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Release date: 26 September 2011
Style: Progressive rock

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8.3 | 212 votes

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Disc I [Deform To Form A Star]
01. Grace For Drowning
02. Sectarian
03. Deform To Form A Star
04. No Part Of Me
05. Postcard
06. Raider Prelude
07. Remainder The Black Dog

Disc II [Like Dust I Have Cleared From My Eye]
01. Belle De Jour
02. Index
03. Track One
04. Raider II
05. Like Dust I Have Cleared From My Eye

Disc III [The Map] [deluxe edition bonus]
01. Home In Negative
02. Fluid Tap
03. The Map
04. Raider Acceleration
05. Black Dog Throwbacks
06. Raider II [demo]

Review
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Guest review by
K†ulu

Rating:
8.6
I do not consider myself qualified enough to review an album by now a living legend, Steven Wilson. Neither do I know his works with Porcupine Tree well nor his side projects and not even his debut as a solo artist Insurgentes very well; however, I simply can't help writing about this opus that Steven has created. Dedicated to his late father, Grace for Drowning is a very capacious record: there is place for both serenity and aggression, stretched out pieces of ambience and straight-forward heavy riffs or even convoluted sax and key solos. This, more or less, summarizes the first two tracks, but there is a lot more thought-provoking material on this double album.

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published 30.12.2012 | Comments (2)

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Unhealer - 28.09.2011 at 15:26  
Rating: 9 Excellent record!!!

Didn't have a lot of expectations for this one but hell, this surprised me a lot.
With all the KC influences and the jazz musicians he got, the songs remain so unique still.
Acidjunkie - 28.09.2011 at 15:48  
Rating: 9 While I have no argument with the quality of this record, where exactly does this fit in remotely to category metal / hard-rock? We maintain a huge list of bands that will likely never appear on Metal Storm, but Steven Wilson is here?

Imagine this being metal record of the year....;-)
Yugosaki - 28.09.2011 at 19:13  
  Boring
JohnDoe - 28.09.2011 at 19:25  
  Great album; not a metal album, but those that enjoy prog rock and progressive metal should give it a try, it's definitely worth it IMO.
JaimeLeonel - 28.09.2011 at 21:50  
Rating: 9
Written by Yugosaki on 28.09.2011 at 19:13

Boring

It is actually pretty good, prog rock is not for you then.
ravendeath - 28.09.2011 at 23:29  
Rating: 9 Very good record! It's a little bit difficult to get into Stevens music, but it's worth...
Ikeproggie - 29.09.2011 at 13:33  
Rating: 10 Simply the best prog album of the year!
lickmysoul - 29.09.2011 at 18:01  
Rating: 10 Absolutely amazing, great work of many jazz-prog-post-dark artists here. album of the year, so far
Giok99 - 29.09.2011 at 23:46  
Rating: 6 Well, better to listen to Pink Floyds. Too calm for me
Introspekrieg - 30.09.2011 at 08:05  
Rating: 8 I am absolutely stunned by this one... but I'm trying to be sensible and listen to the music for what it is, and not be blinded by the guest musicians list.
Prometheus - 30.09.2011 at 11:55  
Rating: 6 Worst album of the year! boring !! the most of the songs are instumental,duration of the songs about 8 minutes .
i cant believe that this in first in the top 20. blackfield was good but this is crap , and more crap compared with others metal album like septicflesh or symphony x and new dream theater and amorphis. this shit has really really disappointed me:nono:
ravendeath - 30.09.2011 at 13:53  
Rating: 9
Written by Prometheus on 30.09.2011 at 11:55

Worst album of the year! boring !! the most of the songs are instumental,duration of the songs about 8 minutes .
i cant believe that this in first in the top 20. blackfield was good but this is crap , and more crap compared with others metal album like septicflesh or symphony x and new dream theater and amorphis. this shit has really really disappointed me:nono:

