Threshold

Tue
18
Jun

REVIEWS IN BRIEF

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REVIEWS IN BRIEF
 
Less words, but same conclusions and same scores.
 
A lot more to come as it’s the only way to keep up with the number of releases there are these days and the fact I missed so many over the last 12 months.
 

DYNAZTY – Firesign – So they changed style mid-career, who cares when its this good! I love these guys and the last three albums have been kick ass hard rock albums, bordering on melodic metal. Such great songs and a massive production. Nils Molin has the perfect hard rock voice. For those that love something that might fall in between Eclipse and Masterplan. 94
 
KISSIN DYNAMITE – Ectasy – Another European band showing the rest of the world how its done. Huge production, layers of everything and a bunch of high-energy anthemic rockers with big choruses every track. There’s some diversity in the material here, kinda modern, kinda punky, kinda 80s hard rock…but kinda killer! 90
 
TWO OF A KIND – Rise – I absolutely loved the debut, it was a fantastic slice of female fronted, harmony rich AOR. And I love Fred Hendrix’s writing style and his ability to deliver fresh and original songs. I’m gutted to say this album isn’t a patch on the debut, not the songs, nor the rough production. 50
 
DREAM CHILD – Dream Child – Another attempt by Frontiers to recreate Dio (this one featuring Craig Goldy, Wayne Findlay, Simon Wright, Rudy Sarzo and Diego Valdez from Helker as the Ronnie Dio stand in). Songs are pretty decent but just like recent Dio albums, everything is the same tempo and you can barely tell the difference between tracks. Valdez is one hell of a singer though! The production is also pretty ordinary – a really muddy, bass heavy sound. 65
 
BULLETBOYS - From Out of The Skies – It could almost be called From Out Of The Garden Shed such is the production quality. And the songs aren’t much better. The Bulletboys debut is legendary and between that and this album comes an array of releases that both astound and also dismay. At least it isn’t as bad as Acid Monkey. 30
 
LIONVILLE – A World Of Fools – These guys have earned themselves a well-deserved reputation for high quality European pure-AOR. And it doesn’t hurt to have Work Of Art’s Lars Safsund holding the mike. Another super smooth, very likable, highly melodic slice of music. 92
 
ALL 4 1 – The World’s Best Hope – Not to be confused with the multi-platinum R&B group (there was no better idea for a name?), this is another Frontiers/Alessandro Del Vecchio project featuring a lineup that is almost Alliance plus Terry Brock. So basically, quality all-round and some very fine performances. Should have been marketed better and under another name and it is fairly safe and predictable, but sometimes that’s a good thing. 87
 
TAINTED NATION – On The Outside – Pete Newdeck delivers his best Ozzy Osbourne here with a powerful, modern and seriously rocking slice of melodic metal. Killer production and should be huge. Huge I say! 90
 
 
NEWMAN – Aerial – Maybe not quite as strong as the last studio album, but that’s hardly a slight. Always enjoyable, always quality and always a must buy. British melodic rock at its best. 90
 
PHANTOM V – Play II Win – Not earth shattering or something that held my attention for a long time, but this second album from Axel Kruse, Bobby Boebel, Michael Voss and Claus Lessmann is a big step up from the pretty average debut. 80
 
EISLEY / GOLDY ‎– Blood, Guts And Games – The thought of the two Giuffria guys together again had folks excited. When the album title came to light, it pointed towards trouble for anyone hoping for more pink and fluffy from the guys. Then came the music. Awful songs, awful style and awful production. The result kills any hope of the guys coming back to deliver what fans really wanted. 30
 
STYX – The Mission – From the band with almost as many live/DVD releases as Foreigner comes a new studio album! Wow! And even more amazing, its pretty darn good. A concept album with more pomp than the last few records, it is entertaining and sounds great. Even the James Young lead vocal sounds great, ok, well… at least it’s short. 91
 
TONY MILLS – Streets Of Chance – Absolutely superb AOR album from Britain’s Tony Mills. Doing what he does best with a solid production and some highly memorable songs. And now he’s got a new album out. Get both. Feature review for the new album coming up. 90
 
