PORCUPINE TREE

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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 2.62 | 15 ratings
On The Sunday Of Life
Non-Metal 1992
PORCUPINE TREE Up The Downstair album cover 2.75 | 16 ratings
Up The Downstair
Non-Metal 1993
PORCUPINE TREE The Sky Moves Sideways album cover 3.57 | 19 ratings
The Sky Moves Sideways
Non-Metal 1995
PORCUPINE TREE Signify album cover 3.43 | 15 ratings
Signify
Non-Metal 1996
PORCUPINE TREE Stupid Dream album cover 3.99 | 18 ratings
Stupid Dream
Non-Metal 1999
PORCUPINE TREE Lightbulb Sun album cover 4.00 | 24 ratings
Lightbulb Sun
Non-Metal 2000
PORCUPINE TREE In Absentia album cover 4.23 | 75 ratings
In Absentia
Metal Related 2002
PORCUPINE TREE Deadwing album cover 4.32 | 62 ratings
Deadwing
Metal Related 2005
PORCUPINE TREE Fear Of A Blank Planet album cover 4.12 | 71 ratings
Fear Of A Blank Planet
Metal Related 2007
PORCUPINE TREE The Incident album cover 3.83 | 49 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 3.79 | 7 ratings
Staircase Infinities
Non-Metal 1994
PORCUPINE TREE Nil Recurring album cover 3.86 | 21 ratings
Nil Recurring
Metal Related 2007

PORCUPINE TREE live albums

PORCUPINE TREE Coma Divine: Recorded Live In Rome album cover 4.29 | 6 ratings
Coma Divine: Recorded Live In Rome
Non-Metal 1997
PORCUPINE TREE XM album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
XM
Metal Related 2003
PORCUPINE TREE Warszawa album cover 3.42 | 6 ratings
Warszawa
Non-Metal 2004
PORCUPINE TREE XMII album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
XMII
Non-Metal 2005
PORCUPINE TREE Rockpalast album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Rockpalast
Metal Related 2006
PORCUPINE TREE Atlanta album cover 3.90 | 5 ratings
Atlanta
Metal Related 2010
PORCUPINE TREE Octane Twisted album cover 3.50 | 3 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 3.00 | 1 ratings
Tarquin's Seaweed Farm
Non-Metal 1989
PORCUPINE TREE Love, Death & Mussolini album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Love, Death & Mussolini
Non-Metal 1990
PORCUPINE TREE The Nostalgia Factory album cover 3.00 | 1 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 4.43 | 3 ratings
Insignificance
Non-Metal 1997
PORCUPINE TREE Metanoia album cover 2.29 | 7 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 3.00 | 1 ratings
Stars Die: Rare And Unreleased
Non-Metal 1999
PORCUPINE TREE Transmission IV album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Transmission IV
Non-Metal 2001
PORCUPINE TREE Futile album cover 3.81 | 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 3.25 | 2 ratings
We Lost The Skyline
Non-Metal 2008
PORCUPINE TREE Ilosaarirock album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Ilosaarirock
Metal Related 2009

PORCUPINE TREE re-issues & compilations

PORCUPINE TREE Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape
Non-Metal 1994
PORCUPINE TREE Voyage 34: The Complete Trip album cover 3.30 | 6 ratings
Voyage 34: The Complete Trip
Non-Metal 2000
PORCUPINE TREE Recordings album cover 4.40 | 6 ratings
Recordings
Non-Metal 2001
PORCUPINE TREE Stars Die: The Delerium Years 1991–1997 album cover 3.50 | 2 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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3.50 | 2 ratings
Waiting
Non-Metal 1996
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Piano Lessons
Non-Metal 1999
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2.00 | 1 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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2.00 | 1 ratings
Four Chords That Made A Million
Non-Metal 2000
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2.83 | 2 ratings
Shesmovedon
Non-Metal 2000
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Lazarus
Metal Related 2005
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2.00 | 1 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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4.34 | 9 ratings
Arriving Somewhere...
Metal Related 2006
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4.68 | 7 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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FMOTP
This may be a add-on to PT's main output, but it's still PT! This is probably the most experimental, kraut rock-influenced album Wilson released under the Porcupine Tree label. As a result it's not a part of my regular musical diet; I need more structure. However many people love this aspect of PT and they should surely appreciate METANOIA. Not surprisingly, it's brilliantly played. Colin Edwin and Richard Barbieri are sometimes the unsung heroes of the band; I'm assuming they had significant input to this recording. The nature of these songs ensures that they get a well-deserved, large part of the spotlight.. I think I would rather listen to Porcupine Tree play this brand of rock than any one else. This is an enjoyable alternative to Porcupine Tree's main discography.

