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    Posted: April 18 2013 at 12:00
Sounds like Steven doesn't plan on releasing any Porcupine Tree albums any time soon.Cry

From Prog Magazine:

Steven Wilson has confirmed that Porcupine Tree are on indefinite hiatus while he concentrates on his solo career.

He admits he doesn’t have time to pursue all the projects he’d like, and so he’s had to make a choice on which ones matter most to him.

And for now, it’s his latest album The Raven That Refused To Sing And Other Stories – meaning that Porcupine Tree and Blackfield must take their chances.

Wilson tells Something Else Reviews: “Blackfield has made a new record, though I’m not as involved with it as much as I once was.

“Aviv, my partner in Blackfield, wrote all of the songs, but I helped him to produce and record, and I sang on a few songs. They have some great guest singers, so Blackfield is certainly moving forward. The last thing I want to be doing is holding other people back.”

But he describes Porcupine Tree’s position as “slightly more complex,” explaining: “It can’t really happen without me instigating it, being the main writer and director.

“I don’t have time in my life to do that and do what I’m doing now. I guess I have made the decision, right now, to concentrate on the solo career.

“But that’s not to say the band has broken up or anything like that. It’s always conceivable that we could get back together in a year or five years, or 10 years. I really can’t say – there are no plans at the moment.”

Wilson recently told Prog of The Raven That Refused To Sing: “It’s still a solo album – but it’s become a band in its own right, and because of that, it hopefully has more of a sense of cohesion.”

Porcupine Tree’s last release was live album Octane Twisted in 2012, but the frontman earlier this year announced plans to release a number of tracks recorded when he used the title as his solo monicker

http://www.progrockmag.com/news/porcupine-tree-on-hold-steven-wilson-confirms/




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Talk about bad news...
 
I really enjoy The Raven... but PT on hold ?  This is the band that put him on the map, for crying out loud !
 
When you can't (or won't) make the time for something, usually, it's because it doesn't matter that much to you anymore. 
 
It’s always conceivable that we could get back together in a year or five years, or 10 years.
 
PT fans, the dreaded day has come.  Wilson is no longer into PT, and is moving on.
Indefinite hiatus is another way of saying goodbye folks. Other PT members will go on with their musical careers, and IF Wilson ever wants to get the band back together, being the talented musicians they are, they'll be too busy to reform and will have moved on themselves.
 
Sad day indeed... I knew the sh*tty weather announced something sad !
 
 
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Originally posted by Melomaniac Melomaniac wrote:

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Talk about bad news...
 
I really enjoy The Raven... but PT on hold ?  This is the band that put him on the map, for crying out loud !
 
When you can't (or won't) make the time for something, usually, it's because it doesn't matter that much to you anymore. 
 
It’s always conceivable that we could get back together in a year or five years, or 10 years.
 
PT fans, the dreaded day has come.  Wilson is no longer into PT, and is moving on.
Indefinite hiatus is another way of saying goodbye folks. Other PT members will go on with their musical careers, and IF Wilson ever wants to get the band back together, being the talented musicians they are, they'll be too busy to reform and will have moved on themselves.
 
Sad day indeed... I knew the sh*tty weather announced something sad !
 
 

Not so downhearted about it, frankly. PT always sounded better to me as a solo project rather than as a band (the exception being the brilliant Stupid Dream). Wilson's solo work should suffice for me (loved Insurgentes and am a bit indifferent to GfD, but at least it wasn't as bad as In Absentia, parts of Deadwing or the whole of The Incident. Still haven't heard Raven...).
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Maybe a break will do them some good. I for one was not impressed by the last album. In fact, IMO, the last 3 albums had a sameness to them musically. They sounded like they were going through the motions.
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Sorry, I meant the last 2 albums. I loved Deadwing.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ole-the-first Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2013 at 12:37
One yar ago Porcupine Tree break up news would look like a catastrophe, but not now, after 'Get All You Deserve' live album and 'the Raven', I can say that Steven Wilson just found a new musical vehicle, that's all. He's still here, his music is as great as always, and he's not going to leave.

Anyway, don't forget that Porcupine Tree IS Steven Wilson, that's just one of his aliases Wink


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This isn't news. We've known this basically since Grace For Drowning. Wilson's official statement is "It will come back, just not right now".

