PORCUPINE TREE

Non-Metal / Metal Related / Alternative Metal • United Kingdom
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Porcupine Tree is a progressive/aternative rock band formed in England.

Porcupine Tree began as a joke between Steven Wilson and Malcolm Stocks in 1987, the joke being Porcupine Tree being a long-forgotten 70's space rock band. This joke was shown on their debut 'On the Sunday of Life'. Soon, Steven Wilson had Porcupine Tree evolved from a joke to a heavy space rock band.

After four releases, Porcupine Tree took an alternative rock/progressive rock path with the releases 'Stupid Dream' and 'Lightbulb Sun'. These albums still contain metal influences and space-rock atmospheres, but are mostly based in prog/alt rock

In 2002, Porcupine Tree released their 'In Absentia' album. This album showed Porcupine Tree including even more metal elements. This in turn led to 2005's 'Deadwing', their heaviest album up until that point. The band continued with their metal style until they went on hiatus in 2010 after the release of 'The
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PORCUPINE TREE Discography

PORCUPINE TREE albums / top albums

PORCUPINE TREE On The Sunday Of Life album cover 2.75 | 19 ratings
On The Sunday Of Life
Non-Metal 1992
PORCUPINE TREE Up The Downstair album cover 2.97 | 21 ratings
Up The Downstair
Non-Metal 1993
PORCUPINE TREE The Sky Moves Sideways album cover 3.61 | 24 ratings
The Sky Moves Sideways
Non-Metal 1995
PORCUPINE TREE Signify album cover 3.52 | 20 ratings
Signify
Non-Metal 1996
PORCUPINE TREE Stupid Dream album cover 4.17 | 23 ratings
Stupid Dream
Non-Metal 1999
PORCUPINE TREE Lightbulb Sun album cover 3.97 | 31 ratings
Lightbulb Sun
Non-Metal 2000
PORCUPINE TREE In Absentia album cover 4.33 | 88 ratings
In Absentia
Metal Related 2002
PORCUPINE TREE Deadwing album cover 4.30 | 72 ratings
Deadwing
Metal Related 2005
PORCUPINE TREE Fear Of A Blank Planet album cover 4.17 | 82 ratings
Fear Of A Blank Planet
Metal Related 2007
PORCUPINE TREE The Incident album cover 3.82 | 55 ratings
The Incident
Metal Related 2009

PORCUPINE TREE EPs & splits

PORCUPINE TREE Moonloop album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Moonloop
Non-Metal 1994
PORCUPINE TREE Staircase Infinities album cover 3.82 | 9 ratings
Staircase Infinities
Non-Metal 1994
PORCUPINE TREE Nil Recurring album cover 3.74 | 24 ratings
Nil Recurring
Metal Related 2007

PORCUPINE TREE live albums

PORCUPINE TREE Coma Divine: Recorded Live In Rome album cover 4.32 | 7 ratings
Coma Divine: Recorded Live In Rome
Non-Metal 1997
PORCUPINE TREE XM album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
XM
Metal Related 2003
PORCUPINE TREE Warszawa album cover 3.58 | 6 ratings
Warszawa
Non-Metal 2004
PORCUPINE TREE XMII album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
XMII
Non-Metal 2005
PORCUPINE TREE Rockpalast album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Rockpalast
Metal Related 2006
PORCUPINE TREE Atlanta album cover 4.08 | 6 ratings
Atlanta
Metal Related 2010
PORCUPINE TREE Octane Twisted album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
Octane Twisted
Metal Related 2012

PORCUPINE TREE demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

PORCUPINE TREE Tarquin's Seaweed Farm album cover 2.58 | 2 ratings
Tarquin's Seaweed Farm
Non-Metal 1989
PORCUPINE TREE Love, Death & Mussolini album cover 2.92 | 2 ratings
Love, Death & Mussolini
Non-Metal 1990
PORCUPINE TREE The Nostalgia Factory album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
The Nostalgia Factory
Non-Metal 1991
PORCUPINE TREE Radio Active album cover 3.33 | 2 ratings
Radio Active
Non-Metal 1992
PORCUPINE TREE Spiral Circus album cover 3.33 | 2 ratings
Spiral Circus
Non-Metal 1994
PORCUPINE TREE Insignificance album cover 4.15 | 4 ratings
Insignificance
Non-Metal 1997
PORCUPINE TREE Metanoia album cover 2.79 | 9 ratings
Metanoia
Non-Metal 1998
PORCUPINE TREE Coma Divine II album cover 3.79 | 3 ratings
Coma Divine II
Non-Metal 1999
PORCUPINE TREE Stars Die: Rare And Unreleased album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Stars Die: Rare And Unreleased
Non-Metal 1999
PORCUPINE TREE Transmission IV album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Transmission IV
Non-Metal 2001
PORCUPINE TREE Futile album cover 3.66 | 8 ratings
Futile
Metal Related 2003
PORCUPINE TREE Delerium EP album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Delerium EP
Non-Metal 2003
PORCUPINE TREE Porcupine Tree Sampler 2005 album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Porcupine Tree Sampler 2005
Non-Metal 2005
PORCUPINE TREE Porcupine Tree Sampler 2008 album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Porcupine Tree Sampler 2008
Non-Metal 2008
PORCUPINE TREE We Lost The Skyline album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
We Lost The Skyline
Non-Metal 2008
PORCUPINE TREE Ilosaarirock album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Ilosaarirock
Metal Related 2009

