Release date: 18 December 1992
Style: Atmospheric death metal

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8.4 | 73 votes

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01. Climate Controller
02. Tribal Vodoun
03. Nocturne In Bm
04. Arctic Crypt
05. Aquatica
06. Subterranean Infiltrator
07. Alter Reality
08. Gridzone


Line-up
Dan Izzo - vocals
Mike Davis - guitars
Sean McNenney - guitars
Louis Panzer - keyboards
Michael Browning - drums


Additional info
Recorded at Morrisound Recording, Tampa, Florida, December 1991.
Produced by Tom Morris & Nocturnus.
Artwork by Dan Seagrave.

Re-released by Earache in 2000.

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Dangerboner - 22.02.2010 at 13:44  
Rating: 9 Wow... I just heard this today and I'm blown away. For some reason, I assumed this would much weaker than their debut, but I downloaded the remasterd version of this album and the guitars just ripped through my speakers. The Key is still better, obviously
bard - 22.02.2010 at 17:18  
  Awesome, I assumed their debut was their only album worth looking into. I'll have to check this out as well.
Dangerboner - 23.02.2010 at 07:03  
Rating: 9
Written by bard on 22.02.2010 at 17:18

Awesome, I assumed their debut was their only album worth looking into. I'll have to check this out as well.

Make sure it's the remastered version.
Aetherius - 31.07.2010 at 09:52  
Rating: 9 This is an awesome piece of underrated metal history
Grody2themax - 24.03.2012 at 07:09  
Rating: 9 Better than The Key
Marcel Hubregtse - 24.03.2012 at 10:54  
Rating: 7
Written by Grody2themax on 24.03.2012 at 07:09

Better than The Key


uh, no
Grody2themax - 25.03.2012 at 21:04  
Rating: 9
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.03.2012 at 10:54

Written by Grody2themax on 24.03.2012 at 07:09

Better than The Key


uh, no



Whats your reasoning behind that? The Key isn't a bad album but its way overrated IMO.

I started out with Thresholds for this band and I couldn't get into it for a while. So I bought The Key expecting it to be way better like everyone says but it bored me pretty hard. I listened to it about 5 times in the car. Its almost like its the same thing the whole album. The drums are mostly on beat, boring tremolo riffs with on beat accents, good (but boring) guitar shredding, but the keyboard/synth was nice. Though, imo it wasn't until Thresholds that they got really good. Thresholds is a way more varied and professional sounding album. I don't even think my previous statement is even very subjective either. Whether or not this appeals to you more than their previous efforts (The Key) is subjective though.
METALOZON - 06.02.2013 at 13:23  
Rating: 8 Awesome as the first one. However I don't like the guitar sound. It's muted... I hate when the electric guitar is played like that. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe it's the tuning, but that's how it sounds, muted. It's like they hold the palm always on the strings to diminish the sound. It's so annoying, how is that suppose to sound good.
Guillero - 11.09.2013 at 19:16  
 
Written by Dangerboner on 23.02.2010 at 07:03

Written by bard on 22.02.2010 at 17:18

Awesome, I assumed their debut was their only album worth looking into. I'll have to check this out as well.

Make sure it's the remastered version.

Sorry to quote you three years later, but are you sure this album has been remastered? I can't find it, I have only seen the remastered version of The Key....
Dangerboner - 12.09.2013 at 10:06  
Rating: 9 Yeah, I believe it was remastered in 2003
Angelic Storm - 12.09.2013 at 12:31  
Rating: 8 Absolutely not as good or as vital as "The Key", but nonetheless, this one is a fine album in it's own right. The sound on this album is fantastic!
Guillero - 12.09.2013 at 13:25  
 
Written by Dangerboner on 12.09.2013 at 10:06

Yeah, I believe it was remastered in 2003

I think that you could be mixing this with the "Two from the vault" series of Roadrunner records, where some records where remastered in 2003, but anyway, I will check out the copy of Thresholds that I have (remastered or not haha)
Marcel Hubregtse - 12.09.2013 at 15:29  
Rating: 7
Written by Guillero on 12.09.2013 at 13:25

Written by Dangerboner on 12.09.2013 at 10:06

Yeah, I believe it was remastered in 2003

I think that you could be mixing this with the "Two from the vault" series of Roadrunner records, where some records where remastered in 2003, but anyway, I will check out the copy of Thresholds that I have (remastered or not haha)



most of the 'two from the vault' series weren't remasters, most probably not a single one was a remaster. They were just re-releases where they put two albums in their Original form on a cd and at times a double cd. It was just a cheap rerelease which didn't cost RoadRunner anything extra.
Angelic Storm - 12.09.2013 at 16:02  
Rating: 8
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 12.09.2013 at 15:29
most of the 'two from the vault' series weren't remasters, most probably not a single one was a remaster. They were just re-releases where they put two albums in their Original form on a cd and at times a double cd. It was just a cheap rerelease which didn't cost RoadRunner anything extra.


