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The UK progressive metal band THRESHOLD was formed in 1988. One of the founders Karl Groom is perhaps the leading man in this band. He's also known from such bands as LANDMARQ, PENDRAGON and SHADOWLAND. The band has gone through several line-up changes to find the perfect band. It would be too intricate to describe the line-up changes here, so it's included in the discography.

In 1993 their classic debut studio album saw the light of day. It was called "Wounded Land" and was released on the GEP label. And from then on they have gained a lot of good reviews from all around the world. Their follow up "Psychedelicatessen" (1994) reached 5000 in advance sales the first week. Impressive for being a progressive metal band. Since then they have made "Livedelica" (1995), "Extinct Instinct" (1997) and their best album up to date: "Clone" (1998). This new release is a concept album, which re-insured their place as one of the premier bands in this genre.

Today they are one of the most well known progressive metal bands around. A very good hard Progressive music.

- Greger Rönnqvist

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THRESHOLD discography


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THRESHOLD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.84 | 115 ratings
Wounded Land
1993
3.54 | 111 ratings
Psychedelicatessen
1994
3.67 | 109 ratings
Extinct Instinct
1997
3.77 | 104 ratings
Clone
1998
3.96 | 214 ratings
Hypothetical
2001
4.08 | 215 ratings
Critical Mass
2002
3.94 | 196 ratings
Subsurface
2004
3.63 | 178 ratings
Dead Reckoning
2007
4.07 | 316 ratings
March Of Progress
2012
3.71 | 52 ratings
For The Journey
2014

THRESHOLD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.33 | 21 ratings
Livedelica
1995
3.53 | 25 ratings
Concert In Paris
2002
3.99 | 39 ratings
Critical Energy
2004
3.12 | 23 ratings
Surface To Stage
2006

THRESHOLD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.50 | 31 ratings
Critical Energy (DVD)
2004

THRESHOLD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.84 | 12 ratings
The Ravages of Time: The Best of Threshold
2007
2.48 | 8 ratings
Paradox - The Singles Collection
2009

THRESHOLD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.91 | 15 ratings
Decadent
1999
3.48 | 23 ratings
Wireless - Acoustic Sessions
2003
3.38 | 16 ratings
Replica
2004
3.89 | 9 ratings
Pressure
2006
2.48 | 8 ratings
Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams
2007
1.68 | 9 ratings
Supermassive Black Hole
2010

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 March Of Progress by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.07 | 316 ratings

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March Of Progress
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by tszirmay
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4 stars That's it, it's the end of the world as we know it! Topsy bloody turvy! Yours truly, famous for having a huge collection devoid of any Dream Theater, Mastodon, Tool, Messhugah, etc? and looking at the Tech/Extreme prog-metal section of PA and going, what is this? has finally decided to give the chugga-chugga a chance. Up to now, my prog-metal was revolving around Roswell Six, Queensryche, Ayreon, Mastermind, a single Shadow Gallery album , a single Iron Maiden recording and Opeth's very soft "Damnation". Pfff, limp, I know. Well, I always felt that metal was like jazz and blues, it needed to be a live experience to be truly enjoyed. So I decided that in my golden age, I was going to prove to myself that I can rock, hard and long (LOL) with headphones on. So I got hooked up with a few vids, read a few glowing reviews and really liked "Ashes" as well as "That's Why We Came", certainly enough to pull the amazon trigger. I knew of Damian and Karl from their associations with the more neo-heavy prog scene but the rest were revelations, especially drummer Johanne James kicking some serious butt. The mail was particularly rapid as my CD arrived within a few days, here in the country music hotbed that is Calgary (stop giggling, you silly cowboys) and I wasted no time in getting cranked up and harassing my neighbours with torrential guitars. So I downed a case of Red Bull, swallowed 12 Viagra pills, united 'March of Progress" with my vintage Danish Bang & Olufsen system and my girlfriend's funeral is now set for mid-week!

