Where to begin to speak about Threshold's ninth album March of Progress? Adjectives swim in my mind. Enormous. Breathtaking. Intriguing. Genius. Entertaining. Exaggeration? I think not.
March of Progress is classic and masterful Threshold, excellent and superior progressive metal. If you value my opinion, and some of you actually do, then why waste time reading this? Go buy this album now.
But for the sake of (some) detail, and those who will indulge me, I'll say a little more about this wonderful album.
Casting no aspersions upon former vocalist Andrew McDermott (RIP), whom he replaced, original singer Damian Wilson's vocals, and the vocal arrangements in toto, are simply brilliant and inspiring. He is, hands down, one of the best rock and metal singers out there today.
After the vocals, the arrangements are intriguing and pleasing, clever, but never dangerously technical and always accessible. Notable for this are Ashes, Return of the Thought Police, and That's Why We Came. Threshold has always been able to mix things up without sacrificing melody, harmony, or the simple pleasure of a catchy chorus. Sound song composition, even the most complicated, goes down better with this formula.
Even those who require that their progressive metal be 'metal,' that is heavy, will find all they need here in Don't Look Down or Coda, both with a complimentary rock groove. For something more sublime, bit melancholy yet still heavy, there's Colophon. For an anthem, return to That's Why We Came. For epic prog, the finale The Rubicon delivers.
Threshold's March of Progress is most excellent, classic and entertaining, melodic progressive metal. Except no substitutes. Destined to be one of the best, if not the best classic progressive metal album of 2012. Look for it to be album of the week next week (September 10, 2012) on Dangerdog Music Reviews. O yeah, by the way, buy this album.