Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet (2007)

English progressive rock band formed in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England by Steven Wilson. Their music is a combination of rock, psychedelia, ambient and, more recently, metal. The main songwriter and founder of the band, Steven Wilson, once commented: "I like so many different types of things, and they all go into the melting pot, if you like, that produces the music of Porcupine Tree"

Porcupine Tree originated in 1987 as something of a collaborative hoax between Steven Wilson and Malcom Stocks. Inspired somewhat by the big bands, such as Pink Floyd, that dominated the music scene during their youths, the two decided to form a fictional legendary rock band, named The Porcupine Tree. Wilson obliged the creation with several hours of music to provide "evidence" of its existence. The two also fabricated details such as band members, album titles, and backstory. The backstory purportedly included events such as meeting at a 70s rock festival and several trips in and out of prison.

Porcupine Tree has now completed their next studio album, Fear of a Blank Planet. It was released April 16, 2007 in the UK and Europe and will be released April 24 in the US. Featuring two special guests - Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and King Crimson's Robert Fripp, it features six relatively lengthy tracks, including the 17-minute epic "Anesthetize".

The promotional tour for the new album began in the UK in April. It is the band's largest UK tour in several years. The band may also be appearing at the Gods Of Metal music festival on 3rd June 2007, Steven Wilson has said that the band has been invited, but has not confirmed, and that "it's more likely we won't do it at this stage". The band will be playing at the twin-festivals, Hurricane and Southside, in Germany.



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