Best Music Albums 2010

7 January 2011


The 2010 List is complete! There are lots of surprises since there is so much genres here in this year. But is also good since there is music for all tastes.

1. Gazpacho – Missa Atropos

 (Progressive Rock)

Norway’s progressive rock band delivers Missa Atropos just a year after the amazing ‘tick-tock’ saw light in last year. In this occasion they have all the right to be called part of the best prog music in the world out there. Their stile is unique and there is real musicianship skills going on around this guys.
In greek mythology, Atropos was one of the three Moirae, goddesses of fate and destiny. Atropos was the oldest of the Three Fates, and was known as the “inflexible” or “inevitable”. It was Atropos who chose the mechanism of death and ended the life of each mortal by cutting their thread with her “abhorred shears”.
To find out what a mass would be like, Gazpacho envisaged a story of a man who cuts all ties to the world and moves to a lighthouse to write a mass for Atropos and to taste true solitude. The title is also a wordplay on misanthropy which supposedly plays a part in the concept as well.

Missa Atropos is literally a journey that will allow you to explore inner feelings and personally it has become a great source of inspiration. Sometimes is sad, sometimes makes you reflective and sometimes your are simply amazed. It takes a couple of listens to get used to this magnificent concept that mixes so many things. If art is what you’re looking for, this is the right album for you.

This year was also released a Live performance called Night At Loreley that is a outstanding live compilation of the best of this band, dont forget to check it out.

2. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

(Psychedelic Rock)

Oh my god! This is something that i haven’t heard in so many years. Imagine that the psychedelia music meets the beatles and then you get the kind of stuff that Tame Impala delivers on this, their debut album.

Directly from australia, on first listen Innerspeaker provides a lot of dots to connect: There are patches of late-60’s American psychedelia, buzzy Motor City riffage, and decades of British pop. If Tame Impala can continue to make albums as good as this, we may have ourselves the newest and greatest entry into the psychedelic arsenal of artists. Innerspeaker is an album that perhaps may fall through the cracks in 2010, but don’t let it escape your ears. Sit back, relax in whatever way you like to best, get some headphones, and listen to this album now!

3. The Pineapple Thief – Someone Here is Missing

(British Prog-Rock)

Why is that british rock bands tend to have such a good taste for composing music? The Pineapple Thief is one of those bands that has kept a constant style in their music but still evolving such style into so many new layers of complexity in composing.  Someone Here Is Missing also represents The Pineapple Thief’s most fully realized work to date. The songs on this album are more tightly constructed and exquisitely recorded than anything the band has done up until this point, while at the same time sacrificing none of their prog-rock.

The production on this album is also absolutely fabulous — often recalling the sort of channel separation that once made you want to lie in a closed-off room smack dab in the middle of a pair of Speakerlab towers back in the halcyon days of vinyl albums. In other words, do not download this album — at least not in those poor sounding MP3 formats. This is music that is meant to be played on a proper stereo system, and quite loudly at that.

4. In Mourning – Monolith

 (Progressive Death Metal)

After the excellent break through in the scene back in 2007 with the album Shrouded Divine, comes up this follow-up Monolith that keeps mostly the same style that its predecessor came to establish with some slight markups: this time our Swedish friends are notably cutting back a bit on the complex and progressive arrangements, making the sound a little more accessible and more pleasurable to listen to. Even more than on the debut, the band relies on chugging riffs, catchy hooks, sudden tempo/vocal changes and beautiful melodies to get things going.

Though I doubt In Mourning are quite good enough to draw comparisons to Opeth, I can say that this Swedish band is probably one of the best new bands that metal has seen in recent years; and so our attention must still be with them on future releases.

5.  Lunatic Soul – Lunatic Soul II

(Experimental Rock)

As some of you may know, lunatic soul is the solo studio project from RIVERSIDE’s bass guitarist and vocalist Mariusz Duda. If you liked the first one, you’re gonna love the second delivery. While there are similarities, the differences between them are evident. In this album, many different and strange sounds are used to create an eerie, wandering sort of ambient. But mostly, the music conveys a sense of drama throughout that is oddly, but pleasingly quite compelling.

