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Porcupine Tree -Deadwing review

Discussion in 'Opeth (Archived)' started by OpethPat, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. OpethPat

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    Here's a fan review of the new PT album :

    I've just finished listening to Deadwing twice on my Bose noise-cancelling headphones with the lights off... it's midnight here so I can't write too much. Suffice to say that my first impression is that this album is the best thing SW has ever done. Ever. Of any of his musical projects. Maybe that's just the initial euphoria and adrenaline speaking, but I'm thoroughly smitten with Deadwing. There's not a bad track on it.

    A few more general observations before I comment on a few of the tracks individually: This album will settle the "Gavin vs. Chris" debate once and for all. Gavin Harrison must have the arms of a blacksmith to drum with this sort of intensity and virtuosity. His propulsive rhythms really unify the sound of the album and provide the backbone for a sound that is much heavier overall. Where In Absentia feels like an experimental foray into heavier territory, the granite-hard rock of Deadwing is far more integrated and organic on this record. The band seems far more comfortable with the new direction, and where In Absentia often seemed like it wasn't sure how to employ the talents of Richard Barbieri, Deadwing uses him as a pivotal player throughout. Crucially, the harder edge of this PT is never at the expense of melody...

    Musicians often talk about how important it is to employ light and shade in an album but few practice this as well as SW. And never more so than on Deadwing. That's evident on the juxtaposition of different tracks on the lineup as well as within the arrangements of individual songs. The epic Arriving Somewhere But Not Here, for example, evokes memories of Russia on Ice for the way that wisps of mellow Barbieri keys eventually give way to guitar riffing so intense that it could cleave titanium. But the heavy riffing here is far more melodic (to my ear) than that of the Lightbulb Sun track.

    I love the title track. It begins with a simple keyboard motif reminiscent of a certain song by The Who. Its followed by the background sound of a train station and then an amazing, jangly guitar riff kicks in alongside Gavin's frenetic drumming and lightning fast fills (you'll have heard this on the soundclips). Over 10 minutes this track keeps coming back to this guitar riff and unrelenting rhythm even as Steven sings of a ghost that disrupts someone's life (a deep voice intones "like a cancer scare in a dentist's chair..." to add to the ominous mood). There's a characteristic SW solo and, later, an unusual guitar solo -- haven't got liner notes on my promo copy but I'm guessing it's Adrian Belew.

    Shallow features the guitar riff that launched a thousand guitarists. At least, it will once this gets extensive radio play... so damn catchy, this one...

    Lazarus is the mellowest moment on the record. Lovely. Keane and Coldplay fans (of which I am both) will enjoy this, too.

    Halo is a quirky delight. It starts off dark and murky with a cool groove by Colin and Gavin and pinging effects from Richard. SW offers a creepy, whispery vocal (God is on the cellphone/God is on the Net/God is in the warning/God is in the threat.) Then it gives way to the most unexpected chorus -- very poppy, sorta Blackfield-ish. I'm not sure if this is an apt description, but it sounds as if The Happy Mondays are singing the chorus. I'm enchanted by this one. Adrian Belew's off-kilter solo is another cool element to this one.

    Arriving Somewhere But Not Here is epic in sweep and starts off with layers of ambient textures and a similar sort of guitar as used on the verses of Lips of Ashes. The track gathers momentum until it becomes a churning maelstrom. And then suddenly snaps and melts into another quiet passage with cool percussion and delicate guitar licks. SW said this track is 13 minutes but it's finishes somewhere around the 11 minute mark and fades out. The soundclips on the Deadwing micro site feature the chorus (it's at the point where the naked woman is swimming underwater) but with just vocals and no drums if I recall, so I wonder if that was cut from the final version?

    Mellotron Scratch is one of the highlights of Deadwing. It's a blissed out track with a groovy, echoing percussion track and gorgeous layers of vocal harmonies (shades of How Is Your Life Today and it also brings YES to mind.)

    Open Car -- this track bumped So-Called Friend. This one isn't exactly a rocker despite some cool riffing as it detours into mellower, piano-led moments. A hard track to pin down. Will require more listens.

    The Start of Something Beautiful is another absolute highlight. This is how modern progressive rock should sound. Features a synth bassline to start and some great percussion from Gavin. I love the unexpected melodic detours this track takes and its use of mellotron and widescreen guitars during the chorus.

    Glass Arm Shattering is, quite simply, gorgeous. It's one of those PT tracks that seems to soar effortlessly (think Dark Matter or Fadeaway) with divine harmonies. Sublime.

    After 3 minutes of silence there's a bonus track of Shesmovedon. Not sure why SW remade this track as it doesn't sound too disimilar from the original. Still, no complaints -- sounds good.

