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Formed in 1987 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire - Suspended activity since 2010

PORCUPINE TREE are incredibly hard to describe because their music doesn't fit into any one genre. I like the description on the back of the album "Signify" (one of my all time favorites). It says "Porcupine Tree have managed to defy genres and blend together numerous ambient, rock and avant-garde styles to create a musical landscape that is both refreshing and compulsively seductive". The great post-GONG revival which gave birth to OZRIC TENTACLES now brings us PORCUPINE TREE. The hypnotic rhythms, spacy synthesizers, glissando guitar and crazy voices which made the style successful are all contained here.

⭐ Collaborators Top Prog Album of 2005 ⭐

⭐ Collaborators Top Prog Album of 2007 ⭐

The band started as a solo project of singer-songwriter-guitarist STEVEN WILSON who, back in the early nineties, released a series of increasingly spaced-out ambient excursions. PT is one of the most innovative bands in prog today combining intense musicianship, unconventional composition and superb studio production. They are unquestionably one of the UK's most inspired and inventive rock groups.

The bands 4th studio album from '96. "Signify" saw Porcupine Tree truly gell as a studio band producing a blend of psychedelia, heavy rock, melancholic pop, kraut rock, and wild experimentation that brought the best out of each band member. Their latest two albums ("Stupid Dream" and "Lightbulb Sun") move the band further away from their influences and into their own catagory, by which other bands eventually will be compared. But if you are a fan of progressive, thoughtful, briliantly executed and flawlessly produced music, you will do no better than PT.

PORCUPINE TREE's eighth studio album, "Deadwing", was released in March 2005 by Lava Records / Warner Music. Less rock-oriented than the previous album "In Absentia", "Deadwing" is partially based on a "surreal ghost story" screenplay written by Steven and sometime PORCUPINE TREE / NO-MAN art collaborator Mike Bennion. The 60-minute, nine-track album contains material varying from short airplay-friendly songs such as 'Shallow' to lengthier pieces lik...
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PORCUPINE TREE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.02 | 872 ratings
On the Sunday of Life...
1992
3.89 | 1029 ratings
Up the Downstair
1993
4.07 | 1377 ratings
The Sky Moves Sideways
1995
3.84 | 1243 ratings
Signify
1996
3.99 | 1376 ratings
Stupid Dream
1999
4.02 | 1548 ratings
Lightbulb Sun
2000
4.26 | 2590 ratings
In Absentia
2002
4.11 | 2057 ratings
Deadwing
2005
4.26 | 2629 ratings
Fear Of A Blank Planet
2007
3.67 | 1554 ratings
The Incident
2009

PORCUPINE TREE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.45 | 480 ratings
Coma Divine
1997
3.49 | 96 ratings
Spiral Circus Live (LP)
1997
3.70 | 152 ratings
XM
2003
3.60 | 20 ratings
Live in Poland
2003
3.93 | 328 ratings
Warszawa
2004
4.03 | 154 ratings
XMII
2005
4.22 | 174 ratings
Rockpalast
2005
4.47 | 227 ratings
Arriving Somewhere...
2006
3.46 | 251 ratings
We Lost The Skyline
2008
3.70 | 140 ratings
Ilosaarirock
2009
4.25 | 212 ratings
Atlanta
2010
3.60 | 225 ratings
Octane Twisted
2012
4.00 | 3 ratings
Köln 4th Dec 2007 (TV Broadcast)
2020
4.00 | 3 ratings
First Live Performance 4th Dec 1993
2020
4.08 | 4 ratings
Los Angeles (30th July 2003)
2020
3.71 | 7 ratings
Coma: Coda (Rome 1997)
2020

PORCUPINE TREE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.57 | 551 ratings
Arriving Somewhere...
2006
4.67 | 577 ratings
Anesthetize
2010
4.20 | 89 ratings
Octane Twisted
2012

