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4 stars The return of the Unicorn (Damian Wilson)

Third studio album of this famous british progressive metal band named Extinct instinct from 1997. First: I'm very glad that Damian Wilson was back , returning from band Landmarq where he sung on three very well recived albums, and second this is their best album from first period, before Mac Dermott joyning Threhold. Much better then predecesor, very much a progressive metal this time, not only metal riffs are here, but the melody is very well melted with rougher moments, is was not the case on Psychedelicatessen. Wilson voice is perfect for this kind of music, his high range gives plenty of memorable moments on this labum, not to forget that the sound of guitar of Karl Groom is again stunning. Another change in Threshold line up , behind Wilson was the drumer stool ocupied now by Mark Heaney. So, the music is way better then on first albums and very easy can go shoulder to shoulder with thier best Hypothetical or Critical mass for ex. Every musician shines here, a lot of instrumental passages that gives a proper view over their progressive metal abilities, very skilled musicians who know how to grab the listner. All the pieces are super, Wilson voice realy is stunning from the first track Exposed to the last one Part Of The Chaos, great voice. The album has a little more then an hour, enough to become with something solid and very catchy. Groom's guitar is again top notch , on some pieces is realy awesome like on Somatography or Eat the unicor, one of their best pieces from entire career. Not to forget the second guitar, of Nick Midson, who contributed mainly as background, to keep the rythm, but very strong and tight communications with the rest of the musicians. Well in the end a great album for pregressive metal, one of the better ones from late'90' s for sure, and equal in greatness with their best two albums from early this decade Hyphotetical and Critical mass. Recommended, some pieces are truly amazing, even for Threshold repertoir. 4 stars easy, an album who stood the test of time very well after 12 years of the first issue.

b_olariu | 4/5 |


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