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The Incident

Porcupine Tree

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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Simply The Best Band In The World Today

I happily admit to being a huge PT fan, and for the life of me, I can't understand why this band isn't huge, but "under the radar" seems to be a cliche invented for these guys. Hopefully, this epic masterpiece will raise their profile somewhat. I think Steven Wilson is a musical genius. Prolific doesn't even begin to describe his body of work, what with PT, No-Man, Blackfield, Bass Communion, and his own solo work all ongoing projects, and all with such high quality! Where this man's musical limits are, I have no idea, but i'm going to enjoy it while it lasts, and i think you should too. Download this music, listen, not once, or even twice, but to really appreciate it, several times. All the most enduring, and endearing music, like all art, needs time, and reflection to really understand and enjoy it. Then come back here and write your own little review. 10 stars out of 5.;-)

You won't regret it!!!

This was one of the best albums I bought this year. I bought it without hearing it an d instantly fell in love with it. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of progressive rock, fantastic songwriting!

Classic PT

This album gets beter and better with each listen. It has all the brooding quiet moments, powerful roaring guitars and Gavin Harrisons unbeleivable drumming that PT is known for. Put on your headphones, and get comfortable and it will take you on a journey.

I saw PT perform The Incident in its entirety live, and it translates to a live environment flawlessly.


Formed: 1987 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though he initially came to wider attention (at least in the U.K.) with No-Man, his long-running collaboration with Tim Bowness throughout the '90s, singer/guitarist Steven Wilson gained as much of a reputation for Porcupine Tree. Embracing and exploring prog rock inspirations while always keeping an ear out for newer musical connections, thus sidestepping the pointless revivalism of many of the band's...
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The Incident, Porcupine Tree
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Prog-Rock/Art Rock
  • Released: Jan 01, 2009

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