The good music just keeps pouring in.
On Tuesday, Porcupine Tree released its new CD, "Fear of a Blank Planet."
Porcupine Tree front-man Steven Wilson described the album as one 50-minute piece of music, divided into six songs.
The album addresses the theme of people simply escaping from life. It talks about people desensitizing themselves with prescription drugs and any other means to simply pass the time of day like video games or television.
The CD truly rocks.
The opening track "Fear of a Blank Planet" is a rocker, though the new album is a bit more mellow than 2005's "Deadwing."
Other tracks include "My Ashes," "Anesthetize," "Sentimental," "Way Out of Here" and "Sleep Together."
"Anesthetize" is a 17-minute monster. The song has everything. Great lyrics combined with several very different instrumental passages.
"Anesthetize" is garnering much talk throughout the progressive rock community. Some are saying this track may even surpass "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here" from "Deadwing." "Arriving..." was considered the progressive track of 2005.
Porcupine Tree will play the House of Blues in Cleveland on May 18. Tickets are $23 and on sale now through Ticketmaster. For PT diehards, the band is also playing the Majestic Theatre in Detroit on May 30. I'm considering attending this show if the May 18 concert really rocks. I don't know, though, it's going to be a busy summer concert season. You'll probably see me buying a lot of Ramen noodles this summer for food.
Lurking just over the horizon is the new Rush album, "Snakes & Arrows," which is to be released Tuesday.
I've heard a bit of "Snakes & Arrows" online already and I don't know what to think yet. The first single, "Far Cry," is a good rocker, but I'm not sure if it's a classic. Either way, the new CD gives Rush an excuse to tour, and I sure will be catching them a few times this summer.
Just announced, Poison with White Lion and Ratt will play Blossom Music Center near Cuyahoga Falls on June 23. Lawn tickets are only $15. What a great way to spend a Saturday evening hanging out with hair-metal bands.