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Threshold releases there first ever live double album. The double CD featuring the 2 hour gig, which was recorded on the 6th of June in Holland.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Phenomenon
  2. Oceanbound
  3. Choices
  4. Angels
  5. Falling Away
  6. Virtual Isolation
  7. Innocent
  8. Long Way Home
  9. Fragmentation
  10. Clear
  11. Life Flow
  12. Narcissus
  13. Sunseeker
  14. Latent Gene
  15. Light & Space
  16. Sunrise On Mars
  17. Paradox
  18. Sanity's End


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B000185A8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By George Dionne VINE VOICE on March 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
What's good about it?
Critical Energy is comprised of 18 live tracks that showcase some of the group's most epic material. Progressive metal fans will be happy that most tracks clock in at six minutes or more. This much material can't be contained on one CD. An orchestral fanfare starts the show off on "Phenomenon." It's as though an over the top movie is going to follow. Threshold jumps in with a hard riff, but smooth it over with some soft keyboards. McDermott has a great voice. It's not as high as some of his peers, but it is quite harmonic. "Oceanbound" is quite unique. Not only is it led by an ocean wave effect, but the guitar and bass sound like they're being played underwater. The keyboard work on "Choice" has Dream Theater written all over it. The guitars and keys go back and forth on some very well constructed solos. The piano starts to lead the way on "Falling Away" and "Long Way Home." West sets a tranquil pace, but is always interrupted by some cranking guitar rhythms. As the CD progresses, McDermott's vocals revert from progressive style to a more pop-rock/AOR sound.

Disc two highlights McDermott's emotional and commanding voice on the opening acoustic tracks "Clear" and "Life Flow." Both tracks are accented by electric-acoustic guitars. "Narcissus" combines the best of acoustic balladry with the best of the crunchy epics. It has a nice little bounce to it that the crowd really reacts too. By now you can hear that Threshold knows how to interact with their audience and really get them into the show. "The Latent Gene" opens with some clean guitar tones that are quickly replaced by electric AOR rhythms.
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If you're a progressive metal listener you'll be amazed by this live critical energy release! It feature's a dynamic sound that comes right at you from beginning to end! Very well put together from some of the finest musician's in the business with an incredible vocalist.....Long live Andrew Mac" Mcdermott, this is a must have for the diehard music listener.
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I just got a copy of Critical Energy... It is indeed full of ENERGY!!!!!!! This is where you can hear them LIVE for the very first time with a double cd. I love Threshold. They are such a great UK Prog Band. They have gone thru good and bad times in their career and they succeeded in being the best at what they do and was born for. I am still waiting for the DVD cause I can't wait to see them perform live in my TV.... Highly recommended for prog fans.....
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