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4.04 | 474 ratings

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4 stars A more significant change since last like albums. The returning vocalist Damian Wilson proves to be still in a great shape and motivation. The first track is a strong and powerful opener as the band wanted to say: we're here and will be as if nothing has happened. The uncompromising guitar riffing and solos set high expectations on this album from the beginning. "Return of the thought police" is a relief from heavy sound at least in the first part of the track. The drummer keeps the tension on. The thought-provoking track features great lyrics and melody. The fourth track "Liberty, complacency, dependency" is the first epic track with multiple sections. Slow first section with vocals in the background are replaced by a mellow contemplative section to change into a fast-paced rhythm in the middle part. Wait for the tasty guitar solo before returning to the typical heavy sound. "Colophon" is an untypical composition for Threshold - little heaviness, subtle keyboard textures and a the drum pattern more typical for alternative rock/metal than progressive metal. "The hours" features a melody and vocals similar to the previous albums with McDermott. Although the track has above 8 minutes, it does not feel epic, it is rather down-to-earth. The obligatory ballad comes with "That's why we come", naturally, the instruments stay restrained and vocals build the song. The compensation comes with the next track "Don't look down" that reminds of Dream Theater - heavy riffing, fast soloing. The flagship of the album is certainly "Rubicon". Church organ synth sound, majestic sound and well thought-out composition deserve this property. The track combines all faces of progressive metal together to make it a refreshing experience. Solemn church organ chords add more darkness to this epic track. The band enjoy every second of it!

Overall, a less accessible album than the previous one, also with fewer memorable melodies but a return to a more progressive sound and compositions. Well done boys!

sgtpepper | 4/5 |


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