Extinct Instinct

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Extinct Instinct
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Studio album by Threshold
Released 10 March 1997 Original
16 March 2004 Special Edition
Recorded 1996-97
Genre Progressive metal
Length 67:11
Label Giant Electric Pea
InsideOut Music
Producer Karl Groom & Richard West
Threshold chronology
Psychedelicatessen
(1994)
Extinct Instinct
(1997)
Clone
(1998)
Alternative cover
2004 reissue

Extinct Instinct is the third studio album by British progressive metal band Threshold, released in 1997. It is the first album to feature drummer Mark Heaney and the second to feature vocalist Damian Wilson, his first album with the band being their 1993 debut, Wounded Land. The album was rereleased in 2004 as a Special Edition with three bonus tracks; unlike the previous two albums, this special edition did not include a multimedia section of any kind.

The songs on the album resume the themes of war and environmentalism found on Wounded Land, and also introduce themes of human self-absorption and isolation. The middle segment of the song "The Whispering" makes extensive direct reference to Wounded Land's opening song, "Consume to Live."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Exposed" (Groom, Jeary, Midson) – 6:27
  2. "Somatography" (Groom, Jeary) – 6:26
  3. "Eat the Unicorn" (Groom, Jeary) – 10:06
  4. "Forever" (West) – 4:35
  5. "Virtual Isolation" (Groom, Jeary) – 5:33
  6. "The Whispering" (West) – 7:50
  7. "Lake of Despond" (Groom, Jeary) – 6:22
  8. "Clear" (Groom, West, Wilson) – 3:22
  9. "Life Flow" (Groom, Jeary) – 6:00
  10. "Part of the Chaos" (Groom, Jeary, Midson) – 8:17
  11. "Segue" (Jeary) – 1:40 *
  12. "Mansion" (Wilson) – 3:00 **
  13. "Exposed (radio edit)" (Groom, Jeary, Midson) – 4:37 ***
  14. "Virtual Isolation (radio edit)" (Groom, Jeary) – 4:16 ***

* Originally a hidden track on the initial UK release; features a sample of Terry-Thomas

** Originally a bonus track on the Japanese edition of the album

*** Taken from the fan club release Decadent

Special edition features[edit]

  • Extended booklet with slipcase and liner notes
  • Remastered with 3 bonus tracks

Personnel[edit]