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|Released||August 18, 1992 (US) |
May 26, 1992 (UK)
Tampa, Florida, USA
|Genre||Death metal, technical death metal|
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Thresholds is the second full-length studio album from Florida death metal band Nocturnus. It was released in 1992 by Earache Records.
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Thresholds continued the experimental sound created on the first album and the line-up was expanded to a six-piece with the addition of vocalist Dan Izzo, allowing Mike Browning to concentrate solely on drums. Lyrical topics range from Earth's climate and global warming ("Climate Controller"), primitive religions ("Tribal Vodoun"), underwater species ("Aquatica"), the Metal Gear video game series ("Subterranean Infiltrator") and extraterrestrial life ("Gridzone").
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The production of Thresholds is considerably more polished than that of The Key. The music is also more complex and mature, with there being numerous breakdowns and tempo changes in every song. The band's musicianship has also advanced with each member exhibiting a new level of preciseness and technicality, with complex riffing and melodic solos. Dan Izzo's vocals are much deeper and clearer than Browning's and have been compared to the vocals of Max Cavalera of Sepultura.
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