Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet


8.9 | 693 votes |
Release date: 24 April 2007
Style: Progressive rock, Progressive metal

Owners:

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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]

Top 20 albums of 2007: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 72

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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26.03.2011 - 12:35
Rating: 10
Heka69

Posts: 120
From: Finland

Marvellous album.
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29.10.2011 - 23:20
Rating: 10
musicalkaratekid

Posts: 1424
From: UK
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.
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30.10.2011 - 17:40
Lit.
Account deleted
One of the best atmospheric albums I have ever listened to.
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30.10.2011 - 21:24
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal

Posts: 4417
From: USA

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...
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01.06.2012 - 01:20
Rating: 10
Neiluria

Posts: 119
From: France

Fear Of A Blank Planet is a masterpiece,
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26.06.2012 - 02:40
Cuca Beludo
Account deleted
An OK album.

Now, I need something faster and heavier.
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26.10.2012 - 03:46
Rating: 9
Opethian

Posts: 1200
From: USA

Superb, by far my 2nd favorite release from PT
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28.01.2013 - 20:48
Rating: 10
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse

Posts: 939
From: USA

Anesthetize is probably one of the most awesome songs I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. This album is fucking great.
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"It is not your sin—it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!

Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the frenzy with which ye should be inoculated?"

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16.04.2013 - 01:02
Rating: 9
Opethian

Posts: 1200
From: USA

One of my favorites from PT
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16.04.2013 - 21:19
Rating: 10
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse

Posts: 939
From: USA

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.
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"It is not your sin—it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!

Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the frenzy with which ye should be inoculated?"

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16.04.2013 - 21:20
Rating: 9
BloodTears
ANA-thema

Posts: 10924
From: Portugal

Written by Jaeryd 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.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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16.04.2013 - 21:28
Rating: 10
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse

Posts: 939
From: USA

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.
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"It is not your sin—it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!

Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the frenzy with which ye should be inoculated?"

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16.04.2013 - 21:31
Rating: 9
BloodTears
ANA-thema

Posts: 10924
From: Portugal

Written by Jaeryd 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.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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23.04.2013 - 02:20
Mr. Doctor
Skandino

Posts: 16467
From: Sweden

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.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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23.04.2013 - 02:31
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck

Posts: 39149
From: The Netherlands

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
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23.04.2013 - 11:03
Rating: 9
BloodTears
ANA-thema

Posts: 10924
From: Portugal

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.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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23.04.2013 - 11:05
Rating: 9
BloodTears
ANA-thema

Posts: 10924
From: Portugal

Written by Marcel Hubregtse 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.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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20.05.2013 - 23:41
Rating: 9
Dentura
Shadow King

Posts: 1260
From: USA

Amazing release, one of my faves from Porcupine Tree. Anesthetize is a beautiful epic.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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21.12.2013 - 14:23
Rating: 9
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog

Posts: 3295
From: UK

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.
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06.06.2014 - 00:23
Rating: 10
errorcode99

Posts: 259
From: USA

I wish it was longer!
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06.06.2014 - 15:48
Rating: 9
raveneffect

Posts: 541
From: Portugal

This is probably Steven Wilson's Animals
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10.06.2014 - 15:21
Rating: 9
JayMo4

Posts: 177
From: USA

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.
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10.06.2014 - 15:33
Rating: 9
mz

Posts: 4001


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.
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16.09.2014 - 16:06
Rating: 9
telephonebear

Posts: 123
From: UK

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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02.09.2015 - 15:22
Arcanewind
Dreadrealm

Posts: 248
From: Estonia

When I first discovered this album, it was an amazing experience (helped me through some tough times too) and it still holds a special place in my heart. Of everything that Wilson has done, only The Raven comes close to how this album makes me feel - sad and inspired at the same time.
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