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Threshold

Formed: 1988
From: Surrey, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Threshold News

Below is our complete Threshold news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Threshold To Release Muse Cover

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."

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Threshold Streaming Box Set Audio Samples

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:

CD 1
1. Paradox (radio version)
2. Conceal The Face
3. Shifting Sands

CD 2
1. Sunseeker (radio version)
2. Fist Of Tongues
3. Half Way Home More...

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Threshold Issues Tour Recap

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."

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Threshold Streaming New Song Online

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

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Pythia Announces Live Show With Threshold

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."

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Serenity Announces London Tour Date With Threshold

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!"

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Threshold Announces U.K. Tour Dates

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

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Threshold Drummer Johanne James Wins Award

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...

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Alarum To Play ProgPower Fest With Cynic

Australian prog death metallers Alarum have been confirmed for the tenth-anniversary edition of the ProgPower Europe festival, set to take place from the 3rd to the 5th of October at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, The Netherlands. It will be a very special performance as it is a one-off European show. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

Friday, October 3:

PAGAN'S MIND (NOR)
ATROX (NOR)
DIVISION BY ZERO (POL)

Saturday, October 4:

CYNIC (USA)
ZERO HOUR (USA)
ALARUM (AUS)
WOLVERINE (SWE) *
[to be announced]
CILICE (HOL)

Sunday, October 5:

THRESHOLD (UK)
WOLVERINE (SWE) **
MYRATH (TUN)
SUSPYRE (USA)
PATHOSRAY (IT)
21 EYES OF RUBY (HOL)

* 1999 setlist (when WOLVERINE played the first-ever ProgPower Europe)
** Regular setlist

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Amon Amarth Check In

AMON AMARTH, the Swedish metal band that has taken the world by storm with their brand of intense and melodic Viking influenced music, have checked in with the following update:

"Back from a two-week vacation we’ve continued working on new songs for our upcoming release. We have a hand full of great songs already, soon to be Amon Amarth classics, and we still have plenty of great song ideas. On March 27th we’re taking a break from the song writing, heading out to sea, raiding and pillaging (the bars) at the Sweden Rock Cruise."

Sweden Rock Cruise which sails from Stockholm (Sweden) to Turkku (Finland) and back on March 27th - 28th, to celebrate the 50th issue of Sweden Rock Magazine. Also on the bill are EDGUY, ARTILLERY, CRAZY LIXX, THRESHOLD and BONAFIDE. More...

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Power Quest Post Samples of New Album Online

UK melodic power metallers POWER QUEST are gearing up for the release of their new album, Master Of Illusion. Click here to listen to samples of the entire record.

The "Master of Illusion" track listing is as follows:

01. Cemetery Gates
02. Human Machine
03. Civilised?
04. Kings of Eternity
05. Master of Illusion
06. The Vigil
07. Save the World
08. Hearts and Voices
09. I Don't Believe in Friends Forever
10. Never Again
11. Reckoning Day More...

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Power Quest Reveal Fourth Guest on New Album

UK melodic power metallers POWER QUEST have revealed the identity of the fourth person who appears on their new album, "Master Of Illusion": FOURWAYKILL singer Chris Neighbour who appears on two songs on the album: 'Master Of Illusion' and 'The Vigil'. For more info on Neighbour click here.

Other guest appearances on the album include: Bill Hudson (COLDERA, ex-CELLADOR), Richard West (THRESHOLD) and Jorn Viggo Lofstad (PAGAN'S MIND). Guest number five will be announced soon.

Master Of Illusion features the following tracks: '"emetery Gates," "Human Machine," "Civilised?," "Kings Of Eternity," "Master Of Illusion," "The Vigil," "Save The World," "Hearts and Voices," "I Don't Believe in Friends Forever," "Never Again," "Reckoning Day."

The track 'Human Machine' is currently streaming here. More...

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Power Quest Confirm More New Album Release Dates

UK melodic power metallers POWER QUEST have announced the following worldwide release dates for their new album, "Master Of Illusion:"

March 26th - Japan/SE Asia (via Marquee/Avalon)
April 25th - Europe (via Napalm)
May 13th - North America (via Napalm)

For more info and a sound clip of "Human Machine," click here.

"Master Of Illusion" features guest appearances from PAGAN'S MIND guitarist Jorn Viggo Lofstad and THRESHOLD keyboardist Richard West on the song 'Human Machine'.

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Power Quest Complete Mixing New Album

UK melodic power metallers POWER QUEST have issued the following update:

"Mixing is now complete for the new album and mastering is scheduled for February 13th. The Japanese release date for Master Of Illusion has been set for March 26th! Work begins this coming week on the brand new PQ website and also a new look Myspace page. Look out for both sites going live towards the start of March.

Master Of Illusion features a guest appearance from THRESHOLD keyboardist Richard West on the song 'Human Machine'.

