The British titans of progmetal, Threshold, don´t make it easy for themselves. They change lead singers back and forth almost as often as one changes underwear. And to set the bar even higher, the band releases a double album packed with more than 80 minutes of music. We all know that it´s difficult to maintain the same top quality through two CD´s. So with that being said, the new album "Legends of the shires" could face a cold reception from critics and fans.
But this is a confident band and they would never release an over-ambitious double album if they hadn´t material to pull it off, Threshold are gladiators of modern prog and win me over everytime even if I have my doubts in the beginning when I hear a new album.
It was the same with "Legends of the shires" when I read that they would carry on without lead singer Damian Wilson and brought back Glynn Morgan who sang on the 1994 album "Psychedelicatessen". I wasn´t convinced that this was the right move and I truly needed lots of plays of the new album to surrender.
So here we are once again, bandleaders and songwriters Karl Groom and Richard West are perfectionists and knows exactly what´s best for the band, more than we fans do because "Legends of the shires" is a new Threshold classic. A giant of an album.