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Formed in 1988 (Surrey, UK) -

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

3.79 | 170 ratings
Wounded Land
1993
3.54 | 155 ratings
Psychedelicatessen
1994
3.61 | 152 ratings
Extinct Instinct
1997
3.68 | 147 ratings
Clone
1998
3.99 | 274 ratings
Hypothetical
2001
4.09 | 286 ratings
Critical Mass
2002
3.96 | 251 ratings
Subsurface
2004
3.64 | 226 ratings
Dead Reckoning
2007
4.00 | 430 ratings
March Of Progress
2012
3.67 | 129 ratings
For The Journey
2014
3.99 | 223 ratings
Legends Of The Shires
2017

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

3.38 | 28 ratings
Livedelica
1995
3.90 | 23 ratings
Concert In Paris
2002
4.03 | 52 ratings
Critical Energy
2004
4.10 | 30 ratings
Surface To Stage
2006
4.08 | 18 ratings
European Journey
2015
5.00 | 1 ratings
TWO - ZERO - ONE - SEVEN
2018

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

4.60 | 39 ratings
Critical Energy (DVD)
2004

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

3.83 | 16 ratings
The Ravages of Time: The Best of Threshold
2007
3.40 | 10 ratings
Paradox - The Singles Collection
2009

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

3.16 | 17 ratings
Decadent
1999
3.66 | 28 ratings
Wireless - Acoustic Sessions
2003
4.19 | 19 ratings
Replica
2004
4.17 | 12 ratings
Pressure
2006
2.69 | 13 ratings
Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams
2007
3.10 | 12 ratings
Supermassive Black Hole
2010
4.75 | 11 ratings
Lost In Translation
2017

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 Livedelica by THRESHOLD album cover Live, 1995
3.38 | 28 ratings

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Livedelica
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars First live album of the British prog-metal band Threshold!

The sound of the album is fantastic but to be honest, maybe a bit too much. I don't know how elaborate the mixing process and the post-production of this album was, but it really sounds like a studio record most of the time, decreasing the credibility and spontaneity of the music included here.

However, the band made a good work here! Glynn Morgan tried to imitate the Damian Wilson vocals in the excellent Wounded Land songs with irregular fortune but he is fine nonetheless, and Livedelica was also the only album where the former drummer Nick Harrandence can be heard, making a powerful and accurate contribution.

Conclusion: Livedelica is a fine but far from essential live album from this underrated band, sadly out of print these days but included in the special edition of their second album Psychedelicatessen.

Specially recommended for fans!

My rating: ***

 Psychedelicatessen by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.54 | 155 ratings

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Psychedelicatessen
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Only a year after their debut album but after having replaced their drummer and vocalist, Threshold released their second studio effort!

Produced by guitarist and leader Karl Groom along with the keyboard player Richard West, Psychedelicatessen follows a similar path in comparison to Wounded Land, with a style of prog metal which moves between the classicism of Queensryche and the much more modern and daring style of Dream Theater, with the preponderance of the wonderful Karl Groom guitar riffs and very melodic and epic chorus accompanied with splendid vocal melodies. This typical Threshold's chorus were not so present in the album's debut, but in Psychedelicatessen can be heard almost in every track, becoming a band's trademark.

Sadly, I think that Glynn Morgan was not as the same level of Damian Wilson in terms of vocal capabilities. He made a very good performance in this second album, but his vocals are also a bit more generic in comparison with the very personal and special Wilson's tone subtracting a bit of quality to the band's music in my opinion. And the second problem of the album is the irregular songwriting, which is incredible in tracks like Sunseeker, A Tension of Souls and Into the Light, but only just fine in the rest of the record.

Best Tracks: the first three songs are incredible! The rest are just ok typical Threshold's prog metal tunes, except for the also very good Babylon Rising and some riffs in Will to Give and Devoted.

Conclusion: Psychedelicatessen, although not being really groundbreaking, is a good follow up to the excellent Wounded Land. Glynn Morgan did a decent job on vocals, despite lacking the personality and the special tone of Damian Wilson, and the songwriting was good enough to leave a pair of true Threshold's classics like Sunseeker and A Tension of Souls.

Specially recommended for European prog-metal aficionados!

