Sunday, July 25, 2010

Porcupine Tree - The Incident (2009)

The Incident is the tenth studio album by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree. It was released on September 14, 2009 by Roadrunner Records. The concept of The Incident emerged as Wilson became caught in a motorway traffic jam whilst driving past a road accident: “There was a sign saying ‘POLICE – INCIDENT’ and everyone was slowing down to rubberneck to see what had happened... Afterwards, it struck me that ‘incident’ is a very detached word for something so destructive and traumatic for the people involved. And then I had the sensation that the spirit of someone that had died in the accident entered into my car and was sitting next to me. The irony of such a cold expression for such seismic events appealed to me, and I began to pick out other ‘incidents’ reported in the media and news, I wrote about the evacuation of teenage girls from a religious cult in Texas, a family terrorizing its neighbours, a body found floating in a river by some people on a fishing trip, and more. Each song is written in the first person and tries to humanize the detached media reportage.” - Wikipedia
Steven Wilson - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards 
Richard Barbieri - Synthesizers, Keyboards 
Colin Edwin - Bass Guitar, Double Bass 
Gavin Harrison - Drums, Percussion

1. The Incident (55.15 )
2. Flicker (3.42)
3. Bonnie the Cat (5.45)
4. Black Dahlia (3.40)
5. Remember Me Lover (7.28)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Pure Reason Revolution - The Dark Third (2006)

The Dark Third is the first full-length album by Pure Reason Revolution. It was produced by Paul Northfield (Rush, Porcupine Tree, Gentle Giant, Hole) and recorded at Fairhazel Studio's and later RAK studios. The title refers to the "Dark Third", the third of a person's life spent asleep and dreaming, with the song on disc 2 "In Aurelia" being based lyrically and thematically around the book Aurelia by Gérard de Nerval. - Wikipedia

Jon Courtney - Vocals, Guitar, Programming Bass and keyboards
Chloe Alper - Vocals & Bass
Andrew Courtney - Drums & Percussion
James Dobson - Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Programming & Violin
Gregory Jong - Vocals, Guitar & Keyboards
Jamie Willcox - Vocals, Guitar

1. Aeropause (5:44)
2. Goshen's Remains (5:23)
3. Apprentice of the Universe (3:59)
4. The Bright Ambassadors of Morning (11:56)
5. The Exact Colour (4:03)
6. Voices in Winter / In the Realms of the Divine (6:33)
7. Bullitts Dominae (5:20)
8. The Twyncyn / Trembling Willows (7:16)
9. He Tried to Show Them Magic! / Ambassadors Return (5:17)

OSI - Blood (2009)

Blood is the third album by American progressive rock band OSI, released by InsideOut Music on April 27, 2009 in Europe and May 19, 2009 in North America. Guitarist Jim Matheos and keyboardist and vocalist Kevin Moore started work on the album in 2008, collaborating by email. Matheos would send Moore a song idea which Moore would edit and send back to Matheos. Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, who performed drums on the first two albums, was replaced by Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison on Blood. Matheos played bass guitar on the album, having hired guest musicians to perform bass duties on the first two OSI albums. Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth and Tim Bowness of No-Man wrote lyrics and performed vocals on one track each. - Wikipedia 

Jim Matheos – Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Programming
Kevin Moore – Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Gavin Harrison – Drums
Mikael Akerfeldt – Vocals on "Stockholm"
Tim Bowness – Vocals on "No Celebrations"

1. The Escape Artist (5:51)
2. Terminal (6:29)
3. False Start (3:04)
4. We Come Undone (4:03)
5. Radiologue (6:05)
6. Be the Hero (5:51)
7. Microburst Alert (3:49)
8. Stockholm (6:41)
9. Blood (5:24)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Gentle Giant - Octopus (1972)

Octopus is an album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant, released in 1972. It marked a change in drummers from Malcolm Mortimore to John Weathers. The new line-up of the band delivered the Octopus album later in 1972, generally considered to represent the start of the band's peak period. The hardest and most "rocking" Gentle Giant album to date, Octopus was allegedly named by Phil Shulman's wife Roberta as a pun on "octo opus" (eight musical works, reflecting the album's eight tracks). In 2004, Ray Shulman commented '(Octopus) was probably our best album, with the exception, perhaps of Acquiring the Taste. We started with the idea of writing a song about each member of the band. Having a concept in mind was a good starting point for writing. I don't know why, but despite the impact of The Who's Tommy and Quadrophenia, almost overnight concept albums were suddenly perceived as rather naff and pretentious." The album maintained Gentle Giant's trademark of broad and challengingly integrated styles. One of the highlights was the intricate madrigal-styled vocal workout "Knots", lyrically inspired by the work of R. D. Laing. - Wikipedia

Gary Green - Guitars, Percussion
Kerry Minnear - All Keyboards, Vibraphone, Percussion, Cello, Moog, Lead and Backing Vocals
Derek Shulman - Lead Vocals, Saxophones
Phil Shulman - Saxophones, Trumpet, Mellophone, Lead and Backing Vocals
Ray Shulman - Bass, Violin, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
John Weathers - Drums, Percussion, Xylophone

1. The Advent of Panurge (4:40)
2. Raconteur Troubadour (3:59)
3. A Cry for Everyone (4:02)
4. Knots (4:09)
5. The Boys in the Band (4:32)
6. Dog's Life (3:10)
7. Think of Me with Kindness (3:33)
8. River (5:54)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Fall of Troy - In the Unlikely Event (2009)

In the Unlikely Event is the fourth and final full length album by American progressive rock band The Fall of Troy, that was released on October 6, 2009. The album was recorded with producer Terry Date and is the only full length album to feature bassist Frank Ene (first featured on Phantom on the Horizon). It was recorded at Studio Lithio. The album featured a slightly less aggressive style compared to the band's earlier work and was poorly, critically recognized because of this. - Wikipedia

Thomas Erak - Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Drums
Frank Ene - Bass, Backing Vocals
Andrew Forsman - Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals

1. Panic Attack! (3:34)
2. Straight-Jacket Keelhauled (2:24)
3. Battleship Graveyard (5:10)
4. A Classic Case of Transference (4:43)
5. Single (3:06)
6. Empty the Clip, the King Has Been Slain, Long Live the Queen (3:17)
7. People and Their Lives (6:18)
8. Dirty Pillow Talk (4:18)
9. Nobody's Perfect (4:44)
10. Webs (4:18)
11. Walk of Fame (5:20)
12. Nature Vs. Nurture (5:43)

Atlas of ID - Cataclysm (2007)

Atlas of ID is a progressive and experimental rock band from San Diego, CA. Drawing wide influences from Björk, John Frusciante, Tim Alexander, Mozart, Salvidor Dali, M.C. Escher. Similar to those of Pink Floyd, Santana, Yes, Rush, Coheed and Cambria, Led Zeppelin, Tool, Primus, Portishead, The Doors. Many people agree that they have a very similar sound to the popular band The Mars Volta.

Matt - Vocals
Nick - Guitar 
Shawn - Drums
Tim - Keyboard
Johnny - Bass

1. Cataclysm I (4:52)
2. Cataclysm II (4:14)
3. Cataclysm III (3:11)
4. Cataclysm IV (1:40)
5. Cataclysm V (5:09)
6. Cataclysm VI (5:00)