PORCUPINE TREE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.60 | 130 ratings
Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape
1994
3.30 | 406 ratings
Voyage 34 - The Complete Trip
2000
4.20 | 402 ratings
Recordings
2001
4.20 | 278 ratings
Stars Die: The Delerium Years 1991 -1997
2002
2.91 | 3 ratings
Porcupine Tree Sampler 2005 - Transmission 3.1
2005
3.00 | 3 ratings
Porcupine Tree Sampler 2008 - Transmission 8.1
2008
4.33 | 9 ratings
The Delerium Years 1994 - 1997
2016
4.36 | 11 ratings
The Delerium Years 1991-1993
2017
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Sound of No One Listening (2020 Remaster)
2020

PORCUPINE TREE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.22 | 70 ratings
Tarquin's Seaweed Farm
1989
3.15 | 56 ratings
Love, Death & Mussolini
1990
2.99 | 49 ratings
The Nostalgia Factory
1991
3.72 | 126 ratings
Voyage 34
1992
3.32 | 32 ratings
Radioactive E. P.
1992
2.91 | 61 ratings
Voyage 34 : Remixes
1993
3.33 | 75 ratings
Moonloop E.P.
1994
3.82 | 201 ratings
Staircase Infinities
1994
3.72 | 56 ratings
Waiting
1996
3.32 | 96 ratings
Insignificance
1997
4.06 | 35 ratings
Ambulance Chasers
1997
2.99 | 58 ratings
Pure Narcotic
1999
2.92 | 51 ratings
Stranger By The Minute
1999
2.91 | 52 ratings
Piano Lessons
1999
3.83 | 21 ratings
Coma Divine II
1999
4.05 | 38 ratings
Stars Die - Rare and Unreleased
1999
3.56 | 9 ratings
The Rest Will Flow
2000
3.10 | 68 ratings
4 Chords That Made A Million
2000
3.25 | 64 ratings
Shesmovedon
2000
4.00 | 117 ratings
Transmission IV
2001
2.98 | 235 ratings
Metanoia
2001
4.45 | 22 ratings
Blackest Eyes
2002
4.47 | 19 ratings
The Sound Of Muzak
2002
4.67 | 18 ratings
Trains
2003
3.59 | 37 ratings
Delerium EP
2003
3.75 | 4 ratings
Men of Wood
2004
3.61 | 127 ratings
Lazarus
2005
3.80 | 15 ratings
Shallow
2005
3.71 | 14 ratings
So Called Friend
2006
3.48 | 158 ratings
Futile
2006
4.08 | 12 ratings
Way Out Of Here
2007
4.00 | 13 ratings
Normal
2007
4.00 | 13 ratings
Fear Of A Blank Planet (Single)
2007
3.96 | 501 ratings
Nil Recurring
2007
3.06 | 8 ratings
Novak
2008
3.96 | 71 ratings
Transmission 10.1 - Ilosaarirock
2009
2.82 | 68 ratings
Time Flies
2009
3.67 | 9 ratings
Acoustic Session Jan 2010
2010
4.00 | 4 ratings
Pure Narcotic - Acoustic Session 2012
2020
3.50 | 2 ratings
BBC Session 13th April 2007
2020

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 The Nostalgia Factory by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1991
2.99 | 49 ratings

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The Nostalgia Factory
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "The Nostalgia Factory" (subtitled "...And Other Tips for Amateur Golfers") is the 3rd studio release by UK artist Steven Wilson under the pseudonym of Porcupine Tree. The album was released through Delerium Records in 1991. It was originally released in a limited number of copies on cassette tape and should probably be considered a demo album. Tracks 1 to 7, an edited version of "The Nostalgia Factory" and "This Long Silence", "Nine Cats" and "It Will Rain for a Million Years" were released on "On The Sunday Of Life... (1992)" (the official debut full-length studio album by Porcupine Tree). Tracks 1 to 7 and "It Will Rain for a Million Years" were all also featured on the 1990 "The Love, Death & Mussolini" demo EP (although the latter appear here in a much longer version). The only track from the EP which is not also featured on "The Nostalgia Factory" is "Out".

