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“Dead Reckoning” by Threshold

Artist: Threshold
Title: “Dead Reckoning”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 4/3/2007
Genre: Progressive Metal
Rating: 4/5

Behold England’s answer to Dream Theater in the Progressive Metal juggernaut Threshold! Long referred to as the U.K.’s best provider of this genre it is easy to see why when the first track on the release begins. “Slipstream” draws you into the bands world by bringing levels of technical ability with dynamic vocal harmony and leads on top of a rousing chorus that has you singing with them right out of the gate. It makes sense as this is not a new band at all, but a seasoned and dynamic group that has moved on from Progressive Music leaders InsideOut and now rests firm and comfortable in the arms of Nuclear Blast Records. They groups addition to an already powerful roster offers the label fans a slightly different take on what they might be used to. Their label debut “Dead Reckoning” has a big and live sound to it and amid the dynamic technical skills that are showcased you find yourself continually intrigued and not bored by all the wizardry. “This Is Your Life” reminded me of “Status Seeker”, an old DT song based on the way this one was sticking in my memory and it never hurts a band to find their sound calling to mind parts of a group like Dream Theater.
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