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Storm Corrosion Audio CD
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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: 2
  • Format: Blu-ray, Special Edition
  • ASIN: B007K87C4M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Drag Ropes
2. Storm Corrosion
3. Hag
4. Happy
5. Lock Howl
6. Ljudet Innan
Disc: 2
1. Drag Ropes (5.1 Mix)
2. Storm Corrosion (5.1 Mix)
3. Hag (5.1 Mix)
4. Happy (5.1 Mix)
5. Lock Howl (5.1 Mix)
6. Ljudet Innan (5.1 Mix)
7. Drag Ropes (Instrumental)
8. Storm Corrosion (Instrumental)
9. Hag (Instrumental)
10. Happy (Instrumental)
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BBC Review

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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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Storm Corrosion 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 18 May 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW...just WOW!! 24 May 2012
By Bagstar
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ! 10 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chillingly beautiful 21 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
So the debut and eponymous album from Storm Corrosion (Mikael Akerfeldt and Steven Wilson) is musical Marmite. I think the majority will either love it or hate it; very few will find any middle ground here. Having played it three times now, I love it. And I love it far more than I thought I would when I heard it for the first time. So it does require patience and dare I suggest a decent set of headphones; this album will not work as background music. It demands attention.

It is, surprisingly, far removed from the majority of Opeth and Porcupine Tree works one might have assumed would feature heavily in this collaboration of two Prog giants. That said, there are hints of Steve's solo work, as well as No-Man and Opeth's more organic moments from their latest release, 'Heritage'. Given the huge back catalogue contributions both Steve and Mikael have made so far, it is a great achievement that they have come up with something so fresh and new on this latest work, drawing on acid folk, psychedelic, progressive and avant garde genres to produce something the like of which I haven't heard, save for moments from Talk Talk's 'Laughing Stock' and the occasional, decent horror movie soundtrack. And if acoustic guitar, mellotron swathes and occasional forays into King Crimson-esque sounding, improvised structures are your bag, you are in for a treat. It is darkly unsettling and beautifully uplifting in equal measure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stormy? Corrosive? A little, I suppose. 11 May 2012
By Rik P
Format:Audio CD
I wanted to give this album 3.5 stars, but Amazon's ratings are'nt that flexible yet.

There are some wonderful passages on this album and it is a worthy purchase for any SW or Akerfeldt fan, but is it really the surprising opus that the pre-release hype would have us believe? Yes, the album is ambient with dark passages, but let's face it, both men have a long track record in using music to purge the darker recesses of their personalities. I would have been surprised if the music on here had been joyous and upbeat, as it is, it sounds like a little meander from SW's solo output and Opeth's direction on Heritage. So no surprises for me at all. As for ambience, I've heard plenty from SW via No-Man and Bass Communion, so it's not a new path for him.

I won't do another track by track breakdown as others have done an excellent job of that on here already, but my stand out tracks are 'Storm Corrosion'. 'Lock Howl' and 'Ljudet Innan'. As you'd expect the production is great and the playing to the highest standards, but it doesn't give me the pleasure that SW's two solo albums have done. It's hard to say, but I wonder if it's a collaboration too far for SW. I know he's a workaholic, but I wonder if these busy musicians really had enough time to produce the startling album we were promised. For me, it doesn't quite make it, but it's a good listen and not a record that I'll abandon after a few listens.

SW remains for me the most important musician in British music over the last 15 years, but this is a bit too self-indulgent and I wonder whether he needs to spend a couple of years now in the PT framework with the tremendous input and soundscapes that Messrs Barbieri, Harrison and Edwin can provide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a grower
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. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. R. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Superb
An extremely impressive, atmospheric and straggly intimate piece of work. The sounds are natural. organic and surprising. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. David Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholic ambient prog-folk??
This albums is one of the hardest to categorise I've ever heard...but then, why bother categorising? - Just enjoy the music! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars A prog masterpiece!
What happens when you merge a progressive death metal mastermind (Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth) and a progressive rock/ambient/electronica mastermind (Steven Wilson from Porcupine... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pawel Kekus
5.0 out of 5 stars Immaculate.
This album is absolutely immaculate. On all levels it boasts effort, intelligence and alternative spirit. It has a strong Opeth sound (I'm a huge fan), but not nearly as hard. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A Kloppers
3.0 out of 5 stars cracked cd case
the cd case was cracked in several places,cd fine.packaging could be better so cd would be protected from damage other than that all good
Published 6 months ago by paulette hellard
3.0 out of 5 stars Not particularly inspiring
As a fan of various Steven Wilson projects as well as Opeth I was looking forward to this one. Listened to it a few times now over the past few months and to be honest I just find... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Drag Ropes fail to find songs
I bought this album on the day of release.
I've listened to it on and off ever since.
Sometimes when I listen a song threatens to break out. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pesto Fingeration
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult
Great musicianship, but not something to put on as background music or even to give a good listen to to enjoy a fine piece of music. Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. J. W. Degreef
5.0 out of 5 stars Too talented
Another review saying how good something by Steven Wilson is, and this one caught me a little bit by surprise, as based on the previous work by SW's collaborator on this project,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Peter N. Ingleby
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