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Hypothetical

ThresholdAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)


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Threshold are one of the leading lights of the progressive metal scene. Bolstered by the return of their original vocalist Damian Wilson, Threshold will release their ninth studio album through Nuclear Blast Records in 2012. The band's last album Dead Reckoning brought the band chart success across Europe and a slot on the soundtrack of the Hollywood movie In The Name Of The ... Read more in Amazon's Threshold Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 20, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005ABLE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Light And Space
2. Turn On Tune In
3. The Ravages Of Time
4. Sheltering Sky
5. Oceanbound
6. Long Way Home
7. Keep My Head
8. Narcissus

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balance and an expressive vocal performance January 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Threshold's 'Hypothetical' is from the start a great compositional CD. Each song is well crafted, the love of writing good melodic and harmonic (How about those lush, layered, harmonius vocals?) shining through each piece. Some will fault this reviewer for being "out to lunch", but in comparison, Mac's performances on these songs are in some ways reminescent of Steve Walsh's voacal contributions with Kansas. What I'm trying to say is that, in a world where R&B "divas" and hip looking, long-haired, throaty, three-octave Vagnerians, who have talent, but abuse it, Mac's abilities, though no doubt competent and able to produce this kind of vocal gymnastics, goes in another direction, that, in giving a song power by the drama of the piece and through the words and knowing not to go too far. Sometimes simple, subtle songs like 'Sheltering Sky', or the power of God speaking down upon humanity 'Light and Space', or even the disturbing, slipping grip of reality in 'Turn on Tune In', there is a story to be told, and in using another Kansas comparison, 'Song for America' (Kansas: 'Song for America'), tells it with beauty, grace, power, and sensitivity. Progressive-Metal doesn't have to be trite, it can reach an emotional chord, and Threshold does it in spades.

And even more impressive than the guitar work of Karl Groom and Nick Midson are Richard West's keyboards, who also displays a older school of Progressive music. Also, kudos to Johanne James on drums for not abusing the oft heard, tired cliches of the "quad" (Double bass/Snare/etc.) "dugga-dugga-dugga-dugga" that's been creeping up on a lot of material lately in so many songs. There is sensibility and variety in his drumming. More drummers need to explore more of their instrument.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Narcissus alone deserves 5 stars March 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD
2001's Hypothetical might have been album #5 from British progressive metallers Threshold, but I still see it as the first album where the "real" Threshold sound is in place. A lot of that has to do with the presence of vocalist Andrew "Mac" McDermott. This is his second album with the band, and he not only seems more comfortable with his role, he uses his voice as just an effective an instrument as Richard West's keyboards. The song Keep My Head is a great example of this, but he really shines on the entire album.

Musically, Hypothetical isn't that far removed from previous Threshold albums. The band's keyboard heavy, Dream Theater influenced progressive metal style is intact here; it's just more refined. The songwriting in particular took a big step forward with this album. Listening to this album after Wounded Land makes you seriously question whether this is the same band. The band just managed to find the perfect mix of lush instrumental work, captivating melodies, and compelling vocals that put them in the top tier of modern progressive metal bands.

Seven years after its original release date, Hypothetical remains my favorite Threshold album. The band just seemed to get everything right with this one. I can't see how any fan of Dream Theater, Vanden Plas, Symphony X, or any other modern prog metal band could come away from this album unimpressed. The song "Narcissus" alone should be enough to convert just about any unbeliever!

Edition Notes: There is also a Limited Edition of Hypothetical that comes in a neat digipack and features a bonus track. The bonus track is an acoustic version of the song "Life Flow," which was originally on the Extinct Instinct album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love At First Listen March 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was in a record store one day when this album caught my eye. At that time, I had never even heard of Threshold; but, knowing that the store that I was parousing was quite lenient about returns should I decide to return something I didn't like, I bought 'Hypothetical' on a whim.
I took the album home, threw it in my CD player- and there it stayed for the next several months until I literally wore the poor thing out from too much play; wherein, I had to buy a second copy!
I hate to play the "better than Dream Theater card", because it seems that they are the progressive band that everyone gets compared to; but, when you're as melodically progressive as Threshold, that kind of has to go without saying.
Heavy bass lines and smooth, ambient keyboard work, similar to that of Kevin Moore's, opens the first track entitled 'Light And Space.' From there the album evolves into a powerful, haunting trance of progressive heavy metal. From the opening of the album, to 'Narcissus' (based on the myth of Echo and Narcissus), these guys remain true to unabashed, powerful, inspired and progressive heavy metal.
I believe someone mentioned that threshold focus as much on the lyrical side of the music as much as the composition of the music; I couldn't agree more. A lot of prog bands do tend to focus on the music and leave the lyrics to fall by the wayside. (ahem, Spiral Architect). This does not apply to threshold.
Lyrics such as, "you gave me sheltering sky but I reached for the stars, I said I don't believe in who you are, but it's only words" is so moving to me.
Needless to say, I now own every album Threshold has ever put out. While this band is unable to put out a less than amazing album, this is still one of my favorites by them- and one of my favorite albums, hands down. If you enjoy Dream Theater, you will LOVE Threshold!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album from the Mcdermott Era
Andrew Mcdermott's run with Threshold was an amazing one,from Clone to Dead Reckoning he was an amazing vocalist & would reach those high notes with such ease. Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by JoB
5.0 out of 5 stars In some ways the best Threshold album
In some ways, Hypothetical is the most important album in the Threshold catalog. Unlike the albums that followed it, the songs on Hypthetical are the result of all band members... Read more
Published on August 13, 2011 by Murat Batmaz
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock, but not Prog
This is a nice offering for those looking for the next Classic Rock band/offering. This is not progressive, or metal, or prog metal, etc. This is Rock. Read more
Published on May 15, 2010 by Gift Card
4.0 out of 5 stars Power Metal with a goth keyboard tinge ?, plus a lack of horse hoof...
In short, for some reason this band makes me think of what Deep Purple could have sounded like today, and with more of a "gothic" keyboard sound, more melodic choruses, and... Read more
Published on August 22, 2008 by Timothy Shane Lamb
5.0 out of 5 stars Threshold - Narcissus Of Prog Metal
I love this CD. In fact Threshold has become one of my favorite progressive metal acts. Sure they may not be as technically proficient as someone like Dream Theater, and their... Read more
Published on May 13, 2008 by Steven Sly
2.0 out of 5 stars SORRY KIDS, THIS AIN'T "PROGRESSIVE"!
Somewhere along the line the standards and criteria by which bands are judged as "Progressive" has been drastically compromised. Read more
Published on January 25, 2008 by Dave Hoeltje
5.0 out of 5 stars Threshold At Their Best
"Hypotheitcal" came as sort of a surprise for me after hearing "Critical Mass." I was disappointed in "Critical Mass" because it wasn't very heavy and the musicianship was weak. Read more
Published on June 18, 2005 by Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars - Not Their Best Stuff
I am really starting to get into this band- but this is not their best stuff (besides the 1st and last track--amazing songs) If you considering buying a Threshold album- get... Read more
Published on April 16, 2005 by Fluffy Sausage
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally---GOOD Prog music
I normally don't like prog music as a genre. There are so few bands that can write epic tunes that are focused on the writing as much as the playing. Read more
Published on August 15, 2004 by M. Lewkowicz
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong progressive metal CD
Hypothetical is the fifth release from Threshold, one of England's best progressive metal bands. Following some personnel changes, the group finally settled on a new vocalist, and... Read more
Published on August 3, 2004 by G. Richards
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