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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Great Cd! Every song on this CD is great, Great singing! Great Guitars! Great drums! Great Keyboards! Great Bass! Great words! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Teller of Truth
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 morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Diggedy1
Threshold has a somewhat unique sound. Prog rock has gotten heavier over the years and they carry the tourch well.Published on February 7, 2013 by Steve and Colleen
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 morePublished on November 9, 2011 by Diego F. Camargo
I bought the best of Threshold,and I didn't want it to end.They are truely unique and very talented. Read morePublished on July 17, 2011 by Gaylon M. Burtman
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 morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Kyle
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 morePublished on January 20, 2011 by Glenn Richards
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 morePublished on November 19, 2010 by Brian