I know. I hear your howls of “That’s not metal!” You know what? I don’t give a shit.
Yes, this is a prog pop album. But Steven Wilson has enough past metal cred and this album has enough awesome guitar work and musicianship that it’s going on the list. I still think Steven Wilson is one of the greatest songwriters of this current era. He’s up there with Lennon/McCartney; Page/Plant; Richards/Jagger; Bowie. Call me a heretic. Once again, I don’t give a shit. He is a master poet and one of the true maestro multi-instrumentalists. I will support whatever this guy does. Does that make me biased? Probably. Do I give a shit? No.
Do yourself a favor and put this one on while you are at home with nothing to do one afternoon. I defy you not to be sucked into the emotional punch that this album delivers.
Also, for me, guest vocalist Ninet Tayeb is the revelation of 2017. Her vocals are simply goosebump inducing. Listen to Pariah below and tell me that she doesn’t just rip your insides out with her voice.
Release date: 8/18/2017
Core Personnel: Steven Wilson-vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards; Ninet Tayeb-vocals; Adam Holzman-piano/organ; Craig Blundell-drums; Jeremy Stacey-drums
Origin: London, England
Rating: 4 flip flops out of 5
The list so far:
15. Steven Wilson-To the Bone
18. Cavalera Conspiracy-Psychosis
19. Ancient Ascendant-Raise the Torch
20. Galactic Cowboys-Long Way Back to the Moon