Review: Threshold – European Journey – Nuclear Blast – Release: Out Now.
It’s been a while since Threshold released their last live album, 2006’s “Surface to Stage”, and the premier UK prog metal outfit was due to offer their fans another slice of live goodness to play at home or in the car, at work, etc. The album was recorded during several shows and focuses mostly on the studio albums released from 2007’s “Dead Reckoning” and onwards. With a massive fifteen tracks each album gets a few choice cuts and there’s even enough space to travel back in time 1997’s “Extinct Instinct”.
With several songs having been originally recorded with previous vocalist Andrew McDermott it’s nice to hear them sung by Damian Wilson this time around. Both vocalists really fit the music, but each has their own style of singing. As such, Damian has really grown into the songs since he took over vocal duties in 2011.
The band really is spot-on with all the songs, which won’t be a surprise for fans who’ve seen them live. Therefore it almost feels like you’re listening to the studio tracks, with just a teensy bit of a ‘venue sound’. With the audience being either tame or low in the mix the album does lack a much needed live feeling.
Despite that the album really is a nice mix of what the band has created since their previous live album and if you enjoy some prime prog metal you will most certainly enjoy “European Journey”.
Score: 4 out of 5
Text by: Robert Popovic