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3.67 | 159 ratings | 6 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Watchtower on the Moon (5:30)
2. Unforgiven (5:36)
3. The Box (11:58)
4. Turned to Dust (4:18)
5. Lost in Your Memory (4:35)
6. Autumn Red (5:40)
7. The Mystery Show (5:36)
8. Siren Sky (6:09)

Total Time 49:22

Bonus track on 2014 LP & Digipak editions:
9. I Wish I Could (5:29)

Extra bonus track on 2014 LP edition:
10. Lost in Your Memory (acoustic version) (4:22)

Line-up / Musicians

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

Releases information

Artwork: Leszek Bujnowski with Tom Barnes (photo)

CD Nuclear Blast ‎- NB 3001-2 (2014, Europe)
CD Nuclear Blast - NB 3001-0 (2014, Europe) Digipak SE with a bonus track

2LP Nuclear Blast ‎- NB 3001-1 (2014, Germany) Mailorder only

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THRESHOLD For the Journey ratings distribution

(159 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by Nightfly
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3 stars Perhaps because March Of Progress was such a strong album and a great return to form for a band that while never less than good, had been treading water for the few previous releases, I was initially a little disappointed with For The Journey. A few plays failed to ignite any great enthusiasm and it sat on my shelf unplayed again for a few months until now. Revisiting it has left me pleasantly surprised; perhaps as I'm returning to it with no expectations it's actually much better than I originally thought.

For The Journey is the second album since vocalist Damian Wilson's return and once again he turns in a fine performance with a strong ear for a good vocal melody. Musically it's their typically melodic prog metal with a number of up-tempo songs, an unexceptional ballad and The Box is the obligatory epic. Whilst there's nothing wrong with The Box, there are no great surprises and there are many better ones, Critical Mass for example, scattered throughout their previous nine studio albums. Much better are the opening two tracks - Watchtower On The Moon with a great driving riff and a strong melodic half tempo chorus. Unforgiven is darker and more dynamic with a strong hook - classic Threshold at their best. The other killer is Siren Sky for its slow brooding riff.

Anyone who's familiar with Threshold will know what to expect. The musicianship is as always spot on and the production typical Karl Groom and Richard West, powerful, clear if a little clinical. Overall a very good album with a few unexceptional tracks robbing it of great status. For The Journey sits in the middle of the league table of Threshold albums. 3 stars.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars

2014 saw Threshold return with their tenth studio album, their second since Damian Wilson had returned on vocals for the third time. The previous album, 2012's 'March of Progress' had been one of the finest in their canon, so perhaps it isn't surprising that this one isn't quite in the same league. The songs are powerful, the vocals spot on, but there isn't quite the same spark and vitality as there had been previously. It is still a great album, and one that is head and shoulders above most of those dwelling the progressive metal arena, but I did find myself wondering if all was well within the camp.

I don't believe that Threshold could ever release a bad album, or even an average one, as they are just too good for that both collectively and individually, but I realised that although I was enjoying it immensely while it was playing, I wasn't overly keen about pressing repeat when it finished, which says a great deal for me. Were the band just marking time waiting for the next stage? Only time would tell.

Review by Warthur
3 stars Threshold's final studio album with Damian Wilson to date is another competent slice of melodic prog metal of the sort we're well-used to getting from the band. Indeed, that's kind of the issue - the band really feel like they are going through the motions a bit here, perhaps entering the studio a bit too soon after March of Progress before they had cooked up a solid slate of material (recent studio albums have tended to have longer gaps between them, after all). Wilson's vocals seem to take on a bit of influence from Peter Nicholls from IQ, but otherwise this is much the same as we've had from them. It's good, don't get me wrong, but little of it actually stands out beyond the powerful opening track Watchtower On the Moon.

Latest members reviews

5 stars The Snickers of Progressive Metal. Damian Wilson could sing about pomeranian puppies playing pattycake in the poppy fields and sell it in a way that would make the most ferocious, die hard metal fan ferris wheel their brain pan with school girl delight. For The Journey is Threshold 's sophomore ... (read more)

Report this review (#1292401) | Posted by buddyblueyes | Thursday, October 16, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Life in Transition To appreciate this album, I had to set aside my expectations of this being March Of Progress 2. March Of Progress was my introduction to Threshold, and, after perusing their catalog from Extinct Instinct to the present, I came to the impression that it was their masterpiece. ... (read more)

Report this review (#1290286) | Posted by PlanetRodentia2 | Saturday, October 11, 2014 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Threshold's second album with Damian Wilson back at the mike is somewhat slower and simpler affair (songs average 5 minutes with repetitive structure) than its bombastic predecessor. But pretty much sticks to the familiar formula of catchy heavy rock with adult-oriented rock and atmospheric Pink ... (read more)

Report this review (#1286279) | Posted by Progrussia | Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | Review Permanlink

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