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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.

The band started as a solo project of singer-songwriter-guitarist Steve 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 like the 10-minute-plus 'Arriving Somewhere But Not Here'. Most of the music was written by Steven but the album features the largest amount of full-band compositions since "Signify" in 1997. The album also features guest appearances by Adrian Belew (KING CRIMSON) and Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH).

In 2007 the band scored it's biggest chart success to date with "Fear Of A Blank Planet". Featuring contributions from Alex Lifeson and Robert Fripp...
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In AbsentiaIn Absentia
Lava 2002
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DeadwingDeadwing
Lava 2005
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Fear Of A Blank PlanetFear Of A Blank Planet
KSCOPE 2012
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The IncidentThe Incident
Roadrunner Records 2009
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Stupid DreamStupid Dream
Kscope 2009
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Lightbulb SunLightbulb Sun
Import · Special Edition
Snapper UK 2008
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Stars DieStars Die
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Sky Moves SidewaysSky Moves Sideways
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Kscope 2010
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PORCUPINE TREE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.02 | 613 ratings
On The Sunday Of Life.....
1991
3.92 | 718 ratings
Up The Downstair
1993
4.10 | 977 ratings
The Sky Moves Sideways
1995
3.81 | 865 ratings
Signify
1996
3.98 | 976 ratings
Stupid Dream
1999
4.01 | 1080 ratings
Lightbulb Sun
2000
4.22 | 1797 ratings
In Absentia
2002
4.08 | 1494 ratings
Deadwing
2005
4.22 | 1831 ratings
Fear Of A Blank Planet
2007
3.71 | 1176 ratings
The Incident
2009

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

4.44 | 367 ratings
Coma Divine Live
1997
3.76 | 74 ratings
Spiral Circus Live (LP)
1997
3.68 | 122 ratings
XM
2003
4.17 | 6 ratings
Live in Poland
2003
3.93 | 256 ratings
Warszawa
2004
4.04 | 123 ratings
XMII
2005
4.21 | 148 ratings
Rockpalast
2005
4.50 | 121 ratings
Arriving Somewhere...
2006
3.35 | 203 ratings
We Lost The Skyline
2008
3.65 | 101 ratings
Ilosaarirock
2009
4.23 | 163 ratings
Atlanta
2010
3.50 | 135 ratings
Octane Twisted
2012

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

4.57 | 444 ratings
Arriving Somewhere...
2006
4.72 | 433 ratings
Anesthetize
2010
4.26 | 35 ratings
Octane Twisted
2012

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

2.51 | 90 ratings
Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape
1994
3.19 | 292 ratings
Voyage 34 - The Complete Trip
2000
4.17 | 302 ratings
Recordings
2001
4.23 | 201 ratings
Stars Die: The Delerium Years 1991 -1997
2002

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

3.47 | 47 ratings
Tarquin's Seaweed Farm (K7)
1989
3.25 | 37 ratings
Love, Death & Mussolini (K7)
1990
3.00 | 33 ratings
The Nostalgia Factory (K7)
1991
3.45 | 20 ratings
Radioactive E. P.
1992
3.67 | 89 ratings
Voyage 34
1992
2.88 | 41 ratings
Voyage 34 : Remixes
1993
3.24 | 51 ratings
Moonloop E.P.
1994
3.81 | 144 ratings
Staircase Infinities
1994
3.79 | 43 ratings
Waiting
1996
3.30 | 70 ratings
Insignificance (K7)
1997
3.80 | 20 ratings
Ambulance Chasers
1997
3.62 | 13 ratings
Coma Divine II
1999
3.89 | 28 ratings
Stars Die - Rare and Unreleased
1999
2.81 | 39 ratings
Stranger By The Minute
1999
2.82 | 40 ratings
Piano Lessons
1999
2.85 | 40 ratings
Pure Narcotic
1999
3.06 | 52 ratings
4 Chords That Made A Million
2000
3.22 | 49 ratings
Shesmovedon
2000
4.13 | 85 ratings
Transmission IV
2001
2.95 | 170 ratings
Metanoia
2001
3.44 | 119 ratings
Futile
2003
3.30 | 28 ratings
Delerium EP
2003
3.56 | 103 ratings
Lazarus
2005
3.91 | 415 ratings
Nil Recurring
2007
3.96 | 61 ratings
Transmission 10.1 - Ilosaarirock
2009
2.62 | 57 ratings
Time Flies
2009
3.80 | 5 ratings
Acoustic Session Jan 2010
2010

