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Monday Metal Madness – Iconic Frontmen


Well, it looks like Opeth fans lean more toward the middle of their discography.  The newer stuff didn’t get much love, the old material took second place.  Thank you for voting…that was a tough one.

This week we are going to take a look at iconic frontmen.  These are the guys that made a name for themselves not only as a vocalist, but for being the guy in the front; the one that gets the crowd moving and maintains a certain level of energy throughout the show.  In some cases they may even be a bit of a recluse, but the bottom line is that when you hear the band’s name you immediately think of the frontman.  They are also the spokesperson for the band, often doing most of the interviews and other things where they get are often put in the spotlight.  Keep in mind, this poll isn’t necessarily about the music…but, the guy out front.  Which one do you like and/or respect the most?  For this post I eliminated vocalists whose band is named after them.  So, no Ozzy (solo) or Marilyn Manson, etc.

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Album Review: Storm Corrosion


Since becoming BFFs back when Porcupine Tree’s Stephan Wilson jumped on board to produce Opeth’s breakthrough record Blackwater Park there has been constant talk of him and Mikael Åkerfeldt consummating their friendship with a collaboration record.  Well after over 10 years of waiting and speculation that highly desired meeting of minds has come to form by way of Storm Corrosion.  There has been much deliberation as to what this union would end up sounding like, but one thing everyone seemed to agree on is that it would be creative and unique.  Completing a trifecta of records, this record fits right in with Opeth and Steven Wilson latest offerings, Heritage and Grace for Drowning (both of which I thought were superb records).  But if you go into the record expecting it to sound like something similar if you were to mash the 2 together, disappointment will ensue.  Storm Corrosion is a very mellow, haunting, and atmospheric album that sounds exactly like what the 2 artist are known for and at the same time completely different.

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So Far, Everything I Expected and More


Those of us who are eagerly awaiting the release of the Mikael Åkerfeldt and Steven Wilson collaboration, Storm Corrosion, have been pleasantly treated with our first good taste of things to come.  The official video for the song “Drag Ropes” is out now and both the video and the song are great.  Both the artists styles shine though throughout the song and meld together wonderfully.  It is more or less how I was envisioning it would sound like.  It’s creative, experimental, dark, haunting, and beautiful.  Same goes for the Tim Burton-esque video directed by Jess Cope.  Check it out and let us know what you thought!  Peace Love and Metal!!

Storm Corrosion Reveals Album Art Work


If you’ve been reading this blog it should be well-known that I am highly anticipating getting my hands on Mikael Åkerfeldt and Steven Wilson’s collaboration project Storm Corrosion.  All parties have been very tight-lipped as to what to expect from the record other than stating that it will fit in with both Steven Wilson‘s Grace for Drowning and Opeth‘s Heritage as far as the feel of the album goes, sort of a sister record.  Mr. Wilson has also said that there will be minimal percussion on the album, but I’m not sure if he means in the way of drums and what not because both bands are quite apt to use piano in their music quite a bit, and is something I’m really hoping is on this record.  Anyways, whatever they do I’m sure it will be something special.

Above you can see the artwork for their forthcoming debut album to be self titled.  It will be released on May 7th, 2012 through RoadRunner Records.  Preorders are available here and the packages currently available are 1. Double LP Vinyl Set with a FLAC digital download and 2. Double LP Vinyl Set with a FLAC digital download, CD, and a Blu-Ray disk with a HQ 5.1 mix of the album plus bonus and instrumental tracks.  Both packages have an honest price behind them.  I do wish I had me a Blu-Ray player and killer sound system and a vinyl player.  Oh well.  Below are a couple of tracks from Steven Wilson and Opeth‘s latest releases to enjoy for the time being.  Peace Love and Metal!!!

and on a side note, if you haven’t checked out Steven Wilson’s Grace for Drowning I implore you do so, it is a work of genius and one of the most powerful albums I’ve heard in recent years.  Opeth‘s Heritage ain’t to shabby either and well worth your time and money.

This Storm is Quite Corrosive


With the amount of work that Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree) and Mikael Åkerfeldt (of Opeth) do on each others albums, many fans have said that they should just get together and make their own band.  Well, the two have done just that and formed the band Storm Corrosion.

Scheduled to be released by Roadrunner Records in April 2012 very little is known as both members have been quite tight-lipped on the details of the project.  If Steven Wilson’s latest solo album Grace for Drowning and Opeth‘s recent album Heritage are any indication of the direction both artists are heading in, I expect to hear a very unique and deep prog-rock/metal album overflowing with great songwriting and gushing with talent.  According to Storm Corrosion‘s Facebook page “Apart from Mikael and Steven, the album includes guest appearances by Gavin Harrison on drums/percussion, Ben Castle on woodwinds, and Dave Stewart on string arrangements.”

What do all you wonderful readers think about this project?  Are you hyped up as much as I am for this album?  Could you care less?  What are your expectations?  Let us know!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Photo’s from the Storm Corrosion Facebook page. Photo by Naki Kouyioumtzis. Copyright, all rights reserved 2012.