Porcupine Tree - In Absentia

Limited 2LP 180 Gram Black Vinyl Records Remaster

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In Absentia is the seventh studio album by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, originally released in September 2002 via Lava Music.

The album marked several changes for the band, with it being the first with new drummer Gavin Harrison and the first to move into a more heavy metal and progressive metal direction, in contrast to the psychedelic and pop rock sounds of their previous albums. This was also their first release on a major record label, Lava Records.

In Absentia was very well received critically and commercially, with it often being considered the band's crowning achievement, and selling over triple what any of the band's prior albums had in the past.

Steven Wilson summarized the band's changes at the time during an interview with Ultimate Guitar magazine as:

“In Absentia was all written before Gavin came on; even the drum parts were kind of programmed. But it’s one of those times sometimes in life when everything comes together. I’d written these songs and I was very much more interested at that time—having worked with Opeth—in the idea of combining a more kind of brutal or metal aspect back again into the fabric of the music. At the same time Gavin came along and Gavin was a very different drummer to our previous drummer, Chris Maitland. He was much more of a powerhouse and he was much more technical. He had more of a contemporary edge to his sound so it was just one of those really lucky things that he just came in and he played those songs and just blew everyone away and everything just kind of came together. And of course it was the first record we made for our new label and we got signed to a big American label for the first time [Lava Records]. Gavin was the final piece of that equation in a way—he just totally raised the bar in terms of not just the drumming but just the musicianship right throughout the band. Everyone was listening to Gavin and saying, “Fuck, wow. We really need to step up our game.”

This album is regarded as the crowning achievement to date in the Porcupine Tree discography.

This double album 2LP record set is a 2018 reissue featuring the Steven Wilson remixed audio on 180 gram black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve, with printed inner sleeves, pressed in Euorpe via Kscope.

(802644898513)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Blackest Eyes

4:26

A2

Trains

5:57

A3

Lips Of Ashes

4:40

B1

The Sound Of Muzak

4:59

B2

Gravity Eyelids

7:56

B3

Wedding Nails

6:33

C1

Prodigal

5:33

C2

.3

5:26

C3

The Creator Has A Mastertape

5:21

D1

Heartattack In A Layby

4:15

D2

Strip The Soul

7:22

D3

Collapse The Light Into Earth

5:52

SKU 802644898513
Record Label Kscope Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number KSCOPE985
Country UK - United Kingdom
Release Date (Year) 08 March 2018
Original Release Date (Year) 17 May 1999
Barcode # 802644898513
Shipping Weight 0.6000kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Double Album 2LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, 2017 Steven Wilson Remix, Remastered, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Format VINYL LP

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