Threshold - Critical Energy
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(Jun 29, 2004)
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Six official studio releases, a live album, three fanclub releases, tours with Dream Theater, Psychotic Waltz, Enchant and Pain Of SalvationThreshold have already made their mark on the international rock scene. After several line-up changes at the beginning of their career, the British band has been a stable formation since 1998, continuously working hard on the development of their unique sound. Their 2001 release, Hypothetical, was a document of great musical homogeneity and their new album, Critical Mass was another step forward as far as the compositions and the overall sound goes. Karl Groom and Nick Midson (both guitar), Steve Anderson (new bass player), Richard West (keyboards), Johanne James (drums) and Andrew McDermott (vocals) have toured with the new material in October 2002 and June 2003. On February 2nd Threshold will release there first ever Live-Double Album and Live-DVD. The Double CD featuring the 2 hour gig, which was recorded on the 6th of June in Holland. The DVD includes the complete concert, additional 24 minutes from ProgPower USA 2002, a 12 minute tour documentary, audio commentary from Karl Groom and Richard West and a stereo and 5.1 surround mix.
From the Contributor
Long Way From Home
The Latent Gene
Light & Space
Sunrise On Mars
Commentary with Karl Groom and Richard West
Progpower USA 2002 Footage
Behind the Scenes Footage
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But I was also aware that Threshold is still developing a fan base which admittedly is growing and the band is only now starting to get rocognition.
I expected a rather low budget release, not having the financial background to produce anything of lofty standards of the likes of Dream Theater, Rush or other well known acts of this genre. But I was very positively surprised. Picture quality and camera work is very good, but what really blew me away is the excellent sound. The mix is absolutely fantastic, each instrument clear to distinguish and the overall sound very powerful just as it should be for this type of music.
The band is in excellent form, the song selection almost perfect.
The only (minor) problem for me is the performance by the singer Mac. His singing itself is flawless with a great voice but I felt that his performance as a front man still leaves something to be desired. He simply seems to lack the matured qualities of a James LaBrie for example.
But apart from that I can only praise their effort in the making of this DVD and I highly recommend it to anyone who is into prog metal like DT or Pain of Salvation.