Prog Rockers Threshold are back in true prog form with Legends of the Shires, and boy did we need it. The 2-disk, almost hour and 30 min album gives us multiple 10 plus min songs, an excellent mix of tempos, and moods (from sullen to aggressive). When I hear that former vocalist, Glynn Morgan, was returning for this album, I was both excited and nervous. In true Threshold fashion though, they killed it. With guitar riffs that go from soaring to deep and full of just straight rock, a solid backing rhythm section, Morgan’s vocals are the perfect balance to tell such an emotional story.
Legends of the Shires opens with a beautiful acoustic piece, “Shire Pt.1,” that sets the theme for the entire album. This album is all about life with all its highs and lows. It takes us through the trials and tribulations of youth, the stress that can come with midlife, to the peace we all hope that comes with the end of our time. Song 2 happens to be my favorite track and has been on a constant loop since I received the album. “Small Dark Lines” is a quintessential prog rock song, that deals with the topic of all the little lies we tell ourselves and others to make life more bearable, and the toll they take on us.
The 3 songs that make up the Shire trilogy (Shire Pt.1 ,2 and 3) help pull the entire theme together, each taking on a period of life.
Prog fans, be sure to pick up this album. If you aren’t familiar with Threshold, you will most certainly a fan by the end of this album.