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Porcupine Tree


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4.11 | 1983 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
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5 stars What would it sound like to mix 1993 Porcupine Tree with 2001 Porcupine Tree? Well....

Moving on from the song based albums that preceded it Steve Wilson embraces a more album based approach as he did when PT was young, except with the heaviness of the late 90's still attached. The result is marvelous, Deadwing is one of the best post-prog albums I've ever heard, showing even the veterans like DT and Tool how it's done (not to call Porcupine Tree young). Opening with the bombastic DEADWING the album courses forward, only giving the audience time to rest so they don't die on the ride. Each song brings a unique piece of music to the table, and there's no downsides to be had. Songs like LAZARUS and MELLOTRON SCRATCH are slower and more melodic, while OPEN CAR and SHALLOW blast you with a kind of sonic attack (to quote Hawkwind). ARRIVING SOMEWHERE... is easily the standout on the album, mixing complex soundscapes with haunting lyrics and exceptional vocals, but others such as START OF SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL are just as good.

All in all this album does not disappoint. Recommended for those who want to hear the new great forces in prog. PT has been around for quite some time already, but I think time will hold them as one of the defining artists of this day. 5 stars!

Queen By-Tor | 5/5 |


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