- 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: #506,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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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 morePublished on March 18, 2012 by JoB
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 morePublished on August 13, 2011 by Murat Batmaz
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 morePublished on May 15, 2010 by Bruboy1969
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 morePublished on August 22, 2008 by Timothy Shane Lamb
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 morePublished on May 13, 2008 by Steven Sly
Somewhere along the line the standards and criteria by which bands are judged as "Progressive" has been drastically compromised. Read morePublished on January 25, 2008 by Walter Sobchak Esq.
"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 morePublished on June 18, 2005 by Mike
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 morePublished on April 16, 2005 by Fluffy Sausage
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 morePublished on August 15, 2004 by M. Lewkowicz