- Audio CD (September 13, 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Inside Out U.S.
- ASIN: B00006HI7B
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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THE DISC: (2002) Two versions of "Critical Mass" are available. 1. - the single music disc contains 8 tracks and clocks in at approximately 59 minutes, and 2. - the double-disc version, containing the music disc and a bonus 2nd disc containing 3 music tracks (an edit of "Phenomenon", and 2 new additional tracks totaling approximately 14 minutes), and a multimedia section for your PC (with a band documentary; in the studio/diary, personnel/bios, screen saver, backstage, and weblink). Included with the disc is an 18-page booklet containing song titles/credits/times, song lyrics, band photos, production notes from Groom/West on each track, and thank you's. Even track numbers written by Groom/Jeary; odd track numbers written by West. Recorded at Thin Ice Studios, Surrey, England (March - June 2002). Label - InsideOut.
COMMENTS: Though I own several Threshold discs, I've never been a hugely over-the-top rabid Threshold fan. "Hypothetical" (2001) was my 1st purchase years ago and is still probably the sentimental favorite. However, I firmly believe this "Critical Mass" double-disc edition is their most accomplished release. Polished, slick, mature (all aspects of the band firing on all cylinders)... and simply some great writing. I love the double guitar attack. Threshold fits nicely in the family of prog metal bands. I hear similarities to Dream Theater, Enchant, Fates Warning, etc... and if you're into this genre of music - I see that as a compliment. Similarities, but never clones of any other band. Groom and Midson's guitar work is what intrigues me the most here.Read more ›
So, Critical Mass is the first album that features the same line-up with the previous album Hypothetical, which to many Threshold fans is considered the peak of the band. Hypothetical was an amazing disc in many respects, and Critical Mass is a very good follow-up. However there are slight differences in the approach to songwriting mainly because of Nick Midson's contributions. The last Threshold album where he had input to the compositions was 1994's Psychedelicatessen. And although that is a great album, I feel Critical Mass, compared to its amazing predecessor, somewhat suffers from lack of focused songwriting. While the Karl Groom and Richard West tracks on this CD have the Hypothetical vibe all over them, the other songs with Mac and Midson have a different feel. Not that they're bad, it's just they sound like they're all parts of one big song all arranged into several tracks. I could be wrong though, just my opinion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Is there a place for progressive metal in the world today? The answer is surely yes and this album proves it! Threshold has always made good albums and this isn't an exception. Read morePublished on December 20, 2009 by Markus Olander
I enjoy listening to this album by Threshold. The CD is full of dynamic songs that go from slow to fast. Most of the songs are enjoyable for me. Read morePublished on June 26, 2009 by AMAR PAWAR
Hypothetical was the first Threshold CD I heard, and while I also consider it a 5-star release (Narcissus is nothing short of a prog/metal masterpiece) I'm honestly beginning to... Read morePublished on March 25, 2009 by JP
After the excellent "Hypothetical" released in 2001 it was going to be difficult for this band to come up with a follow up, but with "Critical Mass" they put out another really... Read morePublished on May 13, 2008 by Steven Sly
I own 4 Threshold CDs, this one is far and above the rest and an excellent progressive metal band. They have been through 3 lead vocalists and I even have another by the same... Read morePublished on July 26, 2007 by trainer
Good rock with some prog tinges that reminds me of the band Enchant. And, that's a good thing. The vocalist is powerful but at times delivers some weak performances. Read morePublished on March 24, 2007 by NEOPROG RAN
'And when the stars come crashing down, it's a phenomenon...'
These are the last lines of the chorus of the first song, phenomenon- and this, I feel, is representative... Read more
I like Threshold a lot. They're all great musicians that know how to create beautiful progressive music without adopting any existing ''recipe'' -- in other words, without cloning... Read morePublished on October 14, 2004 by Marcio Silva