Andrew "Mac" McDermott, the former lead singer of UK progressive metallers Threshold, reportedly passed away in England last Wednesday, August 3rd. He succumbed to kidney failure after spending four days in a coma. He was only 45 years old.

McDermott had "serious health problems" in the months leading up to his death, according to a June 2011 statement from the German melodic metal band PowerWorld, with whom McDermott recorded the 2010 album Human Parasite.

Commented Threshold guitarist Karl Groom: "Mac played a large part in the story of Threshold and appeared on five studio albums. He also sang on numerous fan club releases and live albums. Although I have not seen him since 2007 for the last video shoot in Leipzig, he still remains in our minds and there is a big sense of loss. I have spoken to and seen ex-members of the band over the last two days who are all very saddened by this turn of events. We remember Mac as being so vibrant and full of life, so find this news is hard to accept."

Added Threshold keyboard player Richard West: "Mac had such a big personality and one of the world's greatest rock voices, it's so very sad that we lost him so young. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones."

Stated Ilker Ersin of PowerWorld: "A friend is gone! We are very sad about our big loss. We can't find the right words in this moment. Our sympathy and condolence goes to his family. The world lost a gently, nice, honest and warm-hearted person. We will miss him."

"I'm very sad about our big loss," PowerWorld bassist Ilker Ersin stated about his former bandmate's passing. "I can't find the right words in this moment."

McDermott performed in clubs in England and tried to establish a band there in his early years before he moved to Germany to join the band Sargant Fury. After three albums, the band dissolved and in 1998 McDermott joined Threshold as lead singer, replacing Damian Wilson.

Shortly after the release of Threshold's 2007 album Dead Reckoning, McDermott left the band, resulting in Wilson's return to the group.

McDermott's most recent musical project was Swamp Freaks, which "took some of the cool 'n' heavy from the '70s [Led Zeppeling, Black Sabbath] and mashed it up with some '90s anarchy [Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice In Chains] threw in some Red Hot Chili Peppers and a sprinkle of punk rock," according to the band's Facebook page.

A condolences page has been launched at this location.


Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Threshold
 
Posted: 06.08.2011 by aslanpeika



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Dark Blood - 06.08.2011 at 05:14  
Oh my god... This is such a big shock...
May he rest in peace. And the best condolences to the family and friends.

Just for the record: Mac was Threshold for me. His voice was the main reason I became a fan of the band.
You will always be remembered.
mikeprado30 - 06.08.2011 at 06:14  
Another great voice abandons our world...
qlacs - 06.08.2011 at 10:12  
This is sad...
DrM - 06.08.2011 at 10:41  
WHAT?!? Bloody unbelievable...
Starchild - 06.08.2011 at 12:35  
He was one of my fav singers, one of the most beautiful voices in metal and singer of one of my fav bands. Damn, i can't believe. R.I.P Mac.
Evil-Watcher - 06.08.2011 at 16:44  
One of the best Voices silenced forever.
Mac, you will always be rememberd. Your Music will never be forgotten.
Rest in Peace.
Gopherhawk - 06.08.2011 at 17:46  
Holy shit. RIP Mac.
BaneConall - 06.08.2011 at 23:05  
This is really sad. RIP
metalicharly - 08.08.2011 at 12:45  
RIP. See you at the sky of dreams...
solitarian_soul - 08.08.2011 at 23:23  
Rest in peace Mac. You are now in Heavens. Someone opened the door...:)
Ag Fox - 09.08.2011 at 14:38  
Written by Dark Blood on 06.08.2011 at 05:14

Oh my god... This is such a big shock...
May he rest in peace. And the best condolences to the family and friends.

Just for the record: Mac was Threshold for me. His voice was the main reason I became a fan of the band.
You will always be remembered.
same... he was the best vocalist Threshold had imo and Dead Reckoning is such an awesome album

RIP
JohnDoe - 11.08.2011 at 01:53  
This is extremely sad news for me, I can't believe it...

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