U.K. progressive metallers THRESHOLD have issued the following update on their current activities:
"Karl [Groom, guitar] and Rich [West, keyboards] are hoping to find time soon to mix the live album that THRESHOLD recorded on tour last year. Provisionally entitled 'Surface To Stage', it will be the first time that the band has released such epic tracks as 'The Art Of Reason', 'Into The Light' and 'Echoes Of Life' in a live format. The album will be sold direct to the fans through the THRESHOLD website, www.thresh.net, in the same way as the 'Replica' album was released in 2004.
"The ProgPower USA organisation have released a limited-run DVD featuring a documentary of the ProgPower USA V festival. The DVD also includes live footage of many bands who've appeared at the festival, including THRESHOLD's performance of 'Long Way Home' in 2002. Fans who bought THRESHOLD's own 'Critical Energy' DVD will have already seen three live tracks from this 2002 performance, and for a while a fifth track 'Falling Away' was also available as a video download. More: www.progpowerusa.com.
"THRESHOLD's next scheduled live concert is on 25 March next year, when they will perform at the first-ever ProgPower UK festival in Cheltenham. Also included on the bill are THERION, ORPHANED LAND, PAGAN'S MIND, SECRET SPHERE, FIREWIND and FREEDOM CALL. More: www.progpoweruk.com.
"Karl has had a busy summer producing bands at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, England. Among the projects have been new albums for power metal acts POWER QUEST, DRAGONFORCE and INTENSE, live mixes for a DVD by Nick Barratt and Clive Nolan of PENDRAGON, and a new album for British progressive rockers GALAHAD. More: www.thinicestudios.com
"As well as assisting Karl on some of the projects at Thin Ice, Rich has also been busy recording and producing his FARRAH WEST band. Clips of some of the songs are now available to hear on the FARRAH WEST website. More: www.farrahwest.com.
"Mac's [vocalist Andrew McDermott] latest project YARGOS have just signed to AFM Records (home of ANNIHILATOR, DORO, MASTERPLAN, among others). YARGOS released their debut album, 'To Be Or Not To Be', on 18 November. The album also features Peter Pichl (RUNNING WILD) and Andreas Kienitz (HUMAN FORTRESS), and was co-written by Mac with YARGOS members Wieland Hofmeister and Anca Graterol. More: www.yargos.de.
"And finally, if you're in the U.K. and want to catch a THRESHOLD-related show, Johanne's [James, drums] band KYRBGRINDER are playing a number of gigs around the country in November and December. The band features Johanne on drums and lead vocal duties, with a set that includes his song 'What About Me' which should be familiar to anyone with the limited edition of THRESHOLD's 'Subsurface' CD."