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In Absentia

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Despite already existing for exactly 15 years, Porcupine Tree released its best album yet with In Absentia, or at least one of its most notable. Stepping away from their perhaps over-used psychedelic experimentation, the band decided to adopt a beefed up heavy/prog rock approach, combining influences from Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath with Queensrÿche and Dream Theater. This could have been down to the change of drummers from Chris Maitland to Gavin Harrison, but the singer and main songwriter Steven Wilson was also a catalyst for this change. This stylistic shift is explained by his newfound familiarity with the book that would go on to inspire Jonas Åkerlund’s shocking film Lords of Chaos, dedicated to the somewhat extreme Scandinavian black metal scene. His outlook after that would be forever altered, and the album cover would just have to be scary, without forgetting the three main themes: serial killers, the loss of youthful innocence, and a criticism of the modern world.

However In Absentia isn’t the soundtrack to a slasher film, but rather an album that tries to understand why certain individuals go through with the awful things they do. Lips Of Ashes tells the story of a guy madly in love with someone – but the feeling isn’t mutual – so he kills the object of his attention so that they belong to him forever, whereas The Creator Has a Mastertape is the story of a father who tortures his son and records it so he can listen on repeat… But while the album kicks off with a guitar-heavy introduction (Blackest Eyes), the rest is a lot more accessible, wavering between ballads and soaring melodies. Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Marillion and even U2 are just a few of the names that come to mind when listening. A long 68-minute album that ends with a beautiful piano-voice combination Collapse the Light Into the Earth. © Christian Eudeline/Qobuz

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Blackest Eyes Remastered
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Trains Remastered
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Lips Of Ashes Remastered
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The Sound Of Muzak Remastered
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Gravity Eyelids Remastered
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Wedding Nails Remastered
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Prodigal Remastered
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Porcupine Tree, MainArtist - Steven Wilson, Writer - Warner/Chappell North America Ltd, MusicPublisher

2020 Kscope 2020 Kscope, a division of Snapper Music Ltd

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The Creator Has A Mastertape Remastered
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Porcupine Tree, MainArtist - Steven Wilson, Writer - Warner/Chappell North America Ltd, MusicPublisher

2020 Kscope 2020 Kscope, a division of Snapper Music Ltd

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Heartattack In A Layby Remastered
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Porcupine Tree, MainArtist - Steven Wilson, Writer - Warner/Chappell North America Ltd, MusicPublisher

2020 Kscope 2020 Kscope, a division of Snapper Music Ltd

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Strip The Soul Remastered
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2020 Kscope 2020 Kscope, a division of Snapper Music Ltd

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Collapse The Light Into Earth Remastered
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Porcupine Tree, MainArtist - Steven Wilson, Writer - Warner/Chappell North America Ltd, MusicPublisher

2020 Kscope 2020 Kscope, a division of Snapper Music Ltd

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Despite already existing for exactly 15 years, Porcupine Tree released its best album yet with In Absentia, or at least one of its most notable. Stepping away from their perhaps over-used psychedelic experimentation, the band decided to adopt a beefed up heavy/prog rock approach, combining influences from Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath with Queensrÿche and Dream Theater. This could have been down to the change of drummers from Chris Maitland to Gavin Harrison, but the singer and main songwriter Steven Wilson was also a catalyst for this change. This stylistic shift is explained by his newfound familiarity with the book that would go on to inspire Jonas Åkerlund’s shocking film Lords of Chaos, dedicated to the somewhat extreme Scandinavian black metal scene. His outlook after that would be forever altered, and the album cover would just have to be scary, without forgetting the three main themes: serial killers, the loss of youthful innocence, and a criticism of the modern world.

However In Absentia isn’t the soundtrack to a slasher film, but rather an album that tries to understand why certain individuals go through with the awful things they do. Lips Of Ashes tells the story of a guy madly in love with someone – but the feeling isn’t mutual – so he kills the object of his attention so that they belong to him forever, whereas The Creator Has a Mastertape is the story of a father who tortures his son and records it so he can listen on repeat… But while the album kicks off with a guitar-heavy introduction (Blackest Eyes), the rest is a lot more accessible, wavering between ballads and soaring melodies. Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Marillion and even U2 are just a few of the names that come to mind when listening. A long 68-minute album that ends with a beautiful piano-voice combination Collapse the Light Into the Earth. © Christian Eudeline/Qobuz

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