Threshold - Legends Of The Shires album review

British prog-metallers juggle the pack once more

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Six months on there’s still no reason for Damian Wilson’s removal from Threshold, beyond his desire to be “involved as an equal in the band”. So once again the UK’s premier prog-metallers return to another ex-frontman. Last heard on ’94’s Psychedelicatessen, Glynn Morgan does a better than average job. At more than 80 minutes long, Legends… is a complex, conceptually themed double-disc monster that ups the progressive ante. From the taut, fist-in-the-air might of Small Dark Lines and Snowblind to The Man Who Saw Through Time’s 11 and a half minutes of multi-tempoed lusciousness and hard-pop masterpiece Stars And Satellites, its diversity and ingenuity does them credit. Legends… is the band’s most ambitious work thus far, but one wonders how much better it might have been with Damian at the mic.

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.