En­gines Of Grav­ity RaRe aRtist Thresh­old de­par­ture gives gui­tarist new fo­cus.

Prog - - Limelight - CC

Damian Wil­son wasn’t the only one to leave prog met­allers Thresh­old ear­lier this year, you know. Gui­tarist Pete Morten quit the band af­ter 10 years and two al­bums, with a tad less soap opera drama, to fo­cus on his own project, My So­lil­o­quy. It’s been on the go since 2002 (as So­lil­o­quy), but new record En­gines Of Grav­ity is only their sec­ond to date. Good things come to those who wait, it seems, as the al­bum is an im­pres­sive take on prog metal, with soar­ing singing hov­er­ing over stel­lar song­writ­ing. It’s ob­vi­ous this is Morten’s baby, with the mu­si­cian record­ing vo­cals, gui­tars, bass and key­board along­side drum­mer Da­mon Roots. At times it’s per­sonal stuff, with Dark­ness Is Gath­er­ing an in­tro­spec­tive trip into the psy­che. For fans of Devin Townsend, Haken and, erm, Thresh­old, the record isn’t ground­break­ing, but it cer­tainly isn’t for­get­table ei­ther, with opener In Bed With The En­emy boast­ing a cho­rus as in­fec­tious as that cold your granny just sneezed onto you, while A Mod­ern Lex­i­con chugs with stomp­ing palm­muted gui­tar and de­monic leads akin to Ar­cade Mes­siah. If this is what he con­jures up post-Thresh­old, then go­ing ‘solo’ might just be one of the best things Morten has ever done.

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