Their music is difficult to categorize, being associated with both psychedelic rock and progressive rock, yet having been influenced by trance, krautrock and ambient due to Steven Wilson and Richard Barbieri's penchant for the Kosmische Musik scene of the early '70s, led by bands such as Tangerine Dream, Neu! and Can.
Since the early 2000s, their music has been leaning towards progressive metal.
Signify is the fourth studio album by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree. It was released in September 1996 .
It was the first album that frontman Steven Wilson recorded with the band on board from the beginning . Previous albums had been essentially solo efforts with occasional help from other musicians.
Reception for the album has been mostly positive. "Allmusic" gave the album four out of five stars, praising the album as ... the next great step forward for Porcupine Tree, a distinct advancement in how well the foursome could completely rock out as well as find its own narcotic style of ambient exploration...
The often gripping instrumental pieces which are as much a band trademark as anything else appear throughout, including the combination drift and charge of "Idiot Prayer," littered with intriguingly curious samples, and the amusingly titled, hellfire and brimstone preacher-punctuated "Intermediate Jesus."
01. Bornlivedie Wilson/Barbieri 1:41
02. Signify Wilson 3:26
03. Sleep of No Dreaming Wilson 5:24
04. Pagan Wilson 1:34
05. Waiting Phase One Wilson 4:24
06. Waiting Phase Two Wilson 6:15
07. Sever Wilson 5:30
08. Idiot Prayer Wilson/Edwin 7:37
09. Every Home Is Wired Wilson 5:08
10. Intermediate Jesus Wilson/Barbieri/Edwin/Maitland 7:29
11. Light Mass Prayers Maitland 4:28
12. Dark Matter Wilson 8:57
Waiting ... To be born again
Waiting ... The Saddest kind of pain
Waiting for the day
When I will crawl away
Nothing is what I feel
Waiting for the DRUGS ... to make it real .
Waiting ... To be disciplined
Aching ... For your nails across my skin .