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3 stars Not the best, but the Threshold's way is interesting.

Some metal bands are molding themselves in a pattern that will lead eventually to a form of public success. Example? Well, Dream Theater seems to get a larger and larger crowd every album eand even getting some good radio time in some parts of America. Pretty rare for a prog metal band. They also managed to keep a soft side that some people call romance. And a serious band who would like to be competitive should think of the format Dream Theater created.

And there's other bands that stick to the old clichés of metal and, eventually leads to commercial suicide. Example? Man, there's so many. Start with Magna Carta label, it should convice you. Shadow Gallery, Cairo, Magellan...Oh and what about the whole X thing? The cheese factor with Eternity X, King's X or Symphony X is so high, Yngwie Malmsteen must be happy not being the only has-been around.

And there's bands that tries harder to run from the Threshold. But at first listen, we could find Threshold cold and minimalistic. And they are. The emphasis is on the strong side of the band: the guitars and the drums. The interplay of both guitar players between themselves but also with the drums is really their trademark. Threshold sounds like a very high-tech factory, entirely robotized and based on production-line work. Guitars feels like huge turbines rolling at tremendous speed, providing electricity to charge up the heavy machines that are drums.

I snatched 2 stars from the chart because the really good material is too few. It's once again the same pattern (like a pancake recipe) with few variations. Lots of songs feels boring, and I suggest to start with Critical Mass or Subsurface.

Not the best from Threshold, understood.

Menswear | 3/5 |


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