AXEL RUDI PELL – Knight’s Call – Axel. Rudi. Pell. But not as good. 70
 
PERFECT PLAN – All Rise – Perfect name, almost perfect album. A monstrous melodic rock debut from yet another Swedish discovery. Right up there with Roulette, Art Nation and Rian. Essential for fans of the genre. Can’t believe I didn’t get a review of this done at the time. A monster! 95
 
THRESHOLD - Legends Of The Shires – The best progressive hard rock album since Dream Theater’s Images And Words. A double album with all killer, no filler. Brilliant production, songs, performances and I love the vocals of Glynn Morgan. Masterpiece! 100
 
 
VEGA – Only Human – More essential British melodic rock. The guys can do no wrong and their productivity now means its hard to compare album against album and pick the best, as they have reached that number of releases where its just all good. No exception here. A little more modern in places, but still brilliant. 93
 
REVERTIGO – Revertigo – Mats Leven, Anders Wikstrom and Thomas Broman, now that’s a powerful trio. As hoped, it’s a pretty strong album. Modern to a point, but still melodic and hard rocking. A great addition to the Mats Levin catalogue. 87
 
JAMES CHRISTIAN – Craving – It’s a nice change of pace from House Of Lords and its better produced than the Lay It On The Line record. The Cliff Magness backed album is a smooth, anthemic, mid-tempo collection of songs that suit JC completely. 85
 
WHITE WIDDOW – Victory – Love these guys, love the throw back Giuffria/keyboard heavy sound and the smooth AOR melodies. They guys haven’t delivered a bad album, but I do think this one is a little safe and a repeat of past formulas. Production not as tight as previous, but I’m still a big fan. 80
 
SCREAMING JETS – Gotcha Covered – Love this band! Great classic Aussie hard rock. Which is what this covers album focusses on – classic Australian pub rock classics. There’s covers of Men At Work, Dragon, Australian Crawl, Inxs, Icehouse The Angels (whom vocalist Dave Gleeson now fronts) and even AC/DC. But guys, if you are going to cover the best – give it your best. This is yet another example of a limp-wristed straight up interpretations of songs that either don’t suit the band at all, or just aren’t rocked out enough to warrant the effort. Very poor. 50
 
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30-100
 
Mon
03
Sep

THRESHOLD Deliver Live CD 'Two Zero One Seven' On Upcoming Tour

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Threshold have surprised fans by announcing a new live album that will be available from the merchandise table at their upcoming October tour.
 
The album, entitled TWO-ZERO-ONE-SEVEN, was recorded during Threshold's last tour and continues the band's "direct-to-fan" series of albums which includes other live albums such as "Concert In Paris" and "Surface To Stage".
 
"I think our fans are going to love this" enthused Threshold keyboard player Richard West. "We've always put together our direct-to-fan releases with the same passion and care as our studio albums. TWO-ZERO-ONE-SEVEN is no exception, it looks and sounds beautiful and really captures the energy and excitement of our last tour."
 
TWO-ZERO-ONE-SEVEN will be available on digipak CD and 180g vinyl double LP formats. And for those fans who can't make it to Threshold's October tour, it will also be available from the band's website.
 
"TWO-ZERO-ONE-SEVEN" Track listing:
 
1. Slipstream
2. The Man Who Saw Through Time
3. Snowblind
4. Innocent
5. Stars and Satellites
6. Mission Profile
7. Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams
8. Hollow
9. Lost In Translation
10. Small Dark Lines
 
(Running time: 77 minutes)
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Tue
28
Mar

THRESHOLD Announce New Vocalist; Glynn Morgan Returns

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THRESHOLD have parted ways with vocalist Damian Wilson. The band have chosen to start a new chapter without him and he has told them he respects their decision.
 
Wilson enjoyed three stints with THRESHOLD, performing on the band's most recent records "For The Journey" and "March Of Progress" as well as their early releases "Wounded Land" and "Extinct Instinct" in the 1990's. Damian Wilson has been a great frontman for THRESHOLD and the band would like to sincerely thank him and wish him every success in his future endeavours.
 
THRESHOLD's new frontman will be Glynn Morgan, the band's former vocalist from 1994 to 1996. Morgan appeared on THRESHOLD's 1994 album "Psychedelicatessen" and returned to work with the band in 2008 to record tracks for the singles box set "Paradox".
 
Glynn Morgan commented: "I was over the moon when I got the phone call. To work with Karl and Richard and be a part of the mighty THRESHOLD story once more is a great honour. I can't wait to start recording, the new material has me hooked already."
 
