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Porcupine Tree


Heavy Prog

4.45 | 466 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is a great place to start if you want to check out some of PORCUPINE TREE's early stuff, and it's an amazing live album as well.

After the short intro song we are treated to a fan favourite called "Signify".There are lots of riffs pounding drums and waves of synths. Nice guitar 2 minutes in and the bass is prominate around the 4 minute mark. This is pretty faithful to the original. "Waiting Phase One" is one of my favourite PORCUPINE TREE songs and it's good to hear Steven's singing voice finally on this album. This is a dreamy, uplifting song for me. The guitar almost soars on this one and the synths are great ! Nice guitar solo to end the song. "Waiting Phase Two" opens with a lot of synth washes and bongo like drums. Around 4 minutes in we get some scorching guitar and prominant drums. Nice. "The Sky Moves Sideways" is another of my all time favourite PORCUPINE TREE songs.The beginning is so PINK FLOYD-like. Dreamy and spacey. Amazing ! Vocals come in after 4 minutes. Some great drumming during the last 5 minutes.

"Dislocated Day" features some psychedelic lyrics with vocals and drums dominating. Some cool guitar 2 1/2 minutes in. "The Sleep Of No Dreaming" has a powerful chorus and is such a great song. "Moonloop" is another highlight, very spacey with lots of synths.The guitar is beautiful as well. "Up The Downstair" has this pulsating beat for the most part with guitar and drums breaking out together at times. "The Moon Touches Your Shoulder" has this light keyboard sound that gives the impression of the light of the moon touching ones shoulder. Cool. The vocals are reserved and suit the song perfectly. It gets heavy towards the end. "Always Never" is hard and heavy for 90 seconds before it gets pastoral. Some great guitar to end the song. "Is...Not" contrasts the heavy and the atmospheric beautifully. I love this song. "Radioactive Toy" goes from quiet to bombastic with an interlude of atmospheric and experimental sounds, before it returns to original soundscape. "Not Beautiful Anymore" is uptempo for the most part with good guitar and drumming.

This is easily 4 stars, although 4.5 would be more accurate in my opinion.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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