The terrific "Ashes" pummels forth, slicing through the sweltering synths and getting all bothered up, the guitars hammering fast and hard, with Damian Wilson soaring like some leather-lunged oil-rigger on speed. There is nothing innovative here really, nor is it particularly scary, just tightly played prog-metal of the highest melodic content possible. In fact, it comes across like Maiden with a keyboard player! But what do I know, being such a novice at this type of head-banging stuff. I deeply enjoyed the wah-wah solo from Groom or is it Morten? a trait that is sorely missed in the more conventional neo-symph-crossover shrines that I pray to. Any music fan would enjoy this opening blast.

The more mid-tempo steamroller "Return of the Thought Police" is not only a highly reflective piece with serious subject matter but the music is nuanced enough to attract the simpletons as well as the technocrats. The dual guitar hammer solidly, the keys bubble and the drums pound mercilessly. 'I promise you', he says!

"Staring at the Sun" is lethally sharp and honed, as if a condemned man is looking up at some out of control guillotine and wondering when the basket will fill with his blood. The keys offer both eerie piano and bubbling synths, bullied by the screeching lead guitar solo that punches ahead. Damian Wilson can sure sing high notes, BTW!

"Liberty Complacency Dependency" is shorter on melody and more focused on blasting away in a different style that I find has always been my difficulty with metal (it's too smart for its own good at times) , somewhat in contrast to country in that it's not smart enough for its own good! I understand that this style is more attuned to the dedicated rockers out there.

"Colophon" is a more like it, a moody rocker that shuttles forward with interesting breaks, some piano and clanging guitar providing a different doom-laden vibe. By this time, I find myself tiring from all the pummeling. Thankfully, "The Hours" comes to the rescue, a cinematographic epic that transcends the power rock formula by offering a more diverse palette of sound, thrashing guitar onslaughts notwithstanding. Damian is more down to earth here, mellifluous and yet bold, a studied exercise in prog-metal singing. The instrumental break buzzes with dual guitar electricity and a hint of classical symphonics, a track that I enjoyed very much.

The video for "That's Why We Came" is what hooked me, an ultra-stimulating melody that sticks from the very first note, reminding me more of Roswell Six's classic first album. Wilson again displays intense versatility. A real cool melody that could have easily been on an Arena album, standard melodic genius and perfect delivery.

The tortuous "Don't Look Down" is a sly little devil, starting out quite conventional (Read: boring) before evolving into a sensational level of contrasting sections , alternating between heavy and light, complex and accessible, stop/starts on a dime, shifting riffs and blustery axe solos. A bloody whirlwind that took me by surprise. I did look down, in shame, blast!

Peter Morten's comp "Coda" is described as a Judas Priest-like tune (I don't know Judas that well but I do like leather, lol), machinegun-like attack, careening drums, explosive bass and a rather hysteric vocal. Hmm, not bad, maybe I should check out Priest, wot? Definitely, off the beaten path.

The 10 minute epic "Rubicon" is the final nail in my ignorant coffin, a sublime piece dedicated to that moment in everyone's life when indecision is relieved by the urgency to act, a decision to throw caution to the wind and take the plunge into uncertainty. Julius Caesar did it ("alea iacta est") in 49 BC, crossing his XIIIth Legion and thus forcing Rome's hand, passing the point of no return. This is the 'prog' part of prog-metal, using historical inspiration to write thunderous music. A bloody brilliant church organ segment really highlights the imperial bombast, as centurion Damianus Wilsonus bellows to the Coliseum faithful, thumb raised upward. The torrential guitars bluster, like a victorious legion returning from battle.

This megalodon album has sharp teeth, primal yearning and a relentless temperament that has ravaged my misgivings about prog-metal, offering a tantalizing platform to admire the lethal attributes this genre occasionally provides.

4 Evolutionary strides

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 For The Journey by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.71 | 52 ratings

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Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by buddyblueyes

4 stars The Snickers of Progressive Metal.

