album. Stand out tracks on the album would be: “28 flights“, “No Love Lost“, “4 In The Morning” and “Somewhere in London“.
This is another great example that good old school music is not dead but very much alive with excellent releases like this coming out. So personally, Tony, thank you for this album as I very much enjoyed it.
Release Year: 2014
Label: Battlegod Productions
Reviewed by Brent Logan