Threshold - Dead Reckoning review
|Release date:||March 2007|
01. Slipstream [feat. Dan Swanö]
02. This Is Your Life
03. Elusive [feat. Dan Swanö]
05. Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams
06. Fighting For Breath
08. Safe To Fly
09. One Degree Down
10. Supermassive Black Hole [Muse cover] [digipak bonus]
The leading UK progressive band Threshold has had a long career, going through seven studio albums already. I have always considered them more or less as a nice progressive rock or hard rock combo with Metal elements. Either way, there is no doubt that they have been a pillar band in the progressive scene all those years. Knowing all of this, it may come as a surprise that their latest album might just be my favorite progressive album of the year.
Despite losing another founding member with the departure of guitarist Nick Midson in 2006, Threshold has enhanced its sound to meet more Metal standards while keeping the catchiness of their trademark choruses. This is already clear as the opening track unfolds. Wait! Do they have Dan Swanö doing some guest vocals on that song? I guess so! Well, if that isn't Metal then, I give up. And that is just the beginning as Dan will be back on the awesome 'Elusive'. The unmatched groovy drumming of Johanne James coupled with Andrew "Mac" MacDermott's singing are still the band's backbone.
"Mac" has already proven that he can sing in the past, but on Dead Reckoning, he has upped his game yet another notch. Rarely a singer moved me this way. Take a quick listen to 'Hollow' or to the epic 'Pilot in the Sky of Dreams'; this is real singing! The somewhat tacky background vocals might still avert some people, but I found them interesting, as they seem to bridge two decades of the band's history.
Whatever it is, hard rock, rock or Metal, Threshold has given us a progressive masterwork that will be noticed by people out of their usual fan base. I tell you this is Threshold finest work to date. Simply put, Dead Reckoning is one of 2007's best albums.
Highlights: 'Pilot in the Sky of Dreams', 'Hollow', 'Slipstream', 'Elusive' and 'Disappear'.
Written on 22.07.2007 by
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|I don't write this review as an utmost expert of the band, I write it as a growing fan, having listened to one other album, "Hypothetical" and taking an interest in the band. From Hypothetical I got the impression that this Threshold band were a fairly typical, if actually substantially more catchy, Progressive Metal band with slight Hard Rock tendencies (in my opinion), and an overall quite epic commercialism to them. In simpler terms: VERY melodic metal put through the progressive wringer. I was actually really looking forward to this album as a result, and I was surely not disappointed at all. I was at first slightly put off by the album's more resoundingly commercial sound. The other Threshold songs I had heard were obviously very melodic and catchy, but this time around there seemed to be quite a few more that were focused on the catchiness of the melodies, and less on an epic expansive structure, but I mistook more simple songs for hollowness. Yes, I was indeed a moron, for this album is equally as good as Hypothetical. Songs such as "Slipstream" and "This Is Your Life" may be more commercial (with Slipstream having quite a hard rocky touch to the main verse: nice touch, actually), but it is also equally as powerful, catchy and memorable.
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