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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ashes (6:51)
2. Return of the Thought Police (6:09)
3. Staring at the Sun (4:25)
4. Liberty Complacency Dependency (7:48)
5. Colophon (6:00)
6. The Hours (8:15)
7. That's Why We Came (5:40)
8. Don't Look Down (8:12)
9. Coda (5:23)
10. Rubicon (10:24)

Total Time 69:07

Bonus track on 2012 SE:
11. Divinity (6:27)

Line-up / Musicians

- Damian Wilson / lead & backing vocals
- Karl Groom / guitar, backing vocals (10), co-producer & mixing
- Pete Morten / guitar
- Richard West / keyboards, backing vocals (10), co-producer
- Steve Anderson / bass
- Johanne James / drums

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Artwork: Davide Nadalin

CD Nuclear Blast - NB 2342-2 (2012, Germany)
CD Nuclear Blast - NB 2342-0 (2012, Germany) Digipak SE with a bonus track

2LP Nuclear Blast - NB 2342-1 (2012, Germany)

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Review by Nightfly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars It's been a long wait but here at last is Threshold's follow up to 2007's Dead Reckoning. Since then vocalist Mac left the band and sadly died. March Of Progress sees the return of former vocalist Damian Wilson who sang on their debut Wounded Land and third album Extinct Instinct. It proves to be an inspired choice as Wilson is singing better than ever and appears to have injected the band with a stronger sense of melody. While there's no bad Threshold album I've made the opinion in previous reviews that the band's last few albums have sacrificed melody at the expense of heaviness.

March of Progress sees the band injecting a lot of the qualities that made their best albums so great and may be seen by some as a backwards step. This however is not the case as they've somehow managed to retain the more contemporary heavier riffing of recent releases (not that their earlier stuff was exactly light) yet inject it with some fantastic melodies and plenty of light and shade moments too. These are the qualities that made their best album Hypothetical so good and March Of Progress equals that excellent album and dare I say it, perhaps even bettered it. When I started this review I had a four star rating in mind, but on this, my fifth play, everything seems to have really clicked and I find myself thinking there's not a single bad track as one killer song follows another.

This really is stunning stuff, it's clearly a recognisable Threshold album as the band power through many twists and turns in their own inimitable style yet they've really pulled out all the stops and excelled themselves. Inundated with such quality it would seem pointless to pick out best tracks but if pushed I'll go for the slightly longer ones where they can stretch out a bit more with some great instrumental sections. Closer (unless you have the ltd edition) Rubicon has some wonderful keyboard work from Richard West with a section featuring a powerful church organ type sound that gets those goose bumps up. In fact the entire band plays a blinder and Karl Groom turns in some of the best riffs of his career.

So there you have it and I can't believe I'm doing this but I'm giving March Of Progress my second five star review in a row (the last being Anglagard's latest masterpiece). How they're going to top this I don't know but if you enjoy highly melodic prog metal you owe it to yourself to check this out.

Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy, RPI, Symph, JR/F Canterbury Teams
5 stars Damian Wilson is back with his beautiful voice, the music is still the same, full of great melodies, songs with a lot of catchy chorus. The guitar of Karl Groom is always shinning with some exquisite solos, the rhythm section is solid and the keyboards of Richard West are efficient as background. The combination of all these elements have created a texture that make the music of Threshold something very consistent. The quality of the compositions is in their ability to unite the metal with the neo-prog approach without falling in too much complexity and technicality.

After listening many times to this release, i get the feeling that there is something more in this one than the previous one. They have surpassed themselves with some stronger parts that seems new to me, despite the fact that their style doesn't allow for a lot of diversity. Maybe the comeback of Damian Wilson is the beginning of a new chapter for the band in their quest to be one of the leader in the progressive metal genre.

Review by Muzikman
4 stars Progressive Metal fans have waited 5 years for a new Threshold album. March of Progress seems like a fitting title for such a tremendous effort (although the reference to that phrase means something entirely different). The band's loss of long time vocalist Andrew 'Mac' McDermott in 2011 certainly put a roadblock up for the band. Prior to his passing he left the group, as we know now due to health issues, and Damian Wilson came back to help them continue on. This is his second stint with the band. Although Mac was such a strong presence fronting the band and arguably their finest lead vocalist, Damian has grabbed the reins and solidified the once fragmented band.

The current lineup for Threshold is: Damian Wilson (vocals), Karl Groom (guitar), Pete Morten (guitar), Steve Anderson (bass), Richard West (keyboards) and Johanne James (drums).

Damian is well known in the world of progressive rock but could he replace Mac and record an album that would have an impact on listeners that have followed the band and also gain new fans? He has answered that question with a resounding yes on this stunning recording.

On the opening track "Ashes," Threshold continues to take a stand on what they believe in and make statements within their music. The track is an energized and powerful opener that sets the tone for the entire recording, the accompanying booklet furnishes the lyrics so you can sing along and get an idea of what they are trying to say in each song in a more forceful manner. Essentially this band puts out the message that we need to take care of the environment and cast aside complicated politics that paralyze our growth as a human race (this has been a theme central to their music for years now). Passages such as "From ashes we rise, from ashes we fall, we cannot disguise our hand in it all"- hits home where you live and to any enlightened individual willing to hear the truth about who we are and what we have become, the words make total sense.

The pounding and pulsating rhythm section and fat power chords peppered with flourishes of tasteful and driving keyboards when appropriate are the perfect blend for Wilson's impassioned vocal style. His ability to mellow out and then raise his pitch to follow the music is like a rhythmic machine at work and it's a thing of beauty. This is exercised without exception throughout the album and particularly on the mind bending "Return of the Thought Police." Threshold is a modern day band and prophetic within their sound?prog metal visionary men if you will. The music comes at you in waves of sound pushing the lyrics inside your head and turning you inside out. It's all good from the perspective of a progressive metal fan that wants some excitement and at the same time something cerebral to sink their teeth into. It works very well from the first note to the last on this incredibly strong release.

Throughout the eleven tracks the band is right on task, as tight as they have ever been. Until now Critical Mass was my favorite album but I would have to say that March of Progress is starting to really get to me by digging in its musical heels and it may soon take its place. From the lightning fast and powerful opener "Ashes" to the more mellow and introspective "That's Why We Came" and then on to the eye opening breath of fresh air titled "Liberty Complacency Dependency," this is a band that can flex its muscles and show a more softer side all within one track and then deliver the message in one fell swoop sweeping you away into their world without letting you wander off somewhere else.

I would advise fans that have followed the band since their inception to cast aside any doubt of what Wilson was to the band at the beginning and look at things from a new perspective and give this album a chance. I am willing to bet most folks will love this album if they have always enjoyed Threshold. What we have here is one their greatest triumphs and possibly their best release to date. They have moved on without Mac (although he will always remembered and held dear to their hearts), exorcised any demons of doubt and created one of the best albums of the year.

Prog Metal does not get much better than this, period.

Key Tracks: Ashes, That's Why We Came, Liberty Complacency

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars A genuine treasure of prog metal!

Threshold's 'March of Progress' is a 2012 prog metal release featuring some talented musicians; Karl Groom on guitars, Richard West on keyboards, Johanne James on drums and Steve Anderson on bass. The lead vocalist, Damian Wilson, has a distinctive style which works along with the aggressive metal riffs. He replaces Andrew "Mac" McDermott, who passed away, and his replacement is a decision that should sit well with the fanbase as Wilson has been a vocalist for the band on past releases, so this is a reluctant return in some ways but at least the band will continue with this vocalist at the helm. Groom is a founder of the band, known for his work with Pendragon, and others, and his guitar work is certainly dynamic and innovative. The sound is reminiscent of Dream Theater, or Symphony X, with lengthy instrumental breaks and an emphasis on moving from keyboards to guitar breaks, and melodic high powered singing over punctuated bass and drum rhythms.

