With the exception of two previously unreleased new songs, "In the Clouds" and "Beauty's on the Street," plus a couple of tweaks here and there, High Octane Cult is virtually identical to the previously import-only collection, Pure Cult, (released in 1993 and re-released stateside in 2000 with a slightly altered track listing). The only difference being that H.O.C…
Octane represents the high energy, powerful, intense and hopefully inspiring album that we aspired to create. This album is a continued fusion of traditional tunes and rock classics, taking Bagrock to a whole new level which we are proud to share with you! We looked for ideas for the album from our touring experiences and also from the incredible people we have met and performed with. We are lucky to have some of the best musicians in the world as our friends. We hope you really enjoy the album as much as we did putting it all together.
He doesn’t know her, she doesn’t know him, but somewhere on the highway between Lisbon and Porto, he stops to rest and there she is: as lost as he is. It is a truly fortunate encounter that perhaps is not so fortunate. Almost without any words spoken, they leave together in his car. And so follow the gas stations, and motels, the conversations and the silence, the revelations and the mysteries. They draw an interior route together without either of them knowing where it will lead. In any event, she hopes he will deliver her to a primordial place, an almost mythical destination: her grandmother’s house. In its solitude, each of them can, quite simply, lose themselves, or perhaps, encounter each other.
This album was recorded in the Kunstraum Syltquelle on the Northern German Island Sylt. It is the first part of a trilogy inspired by the many car travels that Spyra has to do when he drives to concert venues or sonic art exhibitions. Some compositions are slow, yet they have a certain rhythm. Others have quite fast rhythms, performed with powerful sequencers. The percussion also has an important role. The composer proves his great imagination by creating a warm electronic music. The use of synthesizers enhances the sensual atmospheres that appear in some of the compositions.
Octane Twisted, the first album by Porcupine Tree in three years, is a double-live disc recorded at Chicago's Riviera in 2010 during The Incident tour. It also includes highlights from the band's concluding concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. Recording a concept album is fraught with danger as well as possibility; a touring one is an exponentially greater challenge – especially when the studio recording is a chart success. The Incident went Top 30 in both the United Kingdom and the United States.