The short ambient intro "Hymn" seques into the delightfully dark and atmospheric "Footprints", and itīs interesting to hear a song from this early stage of Wilsonīs career, which could well have been written much later and included on an album like "Signify (1996)" or maybe even "Stupid Dream (1999)". But the next track "Linton Samuel Dawson" is completely different and takes the listener into psychadelic comedy rock land, with Wilsonīs vocals pitched to sound like a mouse singing. Itīs a high energy track with a great positive energy, but...itīs not exactly great art. "And The Swallows Dance Above The Sun" opens with a sample and an energetic and busy programmed drum beat, which more or less continues for the duration of the track, with ambient keyboards, soaring lead guitar themes, and Wilsonīs melancholic vocals fill the remaining part of the soundscape. Had the drums been played by a human being and had featured an organic tone, that track could have been a little more accomplished. Itīs still a pretty great track though.

"The Nostalgia Factory" continues with "Queen Quotes Crowley", which is another ambient psychadelic track featuring omnipresent guitar leads by Wilson, while all sorts of studio experiments with volume and backwards recordings run in the back. "No Luck With Rabbits" is a short ambient transition track to "Begonia Seduction Scene", which is a beautiful track comprising acoustic guitar and some atmospheric lead guitar themes. About midway through the track it gets a little darker and the atmosphere changes towards the ominous. "Colours Dance Angels Kiss" is completely different from the dark and gloomy mood of the preceding track as itīs another comedy rock track in the vein of "Linton Samuel Dawson", although not quite as helium induced. "Prayer" is short ambient track leading into the longer "The Nostalgia Factory" title track. Itīs a driving melancholic psychadelic rock song, featuring ambient looped synths, sound experiments, and Wilsonīs pitched sedated vocals. Itīs a track with a great atmosphere and loads of layers of different sounds. Definitely one of the highlights of this release. "The Long Silence" which follows is another. Had the drums not been programmed on this track it would sounded fully professional. Especially Wilsonīs vocals feature a great sound production on "The Long Silence".

"Sinatra Rape Scene" is up next and itīs a short backwards recorded sound piece segueing into "Hokey Cokey", which is an ambient psychadelic rock track which slowly builds, and which features a rather humorous sampled section in the middle. "Landscare" is a slow ominous sounding drone piece sequeing into the short "Delightful Suicide" which is another ambient track featuring a little guitar and keyboards spicing up the track. "Nine Cats" follows and itīs a singer/songwriter type track opening with mostly acoustic guitar and Wilson singing before programmed drums and bass come in and the song becomes a little louder and soft rocking. Itīs a nice melancholic pop/rock song and could have been featured on a mid-70 Pink Floyd album. "Split Image" is a sound collage type track building tension towards the closing track "It Will Rain For A Million Years", which is an ambient layered track featuring spoken words and subdued singing, soaring majestic lead guitar motifs, acoustic guitar and layers of keyboards. This version of the track is not the same as the version on "The Love, Death & Mussolini (1990)", as itīs 6 minutes longer than the original 4 minutes long track, making this version a 10 minutes long mammoth.

Upon conclusion "The Nostalgia Factory" is a good quality demo album, and it shows the many different aspects of 1980s/early 1990s Wilson. It can be argued that the demo is a bit redundant today as most of the material is featured on "On The Sunday Of Life... (1992)", but thatīs of course not fair, and a demo shouldnīt be judged like that. As it is a 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 Love, Death & Mussolini by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1990
3.15 | 56 ratings

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Love, Death & Mussolini
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "The Love, Death & Mussolini" is the second studio release by UK artist Steven Wilson under the pseudonym of Porcupine Tree. "The Love, Death & Mussolini" was released through No Man's Land in early 1990. It succeeds "Tarquin's Seaweed Farm" from 1989. The catalogue status of "The Love, Death & Mussolini" is a bit unclear as it has been called an EP, an album, and a demo by various souces. Iīll go with the latter as it was released in a very limited number of copies on cassette tape. Tracks 1 to 7 would be included on "On The Sunday Of Life... (1992)" (the official debut full-length studio album by Porcupine Tree).

