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Incredible Drummer Powers "Threshold"

Incredible Drummer Powers "Threshold"

Isn't it funny how drummers in rock bands are maligned. In particular, the stereotype that plays out in the rock satire "Spinal Tap" where the drummers "self-combust" into a ball of flames.

While in the UK, I'd heard about a drummer who had won "Best Drummer" four times (now five), awarded by the Classic Rock Society.

Johanne James is a phenomenal talent, piledriving his kit for progressive metal outfit Threshold. He has been in the band over lengthy periods since signing a record deal in 1992.

The band's style is progressive metal featuring a combination of heavy guitars and sweeping keyboards, underscored by a stunning rhythm section of tight drumwork and bass. The band's lyrics concern subjects such as life, religion, science, politics and the environment.

"Pilot in the Sky of Dreams" is my favourite track. I saw them perform this live in Surrey (their home county) at a festival. One of the features of this gig was James performing a drum solo in the middle of a Genesis cover.

His pedalwork on the double kick is hard to comprehend. Perfect timing with blistering speed and tempo changes that are sublime. Apart from his work with Threshold, he plays and sings in his own band, Kyrbgrinder.

Threshold has had its ups and downs. There have been three vocalist changes. One of those sadly was Andrew McDermott, who died of kidney failure. The current vocalist Damian Wilson also sang with the band in its very early days before being unavailable to join the band for the follow-up tour, and so Glynn Morgan was recruited to replace him.

The band shines against most metal outfits with its distinctive melodies supported by driving guitars and beautiful harmonies. Wilson's vocals are outstanding.

If you like old school bands like Genesis, Marillion, Kansas, Journey, Toto and more modern groups like Kamelot and Dream TheaterThreshold is a must for your music collection.

Threshold released a double-live album, European Journey, which was recorded at various venues across Europe during November 2014, in support of its current album, For the Journey. European Journey contians 15 tracks and has been releasedas a 2-CD digipak.

Threshold is: Karl Groom (guitar); Damian Wilson (vocals); Richard West (keyboards); Steve Anderson (bass); Pete Morten (guitar); Johanne James (drums).

Highly recommended

and Johanne James singing and playing with his band Kyrbgrinder. Phenomenal.

 

 

 

 

 

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