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 Transmission IV by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2001
4.13 | 85 ratings

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Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by admireArt

3 stars A day in the life of Porcupine Tree!

Transmission IV (Moonloop), a forty minute long unedited improvisation, is at its best "inspired", although at close distance, a swirling tribute, here and there and everywhere to Mr. Pink's "trade-mark" guitar atmospherics. Why Steven Wilson intended to do so? I guess with such a vast discography, it could have been let pass by.

Maybe I did not check out and David Gilmour was an unexpected guest! (I am joking, but I did actually, check out!)

Anyway! The best parts of the improvisation, is when PT sounds like PT, and not PF, which ironically are, the more "electronic ambiental" parts or the "funkier" ones. Maybe as a "live" experience, it could have been haunting, but as such, it is good but not essential. (Unless you collect all of PT's records, which I don't).)

***3 PA stars.

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 Fear Of A Blank Planet by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.22 | 1831 ratings

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Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Difficult to contribute regularly by reviewing just the obscure stuff for the sake of popularizing it. Gotta move on to popular stuff... Well, what to say here. Has Steven Wilson become a grumpy old man? Singing about the apathetic generation? "Only MTV". When was the last time depressed teenagers watched it anyway? 1991 when Nirvana was on?

On Fear Of a Blank Planet Porcupine Tree move sideways from the more heavy/pop stuff of recent albums. This is more of a gloomy, synth atmosphere-heavy rock with occasional heavy outbursts. Given all the widely different stuff they've done - from psychedelia to electronica to metal - this seems like their niche. It suits well Wilson's average-guy vocals. Clearly this is one of their more conceptual albums. It's just that I felt more variety and excitement on other Porcupine Tree albums.

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 In Absentia by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.22 | 1797 ratings

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Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by Roland113
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5 stars . . . In my not so humble opinion.

"In Absentia" is an essential prog masterpiece. Every respectable prog collection should have this album in it. Porcupine Tree is one of the most popular prog bands of the nineties and this century and "In Absentia" is the best, most complete album front to back in their catalog. When my Dad asked me about modern prog music, this is what I played for him, and he loved it. This album hits you from the very beginning of "Blackest Eyes" through the soulful end of "Collapse the Light Into Earth".

For starters, the song writing by Steven Wilson and company is phenomenal, "Blackest Eyes" mixes the heavy and the acoustic almost interchangeably, the contrasts between the differing sections grab you while the dark, brooding lyrics sink into your soul. "It's so erotic when your make up runs . . . " "Trains" is one of the catchiest songs Mr. Wilson's ever written, the chorus sticks with you for days, while "Lips of Ashes" is almost entirely Richard Barbieri atmosphere. "The Sound of Muzak" again features a wonderfully catchy chorus.

Each and every song on this album has a notable moment to it from the progression at the end of "Prodigal" to the groove and atmosphere of ".3". This album has been reviewed by countless people at this point, if you haven't listened to this album yet, do yourself a favor, go find yourself a copy of "In Absentia" and enjoy it. Every aspect of this album is fantastic. Easy five star rating from me.