You can watch Glynn Morgan in action with THRESHOLD in their 1994 video 'Innocent' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcbTprYFZ6s
 
Tue
16
Aug

DAMIAN WILSON Solo Outing 'Built For Fighting' Due Sept 9

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Friday, September 9, 2016
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Threshold and Headspace frontman Damian Wilson has announced he will release his new solo album Built for Fighting on 9th September which will be preceded by new single Thrill Me, available to download from 9th August.
 
The album, produced by Andrew Holdsworth, is Damian’s first solo album in more than 10 years. Following suit with his previous solo releases, Built for Fighting is a singer-songwriter album containing 11 new original songs and a cover of Depeche Mode’s Somebody.
 
The album was recorded over the last 12 months in studios in London (UK), Dublin (IE) and Tilburg (NL) with a group of talented musicians, including Bill Shanley (Ray Davies), Lee Pomeroy (Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Take That), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath) and Brian Willoughby (The Strawbs).
 
Built for Fighting was mixed and mastered in Sweden by the Fascination Street duo Jens Bogren and Tony Lindgren, who have worked with acts such as Opeth, Devin Townsend and Haken, but also handled Taylor Swift’s latest live album.
 
Built for Fighting will be available as digipak CD, 12” Vinyl and as digital download on all major platforms, including a special ‘Mastered For iTunes’ version.
 
For tour dates and more information visit:
Official website: www.damian-wilson.net
 
Label: Blacklake
Formats: CD / Vinyl / Digital / MFiT
Release date: 9 September 2016
 
Track listing:
Thrill Me
When I Was Young
Impossible
Fire
Somebody
Sex & Vanilla
Can’t Heal War
What Have We Done
Written In Anger
All I Need
I Won't Blame Life
Battlelines
 

 

 
Fri
14
Aug

THRESHOLD Give Fans A Live 'European Journey November 13

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Friday, November 13, 2015
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THRESHOLD will release a double-live-album coming up: European Journey, which was recorded at various venues across Europe during November 2014, in support of their current studio album For The JourneyEuropean Journey contains 15 live tracks and will be released as a 2-CD digipak, out November 13.
 
Pre-order European Journey here:http://nblast.de/Threshold
 
Richard West comments: "We had a fantastic tour playing so many fan favorites going back to '97 with 'Part Of The Chaos' through 'Mission Profile', 'Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams' to the present day with 'The Box'. We recorded some shows along the way and it's turned into this really powerful double album".
"Threshold continue to enjoy fantastic support from our loyal fans. The band have always enjoyed mixing with the people who listen to our music and this tour was no exception”, adds Karl Groom. 
 
European Journey tracklist: 
 
CD1
01. Slipstream
02. The Hours
03. Liberty Complacency Dependency
04. Ground Control
05. Unforgiven
06. Long Way Home
07. Part Of The Chaos
08. Coda
 
CD2: 
01. Watchtower On The Moon
02. Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams
03. Lost In Your Memory
04. Mission Profile
05. The Box
06. Turned To Dust
07. Ashes
 
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Wed
29
Apr

MAIDEN UNITED Releases Trailer For New Album 'Remembrance'.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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MAIDEN UNITED, the acoustic IRON MAIDEN tribute project featuring Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace) and Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), published an album trailer for the upcoming album 'Remembrance'.
 


'Remembrance' will be released on May 22nd on CD, red 12' vinyl and as digital download.
Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion), Thunderstick (Samson) and Wudstik (Ayreon, For All We Know) have been added to the list of guest musicians on the album.

Contributing musicians:
Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace) - Vocals
Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) - Guitar
Joey Bruers (Up The Irons) - Bass
Stef Broks (Textures) - Drums
Huub van Loon (Dearworld) - Piano
Thijs Schrijnemakers (Orgel Vreten) ' Hammond

Mike Coolen (Within Temptation) ' Drums on Prowler
Marco Kuypers (Cloudmachine) ' Piano on Prowler
Thunderstick (Samson) - Drums on Burning Ambition
Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden) ' Vocals on Prowler
Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden) ' Vocals on Futureal
Wudstik (Ayreon) and Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) - Vocals on Aces High
Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) - Violin on Still Life '15