Come on... you can't vote for this with 1. One's for really really dreadfull album with no talent, no ideas, etc. Steven is (even if you don't like his music) one of the most talented artists around, and yes, his music is not for everybody, but certainly it doesn't deserve such a negative vote...
ravendeath - 30.09.2011 at 16:08  
Rating: 9
Written by Prometheus on 30.09.2011 at 16:07

Written by ravendeath on 30.09.2011 at 13:53

Written by Prometheus on 30.09.2011 at 11:55

Worst album of the year! boring !! the most of the songs are instumental,duration of the songs about 8 minutes .
i cant believe that this in first in the top 20. blackfield was good but this is crap , and more crap compared with others metal album like septicflesh or symphony x and new dream theater and amorphis. this shit has really really disappointed me:nono:

Come on... you can't vote for this with 1. One's for really really dreadfull album with no talent, no ideas, etc. Steven is (even if you don't like his music) one of the most talented artists around, and yes, his music is not for everybody, but certainly it doesn't deserve such a negative vote...

ok 3 for only three good songs

That is better! But 1,...Hell no!
Acidjunkie - 30.09.2011 at 16:43  
Rating: 9
Written by ravendeath on 30.09.2011 at 13:53

Written by Prometheus on 30.09.2011 at 11:55

Worst album of the year! boring !! the most of the songs are instumental,duration of the songs about 8 minutes .
i cant believe that this in first in the top 20. blackfield was good but this is crap , and more crap compared with others metal album like septicflesh or symphony x and new dream theater and amorphis. this shit has really really disappointed me:nono:

Come on... you can't vote for this with 1. One's for really really dreadfull album with no talent, no ideas, etc. Steven is (even if you don't like his music) one of the most talented artists around, and yes, his music is not for everybody, but certainly it doesn't deserve such a negative vote...


Agreed, but likely this album will attract more '1's soon due to that this album does not belong on MS. I love other genres, and quite like this album, but having it on MS?
ravendeath - 30.09.2011 at 17:02  
Rating: 9
Quote:
Agreed, but likely this album will attract more '1's soon due to that this album does not belong on MS. I love other genres, and quite like this album, but having it on MS?

You're right. This album has a little to do with metal, except for some parts. But MS is an open minded site (thank god!) and also such albums and bands are featured here. First of all, I think that if you don't listen to a specific genre, than don't bash amazing albums just because that it's not from a specific genre that you admire!
Absak - 30.09.2011 at 17:06  
  I thought this site was called Metalstorm...
arj - 30.09.2011 at 17:37  
Rating: 9 I really like it. Actually better than the first. This one is more coherent for me.
Ikeproggie - 01.10.2011 at 03:47  
Rating: 10
Written by ravendeath on 30.09.2011 at 16:08

Written by Prometheus on 30.09.2011 at 16:07

Written by ravendeath on 30.09.2011 at 13:53

Written by Prometheus on 30.09.2011 at 11:55

Worst album of the year! boring !! the most of the songs are instumental,duration of the songs about 8 minutes .
i cant believe that this in first in the top 20. blackfield was good but this is crap , and more crap compared with others metal album like septicflesh or symphony x and new dream theater and amorphis. this shit has really really disappointed me:nono:

Come on... you can't vote for this with 1. One's for really really dreadfull album with no talent, no ideas, etc. Steven is (even if you don't like his music) one of the most talented artists around, and yes, his music is not for everybody, but certainly it doesn't deserve such a negative vote...

ok 3 for only three good songs

That is better! But 1,...Hell no!

I think that people who have no ear for progressive rock should REFRAIN to even vote.

