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Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet CD (album) cover


Porcupine Tree


Heavy Prog

4.25 | 2365 ratings

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5 stars YES!!! Here we go:

1. Fear Of A Blank Planet: Opens like someone joining internet. Here we find heavy guitars, processed voice, keyboard layers catchy choruses. The drumming is superb.

2. My Ashes: This is a mellow track starting with keyboard and acoustic guitar, then voice enters with piano, later into the song the drum appears. Nice strings arrangements here. Beautiful track.

3. Anesthetize: Ok I'll try to describe it. Begins with "jungle drumming", xilophone, soft guitars with effect, tenuous keyboard layers and sad voice which creates a genly dark atmosphere. This becomes darker by adding distortion. At 4:06 a dark but elegant guitar solo enters courtesy of Alex Lifeson wich is carried perfectly by the drums, the keyboards and bass adding spacey feel. While the guitar fades out, begins an electronic beat and the rythm guitars plays a tricky riff between left and right channel (well done Mr. Wilson) with casual effects here and there to give atmosphere. Then a drum fill interrupt all and heavy guitars enters interplaying with drum perfectly. This is interrupted by a very Opeth-esque guitar accompannied still by the electronic beat (which has been gained strenght). When opeth-esque guitar leaves, voice enters again over this electronic beat. This is interrupted by a drum fill that leads us to a addictive chorus: All the apathy from the pills in me... with high processed voice. This section ie repeated once. A Tool-ish section apeears. At 10:00 we are transported to heaven by a series of ethereal keyboard leads acompannied by beautiful drumming. The Tool-ish section again. And it is interrupted by total heavy chaos (Reminiscent of Messhuggah? Maybe). At 11:26 again the addictive chorus and the song turns into a spacey song a la Pink Floyd with echoing voice accompanied by mellow guitars and keyboard. This repeat througout the end... Phew really hard to describe!!! This song is really a gem and is only 17:42 minutes long. Definitively a journey. Listen without prejudice!!! Hearing is believing!!!

4. Sentimental: This is a beautiful ballad with piano and drums, very spacey later accompanied by acoustic guitar the song ends just like the beginning with voice and grand piano.

5. Way Out Of Here: This begins with mysterious ambient enhanced by Robert Fripp's soundscapes, again we find processed voice and very well placed layers of keyboards. A nice guitar solo on this one. Later there is a nice interplay between guitars which get crossed each. There is a chaotic heavy section too. The song fades out with some nice percussion. Very nice song

6. Sleep Together: This is a strange song which begins very electronic and many effects. Towards the end of the song enters a powerful strings arrangement.

Verdict: This album is a compilation of good songs. Steven Wilson demonstrates once again that he is the best sound engineer at the moment and one of the best producers out there. The drumming on this record is awesome, Gavin Harrison is a really talented drummer. Richard Barbieri is really effective on the keys. Anesthetize is an absolut masterpiece. The guests do an awesome job.

EliasMisael | 5/5 |


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