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THRESHOLD, The Peel, Kingston 1 July 2011
One of music's great mysteries for me is why Threshold remain so unknown
here in the UK. They have produced a string of enjoyable prog metal
albums, put on a damn fine live show and would appeal to fans of Ayreon,
Dream Theater and Muse.
is rammed, although that's only around 250 people and the band deserve
to be in a venue the size of at least the Forum. But the real treat with
the Peel is you get so near to the band. Only a minor quibble, with the
sound the drums can drown out the other instruments in such a small
venue, although the mix had settled down by the third song in.
With no new album to plug (it is now due in early 2012 according to the
latest update), the band were free to play an extended set as there was
no support, and dig out a few lesser played gems.
of with 'Slipstream', (with keyboards player Richard West providing the
cookie monster growls) one of their most commercial tunes to date, set a
high standard for me as that is one my favourite songs by them!
highlights included the riff-tastic duo 'Hollow' and 'Falling Away' and
the acoustic interlude. 'ground Control' sounded so different when
stripped of its electric guitar riffs. 'Mission Profile' is another
personal favourite and a fine way to end the set.
As for the band, drummer Johnanne James pounded his small set as though
his life depended upon it, whilst Pete Morten (who I last saw live
fronting Power Quest) provides the perfect foil for Karl Groom's guitar
riffs and solos.
Damian Wilson not only sings the songs with passion but kept wandering
off into the audience. He also made a beeline for those at the back who
were less reluctant to join in - a great way to get the whole crowd
involved as you never knew if he'd head your way.
Encores were 'One Degree Down' and 'Light And Space', again the audience
were appreciative of the band and their music, making enough noise for a
crowd three or four times their size. A superb night of melodic,
progressive metal performed by a band at the peak of their powers. If
you've never heard anything by them pop along to Spotify, Last FM etc to
see what you've been missing.
Setlist: Slipstream/ The Ravages of Time/ Long Way Home/ The Destruction
of Words/ Hollow/ Sanity's End/
Falling Away/ Clear (acoustic)/ Ground Control (acoustic)/ Pressure/ The
Art of Reason/ This Is Your Life/ Pilot in the Sky of Dreams/ Mission
Encores: One Degree Down/Light and Space
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