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British progressive metal band Threshold checked in to report that the band is currently recording the yet untitled ninth studio release at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, England.
The reports reads as follows:
"The band have finished pre-production and are now tracking drums. 'We've got about 75 minutes of music at the moment so there's plenty to do' said keyboard player Richard West, who is producing the album alongside guitarist Karl Groom. 'I'm very pleased with the way this album is coming together' commented Groom. 'It is particularly good to see contributions in writing from more band members.'
"The new album sees the return of original THRESHOLD vocalist Damian Wilson (HEADSPACE, STAR ONE) who rejoined the band in 2007 following the departure of Andrew 'Mac' McDermott who sadly passed away on 3 August.
"THRESHOLD's previous studio album 'Dead Reckoning' was released in 2007 and featured guest vocals by Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, BLOODBATH). The album entered the charts at position 64 in Germany, 95 in The Netherlands and 37 in the UK rock chart.
"THRESHOLD will release their new album through Nuclear Blast Records in 2012."
Andrew 'Mac' McDermott, the former lead singer of British heavy metal outfit Threshold, passed away yesterday in England. A condolence page has been set up for the vocalist, which you can visit by clicking here. McDermott has reportedly been suffering from "serious health problems" for a while, which resulted in him leaving the band Powerworld in June. The cause of death is presently unknown.
McDermott was best known for his tenure as the vocalist for Threshold, a position he held from 1998's, "Clone" album to 2007's, "Dead Reckoning." He also spent time with German metal band Sargent Fury in the early 90's and most recently was part of the band Swamp Freaks.
Threshold has checked in with the following update about wrapping up its summer tour dates and entering the studio to record a new album:
"Threshold are back from their final shows of the summer after some great performances in the Netherlands and at the Night Of The Prog Festival in Germany.
"The band will now return to the studio to complete work on their forthcoming ninth studio album, due for release through Nuclear Blast Records in 2012."
In the mean time, you can also check out Threshold's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.
After previously announcing a string of European tour dates, U.K. based metal act Threshold has now issued the following brief announcement about canceling the band's upcoming show in Belgium:
"Belgium show cancelled: we're sorry to announce that Threshold's show on 9 July in Belgium just got cancelled for reasons beyond Threshold's control."
You can also listen to Threshold's music by navigating over to the band's official MySpace music profile here.
U.K. based act Threshold has announced a string of upcoming European live shows in July. The currently announced dates are as follows:
01/07/2011 House of Progression @ The Peel, Kingston, England
07/07/2011 De Pul, Uden, Netherlands
08/07/2011 Night Of The Prog Festival, Loreley, Germany
09/07/2011 GC Drieschaar, As, Belgium *
(* venue change - was previously at Rockstage, Tongeren)
You can also listen to Threshold's music by heading over to the band's official MySpace page at this location.
Threshold has issued the following announcement about the band's upcoming live shows:
"Don't miss Threshold's first live shows of 2011 coming up from 24 March to 2 April.
24/03/2011 The Rock Temple, Kerkrade, Netherlands
25/03/2011 Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
26/03/2011 Zeche, Bochum, Germany
02/04/2011 Fused Festival, Lydney, England (festival headline)
"Threshold will be performing a two hour show of live favorites such as Mission Profile and Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams alongside rare classics such as Eat The Unicorn. Support at the first three shows will come from Dutch progressive metallers Day Six, who will also perform at Fused Festival alongside a wonderful array of bands including Threshold, Vanden Plas, Kingfisher Sky, Winter in Eden, Toxic Smile, To-Mera, After-Math, Hookah the Fuzz, Awake by Design, Hanging Doll, Loreweaver and Haken."
Threshold also recently announced an appearance at the Night of the Prog festival. Details are available at this location.
Threshold has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Night of the Prog festival in July:
"Threshold will perform at the 2011 edition of Night Of The Prog Festival in Germany on 8-9 July. Other bands include Dream Theater, Anathema, IQ, RPWL, Eloy, Riverside and more."
