Porcupine Tree
Deadwing


5.0
classic

Review

by mark sammut USER (37 Reviews)
April 23rd, 2012 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Steven Wilson. Nothing more need be said.

Porcupine Tree is a hard band to pin down. Forming in 1987 and fronted by the ever active Steven Wilson, the band is one of the most respected groups in the entire rock and metal scene. Their catalog is filled with diversity, showing influences by psychedelic rock, progressive rock, trance and alternative also.

Since the early 2000s the band has seemed to move towards a more alternative and progressive rock sound. ‘Deadwing’ was released in 2005 and is their 8th studio album. The album went on to became Porcupine Tree bestselling album to that date, but it’s follow up ‘Fear of a Blank Planet’ surpassed it.

‘Deadwing’ is a heavy but sad record, a dark and beautiful surreal ‘ghost’ story. The lyrics resonate with the listener and the musical composition highs and lows create an emotional feeling that classical music and only a selected few musicians have been able to construct.

This album has something for everyone, from the aggressive metal song ‘Shallow’, to the beautiful and commercial sounding ‘Lazarus’. ‘Deadwing’ is a mix of emotional slow burning tracks like ‘Mellotron Scratch’ and ‘Glass Arm Shattering’ and heavy progressive tracks like ‘Deadwing’ and ‘Start of Something Beautiful’.

The title track opens up the album and the sets the setting for the remainder of the album. It’s one of heavier tracks on the album, but the song has numerous break downs and synths are also added to add to the atmosphere of the track. King Crimson’s Adrian Belew guest stars on ‘Deadwing’ and ‘Halo’, and his solo on the title track really add to an already brilliant track. ‘Halo’ has some of Wilson’s best singing on the album, sounding almost like Stone Temple Pilot front man Scott Weiland during the chorus. It’s one of the simpler tracks on the album, but still very addictive.

‘Open Car’ sounds like it could have been a hit single, with a fast riff, and a beautiful pre-chorus musical break down. ‘Lazarus’ is the song that most casual listeners know, showing the diversity the band can cover. The piano takes central stage for the song, as Wilson’s angelic voice sings to the radiohead-esque track. The lyrics are beautiful and melancholic; as the song seems to be about a dead mother talking to her son.

The best song on the album has to be the 12 minute epic ‘Arriving Somewhere but not here’. This song is not only the best of the album, but could easily be Porcupine Tree’s best ever song. At one moment the listener is sitting back with their eyes closes and their minds drifting in a far and not totally inviting place as soft melodic guitar strings accompanies Wilson’s soft voice, but a second later the whole world has changed as an aggressive composition takes over and the listener is forced out of his solitude as Wilson sings about what one expects to see when they die. The solos are near flawless as the listener is left entranced for the full 12 minutes.

Some album versions have bonus tracks assigned to them. ‘So Called Friend’ and ‘Half Life’ are both brilliant tracks that could have easily made it on to the full record, but due to the brilliance of the rest of the songs were left out. Porcupine Tree followed up ‘Deadwing’ with the just as potent ‘Fear of a Blank Planet’ and then the less acclaimed, but still solid, ‘The Incident’.

The year is now 2012 and the musical world once again waits to be swept off its feet as Wilson collaborates with Opeth’s own Mikael Åkerfeldt for Storm Corrosion’s self-titled debut, an album that will almost undoubtedly serve as yet another reminder of why we love music.



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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2012


4435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been told repeatedly to check out Porcupine Tree, and as an avid enthusiast of psychedelic music- i'm ashamed to say have yet to check them out. I guess i'll start off with this.
POS'd.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2012


6147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is awesome and heavy as fuck, but if you want to check PT's psychedelic side, you should go into Lightbulb Sun.

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mark1991
April 23rd 2012


38 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Or The Sky Moves Sideways, if only for the title track which is 18 minutes of brilliance.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2012


6147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Voyage 34: The Complete Trip is awesome too, in the same respect.

profoundword
April 23rd 2012


239 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think Fear of a Blank Planet is their best album, but this is great too...
I saw them live in NYC in 2010 and arriving somewhere but not here was absolutely incredible live. Review is pretty fanboyish but I understand why... have a pos man

profoundword
April 23rd 2012


239 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"I've been told repeatedly to check out Porcupine Tree, and as an avid enthusiast of psychedelic music- i'm ashamed to say have yet to check them out. I guess i'll start off with this."

This is a brilliant album and a good starting point, but I'd recommend starting with FOABP tbh, it's probably their best mix of prog and metal and has a more powerful atmosphere imo


mark1991
April 23rd 2012


38 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fear of a Blank Planet is brilliant, i'm not sure i'd recommend it as a first listen though as its not an easy album to listen to. But to be fair any album from The Sky Moves Sideways to FOABP would be a good starting point for anyone.

phishing
April 23rd 2012


395 Comments


summary is a bit fanboyish

didnt read the review

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2012


3419 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmm, cool review but this album is not a 5. It has some really good tracks and some that are ok, but nothing special. There are better Porcupine Tree albums.

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johnnydeking29
April 23rd 2012


9145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is an amazing album, but I find that Arriving Somewhere is one of PT's most overrated songs, whereas Mellotron Scratch is one of their most underrated (the last two minutes are sublime), but whatever; you can't go wrong with this

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Dimor
April 23rd 2012


1762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeh, its a very varied and well-rounded release, and truly one of the bands best. Its not a clear 5.0 though, but its quite close tbh.

Cipieron
April 23rd 2012


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^ perfectly summed it up

My 2nd fav of theirs after FoaBP

KILL
April 23rd 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

has nothin on their earlier stuff but its cool

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Dimor
April 23rd 2012


1762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whatcha prefer jammin' KILL? Sunday or Sideways?

Dimor
April 23rd 2012


1762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Signify is pretty good too

KILL
April 23rd 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sky moves sideways is amazing and sunday isnt that good but i think stupid dreams the best

Dimor
April 23rd 2012


1762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stupid Dream is cool, agree.

KILL
April 23rd 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

up the downstair rules too

Dimor
April 23rd 2012


1762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeh its awesome. I think i jam Small Fish atleast once every day

bloc
April 23rd 2012


34872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not too big on this band tbh. On this album I've only ever preferred the more "standard" songs like Shallow, Open Car, and Halo.



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