"The Love, Death & Mussolini" features 9 tracks and a total playing time of 35:39 minutes, so while it is generally considered an (demo) EP itīs an almost album length long release. The short ambient intro "Hymn" seques into the delightfully dark and atmospheric "Footprints", and itīs interesting to hear a song from this early stage of Wilsonīs career, which could well have been written much later and included on an album like "Signify (1996)" or maybe even "Stupid Dream (1999)". But the next track "Linton Samuel Dawson" is completely different and takes the listener into psychadelic comedy rock land, with Wilsonīs vocals pitched to sound like a mouse singing. Itīs a high energy track with a great positive energy, but...itīs not exactly great art. "And The Swallows Dance Above The Sun" opens with a sample and an energetic and busy programmed drum beat, which more or less continues for the duration of the track, with ambient keyboards, soaring lead guitar themes, and Wilsonīs melancholic vocals filling the remaining part of the soundscape. Had the drums been played by a human being and had featured an organic tone, that track could have been a little more accomplished. Itīs still a pretty great track though.

"The Love, Death & Mussolini" continues with "Queen Quotes Crowley", which is another ambient psychadelic track featuring omnipresent guitar leads by Wilson, while all sorts of studio experiments with volume and backwards recordings run in the back. "No Luck With Rabbits" is a short ambient transition track to "Begonia Seduction Scene", which is a beautiful track comprising acoustic guitar and some atmospheric lead guitar themes. About midway through the track it gets a little darker and the atmosphere changes towards the ominous. The 8:59 minutes long "Out" is up next, and itīs a hard rocking psychadelic rock song, featuring a driving rhythm and a middle eastern tinged lead theme. Itīs like listening to Wilson playing Hawkwind or something in that vein. "The Love, Death & Mussolini" closes with "It Will Rain For A Million Years" which "Out" seques into. "It Will Rain For A Million Years" is an ambient layered track featuring spoken words and subdued singing, soaring majestic lead guitar motifs, acoustic guitar and layers of keyboards.

While not all tracks on "The Love, Death & Mussolini" are equally interesting or accomplished, the big difference between the material on "Tarquin's Seaweed Farm (1989)" and the material on this release, is the level of professionalism in both the musicianship and the recording techniques. Itīs obvious Wilson was fast learning more about recording and also honed his skills as a musician. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 Tarquin's Seaweed Farm by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1989
3.22 | 70 ratings

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Tarquin's Seaweed Farm
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars "Tarquin's Seaweed Farm" is the first studio release by UK artist Steven Wilson under the pseudonym of Porcupine Tree. The album was released through No Man's Land in January 1989. Itīs a compilation of recordings from the mid-80 to 1988, and they were originally only released in a very limited number on cassette tape. Strict catalogizing would probably say this is the debut full-length studio album by Porcupine Tree, but it should probably be considered a demo album instead. Tracks 1 - 7 on the album and a re-recorded version of track number 8 "Radioactive Toy" would appear on "On The Sunday Of Life... (1992)" (the official debut full-length studio album by Porcupine Tree).

The material on the 15 track, 77:17 minutes long demo album is psychadelic rock at times strongly influenced by the early Pink Floyd releases. Itīs an adventurous sonic journey from minimalistic ambience, to odd spoken word passages, to more regular sounding psychadelic space rock flows. Tracks like "Jupiter Island", "Radioactive Toy", and "Mute" are quite entertaining, but there are several parts of the album which feel uneventful and as a listener itīs hard not to become a little impatient when Wilson opts to spend more time with psychadelic experimental noodling, than on producing memorable songs.

For a "bedroom" recording, "Tarquin's Seaweed Farm" is relatively well sounding, although the programmed drums donīt really do the music any favors. They are simplistic and a little one-dimensional. So upon conclusion "Tarquin's Seaweed Farm" is an album featuring both great promise but also featuring more amaturish tendencies. Which is of course completely understandable at this early stage of Wilsonīs career. I see this as more of a novelty recording that itīs nice to have heard to understand where Wilson came from than anything Iīll return to and listen to repeatedly. A 2.5 star (50%) rating is warranted.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 Time Flies by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
2.82 | 68 ratings

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Time Flies
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by arriving

4 stars Posterity observes the recent release of a near-full-length "Time Flies" video on YouTube, and, returning to the original single edit, I find myself disagreeing markedly with the blanket picture of two-star reviews on this single. Therefore, in the interests of critical pluralism (particularly because the median RATING is, at the time of writing, four stars, far above the weighted mean):

First, I would contend that "Time Flies" is one of the greatest Porcupine Tree epics, the last great one they wrote, and the obvious highlight on sprawling near-masterpiece "The Incident". I'm willing to go further and declare it one of my favourite songs ever written by my favourite band. I would hold ANY version or edit of it in higher esteem than 90% of the work of the "Big Six", excluding Floyd.

