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Formed in 1988 (Surrey, UK) -

One of the founders Karl Groom is perhaps the leading man in this band. He's also known from such bands as LANDMARQ, PENDRAGON and SHADOWLAND. The band has gone through several line-up changes to find the perfect band. It would be too intricate to describe the line-up changes here, so it's included in the discography.

In 1993 their classic debut studio album saw the light of day. It was called "Wounded Land" and was released on the GEP label. And from then on they have gained a lot of good reviews from all around the world. Their follow up "Psychedelicatessen" (1994) reached 5000 in advance sales the first week. Impressive for being a progressive metal band. Since then they have made "Livedelica" (1995), "Extinct Instinct" (1997) and their best album up to date: "Clone" (1998). This new release is a concept album, which re-insured their place as one of the premier bands in this genre.

Today they are one of the most well known progressive metal bands around. A very good hard Progressive music.

- Greger Rönnqvist

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THRESHOLD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.82 | 160 ratings
Wounded Land
1993
3.54 | 146 ratings
Psychedelicatessen
1994
3.67 | 145 ratings
Extinct Instinct
1997
3.74 | 138 ratings
Clone
1998
3.97 | 266 ratings
Hypothetical
2001
4.06 | 275 ratings
Critical Mass
2002
3.93 | 246 ratings
Subsurface
2004
3.64 | 217 ratings
Dead Reckoning
2007
3.98 | 410 ratings
March Of Progress
2012
3.69 | 123 ratings
For The Journey
2014
4.07 | 179 ratings
Legends Of The Shires
2017

THRESHOLD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.40 | 27 ratings
Livedelica
1995
3.67 | 23 ratings
Concert In Paris
2002
4.03 | 50 ratings
Critical Energy
2004
3.33 | 29 ratings
Surface To Stage
2006
3.72 | 16 ratings
European Journey
2015

THRESHOLD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.50 | 38 ratings
Critical Energy (DVD)
2004

THRESHOLD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.88 | 15 ratings
The Ravages of Time: The Best of Threshold
2007
2.48 | 10 ratings
Paradox - The Singles Collection
2009

THRESHOLD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.94 | 17 ratings
Decadent
1999
3.53 | 28 ratings
Wireless - Acoustic Sessions
2003
3.42 | 18 ratings
Replica
2004
4.18 | 11 ratings
Pressure
2006
2.61 | 12 ratings
Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams
2007
2.10 | 12 ratings
Supermassive Black Hole
2010
4.84 | 10 ratings
Lost In Translation
2017

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 Legends Of The Shires by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.07 | 179 ratings

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Legends Of The Shires
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by Alard Charlton

5 stars The best Progressive Metal band in the universe ( my opinion folks, please don't get heated ) are back with what is probably their most ambitious album yet. The first thing you will notice is that vocalist Steven Wilson has departed from the ranks yet again, and back in the saddle is Glynn Ellis who sang on Psychedelicatessen. "The Shire ( part one )" starts off acoustically with sounds of bells and birds and has a distinct Richard Griffee sound to Glynn Morgans voice. We are then into Metallica territory with "Small Dark Lines" a song all about Geoffrey Matnill suffering those lines that he had to write when he was in the juniors. Great aggressive guitars and fine Mitch singing are the order of the day here, and even manages to bring a slight Emma-ness to the table. So to the first of two epics on the album. "The Man Who Saw Through Time" has a great Holly Hospital sound to it and even takes in a little bit of Deaf Marcus ( A Brighton based Metal band for those not in the know ) "Trust The Process" starts off with some angular "In A Bad Mood" guitar playing from Eggheart Bride and some great catchy vocals from Captain Morgan. It even manages to capture some of the essence of Yes in the mid section, with some great vocal interplay between Glynn Morgan and to what my ears sounds like Glynn Morgan. "Stars And Satellites" manages to capture that great Prog essence with great vocal lines that could have easily have come from The Beatles "Revolver" era, and is a timely reminder as to just what a great tunesmith that keys player Fred West is. "On The Edge" is a great contribution from Bass player Jon Anderson with a smashing Michael Curley feel to it, as well as being a song i can well imagine being right up the alley of previous vocalist Damian Wilson. This one smokes and smoulders like a November 5th bonfire being jealousy guarded by Rocking Nobby and Fatty John. So onto disc two then. "The Shire ( part two ) " is basically "The Shire ( part one ) but with added instrumentation and several tea breaks. "Snowblind" is next up and starts off in fine punky Beki Bondage fashion with some great quirky playing from Harl Groom and stellar drumming from Johanne Janes. This song always makes me feel happy - And i like feeling happy. "Subliminal Freeways" appears to be about Glynn Morgan feeling no elation and having nothing in his heart, and because of this, i always cry bitter almond tears whenever i hear it. "State Of Independence" could have easily have been the single from the album, and there are cracking cover versions of it by Jon Anderson and Donna Summer. The 2nd epic "Lost In Translation" is a superb song which takes the listener through many twists and turns, not unlike an earwig moving through and across Macey's brain. This song seems to be about Glynns heart not being able to beat any stronger, and that this life is meant for him. Some great Sandra Hunt and Carole Norley mellow sections meld with some great more driving Jose Mourinho sections which give this song a fantastic typical Threshold sound and to these ears is yet another reason why Threshold are superior songwriting wise to Drear Theater. Finally we have "Swallowed" which starts off in a nice acoustic vein before building up to a nice Pink Floyd like climax. Plenty of emotional Doctor Taylor guitar as this track progresses, as well as some heartfelt David James vocals from Captain Morgan. This album is both brilliant and beautiful and the only problem i can foresee for Threshold now, is how do they top this? Breathtaking stuff which should make you want to put on a nice fluffy patterned cardigan and a hop and a skip merrily along to HMV and order this album. For fans of Threshold, Shadowland, Pendragon, Yes, Pink Floyd and Vice Squad.
 Legends Of The Shires by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.07 | 179 ratings

