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”.