Crucially, this edit keeps the lyrics intact, wistfully portraying the bittersweet cocktail of nostalgia and waste that age and memory brings. Not every line hits the spot, but the first verse is just perfect, and arguably Wilson at his most autobiographical ('67, a "suburb of heaven" and that comfortable ennui). The Floydian chords ("Dogs", anyone?) strike more at nostalgia than plagiarism, and Wilson, to his credit, fully acknowledged his inspirations. This song typifies Wilson's conception of prog rock; a means of telling stories, tragedies even, unbounded by the limitations of musical convention, and why comparisons to indie are misleading. As such, while this edit does dilute that extraordinary extended guitar solo that gradually erupts in the piece's middle act, the Geist of the composition is untainted; this is an idea, a feeling, sickening and joyous, not a sterile concoction.

In many ways, this is a post-FOABP reflection. Lasse Hoile's video captures this perfectly hazy, overwhelmed, trapped-in-a-free-world languor. Whereas "Fear?" dealt with the crushing teenage experience from the (ostensible) perspective of a teenager, this looks back at it with fresh and tragic perspective: more nuanced (life isn't utterly horrific, when you're comfortably off) and ultimately far sadder. I say this, indeed, as a teenager.

Secondly, as many have noted, this single offers a different mix and shorter edit, unavailable elsewhere. This categorically elevates it above the majority of Wilson's solo singles, which effectively present the song in its album form, sans additional rarity. Is it superior to the original? No, definitely not, and not just because it's "less prog". Does this make it superfluous? I'd argue less superfluous than a bonus disk of demos on a pointless reissue, far better value, and far more highly recommended. Nevertheless, while as a standalone song it is magnificent, even independent of the song cycle it anchors, I can't award it the full five stars in good faith, nor could I to any "single" of this nature.

 Signify by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.84 | 1243 ratings

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Signify
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by Isaac Peretz

5 stars If you actually want me to be honest: I'm not that much of a big fan of the first three Porcupine Tree Albums. On The Sunday Of Life is... I mean I have no idea what to say about that album, it's so bizarre that it's even hard for me to call it an album. Up The Downstair is the first good Porcupine Tree effort but it isn't that incredible and The Sky Moves Sideways is actually pretty overrated, I mean it's just a Wish You Were Here rip-off.

But Signify is different. This was the first Porcupine Tree album with a defined line-up, a very necessary and positive change. Signify is probably the first PT album that sounds like PT, and I can gladly say that it's one of their best efforts. The songs are strong with or without the album, and each of them are very dynamic, with memorable melodies and much more mature compositions from Steven Wilson.

The closer, Dark Matter, is my second favorite PT song of all time! I seriously can't describe how perfect it is, and it brings the album to an amazing end with its amazing solo section.

In this album you will hear a lot of Pink Floyd, and believe it or not, Dream Theater too!

I can easily say this is the best Porcupine Tree album before the 2000s, and the first one that deserves that sweet five star rating.

 On the Sunday of Life... by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.02 | 872 ratings

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On the Sunday of Life...
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by Isaac Peretz

1 stars An average rating of three stars? That's ridiculously high. I mean, it's not terrible or unpleasant to listen but it's seriously one of the most boring and uninteresting albums I have heard in my life, it's miles away from what Steven Wilson would do later on in terms of quality and creativity.

I don't even know how to describe this album. Is it even an album? I don't think I can even call it an album, it's more like a College music project. Structureless, unbalanced, uninteresting and overall just uninspired. It's like Steven Wilson grabbed a bunch of demos and smashed them into one 77-minute album even though they don't fit at all.