My rating: ***

 March Of Progress by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 430 ratings

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March Of Progress
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars A more significant change since last like albums. The returning vocalist Damian Wilson proves to be still in a great shape and motivation. The first track is a strong and powerful opener as the band wanted to say: we're here and will be as if nothing has happened. The uncompromising guitar riffing and solos set high expectations on this album from the beginning. "Return of the thought police" is a relief from heavy sound at least in the first part of the track. The drummer keeps the tension on. The thought-provoking track features great lyrics and melody. The fourth track "Liberty, complacency, dependency" is the first epic track with multiple sections. Slow first section with vocals in the background are replaced by a mellow contemplative section to change into a fast-paced rhythm in the middle part. Wait for the tasty guitar solo before returning to the typical heavy sound. "Colophon" is an untypical composition for Threshold - little heaviness, subtle keyboard textures and a the drum pattern more typical for alternative rock/metal than progressive metal. "The hours" features a melody and vocals similar to the previous albums with McDermott. Although the track has above 8 minutes, it does not feel epic, it is rather down-to-earth. The obligatory ballad comes with "That's why we come", naturally, the instruments stay restrained and vocals build the song. The compensation comes with the next track "Don't look down" that reminds of Dream Theater - heavy riffing, fast soloing. The flagship of the album is certainly "Rubicon". Church organ synth sound, majestic sound and well thought-out composition deserve this property. The track combines all faces of progressive metal together to make it a refreshing experience. Solemn church organ chords add more darkness to this epic track. The band enjoy every second of it!

Overall, a less accessible album than the previous one, also with fewer memorable melodies but a return to a more progressive sound and compositions. Well done boys!

 Dead Reckoning by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.64 | 226 ratings

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Dead Reckoning
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars 3,5 stars and 4 stars as a metal album. I was skeptical after Damian Wilson left the band but Andrew McDermott is a great vocalist and I like his harmonies even more than Wilson's. In fact, it is the vocal and drums that I like most about this album. Threshold produce albums of even quality, less or more progressive, but always very accessible. The first track starts with a brilliant melody and passionate vocals in mid tempo. The speed gains on the second track "This is your life" which may be the heaviest track on the album constantly supported by heavy riffs, featuring the 90's sound. "Elusive" in addition to the first track even has some brief growling which I consider an interesting experiment. A truly progressive track with vocal harmonies and rhythm changes and classic guitar and keyboard soloing. The highlight of "Hollow" is a strong melody and piano parts in the end. The memorable "Pilot in the sky of dreams" is arguably one of the most effective Threshold ballads with emotional instrumentation, but the first impression can be deceiving: after two minutes, things get heavier but still sometimes interrupted by piano chords. The dynamic instrumental part is outstanding. The songs ends on a mellow note just like it started. "Fighting for breath" features a long instrumental progressive section that has its gradient apart from soloing. The vocals stay in the background interested in this track. "Disappear" is one of the most accessible and straightforward tracks on the album, not much to explore here apart from the strong vocal line. "Safe to fly" is another metal ballad. "One degree down" has the momentum and great contributions from all band members - it is the most pompous track on this album. Overall, a very good album but non-essential for a progressive metal lover.
 Legends Of The Shires by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.99 | 223 ratings

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Legends Of The Shires
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by Alard Charlton