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 Anesthetize by PORCUPINE TREE album cover DVD/Video, 2010
4.72 | 433 ratings

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Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by thwok

3 stars I want to start by stressing the fact that I am a big Porcupine Tree fan, like most of my fellow reviewers here at Prog Archives. I think Steven Wilson is one of the best songwriters in progressive rock. The rest of the band, especially Gavin Harrison, are brilliant musicians. However, I'm only mildly impressed with the Anesthetize DVD concert. Therefore, I'm going to give it 3 stars. It's definitely very good, and definitely not essential to a progressive music collection

I don't watch a lot of recordings of live concerts. The thing is, a live concert should be an interactive experience. The band does very little of that on this DVD. On the VH1 cable network I recently watched a Live from the Download Festival 2009 special, where Iron Maiden were the headliners. The band stomped on most of the younger groups that preceded them. Bruce Dickinson, who is in his 50's like the other members, was running around the stage, talking to the audience, and getting them worked up. On this Anesthetize DVD, Steven Wilson is clearly emotionally involved with what he's playing. However, he barely says anything beyond introducing the songs.

As for the set list, appreciation really depends on personal choice. This DVD contains some of my favorite PT songs, but "favorite" is an entirely subjective decision. I agree with many of my fellow reviewers that "Anesthetize" is better than "Arriving Somewhere". I too find the camera work on "Arriving Somewhere" a little distracting. The slide show in "Anesthetize" is cool, but I care more about the band. Since this is a Steven Wilson production, "Anesthetize" is impeccable from a technical standpoint. However, I can hear these songs by listening to PT's impeccably produced studio releases. I just expect more from a live concert.

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 On The Sunday Of Life.....  by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.02 | 613 ratings

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Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars Although this is the first official PORCUPINE TREE release it wasn't at all the beginning. Everyone knows that PORCUPINE TREE is really the talent of Steven Wilson dressed up as a band and that is not to dismiss the talent of the members who have contributed to this prolific band's wonderful sounds over the decades but the fact remains that Wilson is the conductor and main talent on board. This first album is really a compilation of the the material that he began created as a joke actually. The idea actually started all the way back in 1987 when Steven Wilson and Malcolm Stocks decided to make a fictional band that was influenced by psychedelic space rock music especially in the Pink Floyd arena. They went to great lengths to create a faux history and personas. Sounds to me like it was meant to be a Pink Floyd inspired Spinal Tap thing. Although intended to be a joke while focusing on his "real" band called No-Man, Steven released a couple of cassette only albums and they proved to catch the attention of the right people who decided that some of this material actually had a place in the market.

That brings us to the debut album ON THE SUNDAY OF LIFE. Although officially the first album, this is really a compilation of tracks off the cassette recordings that Wilson created on his then newly purchased recording equipment. The great thing about this album is as stated in the liner notes, namely that this album really represents all the possible avenues that Wilson could have gone down. Although there are clear moments of those that he did go down in the form of the psychedelic rock and crossover prog with beautifully melancholic melodies in a rock context, there are many tracks on this album that do not represent any of the later PORCUPINE TREE albums in the least. There are industrial rock tracks, new age ambient tracks and highly experimental ones that remind me more of the indie pop band Ween. It is clear from this debut album that Steven Wilson is a formidable talent who is more than capable of developing several branches of music. This is a remarkable album. I just love it. It was more than I ever could have expected coming to this after hearing most of the later albums. What we have here is a clear indicator that Steven Wilson was a hugely talented musician capable of greatness and in that regard he hasn't disappointed. Unfortunately the collective rating on this is unjust. This is eclectic to say the least but I enjoy every single track on this and contemplate all the possible avenues Steven Wilson could have taken. A very interesting album that displays Wilson at a stage before he had a fanbase and had to focus on that aspect of his music.

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 Fear Of A Blank Planet by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.22 | 1831 ratings

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Fear Of A Blank Planet
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by ProgolateCookie

4 stars This album starts off with one of the band's most boring and plain parts but then it becomes something magical. Even classic prog dude, Rob Fripp is on it to add texture and it is amazing.

