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Dead Reckoning

ThresholdAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Just about everything that you’ve read before about Threshold will have classified them as a Progressive Metal group. Countless international reviewers and even their own press biographies have bandied around the term with no genuine fear of contradiction.

Ten albums into a career that began in London’s leafy suburbs back in 1989, it’s time this situation was ... Read more in Amazon's Threshold Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B000N3SSR6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Slipstream
2. This Is Your Life
3. Elusive
4. Hollow
5. Pilot In the Sky Of Dreams
6. Fighting For Breath
7. Disappear
8. Safe To Fly
9. One Degree Down

Editorial Reviews

Threshold are England's foremost Progressive Metal band. They release their 8th studio album 'Dead Reckoning' hailed as a "masterpiece" by Fireworks magazine. Heavier, darker yet more accessible than their previous work, 'Dead Reckoning' is a great new album by a band that seems to have reinvented itself. 'Dead Reckoning' could very well take the band to a new level of stardom. Threshold combined their influences of Heavy Metal and Progressive Rock to craft their own unique sound. Limited edition in Silver digipak with bonus track! For fans of Dream Theater, Spock's Beard, Porcupine Tree, Pain of Salvation etc..

Customer Reviews

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Threshold simply never disappoints May 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Threshold is still the best progressive metal band from England and Dead Reckoning marks their debut with major label Nuclear Blast, which seemed a somewhat confusing match-up at first, but repeat listens to the album have attested that the band still have full artistic control over their music, and there is no sign of regression or stagnation in form and style whatsoever.

Assessing the Mac-era albums, I have always considered Clone to be their transition to a more vocal-harmony-friendly style of prog, reaching its stylistic peak on albums like Hypothetical and its heavier logical continuation Critical Mass. The previous album Subsurface saw their entrance into yet another territory, blending the melodic signature of their earlier works with more elaborate instrumental sections defined by huge production values. The new album embarks on a similar stylistic drive. Therefore, it shouldn't be wrong to claim that Dead Reckoning, rather than breaking new ground completely, encapsulates the most consistent parts of its predecessor, adding in a bit more crunch and catchiness factor, particularly in the use of Andrew McDermott's vocals. It is clear the songs on this album have especially been tailored for him to demonstrate his vocal skills fully, exerting convincing authority over melodically enhanced harmonies.

On the other hand, while the similarities to Subsurface can in no way be denied, there are also new elements introduced on some of the songs, most notably on the album opener "Slipstream", which sees them instantly gluing an addictive chorus to the listener's mind, amidst an onslaught of crunch-filled rhythm guitars backed by Richard West's ethereal synth patch and drummer Johanne James' easily identifiable playing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Threshold album June 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Threshold seems to be one of those bands (Vanden Plas is another) that are perpetually on the well, threshold (sorry) of reaching a wider audience. You know that if just half, or even a quarter of those who bought Dream Theater's latest album checked out Threshold, they would have the fanbase their music deserves. I didn't discover them until I saw them perform at ProgPower USA III in 2002 (which is captured on the Threshold - Critical Energy DVD), but once I did I was hooked.

With 2007's Dead Reckoning, Threshold continues their run of high quality melodic progressive metal albums. Threshold is probably the best band in the genre when it comes to balancing great melodies with technical proficiency. As proggy as the music may get, there are still plenty of great guitar hooks and songs that stick in your head and make you sing along. They also manage to keep your attention throughout the entire album, whether it's through aggressive pacing or avoiding the kind of self-indulgent instrumental passages that are all too common in the genre. These guys are all obviously very talented musicians, but they have the good sense to realize that the song is more important than the solo. I think having such a unique and competent vocalist in Mac helps in that respect.

My only real complaint about this album (and pretty much all of their albums since Hypothetical) is that the band hasn't really done much to progress their style. To be sure, they've improved their skills with each release, but the basic formula is largely unchanged.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album Of The Year April 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The best album so far, from this incredible UK Progmetal band. I has awesome lyrics, nice riffs, guitar solos and the vocals couldn't be any better. The first single Pilot In The Sky Of Dream (Available as digital download) is one of the greatest song of this album, reaching at number one in Nuclear Blast download page. This album will be a very important addition to any Progressive Collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking mans metal? June 12, 2008
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An album I return to again and again but whose real gist I feel eludes me. Threshold are touted as a great band by many, Power Play magazine according them album of the month for both this and their previous release. And it's easy to see why and hard to see why this mob don't have sales figures of Opeth proportions.

To specifics - Threshold play progressive hard rock/metal structures and the tunes are in possession of all the prog elements in terms of good musicianship, convoluted song structures and the band excel at making things tasteful. Sort of the way Savatage made their piano based and ballad stuff tasteful - not that I'm comparing the bands in any other way. Yet the band are obviously touched by the gods of metal - as Dream Evil might say - and all you need to check out for proof of this is to wrap your ears around any of the first three tracks, the first two replete with growled vocal sections and the third having a great vocal hook. As for the hard rock aspect of the band this would perhaps be best judged by copping an earful of Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams which proves these guys can pen a good melody.

The production by a couple of the guys within the band is clean but not prissy. One ball drop is the non-inclusion of the single edit of Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams which is where a lot of people may presumably have gotten their first introduction to the band. Some other bands have done this (Kamelot for one) though I suppose it's out there for download somewhere. The edit is a good song but the album version tops the nine minute mark. Not a bad thing in itself but a bit of a different experience.

That's about all for this one, what I'd consider objectively good art with intelligence and brawn, some long song structures but the albums length (55 minutes) prevents it being a chore to listen to and as per my first paragraph I keep on going back to it to unravel it's highways and byways.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Band with Great Jams!
Great Cd! Every song on this CD is great, Great singing! Great Guitars! Great drums! Great Keyboards! Great Bass! Great words! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Teller of Truth
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead On
Being a huge Threshold fan I am going to be a bit biased. While this is not the band's strongest effort there's a lot of passion and grit with this release. Read more
Published 11 months ago by R. M. Silkey
5.0 out of 5 stars What was I missing all these years.
I'm extremely late to the Threshold party. Honestly, I never paid much attention to this band other than knowing that they were a prog-metal band based out of England. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Diggedy1
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Threshold has a somewhat unique sound. Prog rock has gotten heavier over the years and they carry the tourch well.
Published 20 months ago by Steve Mc Bride
4.0 out of 5 stars Good service
Arrived safe in a good quality hard paper envelope and with an amazing price. It took a while to ship, but that's was fault of brazilian Mail that start a strike last month. Read more
Published on November 9, 2011 by Diego F. Camargo
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Thrill With Each Listen
I bought the best of Threshold,and I didn't want it to end.They are truely unique and very talented. Read more
Published on July 17, 2011 by Gaylon M. Burtman
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it, but...
Let me start by saying that I really love Threshold. But for some reason that I can't quite put my finger on, I'm always left wanting a little more. Read more
Published on February 4, 2011 by Kyle
2.0 out of 5 stars An unwelcome course change
This CD marks a major change in direction for Threshold, and not a welcome one. Prior to this release, Threshold established themselves as one of the leading bands in progressive... Read more
Published on January 20, 2011 by G. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Threshold's strongest releases to date
Threshold's put out a lot of great music over the years but seldom has every song on the album been so consistently strong as on Dead Reckoning. Read more
Published on November 19, 2010 by Label
5.0 out of 5 stars CAN'T STOP LISTENING
Published on September 22, 2009 by william wright
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