porcupine tree - deadwing

.:: Before the Dillinger Escape Plan, Porcupine Tree's 2002 US, In Abstentia, had already laid most of the groundwork. For the middle-aged British quartet led by Steven Wilson, '70s rockers like Rush and Yes (with whom the group toured after the album's release) never went out of style but instead left behind grandiose scriptures to be studied for all of eternity. So while tighter and more efficient in spots ("Shallow," "Halo"), Porcupine Tree's Deadwing faithfully keeps the technically proficient epics coming, peaking with multi-tentacled 12-minute "Arriving Somewhere (But Not Here)."

This unique London-based quartet make unconventional, uncompromising music that qualifies them as Europe's premiere art-rock cult band. Porcupine Tree's cogent musical personality is a force to be reckoned with. Porcupine Tree's intelligent and accessible sound will appeal not only to metal enthusiasts and twenty-something dark wave fans, but will also fit in with today's more adventurous alternative station playlists.

With their eighth studio album Porcupine Tree continue to defy categorisation. Down the years, since their humble beginnings in 1988 when they consisted solely of frontman Steven Wilson, they have been described as psychedelic, progressive and alternative metal.

Wilson has never been comfortable with being pigeon-holed in the prog rock section, perhaps a reason why the albums he has written in recent years have been more Pantera than Pink Floyd. The singer-songwriter and lead guitarist continues that harder edge heard on 2002's In Absentia with his compositions on Deadwing.

It would be wrong to suggest that the whole album is alternative metal however, as there is so much more to Porcupine Tree than that. Title track Deadwing has a spacey electronica opening before blasting into a flurry of heavy drums and one of those trademark guitar riffs. Despite its heavier edge it is still undeniably PT, especially its ambient lull in the middle before it comes straight at you again with a guitar solo from another special guest, King Crimson's Adrian Belew.

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