Storm Corrosion was the long awaited collaboration between Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt and Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson. Anyone who has a serious investment in Progressive music understands what an important record this was going to be. The best part about it is that it didn’t lean on the strengths of Opeth or Porcupine Tree, Storm Corrosion was a new direction entirely.
Storm Corrosion can best be described as ambient, epic, enchanting and orchestral. This is not heavy metal although it is quite heavy in its subject matter and mood. To my ears the album sounds like incredibly evil folk music which is heavy on ambience and assorted orchestral drones. It is Prog Rock in its traditional sense but is still very futuristic in the way it is communicated.
The mood of the bands “Self-Titled” debut is very dark and haunting in that sophisticated horror movie kind of way. It isn’t the kind of Prog Rock that is rooted in science, this is all soul. Beyond the gymnastics and mathematics of Prog Rock, Wilson and Akerfeldt deal in great songwriting. Strip away the prog dynamics and you have some amazing folk music in the Scott Walker train of thought. Storm Corrosion should be consumed by every serious musician, it is such vital music.
Storm Corrosion may be a one off project and who knows when we’ll get more music from them, but as long as this album exists we’ll have proof for generations to come just how important Mikael Akerfeldt and Steven Wilson are to the progression of music.
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