What I mean is that me personally the death / black metal is shit and still do not judge their albums that are aberrant and only generate aggressive behavior and repulsive acts.
Acidjunkie - 01.10.2011 at 08:22  
Rating: 9
Written by Ikeproggie on 01.10.2011 at 03:47

Written by ravendeath on 30.09.2011 at 16:08

Written by Prometheus on 30.09.2011 at 16:07

Written by ravendeath on 30.09.2011 at 13:53

Written by Prometheus on 30.09.2011 at 11:55

Worst album of the year! boring !! the most of the songs are instumental,duration of the songs about 8 minutes .
i cant believe that this in first in the top 20. blackfield was good but this is crap , and more crap compared with others metal album like septicflesh or symphony x and new dream theater and amorphis. this shit has really really disappointed me:nono:

Come on... you can't vote for this with 1. One's for really really dreadfull album with no talent, no ideas, etc. Steven is (even if you don't like his music) one of the most talented artists around, and yes, his music is not for everybody, but certainly it doesn't deserve such a negative vote...

ok 3 for only three good songs

That is better! But 1,...Hell no!

I think that people who have no ear for progressive rock should REFRAIN to even vote.

What I mean is that me personally the death / black metal is shit and still do not judge their albums that are aberrant and only generate aggressive behavior and repulsive acts.


You just "judged" two entire genres? ;-) But yeah I get your point. Oh well, let's see where this album ends up. album of the year? Would be funny. I might even vote for it myself since I pretty much like it.
Quinaitor - 01.10.2011 at 18:36  
Rating: 8
Written by Acidjunkie on 01.10.2011 at 08:22

Written by Ikeproggie on 01.10.2011 at 03:47

Written by ravendeath on 30.09.2011 at 16:08

Written by Prometheus on 30.09.2011 at 16:07

Written by ravendeath on 30.09.2011 at 13:53

Written by Prometheus on 30.09.2011 at 11:55

Worst album of the year! boring !! the most of the songs are instumental,duration of the songs about 8 minutes .
i cant believe that this in first in the top 20. blackfield was good but this is crap , and more crap compared with others metal album like septicflesh or symphony x and new dream theater and amorphis. this shit has really really disappointed me:nono:

Come on... you can't vote for this with 1. One's for really really dreadfull album with no talent, no ideas, etc. Steven is (even if you don't like his music) one of the most talented artists around, and yes, his music is not for everybody, but certainly it doesn't deserve such a negative vote...

ok 3 for only three good songs

That is better! But 1,...Hell no!

I think that people who have no ear for progressive rock should REFRAIN to even vote.

What I mean is that me personally the death / black metal is shit and still do not judge their albums that are aberrant and only generate aggressive behavior and repulsive acts.


You just "judged" two entire genres? ;-) But yeah I get your point. Oh well, let's see where this album ends up. album of the year? Would be funny. I might even vote for it myself since I pretty much like it.



And that, ladies and gentlemen, was a NON JUDGING FAIL! Dude I'm just passing by and was looking that Steven Wilson was getting voted the best album so far, sometimes people here vote just for the name that is on the cover (like voting 2 or 3 for St Anger just because, without even asking your own self why on the earth you voted like that), well this is another case, MS is an awesome site that has a major orgasm with every Porcupine Tree or Pain Of Salvation album (on progressive minds), with even greater orgasm with every release from Moonsorrow, Immortal, Dark Moor, and I would not finish the list on 3 hours. Point is that, YES, this is an awesome album, not metal, but awesome album, IMO not a masterpiece nor album of the year. My concern is that everybody here is defending this album because is soft and prog and everything, but then that same people are ripping off Opeth for the, IMO album of the year, Heritage softness? Bullcrap...
ravendeath - 01.10.2011 at 20:13  
Rating: 9
Quote:
Heritage softness? Bullcrap...

My thoughts too...
Kenos - 02.10.2011 at 12:48  
  Wilson has never set a trend; he's just followed it. And this album is a well done mixture of unoriginal and old (VERY old) ideas that could manage to satisfy a lot of nostalgic fans; or maybe just those who don't know what progressive rock is and where it comes from. He's over 40 and still tries to rehash King Crimson, Floyd, Hammill, Wyatt (and Canterbury-ish sound in general), Drake, Radiohead and sometimes even Massive Attack (oh, cool influences, aren't they?) without providing new insight, and of course without reaching the same levels.