PORCUPINE TREE re-issues & compilations

PORCUPINE TREE Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape album cover 3.95 | 2 ratings
Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape
Non-Metal 1994
PORCUPINE TREE Voyage 34: The Complete Trip album cover 3.60 | 8 ratings
Voyage 34: The Complete Trip
Non-Metal 2000
PORCUPINE TREE Recordings album cover 4.38 | 7 ratings
Recordings
Non-Metal 2001
PORCUPINE TREE Stars Die: The Delerium Years 1991–1997 album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Stars Die: The Delerium Years 1991–1997
Non-Metal 2002

PORCUPINE TREE singles (14)

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Voyage 34
Non-Metal 1992
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2.50 | 1 ratings
Voyage 34: Remixes
Non-Metal 1993
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3.67 | 3 ratings
Waiting
Non-Metal 1996
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Piano Lessons
Non-Metal 1999
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3.25 | 2 ratings
Stranger By The Minute
Non-Metal 1999
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2.83 | 2 ratings
Pure Narcotic
Non-Metal 1999
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3.25 | 2 ratings
Four Chords That Made A Million
Non-Metal 2000
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3.07 | 3 ratings
Shesmovedon
Non-Metal 2000
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Lazarus
Metal Related 2005
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Shallow
Alternative Metal 2005
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Fear Of A Blank Planet
Alternative Metal 2007
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Way Out Of Here
Metal Related 2007
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Bonnie The Cat
Alternative Metal 2010
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Time Flies
Non-Metal 2011

PORCUPINE TREE movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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4.38 | 11 ratings
Arriving Somewhere...
Metal Related 2006
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4.73 | 9 ratings
Anesthetize
Metal Related 2010

PORCUPINE TREE Reviews

PORCUPINE TREE Metanoia

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 1998 · Non-Metal
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The Signify period, which saw Porcupine Tree gelling further as a band (having been more of a Steven Wilson solo project prior to The Sky Moves Sideways), certainly yielded plenty of material beyond the studio album itself. As well as the Coma Divine live album from the tour and the Insignificance collection of studio off-cuts, it also provided us with Metanoia, a collection of live-in-the studio improvised jam sessions which the band indulged in.

Some of the material here would be picked up and used as the basis of more polished tracks - Intermediate Jesus on the Signify album had its backing track derived from an edit of one of these improvisations, for example - but most of this is unique to Metanoia, and all of it is offered in a rather different context.

If you like the more song-oriented side of Porcupine Tree, you won't find that here: what you will find is material remarkably like the sort of spacey, jazzy jams which the early 1970s krautrock scene was fond of turning out. If you like the spacier, less focused parts of On the Sunday of Life or Voyage 34, you're in the right sort of territory, though the Edwin/Maitland rhythm section adds a certain amount of drive to these jams not present in those earlier works which helps ensure that the release isn't just going over old ground.

PORCUPINE TREE Insignificance

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 1997 · Non-Metal
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In Porcupine Tree's discography, Insignificance is to Signify as Staircase Infinities is to Up the Downstair and Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape is to On the Sunday of Life: a companion piece compiling various songs which didn't make the cut for the parent album.

That said, the approach is somewhat different this time. Compared to Staircase Infinities and Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape, you get less entirely original songs and improvisations here and more in the way of alternate takes and demos of material which were incorporated into Signify.

There's still some entirely new stuff here, like the two takes on Wake As Gun or the funk-tinged Neural Rust, and both these unique songs and the alternate versions of Signify material tend towards a somewhat more mellow and psychedelic-tinged take on the overall approach of Signify than the harder-edged version we got on the main album. If you like Porcupine Tree's pre-Signify material, then you may well enjoy this; if you think Porcupine Tree didn't get good until Signify, you might find this inferior. And if you don't actually like Signify itself, why are you even considering this?

