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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 shows & tickets


  • Maximum Rock Festival 2014 on 24 Oct 2014
  • Threshold at Boerderij, Zoetermeer on 9 Nov 2014
  • Threshold at Hypothalamus, Rheine on 14 Nov 2014
  • 70000 Tons of Metal 2015 on 22 Jan 2015

THRESHOLD discography


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

3.83 | 107 ratings
Wounded Land
1993
3.52 | 106 ratings
Psychedelicatessen
1994
3.62 | 96 ratings
Extinct Instinct
1997
3.74 | 94 ratings
Clone
1998
3.96 | 199 ratings
Hypothetical
2001
4.06 | 200 ratings
Critical Mass
2002
3.92 | 187 ratings
Subsurface
2004
3.60 | 170 ratings
Dead Reckoning
2007
4.05 | 310 ratings
March Of Progress
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
For The Journey
2014

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

3.35 | 19 ratings
Livedelica
1995
3.53 | 23 ratings
Concert In Paris
2002
3.84 | 42 ratings
Critical Energy
2004
3.05 | 18 ratings
Surface To Stage
2006

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

4.39 | 34 ratings
Critical Energy (DVD)
2004

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

3.50 | 15 ratings
The Ravages of Time: The Best of Threshold
2007
2.36 | 6 ratings
Paradox - The Singles Collection
2009

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

2.90 | 14 ratings
Decadent
1999
3.47 | 22 ratings
Wireless - Acoustic Sessions
2003
3.37 | 15 ratings
Replica
2004
3.88 | 8 ratings
Pressure
2006
2.38 | 7 ratings
Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams
2007
1.67 | 8 ratings
Supermassive Black Hole
2010

THRESHOLD Reviews


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 March Of Progress by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.05 | 310 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
4.05 | 310 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
4.39 | 34 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
4.05 | 310 ratings

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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
1.67 | 8 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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 Replica by THRESHOLD album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
3.37 | 15 ratings

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Replica
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator 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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 Decadent by THRESHOLD album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
2.90 | 14 ratings

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Decadent
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars The paradox of man

Decadent is a special compilation album aimed at fans and followers of the band. It consists of various radio edits, alternative versions, and remixes of familiar album tracks. The material represents the period of the first four studio albums: Wounded Land, Psychedelicatessen, Extinct Instinct, and Clone (incidentally my four favourite Threshold albums).

The radio edits are the most dispensable as they don't add anything to (indeed, they simply subtract from) what is already available on the band's regular albums. The alternative versions are generally not very interesting either. The exceptions are Intervention (a track from Psychedelicatessen that originally featured Glynn Morgan on vocals and is here featuring Damian Wilson) and Change (originally from Clone and is here presented in an acoustic version). These are worth a hearing if you're a fan of the band.

The two final tracks are the most surprising and deviant. We get Club/Dance remixes of Paradox and He Is I Am. Almost needless to say, these are awful and should best be avoided altogether.

Only for fans and collectors

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 Concert In Paris by THRESHOLD album cover Live, 2002
3.53 | 23 ratings

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Concert In Paris
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Turn on tune in

Concert In Paris is, just as the title indicates, a live album recorded in Paris. To be more exact it was recorded during the tour in support of Hypothetical, the second studio release featuring Mac on lead vocals. Precisely half of the track list (four out of eight songs) is occupied by material from that most recent album at the time of this recording. A further two songs were taken from the previous Clone, the first (and in my opinion best) of the Mac-era albums.

My all-time favourite Threshold album Extinct Instinct is sadly overlooked entirely for this live set, but Psychedelicatessen and Wounded Land are represented by one song each. The older songs are the better ones and Mac does a fine job of recreating the vocals on material originally sung by Damian Wilson and Glynn Morgan. Paradox is always an excellent number and the highlight here for me.

All in all, this album runs for over 50 minutes and is a welcome addition to a comprehensive Threshold collection. However, the subsequent double CD and live DVD Critical Energy--recorded on the tour in support of the band's next album, Critical Mass--is the ultimate Threshold live release till this day.

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 Livedelica by THRESHOLD album cover Live, 1995
3.35 | 19 ratings

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Livedelica
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Delicious!

Livedelica is a brief live album recorded during the short-lived Glynn Morgan-period, just after the release of the band's second studio album (Psychedelicatessen). This little live album features two songs from Psychedelicatessen (the sole studio album featuring Morgan on lead vocals) and three songs from the excellent debut Wounded Land. All five songs are great and Morgan does a fine performance on the older songs that originally featured Damian Wilson's amazing voice (Wilson was soon to return to the band for the recoding of the band's third album Extinct Instinct). With just five tracks the running time still exceeds 50 minutes and makes for a satisfying live experience.

Fans of the band ought to be very happy that this album exists and gives us a rare glimpse into that often overlooked period in the band's history. Still, I suppose many would also agree that after only two studio albums, releasing a live album was slightly premature. As much as I like Psychedelicatessen and Glynn Morgan's vocals, I think it would have been more appropriate to record a live album after the release of the brilliant next album Extinct Instinct (which is my favourite by the band). It is funny that Damian Wilson has joined and re-joined the band several times and recorded as many as three studio albums with the group, yet none of the band's live albums feature Wilson on vocals. I hope that they will make up for that some time soon now that Wilson is once again the singer of this fine band.

Livedelica is not essential, but it is a nice addition and an enjoyable listen

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 Surface To Stage by THRESHOLD album cover Live, 2006
3.05 | 18 ratings

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Surface To Stage
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars A good, but redundant live album

Surface To Stage is the live version of the studio album Subsurface containing live renditions of as many as six of that album's nine tracks. The track list is rounded off by four songs from earlier albums with one taken from the previous album (Critical Mass), two from the album before that (Hypothetical), and one going back to the band's second album (Psychedelicatessen).

With such a strong bias in favour of material from a single album, Surface To Stage would in my opinion have been better suited as a bonus disc to the Subsurface studio album than as a standalone release. As such, I find this live album redundant. This is especially so since the band had just released the excellent double CD and live DVD Critical Energy which featured a much more interesting and diverse set list with songs from all of the band's albums up to that point.

Still, focusing on what is here rather than what is not here, Surface To Stage is by no means a bad live disc. I find it enjoyable, and if the Mac-era of the band--and the Subsurface album in particular--is your favourite, then you will almost certainly enjoy this live album even more than I do. However, I would strongly recommend to start with Critical Energy which offers so much more. For anyone who owns both Critical Energy and the Subsurface studio album, Surface To Stage is far from essential and is primarily for fans and collectors.

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