Porcupine Tree

Just got back from Amsterdam, been to the Porcupine Tree show in Paradiso. Running a bit late, so we completely missed opening act Paatos. Did manage to find a nice spot and after a few minutes waiting the band appeared on stage. The first part of the show was a showcase of the material from the upcoming album. A lot of groovy, lengthy songs with heavy parts on one side, soft and fragile parts on the other. Some very moving moments there and definitely an appetizer for the upcoming album!

After a short break they played mostly new material, including my favourite song ‘Arriving Somewhere But Not Here’, which was accompanied by some fitting video material. Other songs they played were: Open Car, Trains, Halo, Blackest Eyes. The band recently signed to Roadrunner Records and follow-up to the album Deadwing is due out early next year. Can’t wait!

Update: here’s a review of the show (in Dutch) on progwereld.org.


Since battery life on my current mobile phone has been reduced to about 15 minutes, I’ve finally decided it’s time for a new one. Which surprisingly sounds a lot easier than it actually is. There are so many offers to be found online at the moment, I’m getting confused.

Narrowed it down to three:

Damn, this is hard! Or maybe I should get one with a camera, like the Orange prepaid Motorola V220. They can save your life you know.


Album cover

I recently discovered a band called OSI. It’s a progressive metal band formed by Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos in 2003.

He was joined by (among others) Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and Kevin Moore (from Chroma Key). They’ve since released two albums, which I can’t recommend enough.

My favourite songs are Shutdown, featuring Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree), Hello, Helicopter and Go.


Finally got round to watching Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey. As an avid metalfan, I’d been curious to check it out since I first heard about it.

Sam Dunn is a 30-year old anthropologist. He’s also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures, Sam turns his academic eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal. His mission: to try and figure out why metal music is consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned, even while the tribe that loves it stubbornly holds its ground – spreading the word, keeping the faith and adopting the style and attitudes that go way beyond the music.

Check out the reviews on Metacritic (and it’s even mentioned in Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant). And if you’re new to the genre, try Stylus Magazine’s excellent Beginner’s Guide to Metal.


Went to my bookstore of choice to see if Blade of Fortriu: Book Two of The Bridei Chronicles by Juliet Marillier was available for purchase. It wasn’t. To avoid complete disappointment, I instead bought Priestess of the White, which is part one of the Age of the Five Series by Trudi Canavan. I’d picked it up a few times before on previous visits. It does show the importance of a good cover, as this one drew me in. This one on the Amazon paperback however most certainly did not.


I was looking up something on my Palm, when I noticed my passport is about to expire. The question is though, shall I get a new one right away, or wait a while? There have been quite a lot of negative reports on the recently introduced biometric passport. Problems with the photo, and privacy issues surrounding the chip.

Maybe I should just microwave mine before travelling. 😉 Anyhow, here are a few links (the last two are in Dutch)