U.K. based progressive metallers Threshold have started writing material for the follow up to their last album "Dead Reckoning." The new album is due for release through Nuclear Blast Records sometime in 2011. The band commented on beginning the recording process:
"Threshold will record the new volume at Thin Ice Studios in the UK, with production as usual by Karl Groom and Richard West. The band's last studio album Dead Reckoning was released in 2007 and enjoyed chart success in the UK, Germany and Holland. Threshold have since released a double album compilation The Ravages Of Time and a box set entitled Paradox - The Singles Collection."
Threshold has checked in with the following update about lining up 2011 tour dates: "Threshold have confirmed their first shows of next year with two dates in the Netherlands followed by a festival headline show at a new progressive and symphonic metal festival in the UK called Fused."
The currently announced dates are as follows:
3/24 2011 - The Rock Temple, Kerkrade, NL
3/25 2011 - Boerderij, Zoetermeer, NL
4/2 2011 - Fused Festival, Lydney, UK
Threshold has issued the following announcement about the Star One project streaming a new song online title "Earth That Was" via Noisecreep.com:
"A new song from Dutch composer/multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen's Star One project is available for streaming at Noisecreep. The track comes off the new Star One album Victims Of The Modern Age which is due for release at the end of October.
"As well as Threshold vocalist Damian Wilson, the Star One album features guest singers Dan Swanö (Nightingale, Second Sky, Edge of Sanity) who appeared on Threshold's Dead Reckoning, Russell Allen (Symphony X), Floor Jansen (Revamp, After Forever) and Tony Martin (Black Sabbath)."
German metal band PowerWorld has issued the following update:
"We are proud that we have a new strong voice on the microphones. Please welcome Mr. Andrew McDermott: 'Mac' is the Ex-Singer of the german band Sargant Fury and the Ex-Singer of the UK-Progband Threshold. He is a man with a lot of experience. Our songs got exactly the power and spirit what they need. We want to finish the work on the album as fast as possible to play on the festivals this year."
British progressive metal band THRESHOLD has released a brand new digital single of the MUSE cover "Supermassive Black Hole." The song can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
Richard West comments, "'Supermassive Black Hole' was such a huge hit for MUSE, it's become a modern classic and it's still in the top ten of the UK rock charts after 150 weeks! I hope MUSE enjoy THRESHOLD's reworking of their song, we've stayed fairly true to the original but with some added THRESHOLD heaviness."
The band will also re-issue their latest effort "Dead Reckoning" including instrumental versions of all songs of the album as a bonus - the digital release of the package is scheduled for mid February. More...
Threshold will release their cover of the Muse song "Supermassive Black Hole" as a digital single on Jan 29 (UK Jan 31, US Feb 2). The single's B-side will be "Slipstream (vocoder version)," a previously unreleased mix of the opening song from the album "Dead Reckoning."
Commented Threshold keyboard player Richard West: "Supermassive Black Hole was such a huge hit for Muse, it's become a modern classic and it's still in the top ten of the U.K. rock charts after 150 weeks! I hope Muse enjoy Threshold 's reworking of their song; we've stayed fairly true to the original but with some added Threshold heaviness."
U.K. metallers Threshold have uploaded audio clips of all 24 songs from their box set "Paradox - The Singles Collection." The set marks 20 years of Threshold and contains 8 singles with rare b-sides and a 20 page booklet. The audio clips can be heard at this location.
The track listing for the set is as follows:
1. Paradox (radio version)
2. Conceal The Face
3. Shifting Sands
1. Sunseeker (radio version)
2. Fist Of Tongues
3. Half Way Home More...
UK metallers Threshold have issued the following tour recap:
"Threshold have now completed their Essence Of Progression tour supported by Serenity and Spheric Universe Experience. The tour celebrated 20 years of Threshold during which the band have performed in 20 countries worldwide.
