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Mac has confirmed that he's left Threshold. In a statement he told fans that he knew the timing was bad but thanked them for all their support. He also wished the band all the best and expressed his gratitude to the band's original singer Damian Wilson for standing in for him at last weekend's festivals.
Mac replaced Damian Wilson as Threshold's vocalist in 1998 and recorded five studio albums with the band as well as various live and fan club releases. He was previously lead singer for German band Sargant Fury who released three albums in the 1990's.
Threshold had confirmed that Damian Wilson would once again perform with them at the Subtacto Festival in Oslo, Norway on 4 August, however the Progfest has announced financial difficulties and has cancelled Threshold and Pendragon from the bill.
A statement posted on the Subtacto website explained that "The reason for this is that we as organisers don't have enough funds to see this through. We therefore have to reorganise the event, and that means that we can't afford those two bands."
Threshold are disappointed at the cancellation and expressed their sympathy to all their fans who bought tickets and were hoping to see them perform. The festival is offering full refunds to fans who no longer want to attend. Talks are also in progress to see if Wilson can perform at all of Threshold's remaining 2007 shows.
The band recently released their 8th album "Dead Reckoning" on March 23.
DARKANE and MACHINE MEN have been confirmed for the ProgPower Scandinavia festival, set to take place November 9-10, 2007 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
The organizers of the ProgPower USA festival have announced a surprise headline set for this year's sold-out edition of the internationally renowned festival. Saturday night (October 6) will now finish with an all-star cover set featuring vocalists from both the showcase and the festival. Each vocalist will be given the opportunity to perform 1-2 cover songs of their choice with the music being provided by the members of PAGAN'S MIND. Additional guests will join them throughout the set.
"The fans have made this festival a success and it's time to give something back to them," said ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston. "I wanted to announce this after the sell-out as a reward instead of in advance as an incentive. It's going to be one hell of a party on stage."
As a result of the additional performance, there has been a major change in the schedule and door times. "I had to shake things up quite a bit to make this work," Harveston explained. "However, the fans can relax knowing that not one band will have a single minute cut from their previously announced set lengths."
U.K. progressive metallers THRESHOLD have made a new song available on their web site. It's a radio version of "Slipstream", the opening track from the band's forthcoming album "Dead Reckoning". The song features additional guest vocals from Swedish multi-instrumentalist/producer Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, NIGHTINGALE, SECOND SKY, BLOODBATH).
THRESHOLD will release a download single called "Pilot in the Sky of Dreams" on March 5. The album "Dead Reckoning" will be released in Europe on March 23 (U.S. March 20, U.K. on March 26) through Nuclear Blast Records. More...
THRESHOLD recently announced that guitarist Pete Morten (SOLILOQUY) has been named as the band's second guitarist for their forthcoming live shows, following the announcement that Nick Midson will be taking a break from the band.
The band have since announced the following live dates:
20 - Metalcamp Festival - Tolmin, Slovenia
21 - Earthshaker Festival - Kreuth, Germany
4 - Subtacto Progfest - Oslo, Norway
6 - Progpower Festival - Atlanta, GA More...
Swedish multi-instrumentalist/producer Dan Swano (EDGE OF SANITY, NIGHTINGALE, SECOND SKY, BLOODBATH) has laid down backing vocals on the new album from U.K. progressive metallers THRESHOLD, entitled "Dead Reckoning".
Commented Swano: "My backing growls on the upcoming THRESHOLD album (and the upcoming WINDS album) is the most brutal thing you will hear from me in quite some time. Tore my fucken throat apart for these guys!!"
"Dead Reckoning" is scheduled for release on March 23, 2007 release via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was produced by guitarist Karl Groom and keyboardist Richard West at Thin Ice Studios.
U.K. progressive metallers THRESHOLD have changed the projected title of their new album to "Dead Reckoning" from the previously announced "Pilot in the Sky of Dreams".
On the change of album title, keyboardist Richard West commented, "We decided that the working title 'Pilot in the Sky of Dreams' was more suitable as a song title — it didn't sound solid or powerful enough to represent the overall sound of the album."
