THRESHOLD – For the Journey
- by Matt Coe
- Posted on 29-09-2014
Probably the most unique of the UK progressive metal bands, Threshold remain resolute in their space-oriented atmospheric sound on this latest album "For the Journey". Years of seasoning keep the sextet locked in a song first, intricate elements second mode for these 8 songs. "Unforgiven" instantly shines due to Damien Wilson’s upper choral harmonies, while the almost 12 minute "The Box" floats between softer piano/ clean guitar verses, more advanced off-time instrumental sections featuring organs and heavier, intricate rhythms and plenty of part to part advancement while never losing out on certain vocal hooks.
What’s always been a key for me in progressive metal is separation – the great bands possess that knack for keeping their sound fresh, different, unique, and special – without pandering to what the audience may necessarily desire. Probably explains why I’ve always had a lot of love for Threshold – they may not necessarily be the flashiest or most technical band of the genre, but they’ve created quite a catalog of addictive songs. Best cuts include the semi-ballad "The Mystery Show" and the aforementioned "The Box", as the band still balance a little bit of that majestic, darker edge and natural progressive rock meets AOR vocal prowess that makes all the songs very special.
"For the Journey" is the next logical step in the discography of Threshold. If you’ve loved them forever, this record will continue your affinity – and if you’ve never taken a chance on the band, I think this would be a great place to start.