Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) (2013) – Review

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One of the most defining moments of Steven Wilson‘s solo project was without a doubt The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories). It proved to be one of those cornerstones of an artist’s career. Porcupine Tree was mute since 20091), and thus, Wilson‘s only direct outlet was this here project. As was his desire at that time.

RMR stalked into Wilson territory in 2015 with the insanely crafty Hand. Cannot. Erase. This one really haunted the day crew over here. A storyline to die for and a pristine execution all over. Since then, … [...] Click to raid more!

Steven Wilson – The Future Bites (2021) – Review

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I am feeling like a ghost these days. It is as if I’d absolutely need to go haunting something, find closure of an unknown cause. And it will not let me move on until I had my fill. Now, don’t worry, good ol’ RMR did not suddenly turn into a zombie looking for brains.

But I need to get one thing off my chest.1) And this is Steven Wilson‘s newest pop addiction piece The Future Bites.

To tell you the truth, I kinda wondered how long this resistance to supply a review would last in the holy … [...] Click to raid more!

Steven Wilson, The Future Bites – and the loss of prog in metal!

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At the beginning of 2020, the outlook was dire. The progosphere started to lack any snazzy voice or a powerful ‘dear leader’ to pull the Progressive Metal genre down the road. Leprous just jumped off a cliff to sugary-sweet Lalaland with some confused wailing all their own. And Steven Wilson – well – after a testy go-between prog rock thing a few years back, he was about to defect to the anodyne world synthpop occupies – and occupied for many years.

It was thus great that by the end of last year and the beginning of this one, we saw … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Haken go Canary Yellow!

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Well, this tune clearly harkens back to a time when Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson1), and Leprous still made Progressive Rock and Metal worth its salt. Haken‘s newest extract from their upcoming piece prominently called Virus really pricked our ears. Not because it is exceedingly crunchy or some sort of powerful metal, but because Canary Yellow is one artfully mastered track.

It does impress with a pretty unusual and somewhat gentle, yet potent style of Progressive Metal at the top of its art. Subtly thunderous, yet amazingly soft-spoken. Which surprises even more, once you contemplate its fiery end.… [...] Click to raid more!