Artist: Porcupine Tree
Title: “Fear Of A Blank Planet”
Label: Atlantic Records
Release Date: 4/24/2007
Genre: Progressive Rock
While I have long enjoyed Progressive Rock and Metal acts like Dream Theater and Rush along with the legends of the genre such as ELP and Yes, I never quite sat down and took the time to absorb what the band Porcupine Tree was all about until the band’s 2007 release “Fear Of A Blank Planet”. Going into the group with a limited background was rather exciting because I had no pre-conceived notions or expectations from them other than the learned knowledge that founder Steven Wilson had written the album based on his views of the way in which we are living in the world today. We are still the MTV generation in some sense or at least an Internet and video game console generation when it comes down to it. The constant flow and feed of information and stimuli to our senses end up as nothing more than distractions to actually living ones life and with this framework to build upon, Wilson has delivered that which is being referred to as Porcupine Tree’s most stunning album to date.
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