Leg­ends Of The Shires

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff -

Seem­ingly against the odds, part­ing ways with long­time vo­cal­ist Damian Wil­son has done Thresh­old the world of good. Reunited with for­mer singer Glynn Mor­gan, who was with them briefly in the mid-90s, they sound col­lec­tively re­vi­talised and ex­hil­a­rated on this, their eleventh stu­dio al­bum.

An 83-minute, two-disc con­cep­tual splurge with feint un­der­tones of post-Brexit melan­choly, it joy­ously re­stores the balls-out prog op­u­lence that was lack­ing on 2014’s For The Jour­ney. But the key to this al­bum’s ef­fi­cacy lies in the qual­ity of the melodies, all de­liv­ered with ex­tra­or­di­nary clar­ity and soul by Mor­gan. From brutish riff­ing and fu­tur­is­tic AOR sheen on Small Dark Lines and the surg­ing, ex­plo­sive Trust The Process to wildly catchy tur­bobal­ladry of State Of In­de­pen­dence and au­da­cious extravagance on cli­mac­tic epic Lost In Trans­la­tion, this is the finest set of songs the band have ever writ­ten and a gen­uine mile­stone for the mod­ern prog-metal scene.

Brit prog stal­warts hit the post-reshuf­fle jack­pot.

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