I think this is the first one Steven mixed himself or at least in a while cos I know he didn't do In Absentia. The art is amazing too, Lasse Hoil is incredible.

The long one "Anthesthetize" is the best track clearly and you can almost forgive the opening track being so tedious as the rest is PROG! "Sentimental" is also really good for the lyrics. My 3rd fav PT album and much preferred in a lot of way to most of his solo stuff apart from Raven.

82% - 4

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 Delerium EP by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
3.30 | 28 ratings

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Delerium EP
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by thwok

2 stars I'm a big Porcupine Tree fan. I think anything they put out is worthy of our attention. I do prefer the later releases, from Signify forward. I think the Delerium EP is simply unnecessary.

For my money, the better tracks are Signify and the full-length version of Radioactive Toy. "Signify" has the most drive of the four tracks. I definitely prefer the latter, less-ambient albums by PT. The longer version of "Radioactive Toy" is also good stuff.

However, all of this material is available on other PT albums. So, I'm not really sure why the Delerium EP was put out. There's a good chance that fans of the band already have this songs. According to the ProgArchives administrators, this EP is no longer available. Maybe PT's record company feels the same as I do. The band later released a more comprehensive Delerium collection. Each PT release is at least worthy of attention, so I'm giving this EP two and half stars.

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 Futile by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
3.44 | 119 ratings

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Futile
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by Unitron

5 stars Porcupine Tree-Futile

After the success of 'In Absentia', Porcupine Tree released an EP of songs that were recorded during the time of that album but didn't make it on. also included are a couple live tracks among other things.

I swear, sometime PT needs to release a two-disc edition of 'In Absentia' because these songs should not be missed.

First off is a surprisingly good radio edit of 'Strip the Soul', one of my favorites from 'In Absentia'. Usually radio edits can butcher a song and make it sound weird and awkward, but this puts things together surprisingly well. Next is an instrumental 'Orchidia', which was originally included on the single for 'Four Chords that Made a Million' from 'Lightbulb Sun'. 'Orchidia' has some really good driving riffs and is a perfect song to head-bang to. The song doesn't sound creepy or ominous until the end, when you hear a child's laughter while the guitar fades out.

The title track is definitely my favorite from the EP, with it's crunching guitar riffs. The electric-acoustic transitions are handled perfectly with Wilson's vocals fluctuating between soft and cold to his suffered screams during the chorus. My favorite part of the song is the bridge, being a mostly acoustic passage with electric guitar slashes near the end of the bridge. 'Drown With Me' is a softer song, more akin to 'Trains' from 'In Absentia'.

Depending on what version you get, there will also be the menacing 'Chloroform ' which starts with powerful drum beats by Harrison that's eventually joined by Edwin's bass. This song is much more similar to songs from 'Lightbulb Sun', so it has a more alternative rock feel with some metal mixed in. The guitar solo is great, the chorus flows very well into it.

The two live tracks 'Blackest Eyes' and 'Hatesong' are great live performances , 'Hatesong' being my favorite of the performances.

Overall, if you enjoy 'In Absentia' or just prog metal in general, you should at least give this EP a listen. Again, it would be a great side-disc to 'In Absentia', but it's still a great EP and one of the best EP's I've heard.

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 In Absentia by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.22 | 1797 ratings

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In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by Unitron

5 stars Porcupine Tree-In Absentia

Now that I'm finished reviewing Rush's studio discography, I decided to review the album that made me the metalhead I am today.

This wasn't the album that introduced me to metal, I've been listening to bands like Iron Maiden, Anthrax, and Soundgarden all my life. This was the album that made heavy metal my all time favorite genre of music. Before hearing 'In Absentia', what I enjoyed the most was classic hard rock and heavy progressive rock. This album blew me away from all that and made me listen to more metal then I had before.

Porcupine Tree may not have always been a metal band, but after their transitional 'Lightbulb Sun', they were ready to become the prog metal band they are today.