Damian Wilson could sing about pomeranian puppies playing pattycake in the poppy fields and sell it in a way that would make the most ferocious, die hard metal fan ferris wheel their brain pan with school girl delight. For The Journey is Threshold 's sophomore follow up to March Of Progress, which found the band reuniting with Wilson after a long hiatus. March of Progress was a great title for an album that essentially got listeners fired up for revolution, ready to take the mutinous stance of opposition against big government, politics, and the economical greed of "the man." With pitchfork and torch in hands we were expecting the next vigilante theme song, the soundtrack for headhunting the 1%-ers throughout the world. For The Journey, however, leaves us standing confused amongst the ranks, without sonic leadership. The themes for this album were a little darker, more obscured and less abrasive. "Soft" you ask? Nah, there's a new facet, a dark creepy factor is ominously present, especially with songs like "The Box" or "Autumn Red." The lyrics are still somewhat fueled by malcontent and angst, like the previous release, but also foresee the barren, post-apocalyptic landscape -- the fallout, the aftermath. Perhaps Frank Herbert got it right with Children Of Dune: the blossoming of every revolution already contains within it the seeds for it's own destruction, even if victorious. [note: don't read that statement while stoned or you'll ponder the complexity and forget to breathe for a duration which may cause you to black out.]

Threshold is a band that understands their "sound" and there's a specific direction and philosophy that has remained strongly consistent throughout much of their discography. They have solidified their position as one of the best prog metal bands out there, having catchier lyrics, hooks, and melodies than the countless Dream Theater clones (and perhaps even DT themselves!). Threshold remains the most accessible of the prog metal acts. They stay laser-focused on proven song structures and formulas, but it's done so well you find yourself not asking for something experimental. It works. It satisfies. It's the Snickers of progressive metal.

For the Journey is another solid release. The musicianship is superb. There's a quiet reserve about the musicians that hint at a skill set that can easily keep up with the most young, tech/extreme bands out there. But Threshold is mature enough to ask: why would they want to? What's the point? Do they spotlight themselves or the song? The songs take priority. Period. Not to say there's not some dynamic playing, though, just check out the drum break at 3:35 of "Autumn Red" if you're questioning the chops. A few extra spins concludes this release fares up there with March Of Progress. Now if the guys can only make their way to the US for some touring! That would make this reviewer happier than pomeranian puppies playing... well, you get the point.

Wishful concert band pairing: Pagan's Mind.

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3.71 | 52 ratings

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Review by PlanetRodentia2

4 stars Life in Transition

To appreciate this album, I had to set aside my expectations of this being March Of Progress 2. March Of Progress was my introduction to Threshold, and, after perusing their catalog from Extinct Instinct to the present, I came to the impression that it was their masterpiece. Conceived after the death of their lead singer Mac, the return of Damian Wilson as vocalist, and a successful tour, March Of Progress proved that Threshold could not only survive but thrive, and the excitement of that rebirth, I think, infused the album with passion and excitement, regardless of how dark the songs were lyrically or musically. Despite the change in direction lyrically, I expected For The Journey to be imbued with the same joie de vivre. I was wrong, but that's a good thing.

For The Journey examines character traits required for life's journey by viewing life if those traits are lacking. It's an unexpectedly dark approach that works. As always, the musicianship is high, the vocals are great - perhaps Damian Wilson's most nuanced effort with Threshold - and the lyrics are smart, though not as sophisticated as on March Of Progress. If you can accept that the album will be at turns cold, morose, and even creepy before there's hope on the horizon, then you might find yourself enjoying this album quite a bit.

"Watchtower on the Moon" opens the album with the thesis that flawed character hurts everyone. Lyrically, it's a solid introduction to the album's concept. Although the song feels like "Ashes" from March Of Progress at first, it quickly becomes clear that For The Journey is a different album altogether. The use of 2nd person and the processed voices of the chorus lend it a clinical air that's a bit cold, but the instrumentals are fiery and well-done.

"Unforgiven" explores forgiveness and repentence in their absence. It's also dark. Wilson displays a fine dynamic range, and the background vocals from other band members are welcome. My major complaint is the fade out ending with some guitar noodling; it doesn't really seem to fit the song, but hints of this return later.