The thematic content revolves around the idea of looking after the planetary environment lest it become a polluted wasteland. It goes deeper than a mere save the trees campaign, as the lyrics are pleading for humanity to stop killing the beauty for senseless political gain. The message is one of hope and a warning to those who will listen. Their ninth studio album opens with Ashes, a song about rising up to take control of our future planet before it is burnt to the ground. The metal crunches along on a simple rhythm and the clear vocals resound with effortless high register notes and glorious harmonies. Soon we are graced with a wonderful keyboard break and then a twin lead guitar answer. The tempo is fast and then it breaks into a new time sig with a wah-wah guitar powering out. The musicianship is extraordinary, and I was really looking forward to more after this killer opening.

'Return of the Thought Police' is next, opening with a blast of guitars and then moves into a soulful melody with more outstanding vocals. Now the theme of a complacent corrupt government that fails to help the environmental issues is in the foreground. The lyrics focus on 'All the things we believe in and know', and all our thoughts 'have become unthinkable', but if we faithfully pursue what is right by the planet things will change 'I promise you.' With these thoughts Groom launches into a blistering lead solo. The chunky riffing follows on a new time sig, and we return to the main chorus with its anthemic qualities.

'Staring at the Sun' has a cool riff and builds to a powerful infectious chorus with multi tracked vocals. The minimalist piano is then joined by crunching metal riffs and a brilliant fret melting lead break. This is an excellent song and as the shortest on the album could be a single for the group.

'Liberty, Complacency, Dependency' continues the theme of governments who do nothing and has a political agenda. 'There's a dead sky rising' and 'there's an empire falling' state the lyrics, and there are some voice overs explaining the situation. The riffs are easy to latch onto and the way it continues to break into quieter moments and there are symphonic keyboard atmospheres. The twin guitar solo is terrific and then it switches to a faster tempo with a classic chugging metal sound. It feels like Queensryche for a while, and moves into an awesome lead break that soars heavenly.

'Colophon' is extremely melodic, emphasising Wilson's vocal range and some gorgeous keyboard ribbons. The lead guitar is unleashed as harmonies power out, 'I'm counting on you, did you do all the things that you wanted to do.' A prog metal riff blazes for a while then moves to beautiful ambience as we hear of, 'a paradise broken, a planet disturbed, and no one cares.' The music is as emotional as the lyrics and some odd time sigs have an appropriately disquieting effect.

'The Hours' opens with ethereal piano and guitar holding onto a strong melody. It fires up with a fast metal riff leading to the first verse. The lyrics are concentric on regret and the need to rebuild, 'I fight against the hours, until it comes to pass, I stand until my strength is gone, and even then I carry on, until I'm home at last.' This ray of hope permeates the album and are echoed in the uplifting bright music. I really love the infectious melody on this song that hooks into my system. And I admire the emotional power in the vocals and lyrics, echoed by stirring harmonies. The instrumental break is again a wonderful exploration of keyboard and guitar trade offs, each getting a chance to lift off into some amazing solos. The classical piano break is beautiful and I kind of hoped a guitar would take on the same melody as it was so beautiful, but instead it lapses back to the heavier main riff. A killer song though in any case and a definitive highlight.

'That's Why We Came' has a slower feel with some symphonic nuances. The lovely piano and guitar makes a nice backdrop to Wilson's lilting vocals, delivered with a measured empathy. West's keyboards are delightful and this is one of the more melancholy songs, though has some grinding distorted chords to drive it. The higher notes reached on vocals are uplifting and among the best on the album. The lead break is soaring and intensely emotional. There are even acoustics and spacey sounds on this beautiful metal power ballad.

'Don't Look Down' is a heavy riffer with power chords and strong melodies. The spacey effects on vocals is a nice touch earlier. This one begins as a fairly straight forward metal track, without all the prog trimmings, but eventually leads to a lengthy instrumental break that has some jaw dropping lead guitar with sustained string bends and a flurry of speed picking. The song settles into a gentler feel, some of the more softer vocals with keyboards, and then it ends with a twin lead attack, and mind bending keyboards.

'Coda' is very different with unusual song structures and hypnotic lyrics repeated until they jam into your brain. 'I will break down these walls' is a mantra and I love the lead guitar riffs and the way the rhythms break throughout. I like the way Wilson says 'I am sorry we lost you' and talks of 'the parting of the sea, remember,' in tribute to the late departed Mac.