THAT SAID. This album is... Pleasant, perfectly produced and played (as ever), elegant, varied and rich, but because of the aforementioned reasons it deserves nothing more than a 7.5 for me. Not exactly my album of the year.
Acidjunkie - 02.10.2011 at 15:00  
Rating: 9
Written by Quinaitor on 01.10.2011 at 18:36

Written by Acidjunkie on 01.10.2011 at 08:22

Written by Ikeproggie on 01.10.2011 at 03:47

Written by ravendeath on 30.09.2011 at 16:08

Written by Prometheus on 30.09.2011 at 16:07

Written by ravendeath on 30.09.2011 at 13:53

Written by Prometheus on 30.09.2011 at 11:55

Worst album of the year! boring !! the most of the songs are instumental,duration of the songs about 8 minutes .
i cant believe that this in first in the top 20. blackfield was good but this is crap , and more crap compared with others metal album like septicflesh or symphony x and new dream theater and amorphis. this shit has really really disappointed me:nono:

Come on... you can't vote for this with 1. One's for really really dreadfull album with no talent, no ideas, etc. Steven is (even if you don't like his music) one of the most talented artists around, and yes, his music is not for everybody, but certainly it doesn't deserve such a negative vote...

ok 3 for only three good songs

That is better! But 1,...Hell no!

I think that people who have no ear for progressive rock should REFRAIN to even vote.

What I mean is that me personally the death / black metal is shit and still do not judge their albums that are aberrant and only generate aggressive behavior and repulsive acts.


You just "judged" two entire genres? ;-) But yeah I get your point. Oh well, let's see where this album ends up. album of the year? Would be funny. I might even vote for it myself since I pretty much like it.



And that, ladies and gentlemen, was a NON JUDGING FAIL! Dude I'm just passing by and was looking that Steven Wilson was getting voted the best album so far, sometimes people here vote just for the name that is on the cover (like voting 2 or 3 for St Anger just because, without even asking your own self why on the earth you voted like that), well this is another case, MS is an awesome site that has a major orgasm with every Porcupine Tree or Pain Of Salvation album (on progressive minds), with even greater orgasm with every release from Moonsorrow, Immortal, Dark Moor, and I would not finish the list on 3 hours. Point is that, YES, this is an awesome album, not metal, but awesome album, IMO not a masterpiece nor album of the year. My concern is that everybody here is defending this album because is soft and prog and everything, but then that same people are ripping off Opeth for the, IMO album of the year, Heritage softness? Bullcrap...


Yeah. Note that I started this discusssion, although if I didn't surely someone else would have. But I'm still torn between the following feelings:
1. This album has no place on MS
2. I quite like this album, it just 'breathes' quality.

At the moment I'm closer to #2, so I'm going to vote for this album regardless of #1. I just do not care any longer.
Elusivest - 02.10.2011 at 17:59  
  The album is very good, Steven Wilson is a genius but this album should not be here. Because of his work with Opeth, Orpahaned Land and his Porcupine Tree, "Grace for Drowning" should not be by default included here. By proxy, then ->METAL<- Storm should add and rate Black Eyes Peas because Fergie worked with Slash and there are tons of other examples.
Keep it real, keep it METAL
Kenos - 02.10.2011 at 18:10  
  Oh and, please, that neintanke fake/vote abuser should be banned...
Absak - 02.10.2011 at 20:25  
  People shouldn't bitch about vote abusers voting this a 1 at all. Because the rating is totally irrelevant, this should not even be here. I can't imagine what went through the guy's head who added this artist to Metalstorm. I know that this site is a lot more open minded/less purist than Metal-Archives, but damn.
zero - 03.10.2011 at 09:32  
  Cant rate it... I have to listen to it a bit more
Milena - 03.10.2011 at 22:44  
 
Written by Absak on 02.10.2011 at 20:25

People shouldn't bitch about vote abusers voting this a 1 at all. Because the rating is totally irrelevant, this should not even be here. I can't imagine what went through the guy's head who added this artist to Metalstorm. I know that this site is a lot more open minded/less purist than Metal-Archives, but damn.