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Threshold Win Awards At Classic Rock Society

UK prog-metallers THRESHOLD have won awards for best singer, best drummer and best album track at the Classic Rock Society Awards in the UK last evening.

Johanne James won the best drummer award for the second consecutive year. Damian Wilson won the best vocalist award after returning to the band for last year's tour. The best album track award was won by Richard West's song 'Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams' from Threshold's latest studio album Dead Reckoning.

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Threshold Announce More Dutch Tour Dates

UK progressive metalelrs THRESHOLD will return to the Netherlands in April for two more shows in Helmond and Zoetermeer. This will be the last chance to catch THRESHOLD in Dutch venues before the band perform at ProgPower Europe festival in October.

THRESHOLD Dutch tour dates 2008:

Apr. 18 - Plato, Helmond, Holland
Apr. 19 - Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Holland
Oct. 05 - ProgPower Europe, Baarlo, Holland

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Threshold Confirmed For ProgPower Europe Festival

British progsters THRESHOLD have been added to the roster at this year's ProgPower Europe 2008 festival, scheduled to take place October 3-5, 2008 at C Sjiwa in Baarlo, Netherlands. THRESHOLD will be one of the three headlining acts at the three-day festival, which will mark its 10th anniversary.

All the confirmed bands thus far are: DIVISION BY ZERO, GHOST BRIGADE, PAGAN'S MIND, SUSPYRE and THRESHOLD.

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Threshold Announce First Date Of 2008

UK prog-metal masters THRESHOLD have issued the following update:

Threshold plan to book more live shows for 2008 before thinking about new material. "The whole band have enjoyed touring more than ever this year and are hungry for more", commented guitarist Karl Groom. Threshold have already confirmed their appearance at the Legacy Festival in Serbia next May alongside bands including TESTAMENT and RAGE, and should be announcing more shows soon.

Threshold ended their 2007 dates with a sold out performance to 8,000 fans at WITHIN TEMPTATION's homecoming show in Holland. "It was wonderful to be asked to support Within Temptation", commented vocalist Damian Wilson. "They've achieved so much and put on a spectacular, faultless show. For us it was the perfect end to a great tour, and I feel the beginning of a very positive new era for Threshold". Wilson was Threshold's original vocalist and recently returned to the band following the departure of Andrew McDermott. "Having Damian back has brought a new energy and excitement to our live shows", commented keyboardist Richard West. "We've been having such a good time it's a shame the year's over". Damian Wilson will continue touring with the band in 2008 but no decision has yet been made about his involvement on future albums.

After signing with Nuclear Blast last year, Threshold released their 8th studio album Dead Reckoning in March 2007. The album brought the band their best chart success to date in the UK, Germany and Holland, and led to tracks on numerous compilations as well as a major Hollywood soundtrack. The band toured Europe in the Autumn with a strong support package featuring COMMUNIC, MACHINE MEN and SERENITY, as well as playing many festivals in the UK, US and Europe.

Threshold's live line-up also included Soliloquy's Pete Morten on guitar. "I've made no secret about how amazing it was to tour with Threshold this year! For the first time in my life, I feel I've experienced professional touring the way that it was meant to be experienced" commented Morten. "I've made five new 'best friends' in Karl, Rich, Steve, Johanne and Damian".

Threshold closed the year by releasing their first retrospective The Best Of Threshold - The Ravages Of Time.

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Threshold Guitarist Inks Endorsement Deal

UK prog-metallers THRESHOLD have issued the following update:
"As of 2008 guitarist Karl Groom will be using the Rocktron Prophesy II in his set-up after signing an endorsement deal with Rocktron - Technology For Guitarists. After quite a bit of damage to his current set-up on numerous Threshold flights this year, Karl has been looking at more portable options for this kind of gig. The Rocktron Prophesy II features a valve pre-amp with built in effects from the company that brought out the Intellifex. The sound can be quite similar to the JMP1 based set-up, but is small enough to go as hand baggage and plug into any rig waiting at a festival."

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Testament Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

May 30, 2008:

DESTRUCTION
VADER
OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
THRESHOLD

May 31, 2008:

JORN LANDE
BELPHEGOR
FINNTROLL
UNLEASHED
AMORPHIS
RAGE
TESTAMENT

One more international act as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.

TESTAMENT has set "The Formation of Damnation" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in early 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band is currently recording the effort with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.

TESTAMENT recently recruited Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) to play the drums on new CD. The group was previously rehearsing and writing new material with British drummer Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR), but Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and international work visa issues have prevented Barker from continuing to be involved in the project.

Bostaph, who was a member of TESTAMENT for a brief period starting around February 2004, had previously played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band's 1993 live EP, "Return to the Apocalyptic City". He also toured with TESTAMENT in 2006.

TESTAMENT's current lineup is rounded out by Chuck Billy on vocals, Eric Peterson on rhythm guitar, Alex Skolnick on lead guitar and Greg Christian on bass.

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