2022 Best of Metal: #3 Porcupine Tree-Closure/Continuation

Release date: 6/24/2022

Orgin: Hemel Hempstead, England

Personnel: Steven Wilson-vox/guitar/bass/piano, Richard Barbieri-keys/synths, Gavin Harrison-drums

2022 was definitely a year marked by bands being resurrected. We saw King’s X earlier on the list and now we see the return of Porcupine Tree. Another band that I never thought we would hear new music out of again. And much like King’s X, it feels and sounds as if they never went away. Sadly, this version of PT saw the omission of bassist Colin Edwin with Steven Wilson taking over the bass parts during recording. This album just another example of why I have always felt like Porcupine Tree is this generation’s Pink Floyd. They have an innate ability to craft musical worlds that don’t sound like anything else you will encounter. Wilson still ranks among one of the greatest songwriters and lyricists in modern music. Melodies abound and your mind will expand with this one. One hopes this isn’t just a one-off for the band and that we will see periodic releases from them in-between Wilson’s solo output. I think the very warm reception the band has received during the live touring on this album may help push them in this direction. At least, I hope it does.

4.5 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

3. Porcupine Tree-Closure/Continuation
4. Megadeth-The Sick, The Dying…and The Dead!
5. Amon Amarth-The Great Heathen Army
6. Elder-Innate Passage
7. King’s X-Three Sides of One
8. Psychonaut-Violate Consensus Reality
9. Eric Wagner-In The Lonely Light of Mourning
10. SpiritWorld-Deathwestern
11. Psycroptic-Divine Council
12. My Diligence-The Shape, Matter and Power
13. Blind Guardian-The God Machine
14. Ghost-Impera
15. Jungle Rot-A Call To Arms
16. High Command-Eclipse of the Dual Moons
17. Soilwork-Overgivenheten
18. Messa-Close
19. Ty Tabor-Shades
20. Lamb of God-Omens