Songs You May Have Missed #249


Threshold: “Ashes” (2012)

Making their return five years after their previous release, veteran English prog metal band Threshold have overcome the death of lead vocalist Andrew McDermott by welcoming back his predecessor Damian Wilson. Dream Theater, Arena, Rush and Marillion are touchstones for the band’s sound, but their dedication to their own vision and songcraft raise their work above mere imitation.

March of Progress presents a taut sounding mix of propulsive guitars and insistent synths across a song cycle dealing with political and social issues against a backdrop of environmental decay–the kind of big-picture stuff that plays to the strength of a good rock band, and makes a lesser one look like they’re overreaching. As “Ashes” shows, topical rock is in good hands here.

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