Legends of the Shires

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Release Date:
8th September 2017
Record Label:
Nuclear Blast
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Some prefer a blonde woman over a brunette, and then there are those who prefer a redhead. In the case of Threshold, the three vocalists Damian Wilson, Glynn Morgan, and the late Andrew ‘Mac’ McDermott all have their fans! They are/were all three extremely talented singers, and I love what they have added to this wonderful band on all of their albums.

When the news broke that Damian Wilson had once more been fired, and his replacement was no other than Glynn Morgan, who hasn’t been a part of the band for twenty-two years, many were very surprised and wondered how it would affect the sound on their upcoming new album Legends of the Shires. Well, the move hasn’t left a mark, and I am once more sitting with another masterpiece from one of my absolute favorite progressive metal bands.

The song writing dynamic duo of Karl Groom and Richard West take us on another sonic roller coaster ride on this new album. It continues over two discs, from the fantastic opener ‘Small Dark Lines’, a very straight forward in-your-face song, to the album’s epic masterpiece ‘The Man Who Saw Through Time’, which for close to twelve minutes captures the essence of the band’s sound in 2017.

The signature sound is well preserved, even though this sounds more like a classic Threshold album than their more recent releases. Maybe it has to do with the fact that guitarist Pete Morten has left the band.

Legends of the Shires fourteen songs are memorable, addictive, and catchy. No matter where you dig in on this album, you’ll be taken to progressive metal heaven. Each day I think one song is the best, only the next day I find myself humming another. The hooks, the leads, and the playing are of the highest caliber. Legends of the Shires has taken me by storm, and has catapulted straight into #1 on my all-time Threshold chart, and is quite possible the album to beat in the Album of the Year running!



Disc 1
1. The Shire (Part 1) (2:03)
2. Small Dark Lines (5:24)
3. The Man Who Saw Through Time (11:51)
4. Trust the Process (8:44)
5. Stars and Satellites (7:20)
6. On the Edge (5:20)

Disc 2
1. The Shire (Part 2) (5:24)
2. Snowblind (7:03)
3. Subliminal Freeways (4:51)
4. State of Independence (3:37)
5. Superior Machine (5:01)
6. The Shire (Part 3) (1:22)
7. Lost In Translation (10:20)
8. Swallowed (3:54)

Playing Time: 82:22

Glynn Morgan - Vocals
Karl Groom - Guitars
Steve Anderson - Bass
Johanne James - Drums
Richard West - Keyboards

Kenn Jensen
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When I kicked this site off back in 2003, I had no idea that it would turn into what it has become. I am very proud of what we've done and achieved over the years. Musically I have a soft spot for 80s inspired hard rock, but my favourite music and bands are all to be found in the progressive universe these days.

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