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IN ABSENTIA

Porcupine Tree

 

Heavy Prog

4.22 | 1789 ratings

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Trafficdogg
3 stars Bought this album after listening to others clamor on about how great these guys are as a progressive rock band.

The word "progressive" pretty much means to continue on a path of improvement, to move forward and pioneer. In that sense, I guess you can say Porcupine Tree is progressive.

If you go by the definition of the genre itself then these guys miss the target. They are good musicians and the vocals are above average but with regard to their "style" they are hardly what I would consider progressive. This album is a good mix of styles, reminiscent of Pink Floyd at times but I much more consider them a modern rock band more than anyting. The songs are moody and as dark as the lyrics and there are some interesting background textures to go along with some fine guitar work and intriguing keyboards as well. It sets a mood / tone that is well worth listening to and will excite the listener.

Really good album with really good production value and compositional strengths. Progressive rock? Probably not. Industrial rock most likely. Essential? Not by a long shot.

Trafficdogg | 3/5 |

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