Yup, my heart is officially crushed. In an interview with Something Else Reviews, Steven Wilson has stated that he is focusing on his solo project as of now and that this leaves no time for his other projects, including Blackfield and Porcupine Tree.
Regarding Blackfield, Wilson confirms that a fourth studio album is in the works, saying, “Blackfield has made a new record, though I’m not as involved with it as much as I once was — for reasons which are obvious and apparent. Aviv, my partner in Blackfield, wrote all of the songs on this new record, but I still helped him to produce and record the album, and I sung on a few songs. They have some other great guest singers that have come in and sang on some of the other songs, too. So, Blackfield is certainly moving forward. The last thing I want to be doing is holding other people back.”
Prog-master Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield) has unveiled a new song entitled “The Birthday Party”. The video is incredibly interesting as it also includes a short ghost story by the same name that was written by Wilson. The music serves to fit the mood of the tale of a little girl named Victoria who plays a game of hide-and-seek on her birthday only to have it end in a rather unexpected way. It’s a tale that is very reminiscent of something out of Schwartz/Gammell’s The Scary Stories Treasury. You can watch/read/listen below.
“The Birthday Party” comes from the deluxe book edition of Wilson’s upcoming solo album The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories), which comes out Feb. 25th and was produced by the legendary Alan Parsons. The deluxe book edition is now sold out but other copies are available for pre-order here. READ MORE
Porcupine Tree/Blackfield mailman Steven Wilson has released a music video for “The Raven That Refused To Sing”, the title track from his upcoming solo album. It’s a stunning, eerie, and heartbreaking video that is beautifully animated with muted colors in the style of older cartoons. You can watch this highly recommended video below.
The Raven That Refused To Sing will be coming out Feb. 25th via KScope Records. READ MORE
Folks in Albany, NY who are going to the April 28th Opeth/Katatonia stop on their N. American tour will be treated to an incredibly special gift as Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield) will be performing his solo material there, complete with live band. This show will be the only one during the tour, so make sure to pre-order tickets in advance to ensure a spot. Head on below to see a poster for this event (I would hang that on my wall in a heartbeat). READ MORE
Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield) has announced a second leg of tour dates in support of his upcoming third solo album The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories), which will be released Feb. 25th through KScope Records. You can read more about the album here.
According to Wilson’s website, “The line up on the tour will be the same as the band that recorded Steven Wilson’s new studio album…Guthrie Govan (lead guitar), Adam Holzman (keyboards), Theo Travis (flutes, saxes), Nick Beggs (bass guitar, stick), and Marco Minnemann (drums).”
Wilson has also been working with Lasse Hoile “…to take the visual elements of the show to the next level, making the show even more of a cinematic experience.”
Porcupine Tree lead man Steven Wilson has unveiled the cover for his upcoming live Blu-Ray/DVD Get All You Deserve, which will be released Sept. 25th, 2012. Wilson has stated that there will also be an edition that will include the full concert on two audio CDs. While there is no track list for this concert, I’m assuming it will cover both of his solo releases, Grace For Drowning and Insurgentes. You can see the cover below.
Wilson is known for his main band Porcupine Tree but is also a member of Blackfield alongside Israeli musician Aviv Geffen. He also released an album with Opeth‘s Mikael Akerfeldt under the name Storm Corrosion (review).
I’m a big fan of Wilson’s work, so I’ll definitely be picking up a copy of this. Readers, what’s your favorite Steven Wilson-related project?
A new Opeth album is always a mini holiday for me. When Ghost Reveries came out, I was at the store when they opened, put the CD in my car and I only stopped listening to it when I had to move it from my car stereo to my computer, whereupon I continued to blast it for the rest of the day. Honestly, I don’t think there is a Opeth song that I haven’t heard at least ten times. So hopefully by now you can understand my excitement and, also, my apprehension upon listening to Heritage. After all, it’s not that I built myself up specifically for this album. Rather, I have built myself up to the idea of Opeth for years, since I first started listening to them. So how does Heritage measure up to my expectations? Find out after the jump.