"The Box" is the epic progressive number. An actual story song, almost like some Greek tragedy, about the cost of embracing convenience and instant gratification (I think), the music shifts through many different moods and instrumentations, while the story unfolds from both personal and societal perspectives. Wilson's final confession is heartbreaking.

"Turned to Dust" puts Wilson through some interesting choppy vocal stylings. The chorus is very catchy. A strumming/shuddering motif appears in this song to be echoed in later songs - perhaps suggesting the glimpses of rousing from slumber.

"Lost in Your Memory" is a power ballad. It suits Wilson quite well.

"Autumn Red" continues, apparently, a series of songs about autumn. It's a great song but rather mysterious lyrically. Along with "Lost in Your Memory," it heralds a change in direction from darkness to glimpses of light and hope. Johanne James demonstrates some very good drumming here; I hope he's permitted to cut loose more in the future.

"The Mystery Show" is one of my favorite songs. By turns creepy and instructive, it explores the nature of knowledge, both temporal and spiritual.

Written by Pete Morten, who penned "Coda" and "Divinity" from March Of Progress, "Siren Sky" is the mountaintop experience of the album. The lyrics are smart, the music grand in the best sense, and the vocals pull out all the stops. The subtle shuddering motifs heard earlier take over, and the song becomes an awakening to the possibility of a new life. Rather than ending happily, For The Journey ends with an impassioned prayer.

"I Wish I Could" was penned by drummer Johanne James. (Why haven't they included this guy's songs on previous albums? It's good!) Alas, because it is a cover of an old song, it was saved as a bonus track and doesn't fit the album's concept by being placed at the end. It brings the mood of the album down, so keep in mind that it's not the true ending of the album's concept when listening to it.

Overall, the album effectively explores the cost of flawed character, the need for repentence, and the desire for change through a careful gradation of mood and color by means familiar and novel. Although much of the old Threshold is apparent in these songs, the new shines through: Wilson's more varied delivery stylistically and dynamically, the addition of new colors to the guitar and keyboard palettes, and a sense of experimentation born of confidence in the solidified lineup. It makes for an interesting journey.

It's hard for me to assign a rating to this album, because my appreciation for the album keeps increasing. Initially, I was disappointed in the predominating gray color of the album. "Siren Sky" won me over, and I've slowly grasped how the dark moods do give way to something more hopeful. I would have liked a final song that was truly uplifting - life after redemption - but that's not what Threshold wanted to deliver. For what it is, it's very good. I'm not quite convinced it's a masterpiece yet, but I have come to believe it is far better than just "good". Strongly recommended - just be prepared to take the time to properly digest it.

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 For The Journey by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.71 | 52 ratings

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For The Journey
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Threshold's second album with Damian Wilson back at the mike is somewhat slower and simpler affair (songs average 5 minutes with repetitive structure) than its bombastic predecessor. But pretty much sticks to the familiar formula of catchy heavy rock with adult-oriented rock and atmospheric Pink Floyd bits. It's designed for fist pumping and singing along alright, but I kinda feel a lack of inspiration. It's not that it's not very proggy, but too much here is repetitive and reminds of what we've heard on their records before - always a problem with such bands, but even more so. They could write such songs in their sleep. It looks more and more like the bands that started the new wave of heavy prog in the 90s, such as Dream Theater and Threshold, are running out of steam.

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 Extinct Instinct  by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.67 | 109 ratings

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Extinct Instinct
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by Raccoon

5 stars "Nightmare is coming and I hear the drumming of demons in the night."

Progressive Metal and I have a complicated relationship. I loved the classic Prog Metal groups (DT, Riverside, Symphony X), but other bands I'd only touch after years passed.

Yeah, it's that kind of relationship. So, I gave up! Stopped following the genre. Then? I saw For The Journey on New Releases, I went on a whim. Whenever I think I've discovered all the LEGENDARY bands, a few days pass and I end up finding another. This is the case with: Threshold.