Steven Wilson became known to EVERY metalhead out there due to his little bromance with Akerfeldt, and a lot of them checked out and fell in love with Porcupine Tree as well as Blackfield and his solo project. It says in the MS rules that every artist strongly related to metal or rock artist with influence on metal bands and a huge metalhead fanbase can be added. We have a lot of those bands on MS.

Hell, Alcest and the similar are barely black metal, we have atmospheric rock like Shamrain, gothic rock like Diary Of Dreams, goth rock/shoegazers like This Empty Flow... So why shouldn't this man be here? Not a fan (yet) or anything, but hey, you can't deny the name is huge and important.
Fusion Monster - 04.10.2011 at 09:54  
Rating: 10 Whatever it is ( pop , rap, R&B ,jazz,new age,latino ,lounge ,metal ,rock ) !!!!!!!! steven wilson is a genius & professor
Malevolent-Jim - 04.10.2011 at 15:05  
Rating: 8 I liked it a fair bit, more than the new Opeth. But album of the year? Hardly.
Prometheus - 04.10.2011 at 20:13  
Rating: 6 Remember the 3 forget now its 7 i listened and even if its not metal i like it it might grows on me i just need to listen to it one more time
Prometheus - 04.10.2011 at 20:13  
Rating: 6 Remember the 3 forget now its 7 i listened and even if its not metal i like it it might grows on me i just need to listen to it one more time
Acidjunkie - 04.10.2011 at 23:16  
Rating: 9
Written by Prometheus on 04.10.2011 at 20:13

Remember the 3 forget now its 7 i listened and even if its not metal i like it it might grows on me i just need to listen to it one more time


Hahah at your current rate we will see a 9 soon...but good to see you open up to it. Now if this guy puts a proper metal track on his next album we even have a good excuse to keep talking about it at MS...;-)
R'Vannith - 06.10.2011 at 11:33  
Rating: 9 There are some amazing tunes here, 'Deform to form a star' is one of Steven's best performances.
Qube - 07.10.2011 at 19:35  
Rating: 6 Well done but lacks energy even taking into account that it is rock.
ravendeath - 08.10.2011 at 21:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Acidjunkie on 04.10.2011 at 23:16

Written by Prometheus on 04.10.2011 at 20:13

Remember the 3 forget now its 7 i listened and even if its not metal i like it it might grows on me i just need to listen to it one more time


Hahah at your current rate we will see a 9 soon...but good to see you open up to it. Now if this guy puts a proper metal track on his next album we even have a good excuse to keep talking about it at MS...;-)

I knew it!
Grody2themax - 14.10.2011 at 23:50  
 
Written by Elusivest on 02.10.2011 at 17:59

By proxy, then ->METAL<- Storm should add and rate Black Eyes Peas because Fergie worked with Slash and there are tons of other examples.
Keep it real, keep it METAL


..Slash =/= metal
BehzadSh - 25.10.2011 at 11:37  
Rating: 9 Great album, but why should he release it separately by himself? It sound like porcupine tree
Mr. Doctor - 25.10.2011 at 16:11  
 
Written by Milena on 03.10.2011 at 22:44

Hell, Alcest and the similar are barely black metal


Alcest Ep "Le Secret" which is the work that put Niege in the map and make every metalhead who was into black at the time wake up and see what was going on... That EP is Black metal all the way through, same with the demos and more than half the second album.

