Dead Reckoning (album)

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Dead Reckoning
Threshold - Dead Reckoning.jpg
Studio album by Threshold
Released 28 March 2007 (UK)/(EU)
19 April 2007 (Brazil)
April 24, 2007 (USA)
Recorded 2007
Genre Progressive metal
Length 55:26
Label Nuclear Blast
Threshold chronology
Dead Reckoning
March of Progress
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
DPRP(very positive)[2]
Imperiumi9/10 stars[3]

Dead Reckoning is the eighth studio album (and fifteenth overall) by progressive metal band Threshold. It is their first album since the departure of founding member Nick Midson and the last to feature long time vocalist Andrew "Mac" McDermott. It is also the only one to feature guest vocals (provided by Dan Swanö on two tracks) and their first album on their current label, Nuclear Blast. The song "Pilot in the Sky of Dreams" appeared on the 2008 film soundtrack In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale.

Before settling on the final title, the album had the working title of "Pilot in the Sky of Dreams".[4]

Many of the songs on the album use extensive flight and aviation metaphors. Some of these are conveyed in the titles of the songs (e.g. Slipstream, Pilot in the Sky of Dreams, Safe to Fly). This theme is reinforced by the album's title, a reference to the early aviation practice of dead reckoning as a way of navigating through estimation of a current position based on a past position, a direction, and a speed.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Slipstream" – 4:54 (Groom/West) (feat. Dan Swanö)
  2. "This Is Your Life" – 3:41 (West)
  3. "Elusive" – 6:10 (Groom/West) (feat. Dan Swanö)
  4. "Hollow" – 4:00 (West)
  5. "Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams" – 9:46 (West)
  6. "Fighting For Breath" – 8:16 (Groom/West)
  7. "Disappear" – 4:17 (West)
  8. "Safe To Fly" – 5:06 (Groom/West)
  9. "One Degree Down" – 8:33 (Groom/West)
  10. "Supermassive Black Hole" (Matthew Bellamy) (bonus track)* - 3:08
  • The limited edition Digipack release, not available in the United States, contains a cover of Muse's "Supermassive Black Hole" as a bonus track.


  • Andrew "Mac" McDermott - vocals
  • Karl Groom - guitar
  • Richard West - keyboard, piano, backing vocals
  • Steve Anderson - bass guitar
  • Johanne James - drums
  • Dan Swanö - guest vocals on "Slipstream" and "Elusive"
  • Peter Van't Riet - Mastering album


  1. ^ Dead Reckoning at AllMusic
  2. ^ DPRP review
  3. ^ Jussi Kallinen (2007-03-26). "Levyarviot: Wilson, Steven - Get All You Deserve". Imperiumi. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ BLABBERMOUTH:NET Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine.