Threshold are an English Progressive metal band formed in Surrey, England in the late 1980s.
Threshold began their career in 1988, initially playing covers of metal groups like Ratt and Testament. As they continued playing together, they began to write their own songs, and eventually stopped playing covers altogether. Early recordings were released locally on cassette under the band name "If Not, Why?". They played their first gig at The Compasses in Egham, Surrey, with Jon Jeary on vocals and Ian Bennett on bass. In 1992, they signed their first record deal, and after adding vocalist Damian Wilson to the group alongside guitarists Karl Groom and Nick Midson, bassist Jon Jeary and drummer Tony Grinham, produced their first commercial recording, "Intervention," which was released on a Dutch Progressive rock compilation album. Shortly afterwards, keyboardist Richard West joined the band, and he remains with them to this day.
The band's debut album, "Wounded Land", was released in 1993, taking its name and some thematic elements from Stephen R. Donaldson's novel of the same name. Damian Wilson was unavailable to join the band for the follow-up tour, and so Glynn Morgan was recruited to replace him. He sang on the band's 1994 second recording, "Psychedelicatessen", which spawned a music video for the song "Innocent," the band's first. The following year, Glynn Morgan and the band toured Europe and recorded some of their performances for the short live album, Livedelica.
Threshold took a break before their next effort, during which time Glynn Morgan and then-drummer Jay Micciche left to form Mindfeed. Rather than finding an unknown singer to replace him, the band turned again to Damian Wilson, and together they recorded 1997's Extinct Instinct. They followed this with another tour of Europe, this time supported by Enchant. Additionally, Johanne James, the band's current drummer, played with them for the first time during this tour. Damian Wilson was unavailable for their next album,
In 2001, Threshold released Hypothetical, which saw Johanne James firmly cemented as the band's permanent drummer. Another lineup change occurred in 2003, when bassist Jon Jeary left and was replaced by Steve Anderson.
Around this time the band also re-released their first three studio albums in Special Editions, with bonus tracks, a remastered sound, expanded liner notes and, in the case of "Wounded Land" and "Psychedelicatessen", special CD-ROM content.
Their newer albums, starting with Hypothetical, were released in Limited Editions, with similar bonus content. The albums Critical Mass (2002) and Subsurface (2004) followed, interspersed by the double live album and DVD Critical Energy.
Threshold left their longtime label, InsideOut Music, in 2006 to join Nuclear Blast Records. Guitarist Nick Midson left the band in early 2007 for unknown reasons. The band released Dead Reckoning which spawned a music video for an edit of the song "Pilot in the Sky of Dreams". The song also appeared on the 2008 movie soundtrack In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. This marks the first occasion of a song by the band appearing in a motion picture.
In July 2007 vocalist Andrew McDermott left the band and original singer Damian Wilson returned as Threshold's frontman for the first time in nearly a decade for the band's tour dates which extended into 2009. Pete Morten replaced Nick Midson as guitarist for the tour and later albums. InsideOut Music released the first official Threshold compilation in November 2007. The album "The Ravages of Time" is a two-disc set covering all of the band's official albums from "Wounded Land" to Dead Reckoning.
In 2009 the band released a limited edition eight-disc singles box set, including previously unreleased b-sides and brand new re-recordings of old demo songs released in other forms before, including Smile at the Moon, (which was debuted live on the 2009 Essence of Progression Tour), "Shifting Sands", "Half Way Home" and "Fist of Tongues". On August 3, 2011, former vocalist Andrew McDermott died of kidney failure.
The album was followed on September 19, 2014 by the band's tenth studio album For the Journey. The following year the band released the double live album European Journey recorded during their November 2014 tour.
In February 2017, Pete Morten left Threshold to focus on his own projects, and the following month Threshold announced that they had parted ways with Damian Wilson.
Glynn Morgan, the band's former vocalist from 1994 to 1996 replaced Damian Wilson for the album Legends of the Shires released in September 2017. The album entered the top 20 of the national album charts in Germany and Switzerland and spawned a music video for the song "Small Dark Lines".
The following year the band released the live album "Two-Zero-One-Seven" recorded during their 2017 European tour. In July 2021 Threshold announced that they were back in the studio recording their twelfth studio album, teasing that "if Legends of the Shires had a slightly darker, moodier older brother then this would be it".
Wounded Land (1993)
Livedelica (1995) - also included in Special Edition of Psychedelicatessen live
Extinct Instinct (1997)
Critical Mass (2002)
Concert in Paris (2002) live
Critical Energy (2004, 2CDs) - also included in Special Edition containing both 2CD and DVD versions. Live
Surface to Stage (2006) live
Dead Reckoning (2007)
March of Progress (2012)
For the Journey (2014)
European Journey (2015) live
Legends of the Shires (2017)
Two - Zero - One - Seven (2018) live
Dividing Lines (2022)
Nick Midson - guitars (1988-2006)
Jon Jeary - lead vocals (1988-1992), bass (1990-2003)
Tony Grinham - drums (1988-1993)
Pete Crawford - bass (1989-1990)
Ian Bennett - bass (1988-1989)
Nick Harradence - drums (1993-1994)
Jay Micciche - drums (1994-1996)
Mark Heaney - drums (1996-2000)
Andrew "Mac" McDermott - lead vocals (1998-2007; died 2011)
Pete Morten - guitars (2007–2017)
Damian Wilson - lead vocals (1992-1993, 1996-1998, 2007–2017)