Again we accompany Duda on his journey through life after death. Because of all the emotions that come past it is a rather tumultuous trip. From opener ‘The In-Between Kingdom’ you are lead through sadness, indifference, trances, madness and anger. After listening to this record, one almost has to conclude that multi-instrumentalist Mariusz Duda is a profound man and has a very creative mind. And also that Riverside does not allow him to fully express his for his creativity.

6. As I Lay Dying – The Powerless Rise


Since i heard the debut album of As I lay Dying I knew this band was different. Nowadays there is so much kids that are pretending to play metal around. Their music ends up being just a template filler of a so predictive music structure that before finishing the song you already know whats coming up next. As I lay Dying is one of the recent bands that actually innovates in music sound, talking about metalcore genre of course. An Ocean between Us was quite a success in consolidating this band as mainstream in the scene, but then comes The Powerless Rise that throws some sort a curve ball to the fans by cnanging a little bit the structure of the genre, allowing themselves to explore new facets that after a few listens they start to match perfectly with the band. Sure, it’s taken five albums to get it right, but As I Lay Dying have finally created a beast of an album that is on par with the hyperbolic amount of acclaim they have garnered for themselves in the metal world.

7. Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy Soundtrack


Is is actually rare that an electronic genre music album gets into my final list. Yet however here comes Daft Punk with this cool soundtrack that is full of innovative sounds and orchestral blending with the electronic music. Not even being a fan of daft punk or Tron itself i was skeptical, but after paying attention to the music of Tron: Legacy is amazingly listenable, no matter where or how you are hearing it.  When played in the background during a study session or as office music, you won’t have quiet periods where little is heard to fill the empty spaces, nor will you hear jarring string section attacks to throw off your focus.

8.  Foals – Total Life Forever

  (Indie Rock)

It is the second album of this british band. I have never heard of them and after this album i had to go back and listen to their debut album Antidote. Some people will find this madness. Others perhaps their album of the year. Overall this is a wonderfully crafted, intricate album, showing musical maturity, experimentation and guts. It may not ever be labelled as a classic but it is an extremely worthy addition to any record collection. It shows bravery and determination and a desire to be different and not to make music for the hell of it, but for the love of it.

9. Kalmah – 12th Gauge

 (Melodic Death Metal)

I already talked about this album too much in this blog, and of course it needed to reach the final 2010 list. After the slightly above-average For The Revolution, Kalmah really pulled out all the stops and delivered a bombshell of an album, one which is most definitely one of the best of their career, and a perfect point from which to move onward. Melodic death metal isn’t completely hopeless, because Kalmah are keeping the genre moving along with a no-bull*** album that simply delivers in every single aspect. Melodeath is alive!!

10. Anathema – We’re here because we’re here

 ( Progressive Rock )

And last but not least.

Seven years took Anathema to release this album. It’s true that the band is never going to produce Judgement again, so get that out of your head right now. But what Anathema produces in 2010 is just as relevant and interesting as Judgement was in 1999 and A Fine Day to Exit was in 2001. What we have is a really cohesive album, emotional, passionate and absorbing. I don’t believe that Anathema have reached their personal summit yet, this band will continue to push forward leaving genres behind and paving their own path. The albums is great, and having in mind that i still expect much more from these guys, the album reaches this top ten list because the music stands of its own.