'The Rubicon' is the epic of the album, running for around 10 and a half minutes, and it has a strong story that unfolds with powerful rhythms and instrumentation. It begins with a grand cathedral organ, then a slow tempo building to the verse. It soon moves into a bright pace and some stirring lyrics, 'no remonstration, no loaded gun will defend the ones who brought us here, condemnation never was a domination, we flew our colours, and all our games were shadows in the sun.' A crescendo of uplifting keys follows into a solo, then back to the main chorus that grown on me. The mood is prepared for a blinding lead break from Groom and he delivers power sweeps and string breakers and then the cathedral organ returns. The Gothic atmospheres are unmistakable and the way the distortion crashes through is incredible. The pace has slowed and Threshold inject a genuine majesty into the soundscape as it grinds toward a finale.

After hearing 'March of Progress' I know I will definitely be checking out other albums from Threshold. I was totally blown away by the power of the themes, and the awesome vocals mixed with absolutely outstanding musicianship. The melodies lock into my system and the overall atmosphere is mesmirising prog metal at its best; it encompasses everything I love about prog metal. This is yet another great discovery for me; a genuine treasure of prog metal, that I cannot recommend more highly.

Review by kev rowland
5 stars Many years ago I often used to catch up with Karl Groom in the early Shadowland/Strangers On A Train days, and we would stop and have a chat. Some time in 1993 we were both at the same gig and he told me that his own band Threshold were just about to release their debut album and he had just received his first CD. I said that I would love to hear it (meaning when all the stock had arrived) but he gave me his own copy and asked me to give it a fair play. That night I was blown away as I drove the 100 miles home and listened to what to me was the epitome of prog metal. I already knew Damian Wilson from Landmarq, and here he was blasting over the top of riffing guitars and intense keyboards from Richard West. To this day 'Wounded Land' contains two of my all-time favourite songs in "Paradox" and "Sanity's End". Over the years I managed to catch the band in concert a few times, and always enjoyed their output. Damian (and others, particularly drummers for some reason until Johanne settled in the seat) left for pastures new, but Karl and Richard kept the band going. Damian returned in 2007 and this is the first album since he rejoined the fold, so it was with great expectations that I put this on the player. Would the band be as good as I remembered? I hadn't heard their last album 'Dead Reckoning' but I highly rated 'Subsurface' from 2004 and had all the others, so would this be any good?

To be honest, it as if the band has never been away. All power to the other musicians who have been involved over the years, but the current lineup has a strength and presence that lifts this album to a whole new level. Damian's voice seems to be stronger than ever, and he hits the notes with ease and adds a class and presence that most singers would give their right arm for. Since leaving Threshold the first time he has performed at the highest level with Rick Wakeman, Ayreon, Star One and many others, and I still wonder what Maiden would have sounded like if they had picked Damian instead of Blaze after Bruce (Damian was shortlisted for the gig). This is prog metal at its' finest, yet is quite different to Dream Theater. This is much more riff based and far more metallic in nature so in truth this is metal prog as opposed to the normal billing. Given that Nuclear Blast aren't generally known for their progressive stance maybe that's not that surprising.

From first song to the last I played this with a smile on my face, just reaching over to the controls every so often to turn it up just that little bit louder. Johanne and Steve provide the bottom end, Karl and Pete lock the guitars in tight, Richard provides the finesse and Damian rises over it all. Who could wish for anything more than this? Whatever you want from a prog metal/melodic metal album then take it from me it is here. Threshold are back with a bang, just don't leave it so long for the next album guys. Five stars all the wey.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Well-performed heavy rock/lite metal which cries back to the classic rockers of the 70s and 80s like JOURNEY and OZZIE OSBORNE. Again I am plagued by my questioning of the placement of this rather straightforward music within the realm of "progressive" rock. The sounds are polished, the vocals strong and Ozzie-like, but these sounds and vocals fail to match up with the structural the band seems to be trying to work with. There are many decent songs on this album, including "Liberty Complacency Dependency" (7:48) (8/10) (politics!), "Colophon" (6:00) (9/10), "That's Why We Came" (5:40) (8/10), "Don't Look Down" (8:12) (8/10) (I don't like the chorus/harmonized vocals), and my favorite, "Coda" (5:23) (9/10), but then there are several that, to my ears, never rise above sounding like the average stuff from the the 80s, and "Divinity" (6:27) (7/10) seems a direct rip off from the work of MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN (especially PUCIFER). Still, nice work for the listeners of Octane radio.

