Threshold (band)

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Threshold
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Threshold in 2017. L-R: Johanne James, Richard West, Glynn Morgan, Karl Groom, Steve Anderson
Background information
Origin Surrey, England
Genres Progressive metal
Years active1988–present
Labels Giant Electric Pea
Nuclear Blast
Inside Out Music
Website thresh.net
Members Karl 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

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

Contents

History

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 – present

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.

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]

In February 2017, Pete Morten left Threshold to focus on his own projects.

In March 2017, Threshold announced that they had parted ways with vocalist Damian Wilson. Glynn Morgan, the band's former vocalist from 1994 to 1996 replaced Wilson for the album Legends of the Shires released in September 2017.

Personnel

Timeline

Threshold (band)

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak positions
UK
[4]
UK (Rock)
[4]
AUT
[5]
FIN
[6]
FRA
[4]
GER
[7]
NLD
[8]
SWE
[9]
SWI
[10]
1993 Wounded Land
1994 Psychedelicatessen
  • Label: GEP
1997 Extinct Instinct
  • Label: GEP
1998 Clone
  • Label: GEP
2001 Hypothetical
2002 Critical Mass
  • Label: Inside Out Music
78
2004 Subsurface
  • Label: Inside Out Music
66
2007 Dead Reckoning 376495
2012 March of Progress
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
235510228704330
2014 For the Journey
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
11637133118337419
2017 Legends of the Shires
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
905311631314
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilations

Live albums

DVD

Singles

Music videos

Remixes and rarities album

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