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Porcupine Tree's Wilson Talks About New LP, Project With Opeth's Akerfeldt

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MTV.com has a in-depth article and discussion with Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson in which he ponders the impact of information technology on today's generation, talks about the upcoming "Fear of a Blank Planet" as well as his project with Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt (expected to surface in 2008) and a few other of the seven projects he is currently involved in.

Here's an excerpt about Porcupine Tree's upcoming album:

Fear of a Blank Planet, the follow-up to 2005's Deadwing, is a 50-minute suite of six tracks that features guest spots from Rush's Alex Lifeson and King Crimson's Robert Fripp. Wilson said the LP is more potent than any of the Tree's previous offerings. "It's a very intense listen," he admitted. "There isn't really any what you would call 'light relief' on this record in terms of songs you could take out and kind of get played on the radio. It's very intense, it's very dark, and it's really taking the whole idea of album-oriented rock music to the next level.

"It was very much conceived in the way bands used to conceive of records in the '70s, where you've got two sides of vinyl, and you can lay down a piece of music which is around the 50-minute mark, which plays in a continuous way, and deals with the same subject matter, and tried to kind of immerse you in a world for that time. That's always been the Porcupine Tree way, but we've definitely taken it to the next level."

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1. Tunefreak writes:

This band (Porcupine Tree) is on the verge of taking full flight, and with the "cross pollination" of Opeth fans it will continue to grow. Steven observations about kids today is scary accurate. I see the look of emptiness in many of my younger co-workers eyes on a daily basis... Can't wait for Fear Of A Blank Planet to come out, and the Akerfeld/Wilson project will be a MONSTER just watch and see...

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2. metalhead644 writes:

I couldnt agree more friend! Ive been waiting the release of both for some time, and its hard to keep waiting!

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3. Xplanet writes:

I've listend to the sapmler track on Myspace and the new PT album will be excellent. The input of Alex Lifeson is something else to look forward to too! I have thought that PT are what I wished Rush would sound like these days.

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4. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

I have been a fan of this band a very long time, and I feel they are the best kept secret in music today. There has been a lot of people telling me that this album will make them really famous and huge. I think that would be great because they have been around for a long time, and Steven Wilson is a genius, so they deserve spotlight. This album will most likely be their deepest. That is really is saying something because basically every album they have come out with has had many deep messages. Judging by the MTV interview with Mr. Wilson this will be a big eye opener since it deals with some major issues that face teenagers today.

The first time I saw them live was on their last tour "Arriving Somewhere...." and they played the new songs from this coming album. All I can say is that each song blew me away and they have added a lot of metal to their sound. Their sample on their myspace does not do the new stuff justice. Trust me, if you loved the sample then your in for a treat!!!!!

Hope to see them live for a second time on their coming tour!

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5. RememberMetal? writes:

Fantastic band. One of the best.

Not even really a "metal" band but they use that element so well and only when it's called for. I'm really excited about this one.

I've heard some samples of the new record and I'm already giddy. I've loved everything from Up the Downstair and Signify on through to In Absentia and Deadwing.

I'm anxious for the Ackerfeldt/Portnoy/Wilson project to get off the ground but by all accounts it will be after Dream Theatre, Porcupine Tree and Opeth push their 2007 albums.

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