Incident

The Incident

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by Porcupine Tree
     
 

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Over the years, trying to determine what is true "prog rock" and what is not has become an increasingly tricky proposition. In the early '70s, it was easy -- any band that performed "suites" that extended across entire album sides and dressed in capes and/or cloaks was a dead giveaway. However, when the early '80s rolled around, most former prog rockers trimmed out…  See more details below

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Over the years, trying to determine what is true "prog rock" and what is not has become an increasingly tricky proposition. In the early '70s, it was easy -- any band that performed "suites" that extended across entire album sides and dressed in capes and/or cloaks was a dead giveaway. However, when the early '80s rolled around, most former prog rockers trimmed out the fat from their compositions (and exchanged their medieval wear and kimonos for what looked like sports coats). Ever since, there have been bands that have aligned themselves to either of the aforementioned prog rock approaches. But along came Porcupine Tree, who somehow have found a way to incorporate both into their 2009 effort, The Incident. Set up similarly to Rush's 1978 classic, Hemispheres, The Incident is comprised of a single long song -- the title track -- that features many different movements (which would have taken up the entire side one back in the good ol' days of vinyl), as well as a handful of shorter compositions that close the album. The aforementioned title track will certainly be the talk of the album, as it manages to incorporate bombast and melody (the sixth movement, which shares the album's title), rock ("Octane Twisted"), Yes' folky moments ("The Seance"), and Tool-like grooves ("Circle of Manias"), before it all gently floats away on a cloud of fairy dust ("I Drive the Hearse"). That said, unlike early proggers who favored meandering instrumental doodling over succinct songwriting, Porcupine Tree always favor the importance of memorable songs over flashy solos, which certainly makes the group one of the top modern-day prog rock bands.

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Release Date:
09/15/2009
Label:
Roadrunner Records
UPC:
0016861785727
catalogNumber:
178572
Rank:
25023

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The Incident 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
tomsawyer912 More than 1 year ago
Porcupine Tree is a rock music group geared towards people who are musicians, and people who enjoy cream of the crop prog experimental rock music. They are so good at what they do that Neil Peart, a drummer and legend for Rush a rock music group that formed in 1968 and is still writing new songs in 2010, spoke with Steven Wilson founder of Porcupine Tree and was so inspired by The Incident, that Neil and Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson might come out with new songs heavily inspired by The Incident, because rock musicians network. Neil Peart is friends with the guitarist of Porcupine Tree and wrote a brief statement when Porcupine Tree's Deadwing album was put out, saying that Gavin Harrison is an elegant drummer. As I have been a drummer since age 2 starting with jazz legend the late Gene Krupa, I am so impressed with Gavin Harrison's drumming. He is so stylish with drums and cymbals, and plays so well that Neil Peart and Gavin might technically be 2 of some of the best drummers in rock music right now - only in my opinion. The Incident is a story made up about a car accident and a spiritualism non-Bible based idea of what happens when that person has lost their life in the car. Now granted, there is a lyric about church in the lyrics, but Steven Wilson seemed to gravitate away from the Bible, into the worlds of spiritualism, the paranormal and free love and sexuality as now the ways of the world as opposed to Strict Christianity. It's the rebelliousness of Steven's work that makes this album so exceptional. The songwriting is top notch, they should fill stadiums of 50,000 people like Pink Floyd did live - not for the money they could make, but because they are that good - they play live in places on this earth you wouldn't think a rock music group would draw a crowd, but they are different yet so great live. The sound they get is electric, and live their visuals are very psychedelic and fast paced, just like their work - their music and lyrics. Dare I say Steven Wilson may be a popular musical genius, and Gavin Harrison such a hard working naturally gifted by God drummer, in a band formed by Steven Wilson who was inspired by Pink Floyd and Donna Summer as a teenager, and as Porcupine Tree is never played on rock radio ever, will go down with Rush as one of the most impressive rock music groups in the entire world history of popular music and lyrics, thoughts and ideas and art.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago