Release Date: May 8, 2012
Record label: Roadrunner Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Neo-Prog
Widely lauded prog prime movers Steven Wilson and Mikael Åkerfeldt have produced remarkable bodies of work with their respective bands, Porcupine Tree and Opeth, but Storm Corrosion marks their first true musical collaboration. Far from conforming to what fans might expect, it's an unhinged, experimental affair: six sprawling pieces that draw from all manner of strange sources. The grinning spectres of acid folk and macabre psychedelia loom large on opener Drag Ropes, as the pair's voices entwine over a sinister miasma of strings, acoustic guitars and analogue keys.
Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt and Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson bring their prog powers as a duo on the self-titled debut of their new project, Storm Corrosion. Longtime admirers and musical collaborators, with Wilson acting as producer on some of Opeth's groundbreaking albums and Åkerfeldt appearing on some Porcupine Tree tracks, it was only a matter of time before these two made the jump from guests to co-conspirators on a new musical venture. The end product is something altogether different from what fans of either band might expect, moving away from the rock and metal of the pair's main gigs in favor of a more flowing and expansive folk-touched sound.
A subtle, often beautiful collaboration between two prog-metal heavyweights. Raziq Rauf 2012 Picture: the main men of two of modern prog-metal’s overlords, Porcupine Tree and Opeth, drinking wine, eating chocolate, and making music together. A fanciful vision, perhaps; but that’s exactly how Storm Corrosion came to life. When old friends and long-time collaborators Steven Wilson and Mikael Åkerfeldt finally sat down to make a record together, this magnificently retro album was the result.