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A thrilling musical journey

Porcupine Tree is a progressive rock band formed by Steven Wilson in 1987 in UK. Their music is difficult to categorise, being associated with both psychedelic rock (like Pink Floyd) and progressive rock, yet having been influenced by trance, krautrock (German rock) and ambient music. Their music has been constantly evolving and since the early 2000s, it is leaning towards progressive metal.

The Incident is their 10th studio album and takes the listener on a thrilling audio journey. In turns haunting, desolate, hypnotic and euphoric, its centre-piece is the title track: a stunning 55-minute musical statement that breaks down into 14 separate and often diverse but interlinked vignettes. The album is technically sound sans gimmicky and the songs are real. Each song in the album is written in the first person and tries to humanize the detached media reportage. There are four additional songs are found on a second disc, unrelated to the theme but are tonally similar. Like the Occam’ Razor, the opening track has an aggressive guitar and elements of heavy metal, but has the quality of making a deeper impression than just sound and fury.

The incident
Porcupine Tree
Virgin Records, Rs 495

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