I agree with other reviewers: nice use of keyboards.

Review by aapatsos
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars "We're looking out for a leader..."

Threshold's 9th studio release is the one that will potentially establish them in the top league. With the return of Damian Wilson, the stakes are high and the expectations respectively aloft. Almost 20 years after their debut and 5 since their last release, they had to prove if they were able to march to the top...

"March of Progress" comes out strongly political and places quite an importance on lyrics, which pays out as the album succeeds in "marrying" the dynamic of the compositions with the messages. The latter can be found throughout the album, either in a straightforward manner (Return Of The Thought Police) or through more "blurred" lyrics (Don't Look Down).

Musically, the album safely walks through the sounds and patterns that made Threshold successful before: the heavy metallic riffs of Groom, the accompanying (hammond-like at times) atmospheres of West and the very melodic/catchy refrains (the two being the main composers here). The (re-)addition of Wilson does make a difference as he brings his unparalleled qualities to the record; crystalline vocal performance, always balanced, always varied depending on the character of the track and "multiplied" very selectively to give this extra epic touch when needed. Overall, the mixing and production of the vocals (and production in total) has been very closely looked after to deliver a pristine result.

Similar to the previous releases, the "progressive" element does not come out through virtuoso performances over numerous odd-time signatures but rather through a conservative and selective stretch of their melodic heavy/power-based metal. Nevertheless, the result is Threshold-signature progressive metal of the highest quality. To ensure a place on the charts (cough) the album contains relatively in-your-face dynamites such as the opener "Ashes" and the best-refrain-of-the-year "Staring at the Sun". This is counter-balanced by several mid-tempo tracks (e.g Return of the Thought Police), and in general the album keeps you on your toes with several tempo variations. Best examples of this are the story-telling highlight "Liberty Complacency Dependency" and (the most peculiar track of the record) "Don't Look Down", which starts off as a hammond-filled heavy rock ala-Heep anthem, introduces a disappointing bridge and peaks with a fantastic AOR (in the vein of Magnum) refrain!

Strangely enough, the middle part of the album reminds me suspiciously of another British band: I could swear that "Colophon", "The Hours" and "That's Why we Came" could have been easily included in the discography of ARENA, with the former being the best of this section and the latter, with its relatively simple semi-ballad structure, being the disappointment of the album (if you are looking for one). Talking about other direct influences would be, I feel, inappropriate as Threshold have a long time ago developed their own sound, but the ghost of Stevens era-SAVATAGE hangs around their sound. The latest addition in the band's guitar power, Pete Morten, makes his compositional appearance towards the end: "Coda" (screaming of Judas Priest!) and the bonus track "Divinity" carry his signature and fit perfectly with the heavy-and-melodic character of the band. "The Rubicon" is a typical Threshold semi-epic with up-tempo heavy riffing in the bridge and a slow epic refrain, followed by keyboard soloing.

Apart from the minor deficiencies (as always a subjective matter) in composition, what I was expecting from this album was a further stretch of imagination from the band, a move away from their "comfort zone". On listening the first time, I was slightly disappointed, but it grew on me from then on.

The truth between a simply well- and safely-made progressive metal masterpiece and a genuine "March of Progress" lies somewhere in the middle for this album. You will enjoy the compositional completion and the moments of magic but you might be left with a something-is-missing (but nevertheless sweet) taste. In my top-10 for 2012 but not at the top spot.

Highlights: Staring At The Sun, Liberty Complacency Dependency, The Rubicon

Review by Roland113
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This is a great album, though I find myself at somewhat of a loss as to what to write about it. This is progressive metal at its best. Damian Wilson does a fantastic job on the vocals, the rhythm section of Johanne James and Steve Anderson are tight, Richard Groom and Pete Morten rock out on guitar and keyboard player Richard West is near perfect at adding the right amount of atmosphere or a blistering solo when needed.

