Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson says high-gain metal guitars don't sound heavy anymore

Steven Wilson
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Frontman of English rock outfit Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson is a musician who pushes the boundaries and challenges the status quo, and he’s not afraid of ruffling feathers with his comments.

Last month, for example, he took aim at the practice of electric guitar shredding, likening it more to “sport” than music.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.