Artist: Threshold
   Title: Hypothetical

This is British progressive band Threshold's fifth studio release (not counting Live and the fan club cd Decadent) and their first for new label Inside Out.

Also a first is the fact that it is the same line up that recorded 98's Clone release.

Hypothetical is a return to the heavier gutsier sound of 94's Psychadelicatessen and even 97's Extinct Instinct.

Falling somewhere between progressive metal and heavy metal, opening tracks Light and Space and Turn on Tune In (great chorus) display the crunching staccato chords and swirling keyboards of the trademark Threshold sound Mood and tempo changes abound on the epic 10 minute Ravages of Time, yet despite the complexity it always remains melodic.

Long Way Home features a Savatage type song structure and Metallica riffing that shreds in its intensity.  Final track Narcissus lures you into a mid tempo groove before unleashing a guitar/keyboard sonic attack of Paradox proportions.

This superb release can only enhance Threshold as the best British prog band around and puts them up with the very best.

For new fans a great place to start, but beware, Inside Out will be re-issuing all of the bands back catalogue in the near future (ouch).

(This review was brought to you courtesy of The Groove Machine.)


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