"Dead Reckoning" was produced by Karl Groom and Richard West at Thin Ice Studios. The track listing is as follows:
02. This Is Your Life
05. Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams
06. Fighting For Breath
08. Safe To Fly
09. One Degree Down
Threshold are currently recording the follow-up to their award winning 2004 album 'Subsurface'. Recording is taking place at Thin Ice Studios and Bray Studios in the south of England, produced by Karl Groom and Richard West.
The new album has a working title of 'Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams', and the song titles are: Slipstream, This is your life, Elusive, Disappear, Fighting for breath, Hollow, Safe to fly, One degree down, Landing lights.
Mac, in the middle of vocal sessions at Bray, said: 'If I thought it would be this good I'd have joined Threshold sooner! I've got a good feeling about this album. I think things are going to snowball for us next year, I thought so even before I heard the demos. I'm having brilliant time!'
Threshold's last album 'Subsurface' picked up 15 Album Of The Month awards across the globe. Earlier this year the band moved to Nuclear Blast Records to join a highly successful roster of bands including In Flames, Nightwish and Blind Guardian.
Recording and mixing of 'Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams' is expected to be complete in November, with a release planned for early in 2007.
One of Nuclear Blast's latest signings, THRESHOLD, from England, is now back at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey to start recording their new album. The record is expected to be complete by the beginning of November. In a recent post on the band's forum, keyboard player Richard West commented: "The writing's been going really well. We've been modernising the way we approach certain aspects of our writing, but we've still got the same core THRESHOLD values. We're really looking forward to getting everything produced and finished, hopefully it'll be our best album yet, with one or two surprises for you..." The album is scheduled for release on Nuclear Blast early in 2007, with a tour planned for next spring followed by festival shows.
Nuclear Blast Records has announced that THRESHOLD have inked a deal with the label.
Quote from guitarist Karl Groom and keyboardist Richard West: "We're delighted to join Nuclear Blast, it's a really positive move for us and we're looking forward to reaching a lot more fans across the world. The label has a fantastic roster of bands and it's exciting to be part of the family. Watch out for great things ahead!"
Threshold will enter the studio in August and October to record their next album, due to be released in early 2007. A tour is scheduled for spring, 2007.
Hot on the heels of THRESHOLD's highly acclaimed live album, "Surface To Stage", comes a brand new three-track single available exclusively to download from iTunes.
The single features radio edits of "Pressure" and "Mission Profile" and a previously unheard acoustic version of the ballad "Flags And Footprints". Tracks can be purchased individually and you can hear audio samples at iTunes or the THRESHOLD web site.
iTunes exclusive EP track listing:
01. Pressure (radio version) (3:51)
02. Mission Profile (radio version) (5:21)
03. Flags And Footprints (acoustic version) (3:33) More...
Bloodstock has shuffled their set times, so take note if you are planning to attend. This means bands will start earlier in the day on both days. Nearly all stage 2 bands will be playing during changeovers of stage 1 so you should all get to see all the bands on the bill if you want to. The festival takes place 2 weeks from today in The UK.
Here are the new set times: More...
After their triumphant appearance at Bloodstock in 2002, GAMMA RAY return to headline the Friday night of 3rd September 2004. Creating an opening night of pure Metal Mayhem, Gamma Ray will be joined by the mighty SINERGY (including members of Children of Bodom) and from the UK, the oustanding, ILLUMINATUS who demand to be witnessed on a big stage! Anyone who has seen them on tour recently will realise why they are back this year.
The Friday night lineup will be:
GAMMA RAY - 3rd UK visit
SINERGY - Only their second visit to the UK
ILLUMINATUS - Highlight of Bloodstock 2003, Powerplay 9/10
Other UK bands recently confirmed are Power Metal heroes INTENSE opening up the main stage on Saturday, with Doomsters THE PROPHECY , GUTWORM , Progressive HUMANITY and RITUAL OF HATE , nicely filling the Darwin Suite on Saturday.
Another 7 or 8 bands are expected to be added to the Bloodstock bill in the coming weeks/months.
Finnish metalers CHILDREN OF BODOM are set to headline the Bloodstock festival on Saturday 4th September 2004. They will be joined on the Saturday by fellow countrymen SONATA ARCTICA for their first ever UK show, and from the UK, THRESHOLD, will be promoting their new CD and Live CD/DVD, in the special guest slot on Friday 3rd September.
The Lineup so far is: More...