Threshold (band)

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Threshold
Threshold in 2017. L-R: Johanne James, Richard West, Glynn Morgan, Karl Groom, Steve Anderson.
Threshold in 2017. L-R: Johanne James, Richard West, Glynn Morgan, Karl Groom, Steve Anderson.
Background information
OriginSurrey, England
GenresProgressive metal
Years active1988–present
LabelsGiant Electric Pea
Nuclear Blast
Inside Out Music
MembersKarl Groom
Richard West
Glynn Morgan
Johanne James
Steve Anderson
Past membersNick Midson
Jon Jeary
Tony Grinham
Pete Crawford
Ian Bennett
Nick Harradence
Jay Micciche
Mark Heaney
Andrew "Mac" McDermott
Pete Morten
Damian Wilson
Websitethresh.net

Threshold are an English progressive metal band formed in Surrey, England in the late 1980s.

History[edit]

1988–1992

Threshold began their career in 1988, initially playing covers of metal groups like Ratt and Testament. As they continued playing together, they began to write their own songs, and eventually stopped playing covers altogether. Early recordings were released locally on cassette under the band name "If Not, Why?". They played their first gig at The Compasses in Egham, Surrey, with Jon Jeary on vocals and Ian Bennett on bass. In 1992, they signed their first record deal, and after adding vocalist Damian Wilson to the group alongside guitarists Karl Groom and Nick Midson, bassist Jon Jeary and drummer Tony Grinham, produced their first commercial recording, "Intervention," which was released on a Dutch progressive rock compilation album. Shortly afterwards, keyboardist Richard West joined the band, and he remains with them to this day.

1993–1999

The band's debut album, Wounded Land, was released in 1993, taking its name and some thematic elements from Stephen R. Donaldson's novel of the same name. Wilson was unavailable to join the band for the follow-up tour, and so Glynn Morgan was recruited to replace him. He sang on the band's 1994 second recording, Psychedelicatessen, which spawned a music video for the song "Innocent," the band's first. The following year, Morgan and the band toured Europe and recorded some of their performances for the short live album, Livedelica.

Threshold took a break before their next effort, during which time Morgan and then-drummer Jay Micciche left to form Mindfeed. Rather than finding an unknown singer to replace him, the band turned again to Damian Wilson, and together they recorded 1997's Extinct Instinct. They followed this with another tour of Europe, this time supported by Enchant. Additionally, Johanne James, the band's current drummer, played with them for the first time during this tour. Wilson was unavailable for their next album, so former Sargant Fury vocalist Andrew "Mac" McDermott, joined to record Clone and would remain with them until 2007.

2000–2005

In 2001, Threshold released Hypothetical, which saw Johanne James firmly cemented as the band's permanent drummer. Another lineup change occurred in 2003, when bassist Jon Jeary left and was replaced by Steve Anderson. Around this time the band also re-released their first three studio albums in Special Editions, with bonus tracks, a remastered sound, expanded liner notes and, in the case of Wounded Land and Psychedelicatessen, special CD-ROM content. Their newer albums, starting with Hypothetical, were released in Limited Editions, with similar bonus content. The albums Critical Mass (2002) and Subsurface (2004) followed, interspersed by the double live album and DVD Critical Energy.[1]

2006–2011

Threshold left their longtime label, InsideOut Music, in 2006 to join Nuclear Blast Records. Guitarist Nick Midson left the band in early 2007 for unknown reasons. The band released Dead Reckoning which spawned a music video for an edit of the song "Pilot in the Sky of Dreams". The song also appeared on the 2008 movie soundtrack In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. This marks the first occasion of a song by the band appearing in a motion picture. In July 2007 vocalist Mac left the band and original singer Damian Wilson returned as Threshold's frontman for the first time in nearly a decade for the band's tour dates which extended into 2009. Pete Morten replaced Midson as guitarist for the tour and later albums. InsideOut Music released the first official Threshold compilation in November 2007. The album The Ravages of Time is a two-disc set covering all of the band's official albums from Wounded Land to Dead Reckoning. In 2009 the band released a limited edition eight-disc singles box set, including previously unreleased b-sides and brand new re-recordings of old demo songs released in other forms before, including Smile at the Moon, (which was debuted live on the 2009 Essence of Progression Tour), Shifting Sands, Half Way Home and Fist of Tongues. On 3 August 2011, former vocalist Andrew McDermott died of kidney failure.