5 stars The best Progressive Metal band in the universe ( my opinion folks, please don't get heated ) are back with what is probably their most ambitious album yet. The first thing you will notice is that vocalist Steven Wilson has departed from the ranks yet again, and back in the saddle is Glynn Ellis who sang on Psychedelicatessen. "The Shire ( part one )" starts off acoustically with sounds of bells and birds and has a distinct Richard Griffee sound to Glynn Morgans voice. We are then into Metallica territory with "Small Dark Lines" a song all about Geoffrey Matnill suffering those lines that he had to write when he was in the juniors. Great aggressive guitars and fine Mitch singing are the order of the day here, and even manages to bring a slight Emma-ness to the table. So to the first of two epics on the album. "The Man Who Saw Through Time" has a great Holly Hospital sound to it and even takes in a little bit of Deaf Marcus ( A Brighton based Metal band for those not in the know ) "Trust The Process" starts off with some angular "In A Bad Mood" guitar playing from Eggheart Bride and some great catchy vocals from Captain Morgan. It even manages to capture some of the essence of Yes in the mid section, with some great vocal interplay between Glynn Morgan and to what my ears sounds like Glynn Morgan. "Stars And Satellites" manages to capture that great Prog essence with great vocal lines that could have easily have come from The Beatles "Revolver" era, and is a timely reminder as to just what a great tunesmith that keys player Fred West is. "On The Edge" is a great contribution from Bass player Jon Anderson with a smashing Michael Curley feel to it, as well as being a song i can well imagine being right up the alley of previous vocalist Damian Wilson. This one smokes and smoulders like a November 5th bonfire being jealousy guarded by Rocking Nobby and Fatty John. So onto disc two then. "The Shire ( part two ) " is basically "The Shire ( part one ) but with added instrumentation and several tea breaks. "Snowblind" is next up and starts off in fine punky Beki Bondage fashion with some great quirky playing from Harl Groom and stellar drumming from Johanne Janes. This song always makes me feel happy - And i like feeling happy. "Subliminal Freeways" appears to be about Glynn Morgan feeling no elation and having nothing in his heart, and because of this, i always cry bitter almond tears whenever i hear it. "State Of Independence" could have easily have been the single from the album, and there are cracking cover versions of it by Jon Anderson and Donna Summer. The 2nd epic "Lost In Translation" is a superb song which takes the listener through many twists and turns, not unlike an earwig moving through and across Macey's brain. This song seems to be about Glynns heart not being able to beat any stronger, and that this life is meant for him. Some great Sandra Hunt and Carole Norley mellow sections meld with some great more driving Jose Mourinho sections which give this song a fantastic typical Threshold sound and to these ears is yet another reason why Threshold are superior songwriting wise to Drear Theater. Finally we have "Swallowed" which starts off in a nice acoustic vein before building up to a nice Pink Floyd like climax. Plenty of emotional Doctor Taylor guitar as this track progresses, as well as some heartfelt David James vocals from Captain Morgan. This album is both brilliant and beautiful and the only problem i can foresee for Threshold now, is how do they top this? Breathtaking stuff which should make you want to put on a nice fluffy patterned cardigan and a hop and a skip merrily along to HMV and order this album. For fans of Threshold, Shadowland, Pendragon, Yes, Pink Floyd and Vice Squad.
 Legends Of The Shires by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.99 | 223 ratings

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Legends Of The Shires
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by The Jester

4 stars Review # 76. Legends of the Shires is the 11th studio album of the English Prog-Metal band Threshold, and I dare say one of their best ones. Prog-Metal was never my cup of tea, so I try not to write reviews about albums that belong in this sub-genre. But that doesn't change the fact that Threshold released a really wonderful album, which I enjoy a lot; And when I saw them on stage performing songs from it, I liked it even more!

The album is filled with great guitar riffs, "catchy" melodies and very interesting compositions in general. The performance of the musicians is superb, having as "maestro" the leading guitar riffs of Karl Groom.

The album includes a couple of "hit" songs, like for example Small Dark Lines and/or State of Independence, together with a couple of "epics". (The 10-minute-long Lost in Translation is one of the best songs of the album). Well, what else can you ask for? In my opinion, Legends of the Shires is equally good (if not better) with some legendary albums the band released in the past, like Critical Mass or Subsurface for example. 4.0 stars

 Legends Of The Shires by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.99 | 223 ratings

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Legends Of The Shires
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by Booba Kastorsky

5 stars I'm a big fan of Damian Wilson voice, and I was upset when I heard he had to leave the band. I think very few vocalists in the modern rock music can be compared to Damian. And 2 CDs? How do you mange to compose and record so much good music? Most modern albums that last 70 minutes have at least 20-25% garbage because, let's face it, it's hard to record 70 minutes of quality material every year! So, I approached this work with a healthy doze of skepticism. But the further I went into the record, the more I liked it! Firstly, the quality of songwriting is very high. Some songs are stronger than others, but there is NO fillers or weak songs here that should be dropped! Each song has a "hook" and memorable theme. Arrangement is excellent too: guitar and keys solos are well-balanced and last exactly as long as necessary, and rhythm section as steady as usual. No extra wanking or flashing. Experience and maturity.... Oh, and vocal.... Well, Glynn is not Damian, that's for sure, no "pipes" here, but his voice fits the music perfectly: it has emotions and warmth. So, I have no complains about his performance! Secondly, sound quality is top notch! Those guys are not involved in Loudness War! Each instrument, each solo is well recorded and properly sounded. Ok, style.... I guess this is softest Threshold record they ever produced. There are plenty of metal moments there, but it also has many quieter moments that are far from metal territories. In fact, often it sounds similar to "classic" period of Arena circa Visitor and Immortal?, and keys play more prominent role here than before. I don't give 5 stars very often, to say at least, but this record, despite its length as close to perfection as it can be. Bravo, Threshold!
 Legends Of The Shires by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2017
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Legends Of The Shires
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by borussia

