Porcupine Tree and their main man Steve Wilson have always been both an acquired taste and a pleasure, depending on your point of view throughout their career. They’re very much a modern interpretation of Pink Floyd-esque progressive rock. They have occupied a mellower, more rock end of that genre as opposed to a band like Opeth. They are not as mellow as say Anathema or as poppy as Marillion. Then again, it could be argued that PT operate in their own time and space. They are, as with Opeth, a truly unique band that makes it all seem easy and brilliant at the same time.
Octane Twisted is a live album from the band, spread over two discs, and boy does it reward the listener. Very much like a live Floyd album, it has the habit of distracting you from whatever you are doing and taking you on a journey. I found myself unable to actually do anything but listen intently to the CD. It is both mesmerizing as it is delightful. One attempt to make it all the way through resulted in my falling into a slumber. Then again it took me about about five attempts to get all the way through Dark Side of the Moon without falling asleep, so it is hardly unprecedented.
This release is 21 songs of progressive heavy rock brilliance. This will delight all of Wilson and company’s many fans. It is a complete pleasure to listen to and I would highly recommend this album even to those who have never heard anything from the band. It is not exactly a hard thing to get into and there is no denying the obvious talent on display every minute of this release.
While many live albums released this time of year come across as rushed out cash-ins, this release rewards the listener in droves. Any progressive fan you know would be pleased to receive this as a gift and it is well worth it for any fan of the genre.