Kalmah – 12 Gauge Review

31 May 2010

Kalmah continues in delivering top notch melodeath in their career sixth album”

Artist: Kalmah
Album: 12 Gauge     Release Date: 03 March 2010
Label: Spinefarm Records
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Kalmah is not as popular as other bands in the genre but now that the sixth release is in my hands i’ve come to think about the past about this band and other bands in the same genre. Kalmah has been one of the bands that has firmly embraced their style no matter how the public has received their albums. These autoproclaimed Swamplords  have refused to mix their style with american metal influences or ruin it by adding needless layers. Their music has evolved step by step without forcing the music and this is why I think the transition between each release is barely noticed. But if you compare older albums like Swamlord or The Black Waltz you can actually note the musical evolution.
12 Gauge is a step ahead of what For the Revolution was, technically and melodically speaking. The opener Rust Never Sleeps is a deceiver since it begins with tranquil acoustic guitar that it transforms into a real headbanger!!! Traditional kalmah sounds are heard throughout all the tracks, I cannot say that there’s a weak song in the whole album since in my perspective 12 Gauge is a perfect reflection of kalmah’s career. Swampwar is a song that resides on the same verge than For The Revolution, the solos and the overall pace of the song cannot deny it’s resilience with the previous album (specially Holy Symphony War).

12 Gauge takes the slightly more layered melodies and guitars of For the Revolution and channels them over the rhythmic, pulsing beats of The Black Waltz with an added burst of aggression and speed. The dark and mystical feel gives the album some of the same arcane atmosphere as Swamplord, while in places the hooky leads recall old classics from They Will Return even better than the previous album, so often considered their career-spanning album. Arising wetly from the smog-layered swamp of their socio-political oddballing, Kalmah unleash a gleaming array of weaponry that draws on their back catalogue as well as playing with new elements that keep things interesting. So from a certain point of view, maybe not so obvious, Kalmah has managed to keep themselves as a solid band but also slightly evolving with each release.

With 12 gauge Kalmah is crowned one of best of  melodic death metal bands, and in this moment superior to its counterparts Children of Bodom and Norther.

Doctor X Rate: 8.5 / 10

Highlights: Rust Never Sleeps, Bullets are Blind, Godeye, 12 Gauge, Sacramentum

Game Review – Final Fantasy XIII

16 May 2010

Final Fantasy XIII (7/10)

“Square-Enix’s thirteenth installment of the most famous RPG franchise its here. Can it live up to its name?”
Developer: Square-Enix
Publisher: Square-Enix
Release Date: March 2010
Genre: JRPG

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Game Review – Mass Effect 2

5 April 2010

Mass Effect 2 ( 8.5 / 10)

“Mass Effect continues to expand its universe with the latest adventure of commander Shepard, which is as solid as the first one; with some trade offs…”
Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: Jan 2010
Genre: Action RPG
Platform: Xbox 360, PC
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Game Review – Demon’s Souls

2 April 2010

Demon’s Souls (9.5 / 10)

“On a decade where old school games are nearly obliterated from the industry, Demon’s Souls make its appearance to bring the genre back to life”

Published By: Atlus
Developer: From Software
Year: 2009
Genre: RPG

Platform: PS3 Exclusive

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Best music albums 2009

12 November 2009

Most of good albums for 2009 are already out. I’ve compiled the traditional top 10 list for this year. Any album that is still coming out i doubt will figure in this list since 2009 was such a great year for music compared with 2008.

Please feel free to comment if you think some album in your opinion is missing. I didn’t make the review for all of them because I didn’t want to post too much crap, if you want a specific review in this list let me know.

Total list i listened to was 146 albums for this year, this is the top 10.

1. Riverside – Anno Domini High Definition


Riverside comes back with a the first album of a new trilogy. New sounds, cohesive music changes, innovative and fresh music. Riverside have composed an album which is a perfect reflection of our times. An offering full of symbolism starting with the fact that the title of their fourth release consists of four words and that the album is precisely 44:44 minutes long and an intelligent take on current reality. Anno Domini High Definition is not a concept album in the classic sense, although it features a central theme and a haunting message. “It’s an album about people who know they need to speed up or they’ll get left behind”

2. Porcupine Tree – The Incident


London’s legendary Porcupine tree 10th studio album. Takes the listener on a thrilling audio journey. In turns haunting, desolate, hypnotic and euphoric, its centre-piece is the title track: a stunning 55-minute musical statement that breaks down into 14 separate and often diverse (though interlinked) vignettes. Not the best work of the band but still whatever Porcupine Tree delivers is above anything out in the market. Excellent sound mixing and supreme recording quality.

