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Album Review

Long-running British prog metal outfit Threshold return with their eighth album, providing yet more of what fans expect, along with a few minor changeups such as the unexpectedly funky beat propelling the early standout "Disappear" and the techno synths underpinning "Hollow." Singer Andrew McDermott has a clean, almost old-fashioned voice with perfect diction not only on the power ballad centerpiece "Pilot in the Sky of Dreams" but on those tracks that would normally require a rougher sound. Posh vocals or not, Dead Reckoning is of that aggressively tasteful school of metal that never breaks into full-on showboating excess or noisy violence. It's metal for people who wish Marillion had occasionally gone into Dio territory, or that Talk Talk and Queensrÿche had collaborated. Those outside that target demographic will likely remain unimpressed.

Customer Reviews

Strong Threshold material ruined by wanton growling

Hearing Slipstream for the first time, I was astounded that Threshold would choose to invite a growler to, well, growl on their song. Certain that this was just an invitation for that song, I purchased the album and found, indeed, growling runs rampant throughout the album. Why? Threshold has never been a band in which growling had any place, and, indeed, Mac's voice and the growling simply don't work together. The songs themselves, for the most part, are typical Threshold material. "Pilot in the Sky of Dreams" is an exception, as it really shows the range limitations of Mac's voice. A song like "Elusive" with its repetitive "climb the wall and leave it all behind" growls simply make no sense on a Threshold album. Fans should hope this doesn't signal a new era for the band.

Growl or No Growl... This is a great album

I've listened to half the album already and loved every song. Being a fan of Threshold's for many albums, this one was certainly different. The growling caught me off guard but also made me headbang to it even more. I dont think they will continue to add more growling to their future cds but this was great on a few tracks. Strong songs for those looking for talent in lyrical writing. Great Job guys :-).

From a New Fan-Best Album of 2007

I am a brand new fan of Threshold. Thanks to various recommendations by people on iTunes and Amazon, I’ve discovered the best new album of 2007 – Threshold’s “Dead Reckoning”. I’m a big fan of melodic rock/metal, and this album really delivers. Not being used to 7+ minute songs, I started by trying out Slipstream and then their EP “Pilot in the Sky of Dreams” for the shorter versions of Pilot and Elusive. Loved them all. Worried about the “growling” comments…don’t be. Growling happens in Slipstream and Elusive, but works great in those songs (caught me by surprise the first time). I finally purchased the whole album, and listen to it practically daily. The regular version of Pilot is simply amazing, as is everything on the album. For music in this same vein, I also highly recommend Threshold’s “Subsurface”, Allen/Lande’s “The Battle”, Place Vendome’s “Place Vendome”, Tony O’Hora’s “Tony O’Hora”, and Journey’s “Generations”.

Biography

Formed: 1989

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Threshold came into being in the greater London area in 1989. The lineup of the band was Damian Wilson, Karl Groom, Nick Midson, Jon Leary, Richard West, and Tony Grinham. The band released their debut disc, Wounded Land, in 1993. Shortly after the release, though, Wilson chose to move on to other musical ventures, leaving Threshold without a vocalist. That deficiency would not last long, though, the band finding Wilson's replacement in the personage of Glynn Morgan. That was not to be the end of...
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