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Legends Of The Shires
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by Booba Kastorsky

5 stars I'm a big fan of Damian Wilson voice, and I was upset when I heard he had to leave the band. I think very few vocalists in the modern rock music can be compared to Damian. And 2 CDs? How do you mange to compose and record so much good music? Most modern albums that last 70 minutes have at least 20-25% garbage because, let's face it, it's hard to record 70 minutes of quality material every year! So, I approached this work with a healthy doze of skepticism. But the further I went into the record, the more I liked it! Firstly, the quality of songwriting is very high. Some songs are stronger than others, but there is NO fillers or weak songs here that should be dropped! Each song has a "hook" and memorable theme. Arrangement is excellent too: guitar and keys solos are well-balanced and last exactly as long as necessary, and rhythm section as steady as usual. No extra wanking or flashing. Experience and maturity.... Oh, and vocal.... Well, Glynn is not Damian, that's for sure, no "pipes" here, but his voice fits the music perfectly: it has emotions and warmth. So, I have no complains about his performance! Secondly, sound quality is top notch! Those guys are not involved in Loudness War! Each instrument, each solo is well recorded and properly sounded. Ok, style.... I guess this is softest Threshold record they ever produced. There are plenty of metal moments there, but it also has many quieter moments that are far from metal territories. In fact, often it sounds similar to "classic" period of Arena circa Visitor and Immortal?, and keys play more prominent role here than before. I don't give 5 stars very often, to say at least, but this record, despite its length as close to perfection as it can be. Bravo, Threshold!
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4.07 | 179 ratings

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Legends Of The Shires
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by borussia

5 stars I knew Threshold in 1995 thanks to a review of Livedelica on Metal Shock, an Italian magazine of Heavy Metal: the Ep had the highest rate. I bought it soon and shortly afterwards I also bought the first two albums: I preferred Wounded Land to Pschychedelicatessen, but for me the three songs of Woundend Land sung on Livedelica by Glynn Morgan are better than the studio version After Glynn leaved the group I continued to follow Threshold, but no album excited me like the first two. .I found interesting only March of Progress , but the next For the Journey was a real disappointment. I knew in 2017 they release a new concept album, but my interest grew very much whenI knew that Glynn Morgan returned to the microphone. I bought Legends of the Shire as relaesed and I have to say it's definitely the best in the group career. Even if the songs were written for Damian, Glynn's interpretation is great, both in heavy song as Small Dark Lines and Trust the Process, as well as in the more progressive like the two beautiful suites and Snowblind. Richard and Karl were really inspired when composing the album. in the next tour they will not play in Italy. So I hope that a double live cd will be released and old tracks like Sanity's End, Into the Light, Devoted and Innocent will be played again. then I expect a new cd written for Glynn Morgan's voice
 Legends Of The Shires by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.07 | 179 ratings

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Legends Of The Shires
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by Saralgam

5 stars We all knew that Threshold is a standard value in prog metal scene...but this album is a new top,a great monumental masterpiece.Sincerely is the best prog metal album i've heard last 5 or even 10 years.