3.  Mastodon – Crack the Skye

mastadon-crack-the-skye4Mastodon has taken hold of the leadership of the New Wave of Progressive Heavy Metal. Crack The Skye, its fourth original studio album, mines subject matter from czarist Russia and astral travel to out-of-body experiences and Stephen Hawking’s theories on wormholes for an unrepentantly heavy aural assault that will shake the heavens. Some personal songs for the band members and really really impressive guitar riffs make this the third on the list for 2009.

4.  Dream Theater – Black Clouds and Silver Linings

Dreamtheater_bcsl Black Clouds & Silver Linings marks another milestone on Dream Theater’s iconoclastic musical journey, which began two and a half decades ago and now encompasses a hugely impressive body of music that’s established the durable progressive metal outfit as a one-of-a-kind creative force with a fiercely devoted international fan base. The new album – produced by band members Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci, who also serve as the group’s main lyricists – offers a vibrant manifestation of the world-class musicianship, vivid lyrical scenarios and ambitious, multi-leveled compositions that have established Dream Theater as a uniquely compelling creative force.

5. Transatlantic – The Whirlwind

61kW9XBMBrL._SL500_AA240_A nice surprise in a year full of nice surprises! Not bad at all! I have to sayI was never a big fan of Transatlantic. Not that they were bad, no way. I have both their first albums and I think they are quite good. But I felt something was missing even if their sound had most of what a prog fan wanted: great musicanship, good songwriting, good production and the right influences (meaning symphonic rock of the 70´s). But it lacked a kind of spark. Besides, Neal Morse was clearly the main protagonist on those CDs, making them sound a bit too much like Spock´s Beard (never one of my favorite bands).Well, I´m glad to say that with The Whirldwind they finally made the album we were all waiting for when we heard those musicians were assembling a group. The record drips with the power and conviction that lacked on the previous CDs. And Roine Stolt definitly takes the spotlight here much of the time. Now the band sounds fully like a band. Peter Trewavas is playing some of the heaviest bass in his career (much in the vein of the great Chris Squire), while Mike Portnoy shows he is a truly prog drummer. Best Transatlantic CD to date! The one the finally fulfilled the great expectations of having such extraordinaire musicians doing something as a group.

6.  Lamb of God – Wrath

Lamb_of_God_-_WrathWrath is inspired by and based on the 10 plagues from the book of Exodus. After the reflective Sacrament (2006), a deeply personal album that found Blythe exorcising his personal demons, Wrath turns its lyrical focus outward, and returns to more of the breakneck riffing that characterized the band’s early material. A more “raw” sound that revives the metal genre with this excelent release from the pure american metal band, Lamb of God. As always, the musicianship is top notch here, especially the guitar playing, and of course, the drums. I consider Chris Adler to be the druming act that nowadays defies genre.

7.  The mars Volta – Octahedron

Marsvolta_octahedronHailed by The New Yorker as ‘perhaps the most musically adventurous act currently signed to a major label’ and by Rolling Stone as 2008’s Best Prog-Rock Band, The Mars Volta makes its Warner Bros. debut with Octahedron, the highly acclaimed group’s fifth studio album. Compared to last year Bedlam in goliath this is a completely different approach from the band to a more acoutic music development. Beautifully constructed, with nice melodic sections accross all the album.
My number one complaint (and there were very few of them) about The Bedlam in Goliath is that the band never took a moment to relax on that album. With every song being fast paced and loud I longed for those moments on a Volta record where I could take a breather before the next relentless thirteen minute prog rock latin jazz head bopping track would begin. Octahedron is the Ying to that albums Yang. I for one welcome a much slower album that builds to a more meaningful and impactful conclusion.

