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Subsurface (Special Edition) [Enhanced, Special Edition]

Threshold Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Just about everything that you’ve read before about Threshold will have classified them as a Progressive Metal group. Countless international reviewers and even their own press biographies have bandied around the term with no genuine fear of contradiction.

Ten albums into a career that began in London’s leafy suburbs back in 1989, it’s time this situation was ... Read more in Amazon's Threshold Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Special Edition
  • Label: INSIDE OUT
  • ASIN: B0002I740Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,975 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mission Profile
2. Ground Control
3. Opium
4. Stop Dead
5. The Art Of Reason
6. Pressure
7. Flags And Footprints
8. Static
9. The Destruction Of Words
10. What About Me? (Bonus Track)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So...should I buy this album? 2 Oct 2004
By John Wyant VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I'm going to assume that if you're a fan of the band, then you've probably already bought this (and if you haven't, then you should!). But what if you're not yet a fan? If you're reading this because you're curious, then ask yourself the following questions:
1) Do you like Dream Theater, especially their more melodic songs?
2) Do you like bands who couldn't care less about what's "in", and just make the music they want to play?
3) Do you like singers with powerful voices, but who sing so clearly that the printed lyrics become a luxury, rather than a necessity?
4) Do you like guitarists whose solos are not simply opportunities to show off, but actually have (gasp!) a TUNE?
5) Do you like bands where the keyboard player is not just there to 'fill out the sound', but has almost as many solos as the guitarist?
6) Do you smile broadly when you realise that a band has just thrown in an unusual time signature, but made it sound perfectly natural?
If you answered 'yes' to at least one of these, you should consider buying this album. If you answered 'yes' to all of them, then what are you waiting for?
This is a real 'grower' of an album that just gets better with each listen. Remarkably, for a band that have been around for quite a few years, there is not a single song here that could be considered a 'filler' - all of them have something to offer. And variety, too! You want long multi-part songs? Listen to 'The Art of Reason'. You want something more punchy? Try the very next track 'Pressure'. You want a song that you'll be humming for days afterwards? Go for the wonderful 'The Destruction of Words'.
With the music business nowadays being more about business than music, I really feel it's important to support bands who try to do something a little bit different. So - to buy or not to buy? Just add up the number of 'yes'es you had earlier - the decision should become obvious!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This band just get better and better! 25 Aug 2004
By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The critical success of Thresholds' last album "Critical Mass" firmly established the band at the forefront of the so-called progressive metal genre. But that description does not really do justice to the talent of this band. This latest album sees them on a roll, with the material here as good, if not better than that displayed on their previous offering. Subsurface is an exceptional piece of work. Singer Andrew McDermott (Mac) has now firmly established himself into the band and his vocals and harmonies on this are his best ever. The band are tight and there is an economy in the arrangements which really lets the songs shine. The sound is powerful and muscular with less of the lush, synthetic sounds which were displayed on "Critical Mass". The guitars of Karl Groom are much to the fore, giving them a harder edge similar to that displayed on "Hypothetical".
As usual the band tackles unusual subjects in an intelligent manner, looking at what lies beneath the surface the common thread running throughout the album. It's difficult to pull out favourites, but "The Art of Reason" works very well over it's 10 minutes duration and I particularly enjoyed the power ballad of "Flags and Footprints". But the overall quality on display here is highly impressive and "Subsurface" is simply another wonderful addition to this bands catalogue of excellent recordings.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Hooks Than A Primary School Cloakroom 10 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought Subsurface after reading a review in a well respected rock magazine. So I bought a copy and the album has been neber far from my CD player since.
It has all the hallmarks of what made rock music great in the past, great songs (no make that fantastic songs) with power, melody and great musicianship.
If you like rock music as it should be then buy this you will not be disappointed.
This takes me back to when music mattered, before the preening pop acts of MTV.
Go on buy it you know you want to!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Wayne
Format:Audio CD
What can I say. This album is simply breathtaking. I have only just come across this band thanks to a great review of this album in powerplay magazine (Where it scored 10/10, album of the month) but I am completly hooked.
Right from the moment the first song begins you will know your about to listen to something very special.
I'll Start with Mac's vocals. Without a doubt he is one of Rock/Metal's finest singers. His voice has such great range. As for the rest of the band they really sound on fire. The guitars show just the right balance between heavy catchy riffs and sublime melody. I must mention the keyboardist. To many bands in metal today use keyboards as nothing more than a bit of background but here they really add weight and texture to the songs. Album highlights are the opening track 'Mission Profile' And the epic 'The Art Of Reason'. Make sure you buy the special edition of the album as apart from the multimedia stuff you also get a bonus track 'What about me', a great song.
Since buying this album I have delved into the bands back catalogue (this is their 7th album) and can confidently say I am totally awe struck by this band. If you purchase this album then I recommend you seek out the Critical Mass and Hypothetical albums and join me in supporting the future of British Metal.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff 21 May 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After listening to bands such as Dream Theater and Angra, I decided to get this. It turned out to be very good.
The songs have very catchy hooks and are extremely melodic, some remind me of songs off the DT album 'images and words'.
The tracks I find are a bit preachy sometimes, especially 'Ground Control'. Basically slamming capitolism and saying we should all be communists (I think), very "punk" though.
If you're into prog rock you should definatly check this out though.
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