The album opens up with one of their most popular songs, 'Blackest Eyes' with front-man Steven Wilson giving us heavy kick-ass riffs. This song has very well crafted transitions from the crunching guitar riffs to Wilson's soft melodic vocals. The whole album has these transitions, heavy tracks like 'Blackest Eyes' to acoustic tracks like 'Trains'. Also in place are haunting mellotron-infused tracks like 'Lips of Ashes' and 'Gravity Eyelids'.

The lyrics are very dark, Wilson gives us haunting personal and dreary lyrics. Lyrics for escape, 'Trains' and 'Heart-attack In a Lay-by', and Lyrics about the music industry, 'The Sound of Muzak'.

The music range is widely varied, with the headbanging jam of 'Wedding Nails' to a weird 'The Creator has a Mastertape' with Wilson shredding like crazy at the end and Colin Edwin's bass and Gavin Harrison's drums complimenting each other perfectly. The haunting 'Heart-attack In a Lay-by' is another standout track, with it being unique in having minimal instrumentation that makes it feel empty which fits perfectly in the album. My favorite from the album is probably 'Strip the Soul', with Edwin's haunting bass and Wilson's guitar blasts and haunting lyrics. The only song I don't like on the album is 'Collapse the Light Into the Earth' which is a very bland piano song that just doesn't go anywhere and feels really out of place, I think it would have fit better on their previous album.

The atmosphere makes you feel empty and alone, which I think is what they were trying to get at. I've always felt that Porcupine Tree knows how to make the perfect mood for their albums.

Overall, 'In Absentia' may be inconsistent at times with switching from heavy to soft a lot, it's still a great album. I think that even with it's inconsistency, it's essential to any prog metal fan's collection.

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(Originally Written on MetalMusicArchives.com on August 4th 2014)

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 On The Sunday Of Life.....  by PORCUPINE TREE album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.02 | 613 ratings

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On The Sunday Of Life.....
Porcupine Tree Heavy Prog

Review by Unitron

3 stars Porcupine Tree-On the Sunday of Life

Porcupine Tree's debut shows a very different side of the band then heard on later albums. There are a few metal leanings here and there, but this mostly strange avant-garde space rock.

Porcupine Tree originally began as a joke band between Steven Wilson and Malcolm Stocks, a joke of them being members of a long-forgotten 70's rock band. This is unlike any 70's rock band I've ever heard, however. I've often seen PT's earlier albums labeled as being very Pink Floyd-like, yet I don't really see the connection. This is certainly very unique, and an interesting experience.

After an intro titled 'Music for the Head', the album begins with the track 'Jupiter Island'. This song is definitely going to be space rock with a name like that, but this isn't you're normal Hawkwind-type space rock. It has some really catchy drumming, but Wilson's vocals sounds very strange. On the song 'The Nostalgia Factory' his vocals sound like they are bordering on the sound of vocals on a 33rpm record at 45rpm. The keyboards are very flowing and sound very atmospheric, and adds to the music very much. My favorite song, and the only one with any metal leanings in it is the fan favorite 'Radioactive Toy'. It sounds more traditional then some of the other songs, Wilson's vocals don't sound strange and there are really nice heavy guitar slashes. Even though this album was a joke, the lyrics for 'Radioactive Toy' sounds like a metaphor for something deeper.

There are also some tracks that just make you say, 'What the hell were they smoking?'. The 27-second 'Message from a Self-Destructing Turnip' is an example of this. It's just 27 seconds of weird distorted words that I can't make out. I do have to say these tracks add to the atmosphere the album is trying to set up, it adds to the space rock experience.

Overall, if you take it as a joke like it was meant I'm sure it won't seem too off the wall. I don't recommend it people just getting into Porcupine Tree, I would start with 'In Absentia' or 'Fear of a Blank Planet' once they found their footing as a metal band. If you enjoy space rock though, or want something different I would definitely check it out.

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