Ten years ago today the music world lost one of its finest voices, the hugely talented and inimitable Andrew ‘Mac’ McDermott. Mac was the vocalist of British progressive metal band Threshold from 1998 to 2007 and performed on five of the band’s classic albums ‘Clone’, ‘Hypothetical’, ‘Critical Mass’, ‘Subsurface’ and ‘Dead Reckoning’.
“There are many great memories of Mac, some printable and others maybe not, but life was never dull on tour when he was around!” recalls Threshold guitarist Karl Groom. “In contrast, he would usually stay with me in the UK and was a lot quieter away from the pressures of performing. He enjoyed watching nostalgic TV programs that reminded him of his childhood in the North East of England. When I see old bandmates, we sometimes reminisce about Mac and he is sorely missed. His undoubted and unique talent is preserved on the records we made together with Threshold.”
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of his passing, Threshold have unearthed some previously unreleased footage of the song Fragmentation filmed at the Z7 in Switzerland in 2004, one of Mac’s final live shows with the band.
“It was just by chance that a couple of our crew members filmed some of the show”, recounts keyboard player Richard West. “Mac was on fine form that night and the moment at the end where we took a bow together followed by Mac saying goodbye brings a tear to my eye. We had some wonderful times together, and after all these years it’s still hard to accept that he’s gone”.
On 3 September 2021, Threshold will release an expanded double CD edition of their live album Surface To Stage featuring remixed and remastered audio, three additional tracks and an extended 12-page booklet with new liner notes and photos.
Recorded in Switzerland during the band’s 2004 Subsurface tour, the original release featured a cut down version of the concert to fit onto a single CD with the songs ‘Freaks’, ‘The Ravages of Time’ and ‘Fragmentation’ left out. Surface To Stage – Expanded Edition now features all 13 tracks in their original running order as performed on the night.
“It’s been a real pleasure revisiting this concert and restoring the audio to its full potential”, said guitarist Karl Groom who was responsible for remixing and remastering the album at Thin Ice Studios. “It was an amazing tour and I have great memories of it”.
CD1: Mission Profile, Ground Control, Freaks, Into the Light, Echoes of Life, Long Way Home, Opium. CD2: The Art of Reason, Pressure, The Ravages of Time, Light and Space, Flags and Footprints, Fragmentation.
A unique moment at Thin Ice Studios a couple of weeks ago when Threshold vocalist Glynn Morgan caught up with former frontman Damian Wilson who was there on Arena business. Richard West captured the encounter on camera – it’s quite astonishing that it’s the first time they’d ever met!
Threshold have entered Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, England to record the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2017 album ‘Legends Of The Shires’.
Guitarist Karl Groom comments: “After not seeing the rest of the band for the longest time I can recall, it’s great to be spending time together making music again. A new Threshold album is always special for the band, but this will mean a lot after recent events.”
Following the release of ‘Legends Of The Shires’, Threshold toured the album across 18 different countries before their touring plans were put to a halt by the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Legends Of The Shires’ saw the return of vocalist Glynn Morgan, for the first time since the band’s 1994 record ‘Psychedelicatessen’. In regards to rejoining the band, and recording the follow up to ‘Legends…’, Glynn explains: “It’s an absolute buzz meeting up with the guys again and totally exciting to be getting going again. The whole ‘Legends’ journey was just so cool and it was awesome to be part of it, I just can’t wait to do it again!”
All of the songs for the new album have now been written and arranged, and the band are currently in the process of tracking their final performances.
Keyboard player Richard West concludes: “It’s all coming together beautifully and sounding better than ever. If ‘Legends Of The Shires’ had a slightly darker, moodier older brother then this would be it.”
Threshold’s as yet untitled new album will be released via Nuclear Blast Records in the first half of 2022.
We’re delighted to announce that our 4th ‘Direct-To-Fan’ CD ‘Replica’ (2004) is currently being reprinted and will be available again in a few weeks.
