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Threshold Tells Of "Legends Of The Shire" At The Dome In London

The idea of performing an album in full is one which has become a common trait these days. Everyone from Slayer and Metallica to Amorphis and even Snoop Dogg performing classic record from their back catalogue in full. Few bands however, take the decision to perform their new album in full and when they do, it can be seen as self-indulgent and short changing the fans, as many British Iron Maiden fans complained when the group played "A Matter Of Life And Death" in its entirety in 2006. Threshold however, have chosen the perfect moment to do this. Their latest album, "Legends Of The Shire" has received overwhelming praise from fans and critics and a year after the release, giving fans time to digest the record and so it seems the opportune time to embark on such an endeavour, which I was able to see at the concluding show in London.

Opening the show was Swiss outfit Maxxwell. Bringing with them a more classic heavy metal sound which would fit in well in arenas, the quintet are a great opening act that filled the room with excitement and a sense of fun. Promoting (heavily) their new album, "Metalized," the old school vibes of songs like, "She's Mine" went down a treat and delighted attendees who were polite enough to turn up early and check them out. Chants of "We want more" as they were finishing up and leaving the stage was an interesting sight for an opening band, especially one which had never performed in the country before.

Following this was a complete tonal shift in the guise of Greek heavy metallers, The Silent Wedding. Though citing themselves as a heavy/power metal band, they were more reminiscent of My Dying Bride than say, Blind Guardian. Nevertheless, their progressive approach went down well with Threshold fans and they were received very warmly by the ever growing crowd. Several songs from their new album, "Enigma Eternal" were put on display such as "Silence," "Catharsis" and "Insanity," which no doubt won over some who weren't familiar with the band before and hopefully shifted some copies of the album at the merch stand.

Finally, it was time for the evening's headliners, Threshold. With everyone going in knowing the setlist, the performance felt more like a night at the theatre than a heavy metal set. That's not to say however that they weren't a sight to behold. From the opening dulcet tones of "The Shire (Part 1)" to the subsequent explosion of the anthemic "Small Dark Lines" (which unfortunately was let down by some bad sound,) Threshold were on fine form throughout.

Many bands would be tired by the end of their tour, especially one with such an ambitious set, but the band seem to be fired up to bring the live rendition of "Legends Of The Shires" to their homeland, particularly given how it inspired the concept of the album. While the album as a whole has been met with unanimous positivity, there will always be songs from any record that goes down really well with the audience, with "The Man Who Saw Through Time," "Stars And Satellites" and the aforementioned, "Small Dark Lines" being greeted very well. Following the conclusion of the album, Threshold still found time to treat fans to performances of "Pressure" from 2004's, "Subsurface" and "Slipstream" from the 2007 effort, "Dead Reckoning," marking a hell of a lot of music and a hell of a good show.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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