PORCUPINE TREE Transmission IV

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2001 · Non-Metal
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The improvised space rock piece Moonloop is a tentpole of Porcupine Tree's The Sky Moves Sideways, but whilst that album has come out in varying configurations over the years, both the original 1CD and later 2CD releases of it only include a fraction of the full 40 minute workout.

Transmission IV presents the full, unedited improvisation. Originally a fan club release, it trickled out in a few more limited editions over the years. Now, benefitting from the remastering job Steven Wilson did for the Delirium Years boxed set, it is now available in that box - or, for those for whom that's a bit too rich a prospect, as a downloadable release.

The Sky Moves Sideways marked the point when Porcupine Tree coalesced from being a Steven Wilson personal project into being a true band prospect, and the Moonloop improvisation finds Wilson and the band's newly-minted rhythm section of Colid Edwin and Chris Maitland working on feeling out their chemistry and really gelling as a group. No doubt a necessary exercise at this stage of the band's evolution, it's also a great little listen, exploring Floydian space territory using more modern equipment.

As with the Voyage 34 EP, this is very much an ambient space rock voyage, so don't expect tight songwriting or compositional structures. (In fact, expect less: this is, after all, an improv.) But if you want to hear the band putting themselves through their paces, it's pretty solid, and if you are very keen on the Sky Moves Sideways sound then it's a no-brainer.

PORCUPINE TREE Staircase Infinities

EP · 1994 · Non-Metal
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Focusing largely on chilled-out psychedelic instrumental material, Staircase Infinities consists of off-cuts from the Up the Downstair session which were unable to be finished in time for the album's completion. In the long run, I think it's for the best because that album is pretty solid as a single album and might drag if padded out further with this material, but as a half-hour EP this isn't bad.

It reminds me of the sort of material which some of the jam-oriented space rock improvisational groups of the early Krautrock scene might have had access to with access to modern (for 1993) recording equipment; it clearly isn't totally improvised, there's enough later embellishments and samples slipped into make that unlikely in the extreme, but it does have the quality of material workshopped through such a process. A good thing to track down if you are very into the space rock side of Porcupine Tree; though the original release has vanished it has been recompiled elsewhere, such as on the expansive Delirium Years boxed set.

PORCUPINE TREE Voyage 34: The Complete Trip

Boxset / Compilation · 2000 · Non-Metal
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Voyage 34 is a half hour-long ambient space rock workout by Porcupine Tree, interspersed with audio extracts from a "Reefer Madness"-esque piece about the dangers of drugs. Laying the groundwork for later space rock escapades from the project like The Sky Moves Sideways and Up the Downstair (the latter of which takes its name from one of the aforementioned samples), it showcases Steven Wilson's ability as a guitarist, arranger, and all-around multi-instrumentalist, and does an interesting job of blending the approaches of 1970s freakout space rock and 1990s ambient chillout music.

The original EP is pretty solid, and offered up the entire half-hour experience (sometimes divided into "Phase 1" and "Phase 2"). What's more commonly available these days is various variations on Voyage 34: the Complete Trip, which adds on Phase 3 and Phase 4. These remixes I consider rather inessential, and risk belabouring the point, and when I relisten to the piece these days I just go with phases 1 or 2. I'd rate either release 4 stars, but on the understanding that Phases 3 and 4 are basically bonus tracks, and I don't incorporate bonus tracks into my ratings generally (either positive or negative).

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PORCUPINE TREE Arriving Somewhere...

Movie · 2006 · Metal Related
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Focusing on the more metal-oriented material from Deadwing and In Absentia - though notably steering it back in a more rock-oriented direction in order to allow this material to sit a little more comfortably beside the "indie prog rock" stylings of Stupid Dream, Lightbulb Sun and Recordings (picks from all of which surface here). Fans of their earlier psychedelic and space rock styles might be disappointed that those aren't represented, but on the plus side there's a liberal sprinkling of rarities here such as the glorious Buying New Soul as well as Revenant, So-Called Friend and Mother and Child Divided, those three songs having only appeared on various special editions of Deadwing. Not the definitive Porcupine Tree live experience, but a pretty decent one nonetheless.

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more than 2 years ago
Their heavy stuff is heavy enough for inclusion in the MMA. Note that the MMA is album-based, so, even though PT are not a metal band, they are included because of their metal-oriented albums. And I fully support their inclusion.
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more than 2 years ago
Their later stuff is heavier, but they are not really a metal band. Definitely worth checking if you are a fan of prog music though.
more than 2 years ago
OK, which albums is more metal ?

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