8.  Sonata Arctica – The Days of Grays

Sonata_DOGI wasn’t really sure if the finish Sonata Arctica would even make the top 10 this year on the first few listens to the album. However The Days of Grays is a nice consolidation of what Sonata Arctica has done on the past few years. With inventive and accurate musicianship the have managed to place all the pieces of the jigsaw together and make a nice mix of (Silence / Winterheart’s Guild) and ( Reckoning Night / Unia ) which were two different eras in the band’s history. Now the’ve returned more to their roots but seems like after passing through the Reckoning /Unia era they have brought back with them the best of that musical approach to the traditional speedy that is more like the early days that made them known worldwide.

9.  The Dear Hunter – Act III: Life and death

dear-hunter3Following up where Act II left off Act III is more melodic record with the heavy parts heavier, and the soft parts more serene. Set in a WWI era, “Act III” documents the metamorphosis of a fictional central character as he makes the transition from innocence to impurity. This is heavily produced, highly emotional crossover-prog-rock. A lot of it plays like old time show tunes, or like Broadway musical tunes. There are multilayered harmonies (gorgeous), punctuating horns, and soaring string arrangements, alongside inventive guitar and keyboard parts. The Dear Hunter has been one of the underground bands that deserve more attention due of the crescent quality of their music along with every release. Act III beign the best so far that the band has released.

10.  Maudlin of the Well – Part the Second


Maudlin of the Well’s Part the Second is an almost unbelievable testament to what can happen between a truly talented artist and devoted fans. This album was funded by fan contributions (in fact expanded from a limited record of old ideas to a complete album project integrating new and old material) and then returned to those fans over the internet for free. This alone is so mind-blowingly cool, how music should be, that the album will hold a place in history that I hope becomes a model for what can be when we keep the music as the focus. But the fact is that the result is worthy of its historical place, a modern masterpiece. How all these things aligned seems almost divine. But perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. The love of music will never die. And not just any music would be able to muster this kind of support. Perhaps it was the fuel of that love that made the music as wonderful as it turned out.  Despite being very experimental, melodic themes pass through different parts in classical fashion, moods ebb and flow perfectly, and rhythms evolve from simple to complex without ever announcing their cleverness.


So with this we conclude this years list. Every single album is excellent, hurray for 2009 in music. I just picked them as I like them best. Hope you like the list !!

Some other good recommendations are:

Gazpacho – Tick Tock;
Diablo Swing Orchestra – Sing Along Songs for the damned and delirious;
Between the buried and me – the great misdirect


Porcupine Tree – The Incident Review

9 September 2009

PT_The-IncidentArtista: Porcupine Tree

Álbum: The Incident Release Date: 15-Sept-2009

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Progressive Rock / Post -Metal

Este es sin duda alguna el álbum que esperaba este año. La banda inglesa porcupine tree lanzando su nuevo álbum, The Incident, que después del aclamado álbum anterior (Fear of a Blank Planet) dejó sus propios estándares muy altos; tenía un tarea muy complicada de igualar la calidad músical del álbum pasado. De entrada The Incident es un álbum complicado de entender y sobre todo digerir. La primera vez que lo escuché tengo que admitir que me sentí desilusionado pues esperaba algo parecido a Fear of a Blank planet… Pero habia olvidado que Porcupine Tree con cada nuevo álbum explora nuevas facetas de sonidos y estructuras musicales. Si bien Fear of a blank planet es un álbum bastante meláncolico, the incident no lo es, o al menos no en su totalidad. De hecho, tiene muy poco en común con FOAP. The Incident es una combinación interesante de trabajos anteriores como In Absentia y Deadwing con su respectivo nuevo sabor y sentimiento.

La base del álbum es cuando Steven Wilson (frontman de la banda) pasaba por un accidente automovilístico fuerte; el que se leía la leyenda “POLICE INCIDENT”. Fue entonces cuando la idea de este nuevo álbum se generó en la mente maestra de Wilson. Con la idea de que hay varios incidentes en nuestras vidas que dejan marca para siempre y que cambian la forma en que nuestra vida toma forma de ese momento en adelante. The Incident es un disco doble que contiene en total 5 piezas músicales. La primera ocupa todo el primer disco con una pieza de 55 minutos (The Incident) en total divididos en 14 secciones. Dentro de las 14 secciones hay temas principales y bien elaborados mientras que las secciones restantes son más como interludios entre temas y temas que preparan el campo entre cada sección principal. El disco dos son las 4 piezas restantes (Flicker, Bonnie the Cat, Black Dahlia, Remember me Lover) que no encajaban en la obra principal pero que sin embargo logran pararse por sí mismas como canciones independientes guardando el concepto del álbum.

