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Release date: 24 April 2007
Style: Progressive rock, Progressive metal

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01. Fear Of A Blank Planet
02. My Ashes
03. Anesthetize [feat. Alex Lifeson]
04. Sentimental
05. Way Out Of Here [feat. Robert Fripp]
06. Sleep Together

[DVD-A]
01. Fear Of A Blank Planet
02. My Ashes
03. Anesthetize
04. Sentimental
05. Way Out Of Here
06. Sleep Together
07. Nil Recurring
08. Normal
09. Cheating The Polygraph
10. What Happens Now?
+ Blank Planet [video]
+ Fear Of A Blank Planet [video]
+ Anesthetize [video]

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Additional info
Label: 2007 Roadrunner (Europe) / Atlantic Records (USA) / WHD (Japan) [The special box set edition also includes a 40 page booklet]

- Special Edition: April 2007 Roadrunner (Europe) / Atlantic Records (USA) / WHD (Japan)
- 2LP edition: September 2007 ToneFloat TF40 (contains all 4 tracks from the Nil Recurring mini album. Available in 2 editions - standard double LP in gatefold sleeve, and special limited edition of 1,000 copies with additional poster, booklet and slipcase)
- DVDA edition: October 2007 Transmission 6.1 (A special limited edition audiophile 5.1 surround sound version featuring the 5.1 mix of the album in advanced resolution/MLP lossless 5.1 surround, DTS 5.1 digital surround sound, and 24 bit stereo, as well as all 4 tracks from the Nil Recurring mini album in surround sound. The disc also includes three video works directed by Lasse Hoile: a special Blank Planet Introduction short film, the uncensored version of the Fear of a Blank Planet promo video, and the full length 17 minute film for Anesthetize as seen during the band's live shows)

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
9.2
Some artists are too good to be ignored. Porcupine Tree's architect Steven Wilson is one of them. After a long and fruitful career built on a crystalline guitar sound and atmospheric melodies, Steven influenced Opeth and helped them to record the distinctive "Damnation" album. Ever since, his name is on every metalhead's lips despite being more of a rock artist. Porcupine Tree's 2005 offering, "Deadwing", was nothing short of a masterpiece and "Fear of a Blank Planet" follows in the same footsteps.

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published 15.07.2007 | Comments (51)

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Heka69 - 26.03.2011 at 12:35  
Rating: 10 Marvellous album.
musicalkaratekid - 29.10.2011 at 23:20  
Rating: 10 Probably my favourite album by them. So meaningful in every song, and every moment here is to be relished qithout any disturbances. Marvellously constructed work by PT.
Lit. - 30.10.2011 at 17:40  
  One of the best atmospheric albums I have ever listened to.
tea[m]ster - 30.10.2011 at 21:24  
Rating: 9 This was the first PT album I ever listened to. Inspired me to check out their entire discography. Steve Wilson knows wtf he's doing...
Neiluria - 01.06.2012 at 01:20  
Rating: 10 Fear Of A Blank Planet is a masterpiece,
Cuca Beludo - 26.06.2012 at 02:40  
  An OK album.

Now, I need something faster and heavier.
Opethian - 26.10.2012 at 03:46  
Rating: 9 Superb, by far my 2nd favorite release from PT
Jaeryd17‍ - 28.01.2013 at 20:48  
Rating: 10 Anesthetize is probably one of the most awesome songs I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. This album is fucking great.
Opethian - 16.04.2013 at 01:02  
Rating: 9 One of my favorites from PT
Jaeryd17‍ - 16.04.2013 at 21:19  
Rating: 10
Written by Opethian on 16.04.2013 at 01:02

One of my favorites from PT

I think that this is probably the best that Porcupine Tree has ever done by far. Of course, I haven't heard very much of their material before In Absentia, but for some reason I doubt that it could top this.
BloodTears - 16.04.2013 at 21:20  
Rating: 9
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 28.01.2013 at 20:48

Anesthetize is probably one of the most awesome songs I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. This album is fucking great.


Did you listen to it live when they play it on that album's tour? It's immense.
Jaeryd17‍ - 16.04.2013 at 21:28  
Rating: 10
Written by BloodTears on 16.04.2013 at 21:20

Did you listen to it live when they play it on that album's tour? It's immense.

