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    Posted: April 13 2012 at 12:04
I know threads on the progressive metal band Threshold have been done before, i even did a keyword search on them, but nearly all of the threads go back to 2007 and are locked.   I know its sad and unfortunent that Andrew Mcdermott died last year, and ive already made a thread about that aswell.
 
I grew to like Threshold very quickly, and in less than a year they pushed themselves to the number 2 spot on my favourite progressive metal bands (its still Savatage at number 1 for me).   I discovered them in 2007, when i went to Progressive Powerfest UK festival, and they gave us all goodie bags with promo CD's in.   On one of those promo CD's was the Threshold song Slipstream, and compared to all the other prog metal band songs on the CD, Thresholds stood out a mile.   After that i decided to look on their myspace page and was introduced to Mission Profile, then discovered Narcisiss on this very site, and all them songs to me were amazing, so i had to then buy their albums.   To date i have all of their studio albums barr one.   My top 3 albums in order, best to least best would have to be
 
Subsurface (lacks the heavyness of the other 2, but very rich in melody)
Hypothetical
Dead Reckoning
 
My favourite frontmen in order would be
 
Mac
Glynn Morgan
Damien Wilson
 
I also have an album called Hound of the Baskervilles by Nolan and Wakeman , and Karl Groom is credited amoungst the musicians for it.
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A great band - Hypothetical being my favourite. They've never really released a bad album but overall i prefer the earlier stuff to the last couple.

Looking forward to the new one. Curious to know if the return of Damien Wilson will mark a return to the earlier style.
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They're one of the better vanilla prog metal bands, and though there appraoch is much more straight ahead than most it works extremely well. It helps that they've got some of the best lyrics in modern prog too.

I expect the new album, March of Progress, will see a slight change in their style again, but Wilson and guitarist Paul Morten are getting in on the writting now as well so I doubt it would exactly be a return to the sound of early albums.

Clone and Wounded Land would probably be my two favourites. Hypothetical used to occupy that slot but other than Ravages of Time it's worn off over the years.
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Here's an interesting bit of trivia.   Through all of Thresholds discography, it is possible to have versions of the song Paradox of Man sung by every single vocalist Threshold have ever had lol.   You get the studio versions of the song from the wounded land album by Damien Wilson and a version of it by their very very first ever vocalist (who left the band before their first studio album) as a bonus track.
 
And you can get live versions of the song sung by Mac and Glynn Morgan from other albums.
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I've only heard Critical Mass and the Critical Energy DVD but both are in regular rotation.

Their drummer is amazing.
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I have  Hypothetical and  Critical Mass, but haven't heard them yet - got them from the bargain bin at my local culture supermarket (recognized the name of the band from PA), then came home and kinda forgot about them. Might give a spin to both records this week.
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Originally posted by Kotro

I have  Hypothetical and  Critical Mass, but haven't heard them yet - got them from the bargain bin at my local culture supermarket (recognized the name of the band from PA), then came home and kinda forgot about them. Might give a spin to both records this week.
 
I would suggest give the Hypothetical album a go first, cause in my opinion its definently the better album.    What lets down Critical Mass is that i think the songs are A) too alike to each other, and B) there isnt really a song on there that amazingly stands out, there's quite a fair few on Hypothetical, like Narcissis.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote xeokym Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2012 at 01:24
^^^ what the hell? ^^^^

I prefer their earlier work myself, as well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote prog4evr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2012 at 12:05
Originally posted by Mutez

[QUOTE=Kotro]...there's quite a fair few on Hypothetical, like Narcissis.
For me, "Narcissus" is Threshold at its best...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kotro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 12 2012 at 04:55
Finnaly got to hear those albums. Definitly enjoyed Hypothetical, some great material there. Still waiting for Critical Mass to click, though.
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Subsurface is my favorite.
 
Heavy, melodic, and the lyrics make you think.
 
 
I have everything from the Mac era, but nothing of the earlier albums. What should be my 1st 'pre-Mac' album?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rdtprog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 12 2012 at 06:25
Album coming up later this year. Good news!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 12 2012 at 06:34
In a recent (26/4/12) one-man gig Damian Wilson joked that delays to the new Threshold and the debut Headspace album were "his fault", he didn't elaborate further on that, but all being well we shall have two Prog releases this year featuring Wilson's volcals, and that can't be bad.


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^Indeed!

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One of my favourite progressive metal bands; I especially love the albums with Andrew MacDermott on vocals 
(RIP Cry). 

I am hopeful with the new album, Damian Wilson's vocals have improved, I was impressed with his vocal performance on the recent Headspace album. I am looking forward to the new album.  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote aapatsos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2012 at 05:31
I very much like all the albums I own from them - I am eagerly waiting for that one masterpiece album though Embarrassed

I am possibly more in favour of Dead Reckoning
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It's going to be very enjoyable, just a question of degrees...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote DaveyByTheSea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 08 2012 at 08:10
Only recently bought my first Threshold CD ( Dead Reckoning)...very impressed with it and shall definitely be buying more Big smile
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This is one of those bands I have always wanted to check but never did. . . 
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Originally posted by Jbird

Subsurface is my favorite.
 
Heavy, melodic, and the lyrics make you think.
 
 
I have everything from the Mac era, but nothing of the earlier albums. What should be my 1st 'pre-Mac' album?

I'm surprised you never got an answer to this. Wounded Land is the best of the early ones, songs like Consume to Live, Paradox of Man, Sanitie's End and Surface to Air are amazing.

Eagerly awaiting the new album.
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