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PSYCHEDELICATESSEN

Threshold

 

Progressive Metal

3.54 | 155 ratings

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The Crow
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3 stars Only a year after their debut album but after having replaced their drummer and vocalist, Threshold released their second studio effort!

Produced by guitarist and leader Karl Groom along with the keyboard player Richard West, Psychedelicatessen follows a similar path in comparison to Wounded Land, with a style of prog metal which moves between the classicism of Queensryche and the much more modern and daring style of Dream Theater, with the preponderance of the wonderful Karl Groom guitar riffs and very melodic and epic chorus accompanied with splendid vocal melodies. This typical Threshold's chorus were not so present in the album's debut, but in Psychedelicatessen can be heard almost in every track, becoming a band's trademark.

Sadly, I think that Glynn Morgan was not as the same level of Damian Wilson in terms of vocal capabilities. He made a very good performance in this second album, but his vocals are also a bit more generic in comparison with the very personal and special Wilson's tone subtracting a bit of quality to the band's music in my opinion. And the second problem of the album is the irregular songwriting, which is incredible in tracks like Sunseeker, A Tension of Souls and Into the Light, but only just fine in the rest of the record.

Best Tracks: the first three songs are incredible! The rest are just ok typical Threshold's prog metal tunes, except for the also very good Babylon Rising and some riffs in Will to Give and Devoted.

Conclusion: Psychedelicatessen, although not being really groundbreaking, is a good follow up to the excellent Wounded Land. Glynn Morgan did a decent job on vocals, despite lacking the personality and the special tone of Damian Wilson, and the songwriting was good enough to leave a pair of true Threshold's classics like Sunseeker and A Tension of Souls.

Specially recommended for European prog-metal aficionados!

My rating: ***

The Crow | 3/5 |

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