Legends Of The Shires - Threshold
- Release date:
- September 08, 2017
- Nuclear Blast
The most ambitious Level to date? May
This is the first double album from the Threshold, and for fans of the band, there are quite a few expectations now that the band has puffed it up to be an ambitious work from their side. There have been some problems in the band, but not something that couldn't be done. Pete Morten left the band in February of this year, and already the month after was Damien Wilson dismissed from the band, however, replaced by the earlier Threshold-member Glynn Morgan, who has proven to be a pretty good substitute for this album. One can clearly notice that the band burns for the Legend of the Shiresproject, and it is quite significant.
Space for own interpretation
As soon as you see the cover for the Legend of the Shires, you get immediate Tolkien-associations. These associations continues, when the first track, "The Shire (Part 1)" starts. Everything about this number is just a pleasant introduction to the album. Idyllic sound effects, gentle guitar, and a text that creates curiosity about the rest of the journey, you must. The band have also, purposely, failed to tell too much about the story, as they believe that this will destroy the full experience of the disc for the listener. In this way, it also created an opportunity for individual interpretation, which I'm a fan of.
From the "Small Dark Lines" and forward it becomes obvious that there is a progressive sheet metal, that is put a lot of work in. "The Small Dark Lines" is something of a contrast by the side of the introsangen, but it is fat. The puts an to the, to the rest of the album will be good, and it gets it. The Threshold has ensured that there is a very good balance between metal, gathering, and trouble-passages.
A second contrast that occurs is that, on this album, where one immediately gets the most Tolkien-the vibration from the cover, comes some sci-fi/futuristic associations along the way. It is actually pretty cool, especially because there is a fine line between, when the kind of play can go well or wrong, but on this plate it merged pretty well together.
Since this is a double album divided into "chapters", you can also good sense that part two delivers little more climax, both musical, but also historiemæssigt, and it is as if that you are more captured by the story itself on this part. One goes from a more or less optimistic, the protagonist of the first part to a main character who has a more depressant perspective on the second half of his life.
Dare I say it?
So never mind then. In fact, I would venture to say that the Legend of the Shires to land on the top 3 of my favorite progressive metalalbums in 2017. The balance of the numbers are just in the closet, there come quite frequently most, that gets my metal heart to melt and a vowel that is made for the plate. Historiemæssigt I will not say that I am blown over by the enthusiasm. The lyrics are well written, but the plot is not exactly creative thinking. When this is said, it is a petitesse in relation to the rest of the disc content.
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