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EXTINCT INSTINCT

Threshold

 

Progressive Metal

3.65 | 101 ratings

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Menswear
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3 stars I was very happy to finally get to know better the so-called high hopes of UK metal: Threshold. Their latest albums made a lot of ruckuss and some songs I heard made me hungry and excited...

Ho-Hum.

Threshold's roots are more similar to what they're doing now than I thought. Oh there's PLENTY of heavy riffs a la Mirrors (Dream Theater)...you know, da-da-dum da-da-dum.

But da-da-dum da-da-dum for 67 minutes makes you realized that's the same is ahead of this album. Threshold needed much more maturity, especially in the melody and keyboard departement. If they wanted to compete with Dream Theater that year they blew it. Even Images and Words eats this one up in a blink in terms of diversity. This is a very monochromic album....but!

Many songs are working for me. They are dynamic but lacks colors. This sounds like a butchered and rushed product. But the more you listen to it, the more that idea tends to disappear. I think being cold and squarish is definitely Threshold's calling card. Remains a high degree of originality in their minimizing approach. Threshold is a well oiled machine, the guitarists are provinding a 'motor feeling' way of playing. The sound is so tight and cold, it really feels like listening to a machine, in the same vein of Rammstein. I heard this is what they did best with Damian Wilson. Okay, nothing to be really excited about for me, but a real metal masher will enjoy the non-theatrical approach. No make-up, no explosions, no lonely barbarian warrior plot, no vocal pyrotecnics, no lush synthetisers, no mystical lyrics. Just a very sturdy black and white sound.

Still a very acceptable record though, far away from every clichés of metal progressive rock.

Menswear | 3/5 |

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