Listening to Ashes from March of Progress first, I smiled maniacally. I knew This WAS something to write home about!! And so, my favorite album from Threshold Extinct Instinct rose from the grave.

After the disappointing Psychedelicatessen, they made up for their first loss. Taking a three-year hiatus, Threshold delivered this hour-long monster. Heavier than its predecessor (and much less silly?), this album devours your soul, rocks out, drinks a little too much, and pukes you back up.

"Exposed" kicks off with serious drums and an even serious-er guitar. Guitar solo, raunchy keyboards, and kicking your a**. The voice of Damian Wilson may be the BEST in Metal. Yep, a bold statement. Exposed drives 100 miles, rocks hard, only slowing down after the 6:25 time limit is up.

"Somatography" rings Wounded Land with its narrative. Till? 1 and a half minutes in, chunky guitars. High vocals of Damian coordinated with that same riff throughout. You can predict which direction the song's going, but in now way is that bad. It goes in the direction you want.

"Eat The Unicorn" is Threshold's best song. Yep, it's comparatively as epic as Relayer: A war of guitars, tough lyrics, only occasionally taking a break?an instrumental passage. These breaks, especially later (just look at the header's lyrics!! ^) are when the song shines. Then, shines brighter than originally imagined: "Unicorn so wild and free, balm my eyes, carry me home!" Followed up by wild guitars, perhaps topping the best-of Symphony X. The background vocals are reprised front-and-center in the conclusion. Subtle, brilliant.

"Forever" is the first 'ballad-y' song in Extinct? How many of you readers turned away from my review after reading that..? Guess what, it's not a bad ballad! Glistening chimes and Damian's powerful voice lead you on every word. No sign of cheese here!!

"Virtual Isolation" echoes through each ear. The bulk builds, heavy track. A 100 pounds of metal riffs dig into your brain. Then the vocals of Damian reach the clouds. You could almost see him. It continues, octane raising ever-so slightly. Begins like any other track, though it leads to something wonderful.

"The Whispering" is lyric-based. Catchy chorus, and STILL real heavy! That takes skill. Still, no smell of cheese. Oh, and that chorus: "IF THEY SAID GO, WOULD YOU GO?" A mellow guitar suite, nearly lulling you to sleep after that brutal guitar ear-rape. You hear all ranges of Damian, from sweet to ungodly dark. Hail Damian.

"Lake of Despond" is right up there with "Unicorn" for epics on this. Keyboards are prominent and power, for nearly the first time. The echoing guitars suck you in to their world, until the all-powerful voice of Damian guides you through hell. "This is not a lethal wait, but it can BE a sort of decep-tion!" Not only is the chorus catchy-as-hell, (get the pun?!?) it also leads to? Can you guess..? Another great ballad! So begins:

"Clear," another showcase for Damian's talents, brightening up the mood. This song's comfort-food. A laxative from all the s*** the previous songs hit you with.

"Life Flow" chimes with a gong. What's a better way to start..? This leads to another soaring chorus, belting keyboards (credit to you, Richard West), ending with Mark Heaney's drums.

Part of the Chaos gives me a 'desert' vibe. The tempo, chorus, and riffs all shift throughout. If you want a prog song, there you are. 'Nuff said.

Overall, a LONG, but rewarding album. I had a hard time going through the full hour the first time I listened. Then you realize: You're constantly thinking of those choruses. Damian's godly voice. Karl Groom's chunky guitars. Richard West giving the music just the right dose of melody and light-heartedness that this rough diamond needs, and Mark Heaney's constant hard-hitting drums. You've got yourself a Metal Masterpiece. Remains as my favorite Threshold album. You can already guess I can listen to the full 77 minutes now? JUST LISTEN TO IT!!!