‘Replica’ is a collection of previously unreleased songs, remixes and new recordings including an early version of ‘Into The Light’ called ‘Endless Sea’, the previously unreleased full length version of ‘The Latent Gene’, acoustic versions of ‘Ground Control’ and ‘Forever’, a new version of ‘Surface To Stage’ with vocals by Mac, an industrial synth remix of ‘Opium’ and many more.
You can pre-order ‘Replica’ now from www.thresh.net/store – available while stocks last.
While you’re there, you may also want to pick up one of the last ‘Legends Of The Shires’ World Tour T-shirts (now only available in size XXL) – limited stocks only.
Threshold’s 2021 reissue of the direct-to-fan CD ‘Concert In Paris’ is now in stock at www.thresh.net/store
Recorded live during the band’s Hypothetical tour in 2001, it was the second of seven direct-to-fan releases that were designed to sit alongside the band’s official studio albums, providing concert recordings, deep cuts and rarities that were not available on the studio releases.
‘Concert In Paris’ track listing: Freaks, Turn On Tune In, Long Way Home, Change, Devoted, Light And Space, The Ravages Of Time, Paradox.
We’re very happy to announce that we’re doing a limited run reissue of Threshold’s first ever direct-to-fan CD ‘Decadent’, originally released in 1999. It’s available to pre-order now from www.thresh.net/store while stocks last.
Thank you to everyone who voted for which direct-to-fan album we should reissue first. It was a close vote and you essentially wanted all of them, so we’re going to release them in chronological order. Although many of the tracks on ‘Decadent’ have since been released as bonus tracks on later albums, there are still some rarities on there which we hope you’ll enjoy.
Threshold’s direct-to-fan CDs were designed to sit alongside the band’s official studio albums, providing concert recordings, deep cuts and rarities that were not available on the studio releases. They included ‘Decadent’ (1999), ‘Concert In Paris’ (2002), ‘Wireless – Acoustic Sessions’ (2003), ‘Replica’ (2004), ‘Surface To Stage (2006)’, ‘Paradox – The Singles Collection’ (2009) and ‘Two-Zero-One-Seven’ (2018).
The full ‘Decadent’ track list is: Virtual Isolation (Radio Version), Intervention (1999 Remix), Sunseeker (Radio Version), Voyager II (Urban Version), Devoted (Fan Club Remix), Change (Unplugged), Mother Earth (1999 Remix), Exposed (Radio Version), Lost (Japanese Bonus Track), Into The Light (1999 Remix), Paradox (Club Mix), He Is I Am (Drum & Bass Version).
You can pre-order ‘Decadent’ from www.thresh.net/store
The UK festival HRH Prog X has been the rescheduled to 4-5 September 2021. You can find a statement from the organisers here:
Threshold will perform at the festival on the following dates:
- 4 September – 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK
- 5 September – 02 Academy, Sheffield, UK
The organisers hope to have the same bill and all tickets and hotels have been transferred automatically and all booking references will be the same.
Threshold are excited to confirm that they’ve started work on a follow-up to their 2017 double album ‘Legends of the Shires’.
As with most bands, Threshold’s plans have been heavily disrupted during 2020 with tours to Europe and Australia cancelled due to coronavirus.
Guitarist Karl Groom commented: “It’s a good feeling to have something positive to say about music again. We’ve been writing for a new Threshold album for a while now and are starting to exchange demos. Following ‘Legends of the Shires’ is quite a thing, but we’ve always aimed to take a step forward each album and I’m very excited by what we have so far!”
Threshold’s new album is expected to be released in 2021.
We’re sorry to announce that our club shows in September have been cancelled due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions. This affects our shows in Weert, Zoetermeer, Rheine and Aschaffenburg and fans are advised to contact their ticket sellers for a refund. Another consequence of the virus is that one of our band members is the primary carer for a vulnerable parent and does not feel safe to travel while there is a risk of contracting the virus. The safety of our loved ones is our greatest priority so unfortunately this means we will not be able to attend Artrock Festival this year. We’re really sorry to not be able to do these shows and we look forward to getting back on the road as soon as it’s possible.