I've never seen them live... I got into them too late. By the time I became a fan and started buying their albums, Steven was already into his solo thing. I have seen a video for it, though. Fucking spectacular live song. Wish I was there.
BloodTears - 16.04.2013 at 21:31  
Rating: 9
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 16.04.2013 at 21:28


I've never seen them live... I got into them too late. By the time I became a fan and started buying their albums, Steven was already into his solo thing. I have seen a video for it, though. Fucking spectacular live song. Wish I was there.


I hear you. I was so lucky to have seen them twice in my lifetime The first time they played the whole song and later only played part of it, but still great. At least they captured that on DVD and you can always see it there.
Mr. Doctor - 23.04.2013 at 02:20  
Rating: 8
Written by BloodTears on 16.04.2013 at 21:31
The first time they played the whole song and later only played part of it, but still great.

I just came back from an amazing festival and I feel envy anyway. Love that song so much.
Ozman - 23.04.2013 at 02:31  
  Never l;iked anything by this band or even this album, which is regarded as their best by loads of people. But the album title is absolutely brilliant on so many levels especially referencing a classic rap album but also because of what else it implies.... Never like the artists Wilson but do agree wiht him on his thoughts on the music industry and such
BloodTears - 23.04.2013 at 11:03  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2013 at 02:20

Written by BloodTears on 16.04.2013 at 21:31
The first time they played the whole song and later only played part of it, but still great.

I just came back from an amazing festival and I feel envy anyway. Love that song so much.


Maybe someday you will be able to see it live, who knows. But that album tour won't come back though, sadly. It's likely that they will play new songs when they ever go on tour next. But it has became a fan favourite, so they might include it, hypothetically.
BloodTears - 23.04.2013 at 11:05  
Rating: 9
Written by Ozman on 23.04.2013 at 02:31

Never l;iked anything by this band or even this album, which is regarded as their best by loads of people. But the album title is absolutely brilliant on so many levels especially referencing a classic rap album but also because of what else it implies.... Never like the artists Wilson but do agree wiht him on his thoughts on the music industry and such


For me, the best is In Absentia. So, you really don't like anything by them? I do admire Wilson in many aspects and his mind and clarity about certain issues is one of them. PT's message is strong as far as I'm concerned and thought-provoking.
Dentura - 20.05.2013 at 23:41  
Rating: 9 Amazing release, one of my faves from Porcupine Tree. Anesthetize is a beautiful epic.
LeKiwi - 21.12.2013 at 14:23  
Rating: 9 Each of PT's releases from In Absentia til this one are progressively eerie and heavy. Each album offers something different, but are all masterpieces in their own respect.
errorcode99 - 06.06.2014 at 00:23  
Rating: 10 I wish it was longer!
RavenEffect - 06.06.2014 at 15:48  
Rating: 9 This is probably Steven Wilson's Animals
JayMo4 - 10.06.2014 at 15:21  
Rating: 9 The funny thing about this album is how quickly the perception of it seems to have rebounded. I remember it getting pretty well trashed when it came out - people took the lyrics literally instead of grasping the concept, or they didn't like the way PT had left a lot of the softer stuff behind for this LP (definitely their heaviest release, which I suppose accounts for some of the high marks on a metal site like this.)

I actually think it is superior to Deadwing and probably the best of their final three releases - I was more impressed on first listen by The Incident, but in hindsight it's faded a bit where my appreciation for FoaBP seems to grow each time I go back. Anesthetize is great, as has been stated. I really like tracks 2-5 and may have bumped up my score one more digit if the first and last track were at the same level - it's four very good to great songs sandwiched between two solid but unspectacular ones. But it's still definitely a very good album overall.

All of that said, it is exceeded by a couple other PT albums such as In Absentia (one of my favorites of all time,) and can't quite match the genius of the two most recent Wilson solo albums. That is an awfully high bar to reach of course, for such a big SW fan as myself. So although it's not my favorite of his, it's a very strong album by most other measures.
mz - 10.06.2014 at 15:33  
Rating: 9
Written by JayMo4 on 10.06.2014 at 15:21

All of that said, it is exceeded by a couple other PT albums such as In Absentia (one of my favorites of all time,) and can't quite match the genius of the two most recent Wilson solo albums.


There I would definitely disagree. His solo career is a waste of effort IMO. I love PT and no man much more than what he is doing under his name.
telephonebear - 16.09.2014 at 16:06  
Rating: 9 I love the reference to trains with the riff in the middle of sentimental. at first i thought it was just a little nod to fans but thinking about it i think it could actually be some very dark humour/foreshadowing. sentimental deals with not wanting to grow up, the next song is about suicide by jumping under a TRAIN. very clever and a great album

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