"Ashes" hits you right from the beginning with a solid track showing that Damien Wilson is ready to step into the spotlight once again. On the first bridge, we see the first instance of the signature Threshold harmonies which are scattered throughout the entire album. Keep an ear out for the solos at the end of the song, these guys know how to solo and understand the concept that it's not about how many notes you can play, but the notes that you choose to play.

"Staring at the Sun" features a majestic chorus, showing the atmosphere that Richard West can add. The high strings are near perfect here. Steve Anderson's bass also adds a wonderfully melodic element to the verses in this one.

Each song is fantastic in its own right, after seven or eight listens I don't think I've skipped any songs. The only problem with the release (and the only reason that it didn't get a full five stars) is that many of the songs run together. Each song is wonderful, but only two or three really stand out from the rest. I love the CD and except for the lack of variation.

With that being said, this easily merits a solid four star rating. If you like prog metal in the vein of Queensryche and the less intricate side of Dream Theater, I think you'll like this one.

Review by Warthur
4 stars Threshold's March of Progress sees them knocking out a brand of prog metal which draws on the same sort of melodramatic emotional hysteria that Muse have made their own. The preceding Dead Reckoning, their final album with Andrew "Mac" McDermott on lead vocals, proved to have a woefully ironic title, since McDermott died in 2011 after leaving the band.

Many groups would be knocked off their stride by such a blow, but Threshold instead seem to have risen to the challenge. It helped that they had acquired the aid of Damian Wilson, their original vocalist; this represents his third stint as frontman of the band (having stepped into the role briefly in 1997 between the departure of Glynn Morgan and the arrival of Andrew), and it's the strong performance from him this time around which really keeps this together. Between this and the first release from Headspace, 2012 was truly a busy year for Wilson, and any band which can count on his services is lucky to have him, though musically speaking this album seems more a matter of treading water than breaking new ground.

That said, in the wake of both the drama of Mac's departure shortly after the release of Dead Reckoning (which prompted both Wilson and Glynn Morgan to offer to return to save the planned tour) and the trauma of Mac's death, perhaps it was the right call to consolidate rather than to push on, and to a certain extent March of Progress represents a somewhat more polished version of the format experiment undertaken with Dead Reckoning - push out some more straightforward and heavy tracks early on, keep the proggier stuff to the back end of the album. Here, the dabbling in the heavier end works somewhat better - there's no attempts to integrate harsh vocals into the band's sound, a twist which was incongruous when it was attempted on Dead Reckoning, and in general I think the album flows somewhat better.

I was a bit likewarm on this on my first listen, but like all of Threshold's albums it's a real grower and rewards the patient listener. Don't expect anything world-shaking, but do expect something of the general standard Threshold have led us to expect.

Review by b_olariu
4 stars Threshold newest album to date March of progress issued in summer of 2012 is a pure Threshold release, that means a great unmatch type of prog metal. I simply love this band , I have a soft spot for them since they release Clone , my first exposure to their music way 15 years ago, since then I gathered all their albums, saw them live in Hungary while promoting Subsurface in 2004 and they really kick ass all the way. Were more then 5 years since previous album Dead reckoning from 2007 , but the wait worth it. Andrew "Mac" McDermott sadly passed away in 2011 living place for Damian Willson to re come as frontman, after appear on first album and Extinct instinct. The Mac's death was a tragedy inside band memebers and the new album is dedicated among past and future members to him. Well, the music is top notch, solid and tight musicianship as ever, excellent ideas, fresh sound, what else a killer album. I personaly don't know 5 prog metal bands that have such a constant quality on every album since the beggining, 20 years ago, maybe Symphony X , Shadow Gallery. or Vanden Plas. Every Threshold album has something to offer, and is big time in prog metal realm. Karl Grooms guitar sound is absolutly killer, he has the best guita tone I've ever heared on a prog metal band, is heavy is crunchy, is top notch. The keyboards are damn good and in combination with the rest of the instruments give a very good atmosphere, every musicians shine here not else. Opening track Ashes, sets the mood for the album pure traditional Threshold sound, Return Of The Thought Police, The Hours or Rubicon absolutly kick ass, Damian Wilson is cherry on the cake, a fantastic singer, one of the best prog metal scene ever had and probably will have. Not a weak momen here on March of progress, the band is in top notch form and is clear on every piece offered. Easy 4 stars anothr album that is for sure among the best in prog metal zone in last years. recommended.
Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars I did not quite follow the progression of Threshold as the CD that I had was "Clone" was not that good for me as the composition was just sloppy and not quite memorable in terms of melody. As my metalhead friend told me this new album "March of Progress" was the band's answer after five years long break as the band's long time vocalist Andrew 'Mac' McDermott left in 2011 that certainly put a roadblock up for them. Prior to his passing he left the group due to health issues, Damian Wilson came back to help them continue on. This is his second stint with the band. Although Mac was such a strong presence fronting the band and probably their finest lead vocalist, Damian has grabbed the reins and unified the once fragmented band. In fact Damian's voice in this album sounds different with his other records. This one is great.