Back on Steve, Like you said... Steve Wilson is pretty damn important for the reason you already said, he is quite an important figure in metal. Did a lot of stuff for Opeth albums since Blackwater Park.
Milena - 25.10.2011 at 20:40  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.10.2011 at 16:11

Written by Milena on 03.10.2011 at 22:44

Hell, Alcest and the similar are barely black metal


Alcest Ep "Le Secret" which is the work that put Niege in the map and make every metalhead who was into black at the time wake up and see what was going on... That EP is Black metal all the way through, same with the demos and more than half the second album.

Back on Steve, Like you said... Steve Wilson is pretty damn important for the reason you already said, he is quite an important figure in metal. Did a lot of stuff for Opeth albums since Blackwater Park.

Yeah, but that is only one quarter or so of their work...
Mr. Doctor - 25.10.2011 at 22:39  
 
Written by Milena on 25.10.2011 at 20:40

Yeah, but that is only one quarter or so of their work...


Hmmm not really tbh.
Tristesse Hivernale demo (Black)
Le Secret (Black)
Souvenirs d'un Autre Monde (not Black)
First split (Black)
Second Split (two songs: Percées de Lumière which is a bit black, not the other song though)
Écailles de Lune (Half Black)
Re-release of Le Secret (Black)

Not trying to be an asshole here but just like to point things out.
Milena - 25.10.2011 at 22:53  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.10.2011 at 22:39

Hmmm not really tbh.
Tristesse Hivernale demo (Black)
Le Secret (Black)
Souvenirs d'un Autre Monde (not Black)
First split (Black)
Second Split (two songs: Percées de Lumière which is a bit black, not the other song though)
Écailles de Lune (Half Black)
Re-release of Le Secret (Black)

Not trying to be an asshole here but just like to point things out.


I agree about the demo and Le Secret, but the split with Les Discrets and Ecailles had veryyyy little black to it, just some fairly identical passages that could have frankly been left out, they kinda lose their purpose when the third one appears. Or at least that's due to me not being a black fan...
But if they didn't have any connection to metal whatsoever, they'd be a shoegaze band, which means half of their metal fans wouldn't have heard of them. So I guess this is good for them
Mr. Doctor - 25.10.2011 at 23:15  
 
Written by Milena on 25.10.2011 at 22:53

I agree about the demo and Le Secret, but the split with Les Discrets and Ecailles had veryyyy little black to it


Just to make sure we are talking about the same split:
The first split is just a re-release of the first demo so it is black. The split with Les Discrets... oh well I'll give you that because Percées De Lumière is indeed not really a Black song BUT it does have some obvious metal (black or not) on it. About the latest album: The first two songs has some obvious metal (specially the second one) amost all the way through. You not digging those moments due to you not liking Black metal doesn't change the amount of black metal influences on the album at all.
The point is... Alcest does have more Metal that people seem to think which amuses me because comparing proportions... Alcest has more metal material than Anathema and no one questions Anathema being here for the obvious reason of having some obvious metal in their discography.

Last but not least.... This comment is at the very least... confusing:
Quote:
But if they didn't have any connection to metal whatsoever, they'd be a shoegaze band, which means half of their metal fans wouldn't have heard of them.

It almost feels like you can say the same thing about other bands that play metal combined with something else.... If they didn't have a connection with metal... they'd be a "something else" band........which is obvious.

The botomline of my comment is: Alcest has every right to be here just like Cannibal Corpse XP. Alcest has at least half of their material being directly connected with metal instead of "a quarter" (as a math freak I take numbers literally) and Steven fucking Wilson can stay here
Milena - 25.10.2011 at 23:44  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.10.2011 at 23:15

*comment I won't leave in so this thread won't bulge, but I remembered all points in it*

