Extinct Instinct

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Extinct Instinct
Studio album by
Released10 March 1997 Original
16 March 2004 Special Edition
GenreProgressive metal
LabelGiant Electric Pea
InsideOut Music
ProducerKarl Groom & Richard West
Threshold chronology
Extinct Instinct
Alternative cover
2004 reissue
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) – 10:30
  • The song "Part of the Chaos" ends at 8:20. After 30 seconds of silence (8:20 - 8:50), the hidden song "Segue" begins.

Bonus tracks[edit]

The 2004 Special Edition released by InsideOut includes the following tracks:

  1. "Mansion" (Wilson) – 3:00 (Japanese bonus track)
  2. "Exposed (radio edit)" (Groom, Jeary, Midson) – 4:37 (Taken from the fan club release Decadent)
  3. "Virtual Isolation (edit)" (Groom, Jeary) – 3:54

The 2012 Definitive Edition released by Nuclear Blast includes "Mansion," but replaces the other two tracks with the following:

  1. "Virtual Isolation (Radio version)" - 4:18 (A similar edit to the one found on Decadent, but with added effects)
  2. "Smile at the Moon" - 3:45 (A newly recorded version of a song written for the album but cut before recording)

Special edition features[edit]

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