Psychedelicatessen is Threshold's second offering and it doesn't quite follow Wounded Land's (their debut) progressive blueprint but, instead, goes off into a power metal direction. For whatever reasons, Psychedelicatessen is a heavier, more powerful version of Threshold. But is it a better Threshold? 1. "Sunseeker" - This song opens with an ominous and dark intro, a foreshadowing of things to come. Soon heavy, crunchy guitars explode in sonic fury. The thing that stands out right off is that this song is pretty much straight metal. Sure, the keyboard is present but it is more subdued when compared to Wounded Land. Glynn Morgan, an excellent vocalist, has an edge to his voice that his predecessor Damian Wilson never had (even though I prefer Wilson). We are off to a good start. 2. "A Tension of Souls" - A more progressive outing this time but the emphasis is on the "metal" part and it's metal packed with thunder and plenty of bite. Keyboards are present but, again, they are subdued. "A Tension of Souls" is unusually structured, so it's difficult to predict where this song will take you the first time you here it. Good song. 3. "Into the Light" - This is a much softer song than the previous two. Morgan shows his ability to fit the music just right with his vocals and does so effectively. Sure, this slower and more relaxed track is, overall, much lighter than what we've heard so far but it still has it's heavy moments. It's an interesting contrast. Unfortunately, this long song starts to lose it's cohesion toward the end and seemingly dwindles, stumbles and finally finishes on a weak note which makes this an average song. 4. "Will to Give" - Nice!Read more ›
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