Threshold – Marching Towards Progress
By: Kenneth Gallant
Blistering.com: Ok great! [sporting a huge grin]
West: I think “Colophon,” not necessarily the final version, but for me when I am writing all the passion I feel for the song when I am making the demos I just loved it. It was one of those moments where I switched off any preconceptions in my head and just write with total freedom and didn’t mind where it went. It was just something for me and what I consider just making a pure piece of art. I think it’s one of the best things I have ever done. It’s not quite what I had in my head originally, but you bring a song to the band and it becomes the band’s personality, but I done a lovely job of it and that’s probably my favorite song on the album.
Blistering.com: I just noticed that you posted a lyric video for “Don’t Look Down Below,” so do you plan on filming an official video for any of the songs on the new album?
West: We do have a video competition running for “Staring At the Sun,” effectively to become our third single and I think that is a really strong song. Damian sounded phenomenal on it and he did a good job, so we will see what the fans come up with. So that will be the next video.
Blistering.com: I also noticed that you just announced being a part of the Hard Rock festival for May 2013, so do you have any other touring plans beyond this show?
West: Yeah, we would have loved to tour earlier, but it looks like we will be touring in March now. It was the only time where we were all available to do it because everyone has other bands they are in, so it looks like March was the best time to start. Other than that, we will try to do as many festivals as we can do, and maybe try to come back to America. I would love to say we would be coming to America, but at this point I really don’t know.
Blistering.com: Have you ever toured in America before?
West: We’ve done a couple of full tours before, and it’s great fun to do. There’s something to be said about European bands coming to America, so I really hope we do it.
Blistering.com: On a personal note, you’ve been a founding member since 1993, so is there anything that stands out from all those years being in the band?
West: One of my favorite moments we played a show with Within Temptation in Holland and that was to 8,000 people, maybe four or five years ago. It was mainly Within Temptation’s audience and I wasn’t expecting much from them because I didn’t think they would really know us. We did one of my songs called
“Pilot in the Sky of Dreams” and it’s a song that really means a lot to me. It seemed like a quarter of the audience started singing the chorus back to us and I was surprised that they even knew it, but it was just one of those moments. One of those lighter than the air moments, and it just melted my heart. It was really special and I enjoyed that.
Blistering.com: Now getting back to March of Progress, how are the record sales going in Europe for it?
West: Well, March of Progress is the start of a new journey for us really with Damian back, obviously, it sounds quite different and the writing style changed a little bit. There’s always that worry when you change singers and there’s a worry if anyone is going to buy the record. In Europe we are in seven different country charts and it looks like our best selling album far. I am very encouraged and I so grateful for the fans keeping faith with us.
Blistering.com: Now here’s a bit of an odd question for you. I’ve often heard that you are England’s answer to Dream Theater, so what’s your response to that?
West: Ha-ha, no, I love it, actually. That’s been around since the 90’s and I think when we started there wasn’t a lot of prog metal going around. Dream Theater were one of the poster bands, so if anyone ever said “progressive metal,” the only answer anyone ever had was Dream Theater. I think the European charts knew the only way to market us was to say we were a progressive metal band and that’s how we become known as England’s answer to Dream Theater.
Blistering.com: I just have one final question for you. I was wondering how things are going with Nuclear Blast. How are they treating you since you signed with them?
West: Phenomenal. They treated us so well, and there’s always that concern when you move to a bigger label, that maybe you become a small fish in the big sea. You know they have bands like In Flames and Nightwish that are selling multi-million copies of their albums, and we are going now in a smaller genre, so we could get lost, you know. They’ve treated us fantastic and they have done such a great job promoting the new album. Like I say, we are in the charts all over the place and that’s never happened before, so they are doing everything right and we really believe in them.
Blistering.com: Ok, well that’s all the questions that I have for you, so I wanted to thank you once again for talking to me. I also wish you the best of luck with the tour.
West: Well, thank you. We do hope to see you somewhere on the tour.
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