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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 (November 20, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • ASIN: B000VO8O12
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Slipstream (radio edit)
2. Light And Space (edit)
3. Mission Profile
4. Falling Away
5. The Ravages Of Time
6. Phenomenon
7. Pressure (radio edit)
8. Fragmentation
9. Oceanbound
10. The Art Of Reason
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Latent Gene
2. A Tension Of Souls
3. Eat The Unicorn
4. Consume To Live
5. Innocent
6. Exposed (radio edit)
7. Sanity's End
8. The Whispering
9. Voyager II

Editorial Reviews

In this ever-changing world, it is rare for a band to be able to survive, let alone flourish. Changing musical winds and personnel changes have often brought an otherwise promising career to a screeching halt. However, despite the odds, U.K. progressive metal practitioners Threshold have endured. For the last decade Threshold has been growing a loyal and enthusiastic fan base. 8 Studio releases and tours with bands such as Dream Theater, Pain Of Salvation, Dead Soul Tribe and Enchant have placed Threshold among the royalty of progressive metal acts. This 2 CD "best of" retrospection showcases the power and the passion one of England's finest musical exports. The compilation features 18 beloved Threshold tracks including 4 previously unavailable radio versions.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on December 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Threshold is arguably UK's finest progressive metal band. They have released many studio albums, concert discs, and fan club-only material in their long career with lots of different members. Now, their former label Inside Out has put out a double disc compilation documenting songs from all eras of the band, with a few radio edits included.

For starters, no best-of compilation is good enough to fully represent a progressive band's career. Each one of their albums is best enjoyed in its original context. However, if you've never heard any of their CD's and are uncertain as to which one to pick up first, then The Ravages of Time might be a good starting point.

The compilation is divided into two parts. CD1 is subtitled The Latter Years and contains songs from their last four releases: Dead Reckoning (2007), Subsurface (2004), Critical Mass (2002), and Hypothetical (2001). All of the songs feature Mac on vocals (who left the band a few months ago). The radio edit versions of "Slipstream" and "Pilot in the Sky of Dreams", from their most recent album Dead Reckoning, both sound rather incomplete compared to their epic-size original lengths. In the album version of "Slipstream", Dan Swano's brutal death vocals work a lot more effectively when contrasted by Mac's hugely melodic chorus. However, the production and drum sound are both killer. Similarly, "Pilot in the Sky of Dreams", at less than four minutes, sounds quite ordinary in its condensed format. Both of these tracks are actually monsters on the Dead Reckoning album, so be sure to give the original versions a listen if you can.

Still, after playing the disc through several times, I was quite pleased by the seamless flow of the pieces, thanks to the solid mastering done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glenn O. Kirms on November 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you're already an avid fan of Threshold then this collection of tunes is pretty unnecessary for your collection. Featuring songs that span their entire catalog and featuring all three of their lead singers that have sung with the group (the latest and last being Mac and by far the best for the group who sang on their last five studio and two fan club releases before calling it quits) this collection does give you a glimpse of what Threshold is all about. The unreleased tracks are basically radio edits and if you already own those albums that these songs are on, you have the original version and this shortened version is just pointless. For example: Pilot in the Sky of Dreams on the radio edit is 4 minutes long and doesn't do the 9:47 minute song justice. Instead of throwing radio edits on this collection it would have been better if the group decided to actually include some actual unreleased songs or some acoustic remixes like they did on their fan club releases. I gave this five stars only because every song here is worth the rating. I have all of their albums so this "Best of" would serve no purpose for me other than just to get it. But, to someone who doesn't own every Threshold album then this would be a great collection to have and really get a great sampling of their music. With Mac at the helm the band really came into their own and no album was anything less than five stars with Mac singing. Damian Wilson was fair and Glynn Morgan was better, but most of the songs here (13 of 20) are from Mac so you will get your money's worth. This is a great band and very, "not heard of" (a great dis-service to listeners of American radio), in the States and I rate them right there with Dream Theater as far as quality of music. Both bands are different, but both bands put out some great music.
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By Lightenspaceman on September 4, 2011
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This two cd compilation will explain why Threshold remain to be a number one progressive metal group. It feature's some very fine selections all bottled up in one neat package. You will agree and not regret what this group can display.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2008
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I am new to Threshold. The first time I heard this band was when a friend turned me on to Dead Reckoning. There are some fantastic songs on that album, even though some of the lyrics are "girlish". So, I was expecting something good here. After all, with a best of album, isn't that what you would expect? Well, apparently Dead Reckoning is some kind of fluke. This album is SO DISSAPOINTING. I just don't get it. On the first disk, there are some gems. Mission Profile and Ravages of Time are catchy tunes. In fact, the first five tracks on the first album are good. After that, it has to be one of the most boring albums I've ever heard. I actually couldn't listen to it in it's entirety. It took me a couple of days to listen to the whole thing because It is so boring. I can tell by the music that these are talented musicians, but now I see why they have never made it big. There is just no substance here. The songs just aimlessly plod along. Not much emotion or agressiveness. I really want to like Threshold. I really do like Dead Reckoning. But if this is the best they have, then just buy Dead Reckoning and forget the rest.
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