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 March Of Progress by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.07 | 316 ratings

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March Of Progress
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars I did not quite follow the progression of Threshold as the CD that I had was "Clone" was not that good for me as the composition was just sloppy and not quite memorable in terms of melody. As my metalhead friend told me this new album "March of Progress" was the band's answer after five years long break as the band's long time vocalist Andrew 'Mac' McDermott left in 2011 that certainly put a roadblock up for them. Prior to his passing he left the group due to health issues, Damian Wilson came back to help them continue on. This is his second stint with the band. Although Mac was such a strong presence fronting the band and probably their finest lead vocalist, Damian has grabbed the reins and unified the once fragmented band. In fact Damian's voice in this album sounds different with his other records. This one is great.

"Ashes" (6:51) opens the album wonderfully with a catchy music that suggests to the band that they should focus on songs like this one. I think anyone who loves rock music would love this opening track as the music blasts off beautifully with good introduction combine with raw guitar riffs and it has great chorus part that is very catchy. The tempo is quite fast. The second track "Return Of The Thought Police" (6:09) is slower in tempo but the melody is still maintained by the band being catchy and memorable. The style changes are also enjoyable especially as the vocal line is evolving. The song moves into faster temp right after the middle of the song followed with nice guitar solo. The third track "Staring At The Sun" (4:25)
starts nicely with guitar riffs followed with nice keyboard work at the back. Damian Wilson enters the music beautifully with his high register notes.

"Liberty Complacency Dependency" (7:48) starts off with guitar work combined with keyboards followed with Damian vocal line. This song has different style than the previous three tracks and make this one is very enjoyable track. "Colophon" (6:00) starts nicely with guitar work in slow tempo followed with powerful Damian vocal line. The music flows in upbeat tempo started with guitar solo right after vocal breaks. "The Hours (8:15) starts in an ambient style with slow tempo followed with heavy, raw and nice guitar riffs. The music flows nicely in relatively fast tempo with some segments demonstrating guitar solo. "That's Why We Came" (5:40) serves like a break as the intro part is quite slow in nature. Even though the overall style is still in slow mode but this track is enjoyable. 
"Don't Look Down" (8:12) brings the music into faster and rockin' style with great keyboard solo combined with good vocal and excellent guitar work. "Coda" (5:23) still maintains the music similar with other previous tracks.
"Rubicon" (10:24) starts nicely with keyboard as main instrument that brings all segments together to form excellent composition.

I think for the fans of Threshold, the absence of performance in the past five years 
is not that important anymore. It's worth waiting for the band for five years but they come uo with an excellent album. Highly recommended album. It's a 4 stars plus rating. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 March Of Progress by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.07 | 316 ratings

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March Of Progress
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars If you are unfamiliar with Threshold, they are a cross between anthemic metal a la Iron Maiden with Pink Floydian atmospheric and soaring quitar breaks. Sure, Iron Maiden times Pink Floyd is a recipe for many melody-first prog metal bands, but I think Threshold is a textbook example. They are also capable of quite good dramatic slow burners, although best examples are on other albums. Another characteristic is a powerful and "cold" production courtesy of guitarist, co-leader and producer Karl Groom, who also produces for other prog bands receiving similar sound treatment.

So, expect lots of groovy riffs, fast guitar-keyboard duels, sing-along vocals, and some song-within-song structures. Musically, an album after a five year hiatus is often a return-to-form-kind of album for loyal fans. So, less experimentation with extreme or softer metal forms here. Only what has worked for Threshold the best. Catchiness and flow.

However, something must be said for their late vocalist Mac's approach that albums should be no more than limited length. Because the sound is so pounding, the vocalist is so loud and dominating, my head literally hurts after half an album. Another thing I, being a lover of profound words myself, couldn't help myself but mention are the lyrics. Threshold's lyrics are smart, but trying to sound politically profound they overuse big -tion and -ance kind of words. Don't we find solutions in the constitution. Priceless.

