Title: For The JourneyLabel: Napalm Records
month has been dominated by Progressive and Melodic Metal releases
and another of those much anticipated releases is British Prog Metallers
Threshold’s tenth studio album ‘For The Journey’.
again led by Karl Groom and Richard West, who together have written
eight truly epic pieces for this release, although the main focus for
this album has to be the vocals of Damian Wilson, which have
to be the strongest he’s laid down on any Threshold
release to date.
album gets underway with ‘Watchtower on the Moon’ and
instantly you'll get what I’m talking about, when I say Wilson
vocals have come on leaps and bounds, since we first heard
them on the bands debut. The soaring guitars of Groom and
the mystical keyboards of West have become part and parcel
of the whole Threshold sound and in true Threshold
tradition, they dominate
continue with the stunning melody rich ‘Unforgiven’,
before the band really bring in the big guns with the 11-minute
plus epic ‘The Box’. This is Threshold at their dynamic best,
as this one builds and builds from a simple piano and vocal
start into a colossal wall of sound, as all the elements that
make Threshold the band they are, come together on one of the
bands finest songs to date. Now this song truly is a Progressive Metal
a track of such epic proportions it's time to bring things back to
earth with the heady bass tones of 'Turned To Dust’ and the
majestic ballad ‘Lost In Your Memory’, before bringing
things back up with another of my favourite pieces off the
album ‘Autumn Red’. Another song on which you
simply have to admire Wilson’s
vocal prowess on.
The haunting melodies of ‘The Mystery Show’ really bring out the best in Wilson, before the album closes with the mighty ‘Siren Sky’, which is probably the most Progressive of all the tracks off this album. This wraps up one of the bands finest albums in recent years, so be prepared for the progressive journey of you life.
Review by: Barry McMinn
On The Moon
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