I would be annoyed, but Raven was as good as any PT release, so I'm fine with whatever.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2013 at 13:59
Indeed, Raven was so good, as well as Grace for Drowning, that I don't care so much about Porcupine Tree.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Horizons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2013 at 16:05
I said this in another thread of the same topic

He is making better music than he was in PT, so why complain? He said they aren't broken up, just simply putting out music himself. 
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Originally posted by Melomaniac Melomaniac wrote:

Cry
Talk about bad news...
 
I really enjoy The Raven... but PT on hold ?  This is the band that put him on the map, for crying out loud !
 
When you can't (or won't) make the time for something, usually, it's because it doesn't matter that much to you anymore. 
 
It’s always conceivable that we could get back together in a year or five years, or 10 years.
 
PT fans, the dreaded day has come.  Wilson is no longer into PT, and is moving on.
Indefinite hiatus is another way of saying goodbye folks. Other PT members will go on with their musical careers, and IF Wilson ever wants to get the band back together, being the talented musicians they are, they'll be too busy to reform and will have moved on themselves.
 
Sad day indeed... I knew the sh*tty weather announced something sad !
 
 


Oh come on, you sound as if the end of the world has come. He explicitly said that PT is NOT breaking up but on hiatus (which is something he should have done after FOABP instead of releasing the really uninspired and overblown "The Incident")
SW is going to write and release music until he dies and I'm glad he's trying something new instead of re-hashing a proofed and tested formula (as he tried with "The Incident" and failed - of course this is only my opinion - I know there are some folks round here who LOVE that album.. to each his own ;D )
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MJAben Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2013 at 07:44
I would be more upset by this, but for me In Absentia was the last PT album I absolutely loved and since then it's been in a downhill motion for me. On the other hand, I have been blown away by Steven Wilsons two latest solo albums so as long as he continues with that I'm happy.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Melomaniac Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2013 at 08:19
While I agree that The Incident is far from being PT's best album, I for one really enjoyed FOABP and In Absentia, and moments of Deadwing. I REALLY love The Raven and I don't mind him pursuing his solo career, but seriously, No PT album for the foreseeable future just makes me sad. Sure, I was being a bit melodramatic with my opening statement LOL, but the PT recipe and elements just did it for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ole-the-first Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 19 2013 at 11:32
Do I understand this correctly, this discussion turned into another The Incident-bashing thread?
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If his solo work continues to be as good as Raven was, then I have no problems with this.
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I totally enjoy all PT music, start to finish (uhhh last release I menat...) and the solo material is excellent as well. What I enjoy about PT is Gavin's drumming and the others...SW to me is just another musician in the band, albeit a very good one.
I don't really care for Gavin's o5Ric stuff......his OSI work is very good. I guess I just prefer him in PT, that is where I think he shines most.
Do I want them to continue, absolutely!!!! but I am enjoying the SW solo material right now......

   

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Bad move Steve.  Even The Incident is far better than your solo stuff.
 
I have all 3 recent SW releases including the live DVD...and will likely get rid of it eventually.  He really benefits alot from his PT cohorts imo. 

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I think this is a case where mr. Wilson was able to come to an agreement with the other bandmates in PT to pursue other music endeavors. I say that Wilson is lucky he has other bandmates that are open and understanding to the notion of a hiatus. This is quite indicative to the Mike Portnoy situation where he wanted DT to take a 5 year hiatus, so he could go f**k around with Avenged Sevenfold and Transatlantic and of course the other DT members were like, not a freakin chance!! 5 years is too long! I'm glad they felt that way, but with PT it is different where Steven Wilson is not easily replaceable. He is PT! In Dream Theater MP was not the true soul of DT. He was replaceable, so that is that. I hope Wilson reproduces more classic albums in 5.1mix while having some more time being freed up being away from PT.
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Originally posted by ole-the-first ole-the-first wrote:

Do I understand this correctly, this discussion turned into another The Incident-bashing thread?
No, not at all, I was only stating it was not their best work, but in no way is it bad !  A lot of great songs on there, my faves being Time Flies, Circle of Manias, the title track and Bonnie the Cat.
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No surprises really. But I guess its good to have It finally stated.

The time off will probably good them some good (if they ever come back that is).
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I guess sooner or later, Porcupine Tree must come back. Even if it takes 20 years.
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