5 stars I knew Threshold in 1995 thanks to a review of Livedelica on Metal Shock, an Italian magazine of Heavy Metal: the Ep had the highest rate. I bought it soon and shortly afterwards I also bought the first two albums: I preferred Wounded Land to Pschychedelicatessen, but for me the three songs of Woundend Land sung on Livedelica by Glynn Morgan are better than the studio version After Glynn leaved the group I continued to follow Threshold, but no album excited me like the first two. .I found interesting only March of Progress , but the next For the Journey was a real disappointment. I knew in 2017 they release a new concept album, but my interest grew very much whenI knew that Glynn Morgan returned to the microphone. I bought Legends of the Shire as relaesed and I have to say it's definitely the best in the group career. Even if the songs were written for Damian, Glynn's interpretation is great, both in heavy song as Small Dark Lines and Trust the Process, as well as in the more progressive like the two beautiful suites and Snowblind. Richard and Karl were really inspired when composing the album. in the next tour they will not play in Italy. So I hope that a double live cd will be released and old tracks like Sanity's End, Into the Light, Devoted and Innocent will be played again. then I expect a new cd written for Glynn Morgan's voice
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Legends Of The Shires
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by Saralgam

5 stars We all knew that Threshold is a standard value in prog metal scene...but this album is a new top,a great monumental masterpiece.Sincerely is the best prog metal album i've heard last 5 or even 10 years.

Thershold manage to captivate the listener with their, neither childish nor overhighly sophisticated approach of progressive metal.The vocal melodic lines are awesome,full of meaning and power executed by a majestic and powerful voice,that of Morgans'.The compositions and guitar riffs are so inspirative that makes you think prog metal was reinvented in a sec!All cosmic feeling, space sounds and professional mix are still here as distinct signatures of Threshold.There are also some new elements here, like the melodic rock/AOR feeling vocals in some choruses that enhances depth and commerciality of the songwriting and, a light floydish breeze over some songs that brings quality to a new level

Overall,the Legend of the Shires brings the listener to a place that only a prog metal album of such lever can bring.Thanks to this band, progressive metal proves to everybody that can be on the top very for many years more!Hail to England,to Threshold and to this colossal masterpiece and probably a legend for this music genre...we'll see

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Legends Of The Shires
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars

It was something of a shock to fans of the band when it was announced that they had parted ways with their singer Damian Wilson, for the third time. At the same time, Richard and Karl had decided that they wanted to take the band musically back to more of where they used to be in the Nineties, which led them to wondering what Glynn Morgan was doing? Glynn of course sang on 'Psychedelicatessen' in 1994, as well as the ensuing live album, but had also been involved in bits and pieces with the guys through the years. A decision was also made to just have one guitarist and reduce to a five-piece, so the line-up was Glynn (vocals), Richard (keys, backing vocals), Karl (guitar, backing vocals), Johannes (drums, backing vocals) and Steve (bass, backing vocals). But, that wasn't all, as the guys also invited original bassist Jon Jeary in to provide vocals on one song. Jon was in the band for many years, and I always felt that his vocals in the live environment were incredibly important to the overall sound, so it is wonderful to see him involved again, even if it is just for a cameo.

With these changes made, great artwork and a double CD, the guys knew that this had to be an epic release, as anything less than that would be seen to be a failure. So it's probably just as well that they have released their most varied and dynamic album for years, possibly their finest yet. This album has far more depth and breadth than we have heard in recent years, with Richard more to the fore, and much more melody and straight progressive tendencies backed up by strong guitars as opposed to crunching riffs that have the edge removed as has sometimes been the case in the past.

This is well thought out and constructed music, and shows that although they still inhabit the more metallic end of the prog metal spectrum than bands such as Dream Theater, they still know exactly how to satisfy the progheads. Moving back to a more progressive style, and changing singers, is obviously a risk but it has paid off with this album making the Top #5 of the UK Rock Charts, and entering Sweden, Germany and Switzerland in the Top 15, and getting to #31 in Austria. Threshold have taken a breath, decided how they want to move forward and have grabbed it with both hands. They are touring in November and December across Europe and the UK, ending at the 02 Islington Academy, and that will be a tour not to miss. Now all I must do is convince Karl he ought to come down here?

This is an absolutely essential indispensable album.

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