This was certainly not the
direction I had expected Threshold would have taken with this
their 8th studio album 'Dead Reckoning'. The approach to the music
is a lot straighter and actually quite simplistic in terms of
Threshold, which is very apparent on the whole album.
If I had to describe this
album in one word, then I would say; "remarkable". The guitar sound
on this album is straight in your face, razor-sharp and very
prominent and heavy sounding. The album is darker and heavier on one
side, and on the other side this is the easiest accessible
Threshold album ever. The songs are catchy and go straight for
the throat, which has a lot to do with Andrew 'Mac' McDermott's
vocal performance on this album. He has never sounded so dominant,
natural and powerful before, and with this performance he just
underlines the fact that he has one the best metal voices around.
The creative side of
Threshold; guitarist Karl Groom and keyboard player Richard West
has found the perfect balance between the dominant guitar sounds and
the distinct use keyboard sounds through 55 minutes of extremely
intense and powerful heavy rock. Paired with one of the tightest
rhythm sections around in drummer Johanne James and bass player
Steve Anderson the foundations for Mac's vocals are worked out to
perfection, and he delivers like never before.
The sound is tight, clear
and heavy and this is clearly a UK band at work. On 'Dead Reckoning'
Threshold has cut their style down to the bone, the music is
pure and simple heavy rock with a slight progressive edge and with
this release they manage to surpass anything they've released
has created a breathtaking album, which surely will surprise a few
metal heads; the appearance of Dan Swanö on two songs and his
contribution give these songs an aggressive edge and a nice twist to
them. But there is so much more to be discovered on this awesome
album - I won't start emphasizing songs or parts because this album
is so versatile and profound that one have to listen and let it all
sink in to fully appreciate the brilliant and depth of this album.
'Dead Reckoning' is packed
with catchy heavy metal with breaks do die for, outstanding
musicianship all around, a brilliant production and overall a very
mature and professional album that in my book surpasses everything
released in 2007 so far.
I have always held
Threshold close to my heart, and with this brilliant piece of
timeless heavy rock they have outdone themselves once more, and have
created what at the end of the year surely will be a very strong
contender for album of the year.
A very energetic, powerful
and very entertaining release from one the finest representatives of
the genre, which in my book is a mandatory buy for any metal fan,
who like catchy heavy metal with balls and a lot of pure energy.