The status quo for Threshold is still really good music. The "realize this and make adjustments" issue I have with the song is that it basically doesn't showcase Glynn's originality and other strengths at all. The album was evidently designed for Damian instead and the only real glimpses of Glynn are the last two lines and some of the slightly scowlier vocals at the end of each first part of the verses. People who've heard the whole disc say that Glynn rips it up on other songs so I will have to reserve judgment until I hear those.
***I really hope this is the case ......it does make sense though, and I'm hoping that Glynn is allowed to let loose more. But I have to say this. I played the 10-min track again, and even though I still feel that the song sounds like a leftover from another disc, I started thinking about Threshold in general. This band, along with Vanden Plas, is still on the blind buy list. No questions. But I am in agreement that they do have to change things up just a bit if only because of how long they have been around and how picky some of us can get. (raises hand).
Not only that - our tastes in music are changing, and we dinosaurs are going by the way side. While some of us are still in the Vanden Plas, Threshold camp and waiting around for these aging bands (like we are aging as well), others have gone into the more modern side of things, and are happily in the Djent sound and style of modern prog instead of stuck in that warm / melodic sound of the bands I mention.
I remember when Symphony X started to veer off of their sound and style a bit - and pretty much left me behind for 2 discs ..... I was almost giving up hope at that point and accepting that they had given me many, many discs of enjoyment and I should be happy with what I had ...... then they released Underworld, and me and most of their original fan base were happy again. Now Threshold really didn't veer off of their sound and style at all - and have stayed their course thru their career......but I do feel that the past few disc with Damian on vocals actually re-spiked my worship for the band, and from my point of view they have to live up to those standards to keep me as happy as I am with the band. So I guess what I'm trying to say is - I think they have to up their game just a bit at this point in their career, and I'm hoping that this concept disc (which they laughed at doing back in the past when I suggested it) brings them back into many hearts that may have left them behind for whatever reason .....