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Porcupine Tree: Powerful Video Pulls No Punches

May 4, 2007

One of my favorite bands, Porcupine Tree has released their new album, Fear of a Blank Planet. The album is described on iTunes as:

“[The title being] An obvious take on Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet, Blank Planet concerns itself with a 21st Century of sex (an apathetic way of passing time), prescription drugs (necessary and evil), and MTV, with the Internet and other forms of escapism (Xbox is a god) providing the necessary panacea to a world of dubious information overload.”

The album and music video of the self-titled track were released on April 16th, 2007, the very same day of the Virginia Tech shooting spree. The video was pulled the next day for reasons that will become clear.

I have always respected Porcupine Tree for the way that their albums have addressed ideas of culture, religion and other complex issues, though I have not always felt that it’s attempts to do so were always successfull, but I am most certainly looking forward to this album not only from a musical perspective, but also thematically. I’ll have a review in the coming days, in the meantime, consider this. . .

Note: For those interested in a high-res, full-screen version of the video, click here.

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