Es curiosa la manera en que se mezclan, aún más que en Deadwing, sonidos caracteristicos del metal con sonidos acústicos y pads musicales de Richard Barbieri que como siempre añaden ese toque oscuro a la música de la banda. La estructura músical en general es recurrente y compleja de digerir en las primeras escuchadas que uno le da al álbum. Pero conforme se va poniendo atención a los diferentes matices se van descubriendo momentos interesantes e incluso épicos. Cabe destacar que en algunas piezas de la obra principal Porcupine Tree alcanza sonidos típicos de Opeth, dejando claro la influencia de Mike Akërfelt en Wilson. Y dejando entrever el posible futuro de la música que puede entregar la banda.

Es también un álbum muy personal de Wilson (posiblemente el más personal?) ya que sumariza muchos de los eventos clave de la vida de este personaje que cambiaron su forma de vivir, como por ejemplo (Great Expectations, Kneel and Disconnect y Drawing The line) las cuales hablan de cuando Wilson decidió dejar un trabajo propio para dedicarse a la música. La difícil decisión que enfrentó para seguir su sueño de hacer música profesional.

EL incidente comienza con Occam’s Razor (1:55), una serie de poderosos riffs seguidos por un intermedio acústico, seguidos de extraños y oscuros sonidos ambientales de Barbieri y al final el bajo de Edwin. En general dando pauta de lo que será el álbum completo. Una mezcla maestra de sonidos impactantes, metal y rock progresivo. El álbum explota con The Blind House (5:48) que es una de las mejores piezas del álbum, el tema principal es la cegera metáforica que vive un hogar contemporaneo para con sus habitantes. Después a mitad de la canción el ritmo baja para dar pauta de nuevo a sonidos ambientales tenebrosos y secos para al final dejar ir las últimas notas fuertes que cierran excelente la sección. Great Expectations (1:27) y Kneel and Disconnect(2:03) son dos hermosos temas acústicos que muestran una faceta muy humana de Wilson, donde como mencionaba anteriormente ahbla sobre la dificil situación que tuvo que hacer al aventurarse en el mundo de la música a cambio de desestabilidad económica(en aquel entonces). Ambos temas meláncolicos que son excelentes y encajan perfectamente para dar el interludio para…
Drawing The line(4:43) una de las piezas más enigmáticas para mi en el álbum. Comienza con teclados que hacen imaginarse una vieja casa de muñecas; hay sonidos fantasmagóricos que de verdad ponen la mesa para lo que uno pensaría sería una pieza completamente melancólica cuando de pronto el ritmo sube de manera casi alegre. Drawing the line (una especie de pintar la raya, un parteaguas) se refiere a la incursión de la vida de Wilson en la música y de cómo esta decisión lo rescató para siempre de una vida que él no estaba dispuesto a vivir. Llega entonces a la pieza más oscura del disco, The Incident (5:20) que es una canción bien acompasada entre líricos de bajo tono y efectos de Barbieri. En algún momento la canción comienza con riffs metaleros fuertes que al igual que Drawing the line parece prometer que la canción subirá de tono, cuando de pronto se estanca (no de mal modo) para no estallar. Aqui parece que Wilson lanza una pelota curva a los oyentes al engañar en el rumbo que toma la música. No es tan predecible como uno esperaría. “I want to be loved” es una línea que se repite en la canción y sabe uno por el tono que no es de la manera correcta en que alguien pudiera pedir amor. Sin dejar mucho respiro, el ritmo cambia de nuevo a acústico con Your Unpleasant Family (1:48) que en cierto punto de la canción recuerda tonos de In Absentia. Un sonido particular que los fans de PT reconocerán de inmediato. Sigue The yellow windows of the evening train (2:00) que es es una pieza única en el disco. Completamente de Richard Barbieri, una sección solemne con una especie de coros que poco a poco van preparando para…
Time Flies (11:40) A mi forma de ver, el tema central del álbum. Un intro al mero estilo Trains (In absentia) con memorable ritmo y cuando comienza el primer verso es seguramente uno de los versos más memorables del año. Es también un tema muy personal que habla de la vida de Wilson, sin embargo te deja pensando cosas acerca de la niñez, la adolescencia y de cómo el el tiempo de pronto comieza a volar frente a nuestros ojos. Pasando rápidamente a partir de nuestros años 20’s, y al siguiente suspiro nuestra vida ha pasado ya. A media canción comienza a bajar en ritmo hasta la oscuridad de los sonidos melancólicos, seguido de un solo que simplemente encaja perfectamente. Uno de los mejores temas de Porcupine Tree, y sin duda la mejor canción del álbum.