Thershold manage to captivate the listener with their, neither childish nor overhighly sophisticated approach of progressive metal.The vocal melodic lines are awesome,full of meaning and power executed by a majestic and powerful voice,that of Morgans'.The compositions and guitar riffs are so inspirative that makes you think prog metal was reinvented in a sec!All cosmic feeling, space sounds and professional mix are still here as distinct signatures of Threshold.There are also some new elements here, like the melodic rock/AOR feeling vocals in some choruses that enhances depth and commerciality of the songwriting and, a light floydish breeze over some songs that brings quality to a new level

Overall,the Legend of the Shires brings the listener to a place that only a prog metal album of such lever can bring.Thanks to this band, progressive metal proves to everybody that can be on the top very for many years more!Hail to England,to Threshold and to this colossal masterpiece and probably a legend for this music genre...we'll see

 Legends Of The Shires by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.07 | 179 ratings

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Legends Of The Shires
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

5 stars

It was something of a shock to fans of the band when it was announced that they had parted ways with their singer Damian Wilson, for the third time. At the same time, Richard and Karl had decided that they wanted to take the band musically back to more of where they used to be in the Nineties, which led them to wondering what Glynn Morgan was doing? Glynn of course sang on 'Psychedelicatessen' in 1994, as well as the ensuing live album, but had also been involved in bits and pieces with the guys through the years. A decision was also made to just have one guitarist and reduce to a five-piece, so the line-up was Glynn (vocals), Richard (keys, backing vocals), Karl (guitar, backing vocals), Johannes (drums, backing vocals) and Steve (bass, backing vocals). But, that wasn't all, as the guys also invited original bassist Jon Jeary in to provide vocals on one song. Jon was in the band for many years, and I always felt that his vocals in the live environment were incredibly important to the overall sound, so it is wonderful to see him involved again, even if it is just for a cameo.

With these changes made, great artwork and a double CD, the guys knew that this had to be an epic release, as anything less than that would be seen to be a failure. So it's probably just as well that they have released their most varied and dynamic album for years, possibly their finest yet. This album has far more depth and breadth than we have heard in recent years, with Richard more to the fore, and much more melody and straight progressive tendencies backed up by strong guitars as opposed to crunching riffs that have the edge removed as has sometimes been the case in the past.

This is well thought out and constructed music, and shows that although they still inhabit the more metallic end of the prog metal spectrum than bands such as Dream Theater, they still know exactly how to satisfy the progheads. Moving back to a more progressive style, and changing singers, is obviously a risk but it has paid off with this album making the Top #5 of the UK Rock Charts, and entering Sweden, Germany and Switzerland in the Top 15, and getting to #31 in Austria. Threshold have taken a breath, decided how they want to move forward and have grabbed it with both hands. They are touring in November and December across Europe and the UK, ending at the 02 Islington Academy, and that will be a tour not to miss. Now all I must do is convince Karl he ought to come down here?

This is an absolutely essential indispensable album.

 European Journey by THRESHOLD album cover Live, 2015
3.72 | 16 ratings

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European Journey
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars

2015 saw the fifth live album from Threshold, but strangely enough this is the first one to feature Damian on vocals as the others had all been released during one of his breaks from the band. It was the first one in nine years, and with two recent studio albums behind them it made sense for this to be released when it was. As would be expected with the live set it concentrated on the most recent studio albums, with nine of the fifteen songs coming from the last two, but perhaps what is somewhat surprising is that there were far less songs that one might have expected from the earlier period of the band. I would have loved to have heard more songs, well any songs, from 'Wounded Land' the debut that shot them to stardom all those years ago. Okay, I was lucky enough to see them a few times in the Nineties, but that was some time ago now, and given that this was Damian's first live recording with the band surely there could have been room for 'Sanity's End' or 'Paradox'?

But to be honest, it's always going to be hard to pick a setlist to please everyone with such a history behind them, so let's concentrate instead on what we do have. Johanne James has been sat at the back for a good many years now, and I firmly believe that in many ways he is one of the most under-rated and overlooked drummers in the scene. He knows when to be powering and driving, and when to take a step back, and his relationship with bassist Steve Anderton is second to none. I still find it strange that Nick Midson is not there anymore, given the way that Karl Groom and he used to seem locked as one, yet Pete Morten is far more than just a stand-in, while keyboard player Richard West knows exactly what is required to move the music away from pure over the top metal. Then there is Damian. Mr. Wilson is one of the finest rock singers of his generation, and I still believe that Iron Maiden made the wrong call when they chose Blaze Bayley above him when they both auditioned to replace Bruce. He sings like an angle, and his power and range is incredible.

