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Threshold
March of Progress

Company: Nuclear Blast Records
Release: 2012
Genre: Progressive
Reviewer: ChaosLord

  • Brilliant, well-thoughtout album



  • Threshold is an English progressive metal group that has been around for almost 25 years. Their newest release, March of Progress, is the first album I've heard. Not knowing anything about this band prior, I was blown away by this record. Channeling Dream Theater and other prog titans, Threshold delivers a brilliant, well-thoughtout album with this release.

    The vocals remind me very much of a mix of Joey Tempest, Jon Oliva and Vintersorg. Yes, I know, that sounds like a crazy mix but it is the best description I can offer. Singer Damian Wilson shows his abilities to belt it out, ensnare your soul and carry a song throughout the album. You can believe what it is he's singing about, whether it be the end of the world, searching for hope or just figuring life out. Musically, the album is precise and polished, featuring seamless guitar work with plenty of great solos, catchy hooks and atmospheric instrumentation throughout.

    Some of the songs seem to have a bit of a Christian undertone to them but nothing as blatant as Stryper or other bands of the like. The undertones are reminiscent of Creed, where you are unsure whether it is fully Christian or not. Either way, the album moves together in one fluid motion, changing tempos and pace throughout.

    Some of the standout tracks on the album are "Return of the Thought Police", "Staring at the Sun", "Why We Came" and "Don't Look Down". I listened to this album straight through, without skipping a track and at the end was wanting there to be one more song to listen to. For current prog metal this is one of the best releases yet and if this is any indication of what the future holds for Threshold, it's a sign of great things to come.

    So go forth brothers and sisters and find your copy of Threshold. Trust me, you won't be sorry you picked this one up!


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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