I *think* (inside asterisks because, again, it's incredibly structureless) it's psychedelic rock. But the mood of the album changes with almost every single track which is very disorienting and messy. Linton Samuel Dawson, for example, sounds like if Rush made disco music and it doesn't fit at all with the mood of the rest of the album, although to be honest it's hard to say it even got a mood at all.

I'm seriously forced to give this a one star rating. In fact, I have no idea how you could possibly give this work more than two stars to be honest. Seriously, go listen to 2000-2009 Porcupine Tree.

 Fear Of A Blank Planet by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.26 | 2629 ratings

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Fear Of A Blank Planet
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars "Fear Of A Blank Planet" is an incredibly compact album. I am not referring only to the thematic, which runs a strong thread between the lyrics of the six tracks present, but also to how each of these tracks is musically linked to the others, despite the typical dichotomies between acoustic and electric, between mild atmospheric rhythms and abrasive accelerations, a true trademark of Porcupine Tree.

The literary layer of the album concerns the dangers awaiting young people at the beginning of the 21st century. "From newspapers, TV sets and the Internet, we receive scraps of innumerable information, which with the technological progress taking place all around, instead of leading to better and better education of the young generation, have the opposite effect. The album opens with a dynamic, powerful-sounding title track that accelerates with every minute. It has such a catchy melody. "My Ashes", is a very nice song with a slightly balladic flavor, and at the same time probably the most "radio friendly" track on the album. Particularly worth mentioning is the piece Anesthetize, a 17-minute suite, which can be considered as "an album within an album", since it is divided into several sub-tracks, distinct from each other. Despite the duration, it flows without being repetitive or boring to listen, quickly becoming a torment for the mind of the most avid listeners. Powerful sound, countless ideas and changing moods. It begins quite innocently and calmly, so that after a few minutes the first very heavy guitar chords can be heard, and it is this heavy, almost heavy metal-sounding guitar part that takes over the entire composition for the next 10 long minutes, it gives it the tone and rhythm, and finally in the end of the song, it turns into an extremely pathetic and uplifting melody, building the inevitably approaching the climax of the entire composition.

On Fear Of A Blank Planet, Wilson and the band combined light and calm atmosphere with moments that are far from light and all of this was presented in perfect proportions.

 In Absentia by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.26 | 2590 ratings

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In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars Porcupine Tree represents a link between the progressive "old school" and its more modern variations. Born in 1987 and unfortunately disbanded in 2010, right after their most commercially successful album. Porcupine Tree have given the world music scene, in their two decades of activity, ten records. Always on impressive quality levels, always an expression of compositional refinement with a refined taste, never banal, never bent on easy fashions or easy- listening solutions.

Heterogeneous, yet in its own way guided by a common thread, the disc is characterized by instrumental compositions that are all in all accessible to listen, made up of acoustic guitars, keyboards, refined but always catchy melodies and skilfully managed odd tempos, and combines them with bitter lyrics , which deal with unpleasant and somber themes. Even if we cannot speak of a concept album in the strict sense, we can still find a red thread that embraces the whole album. Giving so much importance to the texts in a composition like this is fundamental, without them the proposed music would change its intent towards the listener. There is suffering, anguish, the desire to get lost in the inner oblivion of man.

British offer a palette of sound possibilities made more of research and experimentation in the studio than of complex and "convoluted" instrumental passages. There are no particular songs to report, there are no moments, you have to take the package and fully enjoy it; among the 12 tracks of the standard edition it is difficult to find one that can be defined as a filler. In any case, a work of undoubted artistic value, strong in a freshness of ideas that will coincide with a point of positive and deserved turning point within their path.

