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Progressive Metal Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
CD, Released date : 12 February 2007 - Roadrunner Records / Transmission
Style: Progressive Metal

RATING : 18/20
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Tracklist
1. Fear of a Blank Planet 07:28
2. My Ashes 05:07
3. Anesthetize 17:42
4. Sentimental 05:26
5. Way Out of Here 07:37
6. Sleep Together 07:28
Total playing time 50:48

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82 ratings 6 18/20
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20 / 20
    Vinrock666, Sunday 18 May 2008 Talk to your friends  
I consider Porcupine Tree's Fear of a Blank Planet to be among the top ten metal albums of 2007. The music is very engaging, which is required, in order to take you on this uneasy and eerie journey into the drug and television induced emptiness currently residing in a growing number of today's generation. Although this album isn't a conceptul piece in classic form, the lack of breaks between songs and similar subject matter linking all the lyrics throughout produce this singular theme. The background sounds relentless and constatntly useasy no matter how hard or soft the songs get. This impression is often very complimentary to the lyrics as well, so that even if one were to zone out to the complex tones and movements of the record's longer than average songs the language of the music still speak to you. Highly progressive, emotional, and spatial, this record works for anyone who wants to be challenged as a listener to those who prefer a musical backdrop. The highlight of the recording should be track three: Anesthetize, which includes a solo from Rush's Alex Lifeson. The song has so many elements parellel to the stylings of Rush that reading the Lifeson credit is equal to proving a guess that Lifeson played guitar in the song in the first place. Overall, the entire album is flawless with many peaks and valleys, a dual and constant easy and uneasiness in it's tone throughout with no filler and no throwaways to speak of. In time, Fear of a Blank Planet, should be regarded as a classic.




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20 / 20
    Unitron, Thursday 28 May 2015 Talk to your friends  
A Favorite of Mine

'Fear of a Blank Planet' is the ninth studio album by progressive/alternative metal band Porcupine Tree. After the success of 'Deadwing', Porcupine Tree came back two years later with probably their most critically acclaimed albums. 'FoaBP' combines the prog/alt metal styling of the previous album, and the atmospheric space sounds of their early albums. The name of the album was inspired by hip-hop group Public Enemy's 1990 album 'Fear of a Black Planet'. It's a concept album, the concept being about today's society, the mass media, technology, drugs, and their effect on children.

The album begins with the title track, which is an awesome driving opener. After the drumming and electric guitar kicks in, this song really drives. By contrast, the chorus is very beautiful with great orchestral sounds. Soon the bridge comes in, with awesome crunching riffs and a classic metal guitar solo. Then the song ends very melodically, giving the song a melancholy end. The next highlight is the melancholy 'My Ashes'. When it begins, it will probably remind you a lot of Led Zeppelin's 'No Quarter', but it eventually turns into it's own beautiful song with great sad lyrics. 'Sleep Together' is another one of my favorites, with some awesome Nine Inch Nails-like Industrial influences included.

Of course, one of the highlights has to be the 17-minute long 'Anesthetize'. The song begins very melancholy, with great lyrics. After some industrial guitar, Rush's Alex Lifeson soon comes in with a kickass guitar solo. Later, the crunching riffs come in. During the middle of the song, Wilson gives one of his best vocal performances over some very Tool-like guitar. The end of the song moves to a very dream-like atmospheric sound, which ends the song pretty well.

The lyrics are perfect, matching the sad yet brutal music. The lyrical themes all revolve around the subjects that I mentioned at the start of this review. 'Anesthetize' probably has some of the most memorable, with the beginning having 'I simply am not here, No way I.. Shut up, be happy, Stop whining please'. The chorus has great lyrics as well: 'Only apathy from the pills in me, It's all in me, all in you, Electricity from the pills in me, It's all in me, all in you, Only MTV, cod philosophy'.

Overall, This is certainly Porcupine Tree's Magnum Opus. It's one of my favorite albums of all time, if not my favorite. Essential to any metal collection.




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19 / 20
    JakeDaSnake, Friday 18 February 2011 Talk to your friends  
Intriguing progressive metal album with thought provoking lyrics.

I learned about Porcupine Tree through Opeth, because of the keyboardist doing work for both bands, and each group being close to the other. They’re a progressive metal band from the greater area of London, and have so far come out with about 9 full releases. They have been known as progressive rock as well, because of their interesting sound, which kind of crossed back and forth in my opinion. Fear of a Blank Planet was the first album I’ve heard by them, and I was definitely impressed by it.

A defining feature of this album is its lyrics and eerie theme. The lyrics are actually very interesting (surprisingly) and discuss many taboo subjects of the modern age, like drugs, pornography, death, and romance, among others. It fits along with the whole theme of the record and represents very well. As for the music, its whole sound is very relaxing a lot of the time, and really puts images into your head and feeds you alternative emotions as you listen to it, which is exactly what makes music truly great in the first place. I also gotta hand it to the bassist, he definitely knows how to make a great groove and be creative with the directions he takes in his notes, which seems to be a rare quality in bassists nowadays, as most bassists I’ve heard in modern rock just follow a simple 4/4 beat pattern, and rarely stray from that. I also enjoy how this album really likes to add a neo-jazzy feel to their music, which really brings out a lot more of the creativity you find in many progressive metal or rock bands. Also, this album wouldn't be as good without the keyboards, which develop great melodies in songs such as My Ashes and Way Out of Here (The most popular track off the album).

Personally, I think that this album is brilliantly played out, tightly timed, and has the best of qualities that makes music very interesting. I’d have to give this album an 19/20.




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