Track listing:
1. Strange World
2. Charlotte The Harlot
3. Killers
4. Remember Tomorrow
5. Burning Ambition
6. Futureal (ft. Blaze Bayley)
7. Aces High
8. Prowler (ft. Paul Di'Anno)
9. Still Life '15

Strange World was released as a 2-track single on CD and iTunes on January 30th

Single track listing:
1 Strange World (single edit)
2 The Evil That Men Do (alternate version featuring Wudstik on vocals)
 
Strange World can be streamed in the YouTube video below http://youtu.be/xG-I4LYGe3w

MAIDEN UNITED is an IRON MAIDEN tribute project which performs classic Maiden songs in new acoustic arrangements. 'Remembrance' is the third full-length album released by this project.

The album can be pre-ordered at www.MaidenuniteD.com
  
 
Tue
03
Mar

MAIDEN UNITED Release Third Album Of IRON MAIDEN Classics

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Friday, May 22, 2015
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MAIDEN UNITED, the acoustic IRON MAIDEN tribute project featuring Damian Wilson (THRESHOLD, HEADSPACE) and Ruud Jolie (WITHIN TEMPTATION), has revealed the cover artwork for the upcoming album, "Remembrance".

'Remembrance' will be released on May 22nd on CD, red 12' vinyl and as digital download.

Track listing:
1. Strange World
2. Charlotte The Harlot
3. Killers
4. Remember Tomorrow
5. Burning Ambition (ft. Bob Verschoyle)
6. Futureal (ft. Blaze Bayley)
7. Aces High
8. Prowler (ft. Paul Di'Anno)
9. Still Life '15

Contributing musicians:
Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace) - Vocals
Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) - Guitar
Joey Bruers (Up The Irons) - Bass
Stef Broks (Textures) - Drums
Huub van Loon (Dearworld, Barry Hay) - Piano
Thijs Schrijnemakers (Orgel Vreten) ' Hammond
 
Perttu Kivilaakso (Apocalyptica) ' Cello on Still Life
Mike Coolen (Within Temptation) ' Drums on Prowler
Marco Kuypers (Cloudmachine) ' Piano on Prowler
Bob Verschoyle (Gypsy's Kiss) ' Vocals on Burning Ambition
Paul Di'Anno ' Vocals on Prowler
Blaze Bayley ' Vocals on Futureal
 
The cover artwork for the album was once again created by BLACKLAKE, who also worked with MAIDEN UNITED on their previous studio albums.

Strange World was released as a 2-track single on CD and iTunes on January 30th

Single track listing:
1 Strange World (album version)
2 The Evil That Men Do (alternate version featuring Wudstik on vocals)
 
Strange World can be streamed in the YouTube video: http://youtu.be/xG-I4LYGe3w
Maiden uniteD is currently streaming the single version of 'The Evil That Men Do' on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/maidenunited/the-evil-that-men-do-featuring-wudstik
MAIDEN UNITED is an IRON MAIDEN tribute project which performs classic MAIDEN songs in new acoustic arrangements. 'Remembrance' is the third full-length album released by this project.

The album can be pre-ordered at www.MaidenuniteD.com
 
 
Fri
25
Jul

THRESHOLD Reveal Details of 'For The Journey' Due September

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Friday, September 19, 2014
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British progressive metal heroes THRESHOLD reveale further info on their upcoming new album For The Journey. The successor for their 2012 output March Of Progress was produced by Karl Groom and THRESHOLD keyboardist Richard West at Thin Ice Studios in England and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox in Finland and will be released on September 19, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

You can already pre-order the album right HERE!

Commented Richard West: “For The Journey is one of our strongest albums and one of the most enjoyable to make. I've probably heard it a thousand times during the recording process, but now that's it's over I still can't stop listening to it!“

The tracklist:

1 Watchtower on the Moon
2 Unforgiven
3 The Box
4 Turned to Dust
5 Lost in your Memory
6 Autumn Red
7 The Mystery Show
8 Siren Sky

Bonus tracks:

9 I Wish I Could - digipak, vinyl and download versions
10 Lost in your Memory (Acoustic Version) - vinyl and download versions

Check out the cover artwork, created by Polish artist Leszek Bujnowski, who THRESHOLD found on the internet.

“He's designed some beautiful pieces and we thought this was a perfect THRESHOLD cover,” stated West. 
 
 
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