That's correct. I own some of the "Two from the vault" series, and none of them are remasters, as far as I can recall...
Guillero - 12.09.2013 at 17:42  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 12.09.2013 at 15:29

Written by Guillero on 12.09.2013 at 13:25

Written by Dangerboner on 12.09.2013 at 10:06

Yeah, I believe it was remastered in 2003

I think that you could be mixing this with the "Two from the vault" series of Roadrunner records, where some records where remastered in 2003, but anyway, I will check out the copy of Thresholds that I have (remastered or not haha)



most of the 'two from the vault' series weren't remasters, most probably not a single one was a remaster. They were just re-releases where they put two albums in their Original form on a cd and at times a double cd. It was just a cheap rerelease which didn't cost RoadRunner anything extra.

I can tell the difference in Sufocation's Effigy of the forgotten, and I think that was remastered for that ocassion, but it's true that the majority of them were just a re-release, maybe because the albums were remastered before Two from the vault series (like Obituary's and Mercyful Fate albums, for example), or they have never been remastered.
Marcel Hubregtse - 12.09.2013 at 17:52  
Rating: 7
Written by Guillero on 12.09.2013 at 17:42


I can tell the difference in Sufocation's Effigy of the forgotten, and I think that was remastered for that ocassion, but it's true that the majority of them were just a re-release, maybe because the albums were remastered before Two from the vault series (like Obituary's and Mercyful Fate albums, for example), or they have never been remastered.



I just remembered, Nocturnus The Key and Thresholds can't have been released as 'Two From The Vault' because that series is a RoadRunner series and The Key and Threshold were and still are Earache releases. Earache never sold the licensing of those albums to any other label.
Guillero - 12.09.2013 at 18:20  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 12.09.2013 at 17:52

Written by Guillero on 12.09.2013 at 17:42


I can tell the difference in Sufocation's Effigy of the forgotten, and I think that was remastered for that ocassion, but it's true that the majority of them were just a re-release, maybe because the albums were remastered before Two from the vault series (like Obituary's and Mercyful Fate albums, for example), or they have never been remastered.



I just remembered, Nocturnus The Key and Thresholds can't have been released as 'Two From The Vault' because that series is a RoadRunner series and The Key and Threshold were and still are Earache releases. Earache never sold the licensing of those albums to any other label.

Yeah, I know. I have only commented about two from the vault series because I thought that Dangerboner could be confusing these with those re-releases.
Erik M. - 24.01.2014 at 21:23  
Rating: 7
Written by Grody2themax on 25.03.2012 at 21:04

Whats your reasoning behind that? The Key isn't a bad album but its way overrated IMO.

I started out with Thresholds for this band and I couldn't get into it for a while. So I bought The Key expecting it to be way better like everyone says but it bored me pretty hard. I listened to it about 5 times in the car. Its almost like its the same thing the whole album. The drums are mostly on beat, boring tremolo riffs with on beat accents, good (but boring) guitar shredding, but the keyboard/synth was nice. Though, imo it wasn't until Thresholds that they got really good. Thresholds is a way more varied and professional sounding album. I don't even think my previous statement is even very subjective either. Whether or not this appeals to you more than their previous efforts (The Key) is subjective though.


What?! So you're basically saying that Thresholds is "objectively" better than The Key? If so, then you don't know what objectivity and subjectivity mean since stating a thing like that is totally ludicrous. I'm convinced judging music is a bit objective but definitely way more subjective. I won't say that The Key is a much better album objectively but I do think it's much better than Thresholds as this one actually bored me a bit and didn't really click with me all that much.
deadone - 23.07.2014 at 04:20  
Rating: 8 I like this album - it's got some phenomenal riffage and a real intense vibe.

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