Legends of the Shires

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Legends of the Shires
Legend of the Shires.jpg
Studio album by
Released8 September 2017
Recorded2017
StudioThin Ice Studios, Surrey, England
GenreProgressive metal
Length82:14
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerKarl Groom and Richard West
Threshold chronology
European Journey
(2015)
Legends of the Shires
(2017)

Legends of the Shires is the eleventh studio album by progressive metal band Threshold, released on September 8, 2017. It is the first album to feature vocalist Glynn Morgan since the band's second album Psychedelicatessen; Morgan returned to Threshold following Damian Wilson's departure in 2017.[1]

The album is a concept album about "a nation trying to find itself" according to lyricist Steve Anderson. However, they admit that their intent in many cases was to have 2 different parallel stories or interpretations -- for example, in addition to the nation-based theme, that the songs be just as applicable on a personal level. [2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Karl Groom and Richard West, except where noted.

Disc one[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."The Shire (Part 1)"2:04
2."Small Dark Lines"5:25
3."The Man Who Saw Through Time" (Richard West)11:52
4."Trust the Process"8:44
5."Stars and Satellites" (Richard West)7:21
6."On the Edge" (Steve Anderson)5:21

Disc two[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."The Shire (Part 2)"5:25
2."Snowblind"7:04
3."Subliminal Freeways" (Richard West)4:52
4."State of Independence" (Richard West)3:38
5."Superior Machine"5:01
6."The Shire (Part 3)"1:23
7."Lost in Translation"10:20
8."Swallowed" (Richard West)3:54
Total length:1:22:24

Personnel[edit]

Taken from the liner notes of the album.

Threshold[edit]

  • Glynn Morgan – vocals
  • Karl Groom – guitars, production, mixing
  • Richard West – keyboards, production
  • Steve Anderson – bass
  • Johanne James – drums

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Jon Jeary – vocals on "The Shire (Part 3)"
  • Mika Jussila – mastering
  • Elena Dudina – cover image
  • Rob Burress – band photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[3] 31
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[4] 182
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[5] 167
French Albums (SNEP)[6] 163
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 13
Scottish Albums (OCC)[8] 56
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 14
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 90

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Legends Of The Shires by THRESHOLD". Nuclear Blast. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Threshold Guitarist Karl Bloom And Bassist Steve Anderson Explain "Legends Of The Shires"". Metal Underground. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Threshold – Legends of the Shires" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Threshold – Legends of the Shires" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Threshold – Legends of the Shires" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Threshold – Legends of the Shires". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Threshold – Legends of the Shires" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Threshold – Legends of the Shires". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 September 2017.