"Ashes" (6:51) opens the album wonderfully with a catchy music that suggests to the band that they should focus on songs like this one. I think anyone who loves rock music would love this opening track as the music blasts off beautifully with good introduction combine with raw guitar riffs and it has great chorus part that is very catchy. The tempo is quite fast. The second track "Return Of The Thought Police" (6:09) is slower in tempo but the melody is still maintained by the band being catchy and memorable. The style changes are also enjoyable especially as the vocal line is evolving. The song moves into faster temp right after the middle of the song followed with nice guitar solo. The third track "Staring At The Sun" (4:25)
starts nicely with guitar riffs followed with nice keyboard work at the back. Damian Wilson enters the music beautifully with his high register notes.

"Liberty Complacency Dependency" (7:48) starts off with guitar work combined with keyboards followed with Damian vocal line. This song has different style than the previous three tracks and make this one is very enjoyable track. "Colophon" (6:00) starts nicely with guitar work in slow tempo followed with powerful Damian vocal line. The music flows in upbeat tempo started with guitar solo right after vocal breaks. "The Hours (8:15) starts in an ambient style with slow tempo followed with heavy, raw and nice guitar riffs. The music flows nicely in relatively fast tempo with some segments demonstrating guitar solo. "That's Why We Came" (5:40) serves like a break as the intro part is quite slow in nature. Even though the overall style is still in slow mode but this track is enjoyable. 
"Don't Look Down" (8:12) brings the music into faster and rockin' style with great keyboard solo combined with good vocal and excellent guitar work. "Coda" (5:23) still maintains the music similar with other previous tracks.
"Rubicon" (10:24) starts nicely with keyboard as main instrument that brings all segments together to form excellent composition.

I think for the fans of Threshold, the absence of performance in the past five years 
is not that important anymore. It's worth waiting for the band for five years but they come uo with an excellent album. Highly recommended album. It's a 4 stars plus rating. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars That's it, it's the end of the world as we know it! Topsy bloody turvy! Yours truly, famous for having a huge collection devoid of any Dream Theater, Mastodon, Tool, Messhugah, etc? and looking at the Tech/Extreme prog-metal section of PA and going, what is this? has finally decided to give the chugga-chugga a chance. Up to now, my prog-metal was revolving around Roswell Six, Queensryche, Ayreon, Mastermind, a single Shadow Gallery album , a single Iron Maiden recording and Opeth's very soft "Damnation". Pfff, limp, I know. Well, I always felt that metal was like jazz and blues, it needed to be a live experience to be truly enjoyed. So I decided that in my golden age, I was going to prove to myself that I can rock, hard and long (LOL) with headphones on. So I got hooked up with a few vids, read a few glowing reviews and really liked "Ashes" as well as "That's Why We Came", certainly enough to pull the amazon trigger. I knew of Damian and Karl from their associations with the more neo-heavy prog scene but the rest were revelations, especially drummer Johanne James kicking some serious butt. The mail was particularly rapid as my CD arrived within a few days, here in the country music hotbed that is Calgary (stop giggling, you silly cowboys) and I wasted no time in getting cranked up and harassing my neighbours with torrential guitars. So I downed a case of Red Bull, swallowed 12 Viagra pills, united 'March of Progress" with my vintage Danish Bang & Olufsen system and my girlfriend's funeral is now set for mid-week!