One of the hardest working men in the music industry, Steven Wilson rarely, if ever, gives himself any free time. Remastering King Crimson albums, producing Opeth records, and more and more. Well, he has a new solo album coming out called Grace For Drowning. After the jump you can watch a video for the track Index, which features Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) on drums as well as the London Session Orchestra directed by Dave Stewart.
Don’t forget, Grace For Drowning will be the first ever rock album to be released on sexy Blu-Ray video disc on September 27th.
Those of you who have been reading this section for a while should know by now how much I love Steven Wilson‘s work, be it as a musician in Blackfield or Porcupine Tree or as a producer. So, as a result, there is a correlation between the amount of news coming out regarding his upcoming solo album, Grace For Drowning, and the amount of excitement I feel. Well, more news has come out, this time detailing the release date and different editions of the album.
The album will be released Sept. 27th and will be the first-ever rock album released primarily as a Blu-Ray video disc, with the music playing in 5.1 surround sound and accompanying visuals and videos for each track. On top of that, there will be interactive videos showcasing the recording, mixing and mastering aspects of the album. As for the editions of the album, “For the most avid collectors, there will be a deluxe edition featuring the Blu-Ray version, 3 CDs, and a 120-page book of artwork and notes. It will also be released in vinyl and compact disc formats.”
Check after the jump for a message from Steven Wilson and some tour dates.
Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Storm Corrosion) has opened a new website as a landing page for his upcoming solo album, Grace For Drowning. As of now, the website only has the video below, but it will obviously be updated as more news becomes available. Any of you readers as excited for this as I am?
It’s no secret that I love metal. Hell, I cover it all the time here on BD, so the hint should have been picked up by now. But sometimes, I need to ease back and appreciate other styles and genres. In that love of exploring other styles and genres, I found Blackfield. Their first two albums are, in my mind, masterpieces of melancholic pop rock and I’m always excited to hear news about them. So when ‘Welcome To My DNA‘ was announced after four years, I was rather ecstatic. So, were my expectations met or did they fall flat? Check after the jump!
There has been talks for a few years now of a project between Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield) and Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth, Bloodbath). Originally, the project was also supposed to have Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) on board, but it was determined that drums were not needed for this project (WTF?). According to Blabbermouth.net, Steven and Mikael have finished writing material for a project that is tentatively dubbed Storm Corrosion. However, that does not mean that all the recording has been completed. According to Steven Wilson, “There’s still a lot of recording work to do, but this should definitely be out in early 2012.”
This is not the first time that Wilson and Akerfeldt have worked together. Wilson produced three of Opeth‘s albums (Deliverance, Damnation, and Blackfield Park). Personally, I’m beyond excited to hear this. They’ve both stated that it doesn’t sound like Opeth or Porcupine Tree, so it could be really exciting to hear something new from these guys.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Blackfield is one of my favorite bands. They’ve put out some of the most beautiful and heartbreaking, yet at the same time, cathartic music, in the last several years (just listen to ‘My Gift Of Silence’). They’re a band that I keep coming back to and appreciating. So, when it was announced that there was going to be a third album, ‘Welcome To My DNA’, I was already happy enough.
However, Blackfield have just announced that they are doing a N. American tour in support of the album. You better believe that I’ll be at the Detroit show at St. Andrews Hall. Funny story: St. Andrews Hall is where I first saw both Porcupine Tree and Opeth. It was the same show, no less (The ‘In Absentia/Damnation Tour’). Check after the jump for tour dates. READ MORE
Blackfield, the project of Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson and Israeli mega star Aviv Geffen, will be releasing ‘Welcome To My DNA’, their third album, on March 28th. A teaser video that snuck onto the web in which you can hear samples of many (all?) the songs on the album. Check it out here. I really enjoyed the first CD but the second Blackfield album is, in my opinion, a masterpiece. So I’m really looking forward to hearing this when it comes out.
Blackfield, easily one of my favorite bands, has set late March release date for the upcoming, as of yet untitled, third studio album. A whole slew of festival tour dates have been announced on the Blackfield Facebook and a North American tour announcement will be coming soon.
Blackfield came about as a collaboration between Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and Israeli songwriter Aviv Geffen.