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Storm Corrosion is the long-discussed and highly anticipated collaboration between two of the modern progressive rock scene's most innovative and multi-talented artists: Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth and Porcupine Tree s Steven Wilson. The special edition is limited to only 5K copies in the U.S. and contains the standard CD and Blu-ray with 5.1 mix of the entire record, 2 exclusive demo tracks, & 5 instrumental tracks
"It s very hard to describe this music as it is so different from most things around right now (at least as far as I know)," said Wilson. "I said it was the "opposite of metal" because I think a lot of people might have assumed from the two people involved that this would be some kind of progressive / metal thing, but in fact it s quite a minimal album with a lot of space and beauty, orchestral and organic, hardly any drums and no distorted guitars "twisted beautiful" is the best way I can describe it."
"Some of the music on this record I think is the most beautiful music I have participated on ever," adds Åkerfeldt. "There's some magical sections on there. Musically I think we've created something earthy, a bit frightening, exhausting, profound and rather intense. All at the same time. I can safely say I don't know any other band or artist that sounds anything like Storm Corrosion. I guess that was also one of our goals, so to speak."
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Melancholy, wistful music for early mornings or rainy days - this album must have flown off the shelves in the Pacific Northwest.
I can't choose a favorite song. I find them all to be equally intriguing. If you are interested in listening to some atmospheric music with a grim edge to it, then this is your album. Pick up a copy and give it a few spins; you won't be disappointed.
I hope they return in the future with another collaboration.
I missed a few of those limited editions.....
I was expecting so much from this collaboration as Wilson brings out the best in everyone, even when he is only producing the record as the case with Opeth, Kallocain and even Fish. His latest Grace for Drownings holds up for repeat playings identifying new layers every listen.
But SW a tendency to drone on as he admires this genre, recently stating he listens to Zeit monthly [..]
The other members of Porcupine Tree are able to counter this tendency. But I fear Mikael Åkerfeldt alone is not enough to balance out the duo. Drag Ropes could be a single, it has a great video, but this CD just does not stand up to the total canon of Wilson music. Åkerfeldt and Opeth have their own great path to lead and their musical competition with Wilson have only made each group stronger.
I have backed off from Bass Communion especially after the grating Molotov and Haze. But I find elements of this noise pollution infecting Storm Corrosion. I listen again and again and find nice bits, but I feel SW is spreading himself too thin to give the best to all his many groups. He has chosen to give his total life to his work and integrity which means he works harder than other musicians with distractions. He is backing out of Blackfield, so maybe he wants to spend more time himself on each CD he works on.
Anyone hoping for something heavy, nope. Anyone looking to expand their musical horizons, very yes.
I only felt the need to leave a review because of all the negatives bogging down the score of one of my most surprising musical experiences.