Operating as a group since 1988, Threshold is best described as a progressive metal band. Formed in Surrey, UK, the group is made up of Richard West, Glynn Morgan, Steve Anderson, Johanne James and Karl Groom. A devoted fan of Queen's Park Rangers FC, James is the band's drummer. He has been awarded the Best Drummer prize by the Classic Rock Society on multiple occasions. Groom is the only member of Threshold to have been in the group since it first formed. In addition to playing with his own band, Groom is the owner of Thin Ice Studios, where he acts as a record producer and engineer for other acts - mostly hard and progressive rock bands.
In terms of commercial success, Threshold's first charting releases were in Germany, where they started to gain a mainstream audience from around 2002 onwards. Since then, the band has enjoyed success in the UK, Austria, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Former members include the original guitarist, Nick Madsen, who left in 2006, and Jon Jeary, who played bass and sang in the early years.
Threshold's career milestones
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Threshold began gigging with a set of cover versions. Gradually, more and more original songs were added to their live performances, before covers were eventually dropped from the repertoire altogether. The band's first gig was staged at the Compasses, a venue located in Egham, Surrey. Initial releases were made on cassette before a more professional recording was made for a Dutch progressive rock compilation LP. The band chose their song “Intervention” to get the full studio treatment.
Released on the Giant Electric Pea label in 1993, Threshold's debut album was entitled Wounded Land. All of the tracks were co-written by Groom, Madsen and Jeary. “Intervention” was included as a bonus track when the album was reissued in 2001. Psychedelicatessen followed in 1994, with a songwriting team that was more varied.
In 2002, Threshold enjoyed their first minor hit in Germany with Critical Mass, recorded for InsideOut Music. It got to number 78 in that country's album charts. The band followed this success up with Subsurface in 2004, which did even better. The band's breakthrough moment came in 2012, when March of Progress was released. It got to number 23 in the UK Rock Charts, performing well in many European countries, too. Since then, For the Journey and Legend of the Shires have both been released and charted well in the UK and elsewhere.
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