Prog Rock giant King Crimson deserves induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Discs recorded solely to impress with sonics may be cool collectibles, but lack musical meaning. These albums are different.
You’ve got to love when the public latches onto a “new band” that has been around for ages. Such is the case with superior progressive rock outfit Porcupine Tree.While their excellent new album Fear Of A Blank Planet is the band’s third global release through Atlantic Records, it is actually its ninth studio album since 1992, not including various remix and rare track compilations that have emerged over the years.
Though Porcupine Tree has been compared to modern and classic art-rockers such as Pink Floyd, Yes, The Mars Volta, Genesis, King Crimson, Tool, Dream Theater, Muse and even Radiohead, the group’s closest connection to the aforementioned bands lies in its ambition more than its music.
Porcupine Tree has inspired hundreds of bands some have dubbed “post progressive.” To keep up with the legions of these like-minded bands, Snapper Music has reactivated the Kscope label.
Like other members of Porcupine Tree, Harrison seized upon Porcupine Tree’s “year off” to strike out on his own by touring with an augmented King Crimson lineup, which included two drummers (reminiscent of past Crimson incarnations).
No question prog-metal tour de force Porcupine Tree is first and foremost the domain of guitarist and vocalist Steven Wilson.
Which, of course, means that Wilson is usually prone to act as spokesman for this enigmatic collective of wonderful musical complication.
by Michael Popke — If you frequent online progressive-rock communities, you’ve no doubt seen the question “What is prog?” posted countless times. …
Given the number of labels Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson have called home, it should go without saying that the band has left an enormous amount of collectibles in the wake of its recordings.
Modern prog puzzlers Porcupine Tree make all the musical pieces fit.