The new songs fit well with the slightly older ones, and it is interesting to hear Damian take on numbers originally recorded by a different singer. Highlight for me is 'Long Way Home', from 2001's 'Hypothetical' when it was sung by Mac, but while Damian does a good job it is the power of the band behind him that really makes this shine.

To my ears this is a strong album, but 2004's 'Critical Energy' takes some beating when it comes to the ultimate in live Threshold albums.

 For The Journey by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.69 | 123 ratings

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For The Journey
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars

2014 saw Threshold return with their tenth studio album, their second since Damian Wilson had returned on vocals for the third time. The previous album, 2012's 'March of Progress' had been one of the finest in their canon, so perhaps it isn't surprising that this one isn't quite in the same league. The songs are powerful, the vocals spot on, but there isn't quite the same spark and vitality as there had been previously. It is still a great album, and one that is head and shoulders above most of those dwelling the progressive metal arena, but I did find myself wondering if all was well within the camp.

I don't believe that Threshold could ever release a bad album, or even an average one, as they are just too good for that both collectively and individually, but I realised that although I was enjoying it immensely while it was playing, I wasn't overly keen about pressing repeat when it finished, which says a great deal for me. Were the band just marking time waiting for the next stage? Only time would tell.

 Legends Of The Shires by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.07 | 179 ratings

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Legends Of The Shires
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Do you like the sonic crunch of metal, but also have a soft spot for sugary pop? And, being a middle-aged man, miss the 80s? Legends of the Shires are for you. A double album that is just a little over a single album, it features probably the band's most bombastic sound to date, and delivers the familiar Threshold goodies: catchy rockers, power ballads, song-within-a-song power metalesque rifforama/Pink Floyd hybrids and a more neo-proggish epics - all with epic melodies and pretentious lyrics about a man's struggles in life (but seriously, those are of a high enough quality level for a genre where lyrics often seem an afterthought).

If there were any drawbacks that I had to mention, it would be that the sound palette towards the end seems to be kind of same-y, and the synths, while being appropriately loud during the solo sections, are sometimes drowned out by guitars during the verses.

 Legends Of The Shires by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.07 | 179 ratings

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Legends Of The Shires
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by CeeJayGee

3 stars When I started listening to this album I was pleasantly surprised by its subtle opening but that was soon followed by crunching heavy metal. However the catchiness of the songs kept me listening. There are some fine melodies here and I would have loved for them to be developed further. Don't get me wrong, there are some longish tracks here and while I enjoyed listening to the album, overall I felt it was a bit lightweight. When I was considering whether this is a four star album I found myself growing tired of it after just two or three listens. Just a three star from me.
 Legends Of The Shires by THRESHOLD album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.07 | 179 ratings

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Legends Of The Shires
Threshold Progressive Metal

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Metal / Heavy / RPI / Symph Prog Team

5 stars The leader of the British Prog Metal is back with a big double album of gorgeous melodies crafted by talented musicians including the solid vocals of Glynn Morgan back in the band after more than 20 years. His voice is more delicate than the last 2 Threshold vocalists and suitable for that kind of music. The album starts with a beautiful ballad. The second track delivers again the talent of Karl Groom on guitar who knows how to create some emotional guitar solos. The 11 minutes "The Man Who Saw Through Time" start and finishes with some Kraftwerk techno effects sounds starting as a ballad and developing into a typical Threshold metal structure. "Trust the Process" show some multi-parts vocals that the band has used a lot in the past and then let a lot of space to Richard West on keyboards. "Stars and Satellites" is very melodic and show some guitar riffs that remind me of Rush. "The Shire" part 2 is linked to the first part with his peaceful atmosphere letting the vocals and the acoustic guitar take the spot. In the second part of "Lost in Translation", we can hear the influence of Pink Floyd when the band brings things down with some Gilmour guitar style passage. The production as always is perfect here using the latest technology with some short electronic sounds giving new textures to the sound. Karl Groom manages to reinvent his guitar palette at times. Threshold could give you some lessons to how to compose great songs that are good from start to finish., not complicated, but deep enough to require many listenings. Yes, there is still some repetitive chords in this music, but with this double album, the band has the freedom to expand their sound a bit if you know well the band's music.
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