PORCUPINE TREE Signify

Album · 1996 · Non-Metal
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Necrotica
I've always been fascinated with music artists who frequently reinvent their sound and yet maintain quality and freshness in their work regardless. While so many artists fail to make waves in the commercial or critical department when slowly transitioning into new territory, others make a complete 180° turn and succeed greatly whether by knowing the musical landscape or by just pure luck. Then you have Porcupine Tree, who have had three radical reinventions and been very well-received for all of them. You have the psychedelic era (when they weren't even a full group yet), the alternative era, and the progressive metal era; as of now, none of the band's albums (even debut On the Sunday of Life) have been terribly received and most of them receive high marks. However, one album that never seems to fit into the grand scheme of things is the band's sole transitional album Signify; while considered by many to be part of the psychedelic era, the album seems to combine the past and future sounds of the group almost perfectly. True to this statement, the album also remains one of their best and most balanced works; it not only depicts how far Steven Wilson had come with his musical project, but also depicts a promising and vast future for a now-complete group.

As suggested by that last sentence, this is indeed the first Porcupine Tree album with a full band to perform with Steven Wilson. Right from the opening of the surprisingly heavy title track, there's a strengthened sense of unity and focus in the material; while the trippy arrangements and vast soundscapes of previous records return here as well, they aren't always the main focus this time around. As suggested by the shorter running times of the songs, a lot of musical fat is trimmed and the psychedelic aspects are a bit toned down, but instrumental tracks like "Idiot Prayer" and "Intermediate Jesus" play with the group's spacey side with extended atmospheric jams. One of the best things about this album (one thing that plagued previous records by the band) is that there's a great stylistic balance; the album combines multiple genres and sounds, but distributes them all very well. You've got the first real song "Signify" (the first track is just an intro) which kicks things off with a hard-hitting riff and gets the listener pumped, only to be followed by a beautiful ballad in "Sleep of No Dreaming" as well as multiple improvisational jams and other ballads. "Sever" is the track in which the harder-rocking sound comes back into play, and it's brilliantly placed in the middle as a good way to kick up the volume at just the right time. This is some of the best song placement I've ever seen/heard on a record, and it's great to hear so many well-done switches in the band's sound.

Beyond that though, the real treasure of this album is its appreciation of atmosphere. This is one of Porcupine Tree's darkest records, but the moments of hope (despite there not being many) come at the right moments. For instance, closer "Dark Matter" is pretty damn depressing in terms of lyricism, but the guitar solo that follows the verses and choruses is absolutely beautiful and even inspiring as the dynamics increase and the instrumentation becomes less isolated. "Sever" and "Idiot Prayer" are perhaps even more important dynamically, as the more aggressive moments are placed among softer moments to give the listener moments of reflection in between the heavier portions. Of course, the band still shine most when those trademark melancholic Porcupine Tree ballads rear their heads; "Every Home is Wired" is still the song that impresses me the most, making the most out of guitar and keyboard layering to bring out some gorgeous textures. The psychedelic jam that concludes the song never hurts either. "Sleep of No Dreaming" is also notable, featuring an organ-sounding keyboard performance from Richard Barbieri to illustrate the song's musical backdrop as Steven Wilson gives one of his most emotional vocal performances.

The only gripe I can think of is that, despite great song placement, there's not quite as much musical consistency as the band's best records. Interludes like "Light Mass Prayers" or "Pagan" aren't really needed and can kill the pace of some of the album. If that's the worst thing about the record, though, then there isn't much to complain about. This is a superb way to end Porcupine Tree's psychedelic era and usher in the alternative era of their sound. All in all, it's a wonderful transitional album.

PORCUPINE TREE Moonloop

EP · 1994 · Non-Metal
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FMOTP
This Moonloop release represents PORCUPINE TREE at their most "psychedelic". This is is as ambient, spacey, freeform as Steven Wilson gets. Maybe you're a fan of the style. There is no debating Wilson's considerable skills, as a performer and studio wizard. I would probably rather hear Wilson, and this is mostly Wilson whatever the label, play this than just about anybody else. But to be frank, there's very little metal or even hard rock here. Moonloop is just a little too self indulgent for me. Incidentally, get the version of this release that includes "Always Never", if you can. It's a fine track, that balances out the album as a whole. I understand that Wilson is a fan of Krautrock bands like NEU. If that's more your cup of tea than mine, you should definitely enjoy this.

PORCUPINE TREE Signify

Album · 1996 · Non-Metal
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siLLy puPPy
PORCUPINE TREE’s fourth album SIGNIFY displayed the perfect title upon its release for it really did declare that the project that had begun as a joke and had developed into a bona fide solo project of Steven Wilson that continued to gain steam and popularity and to his surprise an amazingly successful career. With a three album run of twisting and teasing Pink Floyd inspired psychedelic space rock and electronic experiments that culminated with the extraordinary “The Sky Moves Sideways,” it became apparent that the next step was to incorporate the session musicians who performed on these albums and turn the project into a bona fide band that delivers a distinct band sound that would be supported by touring and audience interaction.

With the official band member status of Richard Barbieri (piano, synth, tapes, sequencers), Colin Edwin (bass) and Chris Mailand (drums, percussion), main man STEVEN WILSON found a new wellspring of creativity which allowed the band to expand beyond the simply tagged psychedelic space rock that dictated the feel of the first trilogy of albums. SIGNIFY is the transition album that didn’t jettison what came before but rather married it with a larger palette of musical ideas. The compositions first and foremost became more cohesive with more traditional song structures that were obviously designed to sound more commercial than the free for all psychedelic meandering of the past although certain tracks on SIGNIFY do allow for the same experimentation as those albums.

