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Threshold: For The Journey

Progressive-tinged Brits rock outside the box

After years dancing around the rim of prog and melodic rock, Threshold have finally come up with an album that edges towards being sensational.

They’ve always delivered quality, but here everything comes into a crisp focus, thanks to the combination of Damian Wilson’s emotive vocals and Karl Groom’s snappy guitarwork. Their interaction brings to mind that of Bernie Shaw and Mick Box in Uriah Heep, and the liberal sprinkling of vocal harmonies adds to the Heep comparison. But this is not an album that seeks refuge in the past. It reeks of the modern era, as an exhaustive musicianship is allied to simple hooks that get embedded, enticing you back. Opening tracks_ Watchtower On The Moon_ and Unforgiven set the tone, with the sort of riff/tune action that’s both sophisticated and accessible. On The Box, Threshold nod towards Dream Theater. By contrast, Turned To Dust twists towards metal, and Lost In Your Memory is an essential power ballad. For The Journey is neither prog metal, power metal nor AOR. It defies categorisation – it’s a bloody good rock album.

Via Nuclear Blast

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.