Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion

Storm Corrosion

Storm Corrosion


Roadrunner Records

Well, it is finally here.  The debut collaboration between Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson and Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt.  How long has it been since these two bastards teased with the album?  I don’t remember, but I don’t care anymore because it is here.  I had the same thoughts going through my head as most Opeth/Porcupine Tree fans did.  Mainly, what kind of sound was this album going to have?  We have the front men of some of the best Progressive Rock/Metal bands out there today getting together, making love, and squirting out an album.  Would it be heavy and folky like Opeth?  Or psychedelic  like Porcupine Tree?  Well, it sounds nothing like either.  Like at all.  Mr. Wilson has stated that in interviews, that this would be entirely different and not a prog super group.  I did have doubts, and I thought it would have to sound at least a little like their respective bands.  However, with the exception of the vocals, it is a whole new animal.

Now, these two beautiful men have collaborated in a way before.  Steven Wilson produced a few of Opeth’s albums, and each has appeared on works of the other in guest spots.  But finally, we get what all us prog nerds had a hard-on for — them making beautiful music together.  We had had enough of them talking about how much they loved each other in interviews and wanted a God damn album!   Okay, so onto the album, or like, whatever.  “Drag Ropes” opens the album up with a haunting string arrangement that basically prepares the listeners for the creepy listening experience that awaits them.  Akerfeldt’s soft voice (similar to that of a warm cotton sweater on Christmas morning) comes prodding in.  If you weren’t wet yet, you will be now.

I’d like to be the meat in that tasty, tasty sandwich.

The pace of the album stays slow like the first track.  It crawls along with all of its eerie sounds and melodies planting themselves in your brain.  None of the songs really have any type of traditional song structure.  I would say that is to be expected from an artist who comes from the prog genre.  So is Storm Corrosion prog?  Ehhh…  kind of hard to give a solid answer.  It has some of the elements that are considered prog rock.  Like I said, non-traditional song structure, long 10 minute songs.  You can hear the influence more from bands like Comus, so maybe this is a progressive folk album?  It doesn’t really matter though.  The music consists almost entirely of synth and guitar.  There are some drums here and there, but very, very little.  These are provided by none other than Mr. Gavin Harrison from Porcupine Tree and King Crimson projeckts.

What this album has more than anything, and what makes the album really enjoyable, is atmosphere.  It is undoubtedly one of the creepiest albums I have ever listened too.  This is a lights off, lay in the dark type album.  It is not something that you can just play in the background.  It requires your attention.  Otherwise, you would be missing out on the whole experience and feel of the album.  Which, due to the pretentiousness of that claim, is not something I say often.  While writing the album, supposedly  the two of them were watching a lot of euro horror flicks, such as Jess Franco’s Vampyres Lesbos, and the influence of this on Storm Corrosion is obvious.  This album could be the lost soundtrack to some hypnotic, psychedelic, Spanish vampire-freak flick.

Overall, i highly recommend this album.  Even if you are not a fan of either musician’s main bands, give it a try because as I said it is something entirely different from what either of them have done before.  So like, check it out, man.


4 Responses to “Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion”

  1. Prog rock, Nick? Prog is just musical masturbation. Why don’t you just review a box of Kleenex tissues and a bottle of lotion? It’s the same damn thing.

  2. Nicholas Says:

    You say musical masturbation like its a bad thing.

  3. […] to fucking talk about Opeth.  If you read my review of Storm Corrosion, you will be aware of the fact that I am a fan — well, fan-boy.  I will admit it.  I […]

  4. […] An album many, many people looked forward too.  The long-awaited collaboration between prog idols Steven Wilson and Mikael Akerfeldt.  Many hated the final product while many loved it.  We didn’t get a progressive rock wank fest; instead we got what sounds like the soundtrack to a lost euro-horror art house flick.  I for one loved what they rubbed out for us. Is it pretentious? Of course it is, but if you listen in the right frame of mind, it is a truly unique musical experience.  Know what you’re in for with this one, and I’m sure you will enjoy it.  It’s a dark ride. […]

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