De aqui en adelante el disco parece transcurrir de una mánera más rápida, mágicamente. Aparentemente regresando una y otra vez a los mismo sonidos y sin embargo añadiendo capas nuevas de estructura músical. Degree Zero of Liberty (1:46) es de nuevo el ritmo que abrió el álbum con una nueva sección esta vez con guitarra eléctrica. Al parecer dividiendo lo que fue la primera sección de The Incident. El ritmo baja nuevamente de manera extraña con la primer sección de Octane Twisted (5:03) la pieza más “opeth” del álbum. Tanto en parte acústica (parece que escucho Watershed) como la parte pesada que comienza a mitad de la canción. Esta es una soberbia clase de cómo se hacer música progresiva contemporánea. Rica en sonidos ambientales y en ritmos. Aquí The Incident esta en su máxima expresión dinámica y es parte de 1 de 3 secciones interrelacionadas intimamente (Octane Twisted, The Seance, Circle of Manias) por sonidos recursivos. The Seance(2:39) es una sección melódica donde wilson baja nueva nuevamente nuestras emociones (en este punto ya debemos estar mareados sentimentalmente). Al final comienza a subir el tono con la guitarra acústica para termiar la tercia con Circle of Manias (2:18) que es simplemente pegajosa. Los ritmos de metal estan presentes en toda la sección, y da la impresión de una verdadera locura músical en lo que se ha convertido en este punto el álbum. Cierra con fuertes rifs que parecen concluir la canción completa pero…

I Drive The Hearse(6:42) es la encargada de cerrar la primer canción completa del álbum. Un trabajo más parecido al viejo porcupine tree (lighbulb sun). Una pieza más acústica y de valor lirico que toca los sentimientos cuando la escuchas con atención. Es en este punto donde termina la pieza central, la canción 1 del álbum.

El disco dos contiene los trabajos que claramente no pudieron encajarse en la pimer canción (Flicker, Bonnie The Cat, Black Dahlia, Remember me Lover). Aqui es donde porcupine tree suena más como discos anteriores (Lighbulb sun, Stupid Dream, In absentia) y no tan pesados como los últimos que han visto la luz (Deadwing, Fear of a blank planet) Excelentes canciones, clásicas de Porcupine Tree.

Al final, la impresión es de que Porcupine Tree lo ha hecho de nuevo. Un álbum que deja un buen sabor de boca y conforme lo escuchas una y otra vez te vas enamorando más de él. Definitivamente que nadie hace música como este cuarteto de Inglaterra. Son estandartes de la música progresiva contemporanea y no me atrevo a mencionar una banda que toque siquiera algo similar. Al final es un disco que tal vez no agrade tanto como trabajos anteriores de la banda, pero es seguramente porque no lo han escuchado lo suficiente para agarrarle el gusto. The Incident es un gourmet de música.

Final Rate: 9.0/10

Pistas Clave: The Blind House, Drawing the Line, The Incident, Time Flies, Octane Twisted, I Drive the Hearse.