Grace for Drowning

For the past couple of years, Steven Wilson, leader-producer of British progressive rockers Porcupine Tree, has been remixing King Crimson’s catalog. His second solo album is a two-CD trip through loss – the album is dedicated to Wilson’s late father – via the vintage vengeance of Seventies Crimson (the instrumental storm "Sectarian") and the iridescent romanticism of Canterbury-scene bands like Caravan ("Deform to Form a Star"). Wilson is also a determined modernist. "Raider II" is a 23-minute beast of black power chords and fusion whiplash: prog rock wrung dry of nostalgia, perfect not for drowning but immersion.

Listen to "Track One":

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From The Archives Issue 1145: December 8, 2011