The terrific "Ashes" pummels forth, slicing through the sweltering synths and getting all bothered up, the guitars hammering fast and hard, with Damian Wilson soaring like some leather-lunged oil-rigger on speed. There is nothing innovative here really, nor is it particularly scary, just tightly played prog-metal of the highest melodic content possible. In fact, it comes across like Maiden with a keyboard player! But what do I know, being such a novice at this type of head-banging stuff. I deeply enjoyed the wah-wah solo from Groom or is it Morten? a trait that is sorely missed in the more conventional neo-symph-crossover shrines that I pray to. Any music fan would enjoy this opening blast.

The more mid-tempo steamroller "Return of the Thought Police" is not only a highly reflective piece with serious subject matter but the music is nuanced enough to attract the simpletons as well as the technocrats. The dual guitar hammer solidly, the keys bubble and the drums pound mercilessly. 'I promise you', he says!

"Staring at the Sun" is lethally sharp and honed, as if a condemned man is looking up at some out of control guillotine and wondering when the basket will fill with his blood. The keys offer both eerie piano and bubbling synths, bullied by the screeching lead guitar solo that punches ahead. Damian Wilson can sure sing high notes, BTW!

"Liberty Complacency Dependency" is shorter on melody and more focused on blasting away in a different style that I find has always been my difficulty with metal (it's too smart for its own good at times) , somewhat in contrast to country in that it's not smart enough for its own good! I understand that this style is more attuned to the dedicated rockers out there.

"Colophon" is a more like it, a moody rocker that shuttles forward with interesting breaks, some piano and clanging guitar providing a different doom-laden vibe. By this time, I find myself tiring from all the pummeling. Thankfully, "The Hours" comes to the rescue, a cinematographic epic that transcends the power rock formula by offering a more diverse palette of sound, thrashing guitar onslaughts notwithstanding. Damian is more down to earth here, mellifluous and yet bold, a studied exercise in prog-metal singing. The instrumental break buzzes with dual guitar electricity and a hint of classical symphonics, a track that I enjoyed very much.

The video for "That's Why We Came" is what hooked me, an ultra-stimulating melody that sticks from the very first note, reminding me more of Roswell Six's classic first album. Wilson again displays intense versatility. A real cool melody that could have easily been on an Arena album, standard melodic genius and perfect delivery.

The tortuous "Don't Look Down" is a sly little devil, starting out quite conventional (Read: boring) before evolving into a sensational level of contrasting sections , alternating between heavy and light, complex and accessible, stop/starts on a dime, shifting riffs and blustery axe solos. A bloody whirlwind that took me by surprise. I did look down, in shame, blast!

Peter Morten's comp "Coda" is described as a Judas Priest-like tune (I don't know Judas that well but I do like leather, lol), machinegun-like attack, careening drums, explosive bass and a rather hysteric vocal. Hmm, not bad, maybe I should check out Priest, wot? Definitely, off the beaten path.

The 10 minute epic "Rubicon" is the final nail in my ignorant coffin, a sublime piece dedicated to that moment in everyone's life when indecision is relieved by the urgency to act, a decision to throw caution to the wind and take the plunge into uncertainty. Julius Caesar did it ("alea iacta est") in 49 BC, crossing his XIIIth Legion and thus forcing Rome's hand, passing the point of no return. This is the 'prog' part of prog-metal, using historical inspiration to write thunderous music. A bloody brilliant church organ segment really highlights the imperial bombast, as centurion Damianus Wilsonus bellows to the Coliseum faithful, thumb raised upward. The torrential guitars bluster, like a victorious legion returning from battle.

This megalodon album has sharp teeth, primal yearning and a relentless temperament that has ravaged my misgivings about prog-metal, offering a tantalizing platform to admire the lethal attributes this genre occasionally provides.

4 Evolutionary strides

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