 Fear Of A Blank Planet by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.26 | 2629 ratings

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Fear Of A Blank Planet
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by Lieutenant_Lan

5 stars Fear of a Blank Planet by the British band Porcupine Tree was released in April of 2007 as the bands ninth studio album. Fear of a blank planet is a concept album that discusses dark subjects such as mental illness, drugs, apathy, neglectful parents, and other unfortunate truths in modern day society. The lyrical themes and music are very grungy at times while still containing a prog rock and metal base. Which is why I really like this album. The production is tight and heavy, the instrumentation is fantastic and unique, and there isn't a bad song on the album. I will rate this a 5/5 easily. Definitely an essential listen.
 In Absentia by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.26 | 2590 ratings

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In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by ComaEcliptic

5 stars Porcupine Tree is one of the most important modern prog bands of the mid 90s and early to mid 2000s, going from space rock to alternative rock with huge Beach Boys and Pink Floyd buzz, to Crosby Stills and Nash, Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails infused Prog Rock with metal undertones. This album was the start of a new phase in the PT discography, where they went from space rock - Pink Floyd like music, to being a very unique blend of Beach Boys, CSN, and Pink Floyd like music with a metal twist. In Absentia introduced a new member of the band, world renowned drummer (that would eventually end up with King Crimson), Gavin Harrison. Having heard the Deluxe Edition released in early February 2020, I learned more about this spectacular album then I did when I first heard it. Although, the concept of this album was known to me before reading through the notes of the Deluxe Edition, now back to the review.

In Absentia is one of my top 20 (maybe even top 10) favourite albums of all time. This album combines all the elements that I find appealing in progressive rock music, mixed with a folky and psychedelic approach that comes with extreme harmonies and melodic acoustic guitar. Another interesting element about this album is the Tool like track that is Strip The Soul (shockingly enough, better than Tool in my honest opinion). So let's get down to business and review the tracks themselves.

Blackest Eyes: The opener, a very strong way to introduce the music found on the album, with large and gorgeous harmonies, heavy guitars and hammond organs, and lots of amazing layers of acoustic guitars. 5/5

Trains: Like a Crosby Stills and Nash track with a slight heavy bite, the harmonies are yet again amazing. I think that this track is a very good example of Porcupine Tree trying something unique in progressive rock. 5/5

Lips of Ashes: This is much more on the side of Crosby Stills and Nash, with a huge dark twist to it. Amazing yet again. 5/5

The Sound of Muzak: Odd times, complicated patterns and lots of harmonies, this song shows a lot of newer elements not found on previous albums such as Lightbulb Sun and Stupid Dream. 5/5

Gravity Eyelids: Ambient, dark, and the concept of the entire album start getting more and more obvious with this song leading the dark and grisly side of progressive rock lyrical themes. This is the longest track on the album, reaching in at 8 minutes in total. 10/10

Wedding Nails: Instrumental, complex musicianship, and yet again, ambiance. Incredible. 5/5

Prodigal: Arguably the best track on the album, its my fathers favourite song on this album. I find the sound of this song to be a summary of the previous tracks wrapped into a neat little bow. Incredible. 5/5

Dot 3: Sort of a continuation on Prodigal, fading out from Prodigal and straight into Dot 3. Its lyrics are limited but they fit the tone of this track, Richard Barbieri compliments the actual string section found on this track. Absolutely fantastic 5/5

The Creator Has A Mastertape: A complicated song, not musically, but just the way its written, hard to get into but its still very good. This song is quite loud for sure so... its understandable why some find this song hard to get into. 4/5

Heartattack In A Layby: In my eyes, the best song on this album... love the vocals, guitars, ambiance, and just... everything about this song. 5/5

Strip The Soul: Tool in the eyes of Porcupine Tree, I just can't say enough about this song, its amazing, lots of odd times and bass riffs that just punch through your subs. 5/5

Collapse The Light Into Earth: Piano, string sections and heavenly vocals. A perfect closing to a perfect album. 5/5

Time to get to the concept.

This album is mainly focused on the mindset, and activities of a serial killer. The development of the story throughout the entire album progresses from childhood to death, making a very compelling story for listeners with a dark side and listeners who love concept albums following in the footprints of The Lamb, The Wall, and other amazing concept albums. 20/20

To sum up, this albums music, songs, and concept just make for a very enjoyable modern progressive rock record. Fantastic from end to end.

Total Grade: 84/85 Total Grade Precentage: 98.82%

Rating: Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music.

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