    And that's about it. Of course, describing music never does it justice. I hope I've not overhyped the album and it'll be interesting to see how I rate the album after I've lived with it for a while. No doubt about it, though, Deadwing is well worth the wait and anticipation.
     
  2. Longinus

    Longinus excerpt guy

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    Hmm? Didn't Akerfeldt sing shesmovedon? SUrely it'd then be a little different?
     
  3. Nico

    Nico Onward!

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    Corporate plugs never sounded so sweet...
     
  4. T-Rat

    T-Rat Muse Of Fire

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    cool.
    i'm going to see blackfield at the middle east tommorrow. (will wear opeth shirt, so say hi if you're going, y'all)
    that album is pretty good, but i suspect that the new pt is even better... still not released in the usa, so i gotta order it from someplace else as an import.
    t
     
  5. daebreak80

    daebreak80 professional nose picker

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    i am also going to the blackfield show tomorrow night at the middle east. i will have an atlanta falcons hat on. not sure what shirt though.
     
  6. OPETH_DT

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    Hey. Leave a review of the show. I'm not going to be able to make it. Jordan Rudess will be playing keyboards.
     
  7. Bored

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    damn taht album sounds so amazing.. i CANT WAIT TO OWN IT
     
  8. evenflow

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    I am going to the Blackfield NY show, can't wait. Deadwing is an amzing album, trus tme guys, you will enjoy it.
     
  9. ViCyniC

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    Fan reviews aren't really that objective...
     
  10. saut

    saut He who goes without pants

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    April 19th is tooooo farrrrr awayyyyyyyy!
     
  11. Starless Dragon

    Starless Dragon Beneath The Starless Sky

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    Sounds like a great album, objective or not, lol.

    I heard Shallow...at least the radio single version, lol, on the "alternative" station here. They do a thing called the Cock Fight where they put two songs up against each other, then the listens call in and vote for their fav. The one that wins goes on to play again the next night against some other song. 99% of the time it's total shit. Well, as my car CD player is dead right now, I just happened to be listening to the radio when they announced the cock fight for that night...."Returning champion Slipknot"...( Oh god )...against newcomer Porcupine Tree. I nearly crashed my car, lol. So I made sure to listen that night, and sure enough, they played Porcupine Tree. Pretty sweet song. Far better then Slipknot, but of course all the nu-metal kids voted for Slipknot. No surprise there, they wouldn't understand musicianship or musical integrity if it kicked them in the balls.

    Anyway, it was cool to hear PT on the radio for once. And cooler because the DJ was absolutely raving about them. However, he also continually called them a "brand new act". "We got Porcupine Tree coming up soon, it's a great new act on the same label as Skindred." And "Great new band Porcupine Tree, their album Deadwing comes out soon, so check 'em out."

    New act? Fuckin' idiot. I wanted to strangle him. And I wanted to call him up and point out every single album they've ever released, one at a time. But the lines were busy with all the slipknot kids calling in, so I didn't get the chance.
     
  12. R0l0

    R0l0 lol @ opeth tattoos

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    Sounds great, I'm definately looking forward to this album... I've heard both Lazarus and Shallow and they're fantastic.

    This is a great new band :lol:
     
  13. cthulufhtagn

    cthulufhtagn stop. just....stop.

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    i've never been able to get into pt particularly, i acknowledge sw's songwriting skill but i dunno it's a little too pop for my taste...they do have some great songs, but not enough to hold my attention for an entire album.
     
  14. Kenneth R.

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    i am so psyched for this album that it must come out tomorrow or else.
     
  15. Reaper of Souls

    Reaper of Souls What the hell?

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    yes, it annoys me how some people just hear about a bands new single or something and assume that they are brand new because of one song that starts playing on the radio
     
  16. Starless Dragon

    Starless Dragon Beneath The Starless Sky

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    Yeah, that's pretty much it exactly Reaper. It's "new" to the radio, and since they never got airplay before, obviously they're a "new" band. :rolleyes: Because there's no such thing as underground...if the radio doesn't play it it must not exist right? It's especially sad that the DJ is that stupid. You'd think maybe if he really did like the band, he'd do a little research.

    Ctulu - Fallen Angel is such an awesome song. From an equally awesome album, by an even more awesome band.
     
  17. deliverance

    deliverance ecnareviled

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    mmm, deadwing sounds to be awesome. the coverart for the album is really fuckin cool too.
     
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    Rolling Stone magazine, of all things, called Porcupine Tree "the most talented band you never heard of". Can't wait to hear the new album and share it with my friends.
     
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    BurningSky rxbandits.com

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    Rolling Stone also hyped the new Good Charlotte album so...
     
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    im definately ordering it frm europe.. fuck waiting till april
     

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