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The coming to fruition of a meeting of musical minds that has had fans of adventurous, progressive and heavy music shivering with anticipatory excitement for many years, Storm Corrosion is unlike anything you have ever heard. A collaboration between two of the modern era’s greatest and most revered artists – Steven Wilson, prolific sonic polymath and frontman with UK prog standard ... Read more in Amazon's Storm Corrosion Store

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  • Audio CD (7 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B007DJUO8O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Drag Ropes 9:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Storm Corrosion10:09Album Only
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Listen  6. Ljudet Innan10:20Album Only

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Storm Corrosion is the eponymous debut album from Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish heavy metal group Opeth and Steven Wilson, who fronts the British rock group The Procupine Tree. This progressive rock album is very prchestral in its sound and consists of six ten-minute tracks, with Åkerfeldt mainly on guitar while Wilson concentrates on keyboards and arrangement.

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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.

Opener Drag Ropes is just shy of the 10-minute mark but not a second is wasted, with both men assuming vocal duties over a shady shimmer of strings, sporadically tinkled piano and unorthodox guitars.

There’s an eerie gloom about the music that harks back to the drug-fuelled experimental avant-gardism of the 70s. You have to immerse yourself completely before any understanding of what this collective mind is trying to relay can be achieved. That no drugs were used in its creation makes these arrangements all the more curious.

One thing is clear immediately: Storm Corrosion is not a metal album. But the signs have been there. Swedish outfit Opeth are pioneers in the death metal scene, yet their sound progressed to the point where 2011’s Heritage surprised even hardcore fans with its clean vocals.

That album, along with Wilson’s gentle second solo album, Grace for Drowning – equally baffling to Porcupine Tree fans used to crunching riffs – were written during the same period that Storm Corrosion came together. All three collections carry the same sombre manifesto, declaring poignant moments of near silence and gentle crescendos that often ebb away before reaching any discernable climax. Restraint is the most tangible aspect to these records.

With the title track also being the name of this album and the band, it’s something of a distillation of the essence of this project. With placid flute, it floats along unapologetically without any pressure to add drama. If it seems too subtle for some listeners, soon enough they’ll be stirred from slumber by the track’s jarring, discordant ending. It’s a song of so many disparate pieces – pieces that initially don’t seem to fit. Given time, however, the music speaks another language.

Bonkers and beautiful, Storm Corrosion leaves one wondering what this duo will come up with next. But such is its unexpected design that predictions should be dashed, as what comes next will be far from anything you could dream.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Johan Klovsjö on 7 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
So, you want to read a review because you have no idea what this album sounds like, right? It's not easy to give you any help...

Lesson 1: This is NOT Opeth, and this is NOT Porcupine Tree.

It's an album mostly devoid of percussion and metal guitars. It is more on the easy and lightweight side, but with a dark secret. The melodies in themselves are simple, the instruments and vocals soft and airy (Drag Ropes a bit of an exception). But of course nothing is ever as simple as that with these mucisians. There are unexpected sounds and twists betwixt these beautiful melodies. Parts that make you go: what the ...?

The first track, Drag Ropes (9.50), had an official release on youtube, so my suggestion is that you go there and try it out. It's an eerie and beautiful, orchestral and epic piece with a great animated video. Now when I listen to the song, I always see those images in my head.

The best way I can describe the second track, Storm Corrosion (10.10), is to suggest you think of Simon & Garfunkel. This is true for the first 5-6 minutes at least. What happens then is a rising... sound... that is creepy and powerful, but that I can't really call "music" in its strictest sense. It's a difficult transition for the listener to make, but as the album progresses you understand more about the idea behind this contrast. The song finishes with a return to the original melody.

The third track, Hag (6.30), is perhaps my favourite. It rises slowly from a dark silence with soft guitar tones and piano key-strikes, accompanied by Wilson's one-word song lines. It picks up a high-pitched electric organ sound and some more guitar melodies.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Petra Weinberg on 18 May 2012
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This is a wonderful album and probably will be my personal no. 1 album of 2012.
I can't understand what the negative reviews are about to be honest.
All 6 songs are intelligent sonic masterpieces from two brilliant musicians.
The detail and work they have put into these songs is outstanding.
Even if this will not instantly grab you, you should give it a little bit of time.
Just don't expect Porcupine Tree or Opeth here, it is something new and excitingly fresh.
Not for everybody's taste but it's so worth it exploring this album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bagstar on 24 May 2012
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When I first heard about this coming together of two greats, I couldn't believe it. I was so looking forward to the album being released and I wasn't disappointed, its a beautifully created album and a true masterpiece.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Buckland on 10 Sep 2012
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Why can't people accept something for what it is, instead of what it isn't ?

This is a fantastic album from Steven Wilson, who is one of the worlds most talented creators of post modern progressive music, in collaboration with Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metal band Opeth.

It isn't Opeth, and it isn't Porcupine tree, but why should it be ?

I have a massively diverse collection of albums on CD and vinyl. It's massive because I like to listen to different music depending on the way I feel. Why then should an artist always have to create the same music ?

Listen to the music, don't just judge it on what your expectations are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Powell on 6 Mar 2014
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I had only just discovered the delights of Opeth when this was released, and Steven Wilson was just a 5.1 re-mixing wizard to me. But believing this could be a marriage made in prog metal heaven I checked it out on Spotify. To say it was not what I was expecting would be quite an understatement. Where were the crunching guitars? I know Opeths last album was not made in death metal heaven but there was still rock on there, this, I just didn't know what to make of it. I trudged off, disappointed, but glad I hadn't spent any money on it in search of heavier pleasures. Then just over 12 months ago I purchased Wilsons 'Grace For Drowning'. That hit the mark almost immediately and over the past 12 months I have purchased the rest of his solo output (Excellent) and few Porcupine Tree albums, all of which grew on me quickly. In the light of that I decided it might be time to dip my toe back into Storm Corrosion. Carefully at first, a few listens on Spotify, and then the penny dropped. Away from all the expectations I had last time the quality of this album quickly sunk in. Six extended tracks of ethereal beauty, an almost folky prog if you like. Mainly acoustic guitars with string backing, no growling, just calm, soothing vocals. And drums? I believe Mike Portnoy ex-Dream Theater was talking about joining the project at one point. It's good job he didn't, he'd have spent most of his time twiddling his thumbs. For most of the album they are conspicuous by their absence.

You might have guessed I have really taken to this album. It's a real grower, I have said before, many of my favourite albums have taken a few listens before they really clicked with me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Drummer Rich on 19 Aug 2012
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This album was recommended by Amazon off the back of another album I had just added to my wish list. Having listened to the sample of Drag Ropes I was interested enough to go and hear the whole track (and video) on youtube. I've had the CD for a week now and with each listening I'm hearing more and more from the soundscape of this album. I'm a classically trained percussionist and now a drummer with a love of most musical styles. The fact that this bridges so many genres and does it so well means it is the first CD I go to in the morning. Real understated quality and beautifully orchestrated. Forget trying to liken it to any other band or composer, just buy it and enjoy it for what it is; great music.
p.s. Can I play on the next album please?!!
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