THRESHOLD — Critical Mass

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3.99 | 26 ratings | 1 review
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Album · 2002

Tracklist

1. Phenomenon (5:28)
2. Choices (8:19)
3. Falling Away (6:53)
4. Fragmentation (6:34)
5. Echoes Of Life (8:55)
6. Round And Round (5:26)
7. Avalon (4:45)
8. Critical Mass (13:34)

Total Time 59:57

Line-up/Musicians

- Karl Groom / guitar (lead)
- Johanne James / drums
- Jon Jeary / bass guitar
- Andrew "Mac" McDermott / vocals
- Nick Midson / guitar (rhythm)
- Richard West / keyboards

About this release

InsideOut Music
September 2nd, 2002

Limited Edition has a bonus disc with the following tracklist:

1. Phenomenon (edit) (3:47)
2. Do Unto Them (4:27)
3. New Beginning (5:29)

Reissued and remastered as Definitive Edition in 2012 by Nuclear Blast with the following bonus tracks:

9. Do Unto Them (4:27)
10. New Beginning (5:30)
11. Echoes Of Live (Live In Switzerland) (8:29)

Thanks to colt, Lynx33 for the updates

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Conor Fynes
'Critical Mass' - Threshold (87%)

My first experience with the band Threshold, I was blown away when I first listened to this album. Typically, one expects a progressive metal band to sound something along the lines of Dream Theater or Symphony X, and conform to a certain protocol (in other words; being incredibly unprogressive.) Threshold manages to steer clear of that stereotype; and in melding great melodic hooks with progressive integrity, have created an unlikely masterpiece.

This album was purchased with a completely 'blind' ear; I had no idea what I was getting into and only had the knowledge that the band was progressive metal, and that one of their previous singers had done work with Ayreon. Besides that, I was treading into completely alien territory.

From the first song onwards, I recognized a very strong attention to melody; something that progressive metal has seemed to long-since forgotten. This alone warranted a heightened interest in the album, and the band. By the time of listening to 'Falling Away,' I was certain that I was listening to something clever and beautiful. The dynamic, beautiful introductory sequence of 'Falling Away' really stole my heart.

In terms of flow, album cohesion doesn't play a huge role with 'Critical Mass' although there's nothing wrong with the way the songs are set up. 'Phenomenon' is a fantastic way to open the album up, while the acoustic finale of the title track puts the listener on a gently soothing closing note.

Unlike 'Dead Reckoning' (a significantly weaker release from the band,') 'Critical Mass' does not give up progressiveness for melody and good songwriting. None of the material here is incredibly progressive... Prog is better described as a part of the musical mold rather than the main attraction.

The voice of 'Mac' McDermott doesn't impress me as much as Damian Wilson's did on the Ayreon releases, but he has a great voice that really fits the music. Some listeners might have a bit of time getting used to his voice due to the fact that his tenor sounds like alot of hair metal vocalists, but in the end, that shouldn't get in the way of his talent and the band's ability to create great music in general.

Great melodies, powerful compositions, and something that's a bit different and more

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