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Storm Corrosion - A psychedelic masteriece!,
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This review is from: Storm Corrosion (Audio CD)
As an album, Storm Corrosion's eponymous debut be a little hard to swallow if people come expecting the strong melodies of Porcupine Tree and hard-hitting prog metal/prog rock attack of Opeth. This opus is definitely best viewed as a separate entity, quite apart from the music of messrs Akerfeldt and Wilson's other projects.
Containing only 6 tracks, the album is nevertheless not skimpy, being made up of lengthy and rich compositions. It opens with "Drag Ropes," a dark twisted masterpiece with lead vocals from Mikael Akerfeldt twisting, serpent-like, around sinister vocal accompaniments by Steven Wilson. Creepy noises underpin beautiful piano playing and acoustic guitar before diving headfirst into a mournful, stunning solo from Akerfeldt. The song is definitely the most "immediate" on the album but also sets the tone for what is to follow; mellow and psychedelic but also unsettling pieces that rely as much on noise and atmosphere as on melody.
Each track is a darkly delicious meisterwerk, rich, complex and textured. On all but "Drag Ropes" and "Ljudet Innan," Wilson provides lead vocals and projects an air of dark vulnerability and forlorn sadness atop a heady brew of ambient textures, minimalist instrumentation and open spaces.
A deep, complex and beautiful record, "Storm Corrosion" is ambient, psychedelic mood-music for those who do not require immediate "hits" from a record and who value invention and musical integrity above convention.
Highly recommended and thanks to Akerfeldt and Wilson for creating such a collosus of experimental music.
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Initial post: 22 May 2012 16:12:13 BDT
John H Watson says:
Good review , i listened to it about 5 times in a row and still heard stuff i missed the other 4 times. This is not what i expected from that particular collabaration which is probaley why they did it.
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