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.
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!!
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.