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 Critical Energy (DVD) by THRESHOLD album cover DVD/Video, 2004
4.50 | 31 ratings

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Critical Energy (DVD)
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars Threshold have been the UK's premier prog metal band for quite some time now ? their debut album came out as long ago as 1993 ? and at last their live show has been captured on DVD. New bassist Steve Anderson has slotted right in, linking in with drummer Johanne James to provide the backbone for the rest of the guys to strut their stuff. Mac is a perfect frontman, one who has obviously been studying Ian Gillan, and keeps the crowd going, while Karl and Nick riff hard and Richard provides the melodic overtones that manage to move Threshold out of the pure heavy metal arena. But be in no doubt, Threshold are a hard rock band first and foremost. There may be room for some widdly widdly but these guys play using Marshall amps for one good reason ? they like to play loud! The concert (which is approx two hours long) covers the depth of the band's career, and even has room for some acoustic numbers in the middle. This allows everyone time to have a rest, but not for long. This is a rock band that is out to grab you by the balls and shows that even though 'prog' is in the title of the genre, 'metal' is the other one. With songs as powerful as "Sanity's End" (which has long been my personal favourite) or "Phenomenon" who could ask for more?

Great production (mind you, you wouldn't expect anything else) and strong use of cameras and lighting means that this is a joy to play, time and again. But it doesn't stop there, as Karl and Richard have gone into the studio and also added a commentary to the gig which goes some way to showing what a good time they have in the band. There are also some songs from the gig they played in the States at ProgPower 2002, as well as a feature of them on tour. Lastly there is a photo gallery care of Sy 'Wooks' Seddon and the menu and design is of the highest quality. For those who have not heard the band before then why not visit www.thresh.net where not only is it possible to play excerpts of some of the songs but also play the whole of "Sunseeker"

This DVD is also available as a set with the Double CD of the same name, but no matter how you get this DVD it is a definite purchase for all lovers of prog metal/melodic hard rock.

Originally appeared in Feedback #78, April 2004

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 March Of Progress by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.07 | 316 ratings

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March Of Progress
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Threshold newest album to date March of progress issued in summer of 2012 is a pure Threshold release, that means a great unmatch type of prog metal. I simply love this band , I have a soft spot for them since they release Clone , my first exposure to their music way 15 years ago, since then I gathered all their albums, saw them live in Hungary while promoting Subsurface in 2004 and they really kick ass all the way. Were more then 5 years since previous album Dead reckoning from 2007 , but the wait worth it. Andrew "Mac" McDermott sadly passed away in 2011 living place for Damian Willson to re come as frontman, after appear on first album and Extinct instinct. The Mac's death was a tragedy inside band memebers and the new album is dedicated among past and future members to him. Well, the music is top notch, solid and tight musicianship as ever, excellent ideas, fresh sound, what else a killer album. I personaly don't know 5 prog metal bands that have such a constant quality on every album since the beggining, 20 years ago, maybe Symphony X , Shadow Gallery. or Vanden Plas. Every Threshold album has something to offer, and is big time in prog metal realm. Karl Grooms guitar sound is absolutly killer, he has the best guita tone I've ever heared on a prog metal band, is heavy is crunchy, is top notch. The keyboards are damn good and in combination with the rest of the instruments give a very good atmosphere, every musicians shine here not else. Opening track Ashes, sets the mood for the album pure traditional Threshold sound, Return Of The Thought Police, The Hours or Rubicon absolutly kick ass, Damian Wilson is cherry on the cake, a fantastic singer, one of the best prog metal scene ever had and probably will have. Not a weak momen here on March of progress, the band is in top notch form and is clear on every piece offered. Easy 4 stars anothr album that is for sure among the best in prog metal zone in last years. recommended.

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 Supermassive Black Hole by THRESHOLD album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
1.68 | 9 ratings

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Supermassive Black Hole
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

1 stars Going down like a lead balloon

This digital single consists of two shorter tracks (an a-side and a b-side, if you like), one of which is a cover of a song by the band Muse. I have never heard the original version, but I cannot say I particularly want to now. In my opinion, this song does not fit the style of Threshold very well and it does nothing for me. The second track is a vocoder version of Slipstream, a track originally featured on Dead Reckoning--the final Threshold album with Mac, who tragically passed away recently. This single is a sad ending to the Mac-era of the band and it best forgotten.

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