"Threshold played the following setlist at most of the shows: Consume To Live, Fighting For Breath, Stop Dead, Part Of The Chaos, Avalon, One Degree Down, Critical Mass, Smile At The Moon, The Art Of Reason, Long Way Home, Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams, Slipstream. (Encores:) Mission Profile, Paradox.
"Threshold would like to thank Georg, Thomas, Simon, Mario and Andreas (Serenity), Franck, Vince, John, Fred and Christophe (Spheric Universe Experience), Jordan from JPA Media for the visuals, the amazing crew of Noel, Aaron, Oskar, Chop and Mickael, as well as Rock Hard, Rock It, Eclipsed, Nuclear Blast, Napalm Records, Sensory Records, Intromental Worldwide, Factory Music, Just Coffee and TTP Productions for helping to make it such a great tour."
U.K. metallers Threshold have uploaded a newly recorded track on their official MySpace page. The uploaded song "Smile At The Moon" is a new recording of an old song that was previously unreleased but now made available on Threshold's limited edition box set "Paradox - The Singles Collection."
Threshold's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
10/29 DE | Zeche Carl Essen
10/30 DE | Colos Saal Aschaffenburg
10/31 DE | Movie Bielefeld
11/1 CH | Z7 Pratteln
11/2 DE | Backstage Munich
11/4 PL | Firlej Wroclaw
11/5 DE | Bergkeller Reichenbach
11/6 BE | Spirit of 66 Verviers
11/7 NL | Boerderij Zoetermeer
11/8 UK | Relentless Garage London
U.K. gothic metallers Pythia have issued the following announcement about opening for Threshold on November 8th:
"We are pleased announce that we will be opening for the awesome Threshold on the 8th of November at the Relentless Garage with main support coming from Austrian progressive metallers Serenity.
"Threshold are one of the leading lights of the progressive metal scene. Now celebrating twenty years together, Threshold continue to make powerful and innovative rock music both on record and on stage."
Austrian metallers Serenity have issued the following announcement about a live show in London with Threshold:
"Finally a London show this year!
"Many of you were disappointed when we couldn't make it to the London gig with KAMELOT in March, now we are glad to announce that we'll return there on November 8th with THRESHOLD - the gig will take place at 'Relentless Garage'!
"Also some more dates with EDENBRIDGE are confirmed now, these concern Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands; have a closer look in 'tour'!
"And another thing: the first part of our (german) tour report with KAMELOT is now online here! Have fun reading it!"
Prog metal band band Threshold has issued the following announcement about upcoming U.K. tour dates:
"Threshold will play tour dates in England, Holland and Belgium in the spring as they continue to promote their latest studio album Dead Reckoning.
"The tour is presented by Powerplay Rock & Metal Magazine, and starts with three Benelux dates in Uden, Vosselaar and Zandam supported by Belgian band Beyond The Labyrinth.
"Threshold will then return to the UK for a headline performance at Rotherham Rocks, followed by a House of Progression night in Kingston and a double headline show with progressive rockers Galahad in Poole. The Rotherham and Kingston shows will include Kyrbgrinder fronted by Threshold drummer Johanne James."
The complete set of tour dates is as follows:
01 May 2009: De Pul, Uden, Netherlands
02 May 2009: Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
03 May 2009: De Kade, Zaandam, Netherlands
08 May 2009: Rotherham Rocks, Rotherham, UK
09 May 2009: House Of Progression @ The Peel, Kingston, UK
10 May 2009: Mr Kyps, Poole, UK
THRESHOLD drummer Johanne James has won the Classic Rock Society Award for Best Drummer of 2008, retaining the title for the third year in a row. THRESHOLD recently headlined the 10th ProgPower Europe Festival despite Johanne James having dislocated his shoulder in a sporting accident.
Below you can see professionally filmed footage of THRESHOLD performing "Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams" in the US. More...