Album Reviews
Band: Threshold

Title: For The Journey

Label: Napalm Records

  

This 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’.

Once 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.

The 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 this album.

Things 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 masterclass.

After 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

 

 

Tracklisting:

1. Watchtower On The Moon
2. Unforgiven
3. The Box
4. Turned To Dust
5. Lost In Your Memory
6. Autumn Red
7. The Mystery Show
8. Siren Sky

 

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