Perhaps the most startling contrast are the more rock oriented guitar hooks which comes into full prominence on the introductory title track which is a more heavy rock rendition of the Neu! track “Hallgallo” from their 1972 Krautrock classic debut. While the title track rocks out and points to the future, the second track “Sleep Of No Dreaming” seems to get cold feet and point back to the past with a more sedated chilled out feel however it simultaneously shows another direction in conjunct with the heavy rockers. It finds Wilson creating a more lyric centric form of songwriting which displays his tender carefully uttered vocals with the fullest implementation of production value allowed by law. The addition of softer passages that utilize acoustic guitar and dream atmospheric background sweeps would be another major deviation from the psychedelic space rock years.

Many of the tracks on SIGNIFY were actually demos for previous albums but were sitting idle in the backroom and dusted off and rebranded for the new PORCUPINE TREE. Wilson explained that the bass and percussion parts were re-recorded by the now permanent members and they were given liberties to add their personal touches which allowed the full band effect to come to fruition. Colin Edwin contributed many interesting bass lines as well as a stellar double bass run on “Sleep Of No Dreaming.” While the albums would continue to get more into the rock scheme of things on SIGNIFY, there are still experimental electronic ambient sections such as “Waiting Phase One” which display the nebulous sound squigglies as heard on the earliest of albums but “Waiting Phase Two” clearly demonstrates the new PORCUPINE TREE with gently strummed acoustic guitars, a soulful Steven Wilson singing his heart out with softened percussion and interesting verse / chorus changes.

Much of the psychedelic holdover was due to the fact that the band recorded this album during the tour of “The Sky Moves Sideways” and the process of switching gears sounds like it was happening organically rather than a forced escapade into the harder rocking world. One could say that these are cleverly crafted pop songs in prog clothing as the basic song structures are actually quite simple but Wilson has always had a gift for milking the potential out of any three chord strum along with outstanding production ingenuity and his unique stamps such as his guitar solos and counterpoints. Tribal rhythms are implemented at times which offer an interesting contrast to traditional rock drumming norms.

Despite not being a solo album, SIGNIFY was recorded as such. Wilson recorded much of the album as a solo project the way he envisioned it and then let the other band members re-record their respective parts separately which basically saw a finished product shift gears one instrumental part at a time until the final product emerged. Even after the album had been released Wilson was never happy and remastered all the original albums to create an even crisper and clearer listening experience. While SIGNIFY is dominated by many sing along type songs, there are plenty of simple zone out moments when the pop rock cedes into space rock and the vocals take a breather and let the instrumental and electronic sections cast their mesmerizing spells.

SIGNIFY is in effect project #1 of the Phase Two era of PORCUPINE TREE which would include the following “Stupid Dream” and “Lightbulb Sun,” a trilogy of albums that equally merged the hard rock potential of the future with the earliest psychedelic space rock sensibilities. PORCUPINE TREE has been nothing but consistent in their output over their career and SIGNIFY is no exception. An excellent slice of Mr. Wilson’s unique progressive rock outlook with strong catchy hooks that evolve into solid compositions that implemented lyrics concerned about late 90s issues and the addition of those atmospheric emotional tugs and interesting sound effects that allowed the perfect chilled out progressive rock experience. While i find this style would peak on “Lightbulb Sun,” SIGNIFY is quite the solid release with tracks like “Sever” providing catchy ear worms and a throw back to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” to boot.

PORCUPINE TREE Coma Divine II

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 1999 · Non-Metal
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FMOTP
I consider it a tragedy that these 2 or 3 songs (I would call it 3) were not on the original COMA DIVINE album. The only reason might have been that they wouldn't fit on the CD. Luckily, that problem was rectified with the DELERIUM reissue, where you can hear the studio versions. It obviously has nothing to do with the quality of the songs. This is great music. I would guess that this EP hasn't been reviewed by others because these songs are easily available in other formats. Apparently, these tracks are also part of the COMA DIVINE reissue. I would also guess that a lot of people just don't bother with EP's or singles; I personally prefer 30 or 40 minutes of music. Prog Archives labels Porcupine Tree a "heavy prog" band, which is an apt description. PT hadn't started incorporating a lot of metal into their music yet; that wouldn't happen until a couple of albums later.

I've used up enough words not talking about this music! Anyone who listens to enough Porcupine Tree probably knows these songs, if not these versions, so I won't discuss them at length. I'm rarely effusive in my reviews (or in my life generally), but this live version of "The Moon Touches Your Shoulder" is amazing. The guitar playing is unbelievable. "Always Never" is almost as good. Two considerations prevent me from giving COMA DIVINE II a 5-star rating, which is something I rarely do. First is my opinion that "Up The Downstair", as good as it is, isn't on the same level as the other two songs. The other consideration is the possible low interest level, due to the running time, of this EP for a lot of Porcupine Tree fans. IMHO everyone with an interest in Porcupine Tree would be well served by listening to this.

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PORCUPINE TREE Arriving Somewhere...

Movie · 2006 · Metal Related
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Warthur
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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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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