Sorry for saying a number which is not precise, I know how to deal with math freaks but I didn't know you were one And excuse the comment that baffled you, I had a point there but I kinda lost it.
Anyway, I brought up Alcest as an example why Steven Wilson SHOULD be on the site, so there's no disagreement. Guess I should have done Les Discrets instead, since they're even lighter in metal elements, but I've figured that Alcest is more famous and that their metal influence isn't the dominant sound they do, or the thing people know them for.
Mr. Doctor - 25.10.2011 at 23:59  
 
Written by Milena on 25.10.2011 at 23:44

Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.10.2011 at 23:15

*comment I won't leave in so this thread won't bulge, but I remembered all points in it*

Sorry for saying a number which is not precise, I know how to deal with math freaks but I didn't know you were one And excuse the comment that baffled you, I had a point there but I kinda lost it.
Anyway, I brought up Alcest as an example why Steven Wilson SHOULD be on the site, so there's no disagreement. Guess I should have done Les Discrets instead, since they're even lighter in metal elements, but I've figured that Alcest is more famous and that their metal influence isn't the dominant sound they do, or the thing people know them for.


Oh I understand perfectly and I actually agree with your reasons to why Steve should stay here.
As a side note: Before Alcest released their debut they were actually very well known for their EP Le Secret. You can see that on the first pages on their thread here in MS which was created before the debut and in many websites like Metal Archives so while it's not their dominant sound like you said, it is something metalheads know them/him for.
Milena - 26.10.2011 at 00:31  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.10.2011 at 23:59

Oh I understand perfectly and I actually agree with your reasons to why Steve should stay here.
As a side note: Before Alcest released their debut they were actually very well known for their EP Le Secret. You can see that on the first pages on their thread here in MS which was created before the debut and in many websites like Metal Archives so while it's not their dominant sound like you said, it is something metalheads know them/him for.

Should brush up on my history then.
NocturnalStalker - 10.11.2011 at 11:32  
Rating: 9 Excellent album! Has the same familiar Wilson's touch but still sounds different.
I can understand that some people are bothered by the fact that this album is featured on Metal Storm but why not? This is a great record, Steven's music is an inspiration for many musicians (including metal musicians) and, really, many progressive metal bands out there could learn a thing or two about songwriting from him.
Introspekrieg - 13.11.2011 at 21:51  
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 02.10.2011 at 12:48

Wilson has never set a trend; he's just followed it. And this album is a well done mixture of unoriginal and old (VERY old) ideas that could manage to satisfy a lot of nostalgic fans; or maybe just those who don't know what progressive rock is and where it comes from. He's over 40 and still tries to rehash King Crimson, Floyd, Hammill, Wyatt (and Canterbury-ish sound in general), Drake, Radiohead and sometimes even Massive Attack (oh, cool influences, aren't they?) without providing new insight, and of course without reaching the same levels.

THAT SAID. This album is... Pleasant, perfectly produced and played (as ever), elegant, varied and rich, but because of the aforementioned reasons it deserves nothing more than a 7.5 for me. Not exactly my album of the year.


I can see what you are saying, but the overall experience is very nostalgic and if anyone has never listened to prog rock they will probably hate this one. "Index" has an industrial rock tinge to it (like some Porcupine Tree songs, which seem to be influenced by Nine Inch Nails). The album from beginning to end should be enough of a musical journey through the different territories, I think as a whole this gives a different insight.

It took me awhile to fully digest (I had it rated as a 7 at first), but now I'm starting to realize that it gets better with every listen. If I get tired anytime soon of it, I'll adjust the perfect rating.

EDIT: Rolling back to an 9, after more and more listens I feel that is what it deserves. It doesn't have the lasting appeal that I was hoping for.
musicalkaratekid - 19.11.2011 at 17:55  
  An album that, despite not being to everybody's taste, certainly pleased me upon first listen. It hasn't got boring for me ever since, and ive listened to it many many times. An album to be heard without distractions of any kind. Mind you, the fact that its even on metal storm is strange in itself...
snake? snaaaake! - 03.12.2011 at 15:45  
  This yawnfest is getting too much love.

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