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4 stars Here is a fanclub edition, with different mixes. Actually 1 of the numbers is much better than the original that came out on Subsurface, and Latest Gene is nice to heir i a longer and more metal version.
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Posted Tuesday, January 4, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars Although this is "only" a fanclub release, it certainly does not sound like one and is much more than that. It is an album of highest quality, like everything Threshold ever release. With its mixture of alternative, acoustic and unreleased tracks, it is like an altogether new Threshold studio album, even to me who has all their official releases. It's not as if they have dug out inferior versions of already existing tracks, but more like present them in a completely new and different style, always just as captivating as the originals, if not more. It makes me wonder why the two previously unreleased tracks on Replica (Endless Sea and Torn To Shreds) never made it on any album, as they both are absolutely fantastic and make getting this release an absolute MUST. Another highlight for me is the synthetic remix version of "Opium", which, if you're open minded enough to like electronic influences, will completely blow you over. Replica might be a fanclub release and only available through the official Threshold website, but it can just as well be the perfect stepping stone for anyone who wishes to take a first dive into the diverse, deep, powerful, versatile and simply mindblowing sea of musical wonders that make this band so special and unique.
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Posted Saturday, April 1, 2006 | Review Permalink
Symphonic Team
2 stars Re-surfaced

Replica is the follow-up to Decadent, both being compilations of rare tracks aimed at the fans. This one is clearly the more interesting of the two and deserves a track-by-track analysis. The disc opens with an alternative version of Static, a song that originally surfaced (pardon the pun) on the Subsurface album. This version is sufficiently different from the original to merit its inclusion here. This is followed by a previously unreleased track called Endless Sea that to my knowledge remains unavailable except for on this album. It is in the same style as the songs that made it onto Subsurface or the band's other recent studio albums at the time. Next up is a radio edit of Fragmentation, a song originally from the Critical Mass album. It fits in nicely with the other tracks here, but adds nothing of value to the original album version. Ground Control, another song originally from Subsurface, is here given a slightly jazzy, acoustic reworking. Even though I prefer the original, this version is worth hearing (and, as far as I know, this version is not available elsewhere).

The Latent Gene, originally from Clone, is here presented in an "uncut" version, slightly longer than the album version. Though I prefer the "cut" version, this one is also worth hearing if you're a fan of the band and the Clone album in particular. Torn To Shreds is the second out of two previously unreleased tracks on Replica. Again, the style and the quality is similar to the Subsurface material. Forever goes back to Extinct Instinct and was originally sung by Damian Wilson. It was re-recorded for this album with Mac behind the mic. Light And Space is another unnecessary radio edit, this time of a track from Hypothetical.

Like Forever, Surface To Air is another song that originally featured Damian Wilson but has here been re- recorded with Mac doing the lead vocals. With Wilson being one of my favourite vocalists and Wounded Land my second favourite Threshold album (after Extinct Instinct), of course I prefer the original version. Still, it is very nice to see the band reviving a track from their early days. Finally, the album closes with a "synthetic" remix of Opium, another Subsurface track. It is actually a good one and by no means as bad as the Dance remix of Paradox included on Decadent.

Overall, Replica is a very nice addition to a comprehensive Threshold collection and is definitely more interesting than its companion Decadent. Still, like the latter it is a release primarily for the fans.

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