2012–2017

On 24 August 2012, Nuclear Blast announced the release of March of Progress. It was the first album to feature Damian Wilson on vocals since 1997. The album was followed on 19 September 2014 by the band's tenth studio album For the Journey.[2] The following year the band released the double live album "European Journey" recorded during their November 2014 tour. In February 2017, Pete Morten left Threshold to focus on his own projects, and the following month Threshold announced that they had parted ways with Damian Wilson.

2017–present

Glynn Morgan, the band's former vocalist from 1994 to 1996 replaced Damian Wilson for the album Legends of the Shires released in September 2017. The album entered the top 20 of the national album charts in Germany and Switzerland and spawned a music video for the song "Small Dark Lines". The following year the band released the live album "Two-Zero-One-Seven" recorded during their 2017 European tour. In July 2021 Threshold announced that they were back in the studio recording their twelfth studio album, teasing that "if Legends of the Shires had a slightly darker, moodier older brother then this would be it". The as yet untitled album is due to be released via Nuclear Blast Records in the second half of 2022.[3]

Personnel[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Album details Peak positions
UK
[5]
UK (Rock)
[5]
AUT
[6]
FIN
[7]
FRA
[5]
GER
[8]
NLD
[9]
SWE
[10]
SWI
[11]
Wounded Land
  • Released: 1 September 1993
  • Label: GEP
Psychedelicatessen
  • Released: 1 November 1994
  • Label: GEP
Extinct Instinct
  • Released: 10 March 1997
  • Label: GEP
Clone
  • Released: 20 November 1998
  • Label: GEP
Hypothetical
Critical Mass
  • Released: 2 September 2002
  • Label: Inside Out Music
78
Subsurface
  • Released: 3 August 2004
  • Label: Inside Out Music
66
Dead Reckoning 37 64 95
March of Progress
  • Released: 24 August 2012
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
23 55 102 28 70 43 30
For the Journey
  • Released: 19 September 2014
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
116 3 71 33 118 33 74 19
Legends of the Shires
  • Released: 8 September 2017
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
90 5 31 163 13 14
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilations[edit]

Live albums[edit]

DVD[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Paradox"
  • "Sunseeker"
  • "Innocent"
  • "Virtual Isolation"
  • "Freaks"
  • "Light and Space"
  • "Phenomenon"
  • "Mission Profile"
  • "Pressure"
  • "Pilot in the Sky of Dreams"
  • "Supermassive Black Hole"
  • "Watchtower on the Moon" (2014)[12]
  • "Turned to Dust" (2014)
  • "Unforgiven" (2014)[13]
  • "Lost in Translation" (2017)
  • "Small Dark Lines" (2017)
  • "Stars and Satellites" (2017)

Music videos[edit]

  • Innocent (1994)
  • Fragmentation (acoustic version) (2003)
  • Pressure (2004)
  • Pilot in the Sky of Dreams (2007)
  • Staring at the Sun (2013)
  • Unforgiven (2014)
  • Small Dark Lines (2017)

Remixes and rarities album[edit]

  • Decadent (1999) – remixes and radio edits
  • Wireless: Acoustic Sessions (2003) – acoustic recordings
  • Replica (2004) – alternative versions and previously unreleased songs
  • Paradox: The Singles Collection (2009) – eight CD singles box set

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Threshold – Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Metal-archives.com. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Threshold – new masterpiece for the Journey". Nuclearblast.de. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Threshold begin work on new studio album". Louder Sound. 5 July 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Threshold". Archived from the original on 26 February 2022. Retrieved 15 October 2020 – via Facebook.
  5. ^ a b c "Charts Entries – Nuclear Blast". Nuclearblast.de. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Das österreichische Hitparaden- und Musik-Portal". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Finnish charts portal". Finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Home – Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Dutch Charts". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Swedish Charts Portal". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  11. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community". Swisscharts.com. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  12. ^ "THRESHOLD – release 'Watchtower on The ..." Nuclearblast.de. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  13. ^ "THRESHOLD – premier their new video ..." Nuclearblast.de. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2020.

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