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Threshold: For The Journey

Firstly don't settle for the standard edition of the new Threshold album For The Journey, you simply must get yourself the bonus track version. "I Wish I could" is one song that is not to be missed, far too good to be relegated to extra status. Then sit back and enjoy For The Journey one of the best progressive metal releases since well the last Threshold studio release March Of Progress, a stellar album and not the easiest to follow up. Though Threshold's many fans will no doubt be very impressed with what the band has achieved with For The Journey. March Of Progress marked the return of vocalist Damian Wilson, so combined with their wonderful harmonies Damian's return ensured that Threshold still delivers some of the finest vocals in the business, all here to be heard on For The Journey.

For The Journey really sounds terrific which is no surprise as Threshold never disappoints in this department. "Watchtower on the Moon" has a familiar Threshold upbeat vibe that reminds me in part of their earlier track "Slipstream" from Dead Reckoning, while "Unforgiven" is a slower somber tune. Threshold are no strangers to gripping extended tracks like "The Art Of Reason" one of my all time favourite Threshold songs, off what is their strongest album in my opinion Subsurface. For The Journey also has one with "The Box" an adventurous epic number that goes through many changes and where the bass work sounds fantastic as does the guitars and keyboards. "Turned To Dust" and "Autumn Red" offer up more riveting mid tempo Threshold style magic. "Lost In The Memory" has another passionate performance by Damian Wilson and the vocals continue to combine with that wonderful music ensuring the album finishes strongly with "The Mystery Show" and "Siren Sky".

One thing I will say about Threshold in comparison to say Dream Theater is that if I look back through their albums Threshold are the more consistent of the two. As I never tire of listening to their releases which is something I can't say with all of Dream Theater's back catalogue. I'm sure For The Journey will be no exception and that I wont be alone when I write that For The Journey is one of premier music releases for 2014. Threshold continues to release the kind of appealing songs that we want to hear, there are no fillers here.

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Track Listing
1. Watchtower on the Moon
2. Unforgiven
3. The Box
4. Turned to Dust
5. Lost in your Memory
6. Autumn Red
7. The Mystery Show
8. Siren Sky
9. I Wish I Could (Bonus Track)

Added: November 1st 2014
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
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Threshold: For The Journey
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2014-11-01 07:33:05
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Threshold have long been one of those progressive metal bands that always seem to do everything right, consistently releasing album after album of enjoyable material that isn't flashy, doesn't scream for attention, but just delivers time and time again yet falls under the radar of the masses. That's right, this is a band that has deserved mass acceptance for so long, but for some reason has never achieved the success of bands like Dream Theater or Symphony X. For the Journey is their latest CD, and second since the reunion with their original vocalist Damian Wilson. To his credit, Wilson, just like the band, is one of the genre's best kept secrets, a talent who has seemingly showed up just about everywhere over the past two decades lending his stellar vocal talents, yet only those who seriously follow this style of music even know who he is. Hopefully all this will change for he and Threshold with For the Journey, a really exciting album filled with memorable, thought provoking progressive metal songs. Tunes like "Watchtower on the Moon", "Unforgiven", the epic "The Box", and the heavy "Turned to Dust" are just impossible to get out of your head after hearing them for the first time, the band really letting the melodies & tight arrangements grab the listener rather than endless solos or complex instrumental interplay. The brooding "Autumn Red" is another winner, as haunting Hammond organ & synths create a wall of sound along with heavy riffs and Wilson's soaring pipes, while the dark "Siren Sky" instantly grabs you with intoxicating vocals and arresting musical passages. Oh, and I echo Scott's statement above regarding the bonus track "I Wish I Could", a very strong song that contains a killer chorus and some of the heaviest riffs of the album. It's not to be missed, so make sure whatever version you buy of For the Journey has this little gem.

Once again, Threshold have delivered a hell of an album, and we can only hope that wider acceptance is on the horizon for them. They truly deserve it.

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Threshold: For The Journey
Posted by Karl Jones on 2014-10-10 13:44:06
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Really impressive and a great guitar sound. I'm surprised at just how much better the songs are just over a year on from "March of Progress". I think its because they sound more suited to Damians voice.

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