For all the prog rock fans out there, the news that the multi-instrumentalist geek and driving force behind Porcupine Tree, Steve Wilson, was to release a record with Opeth front-man Michael Åkerfeldt must’ve sounded like the beating of honey coated angel wings. Judging by last week’s news from Roadrunner, confirmed via Opeth’s Facebook page this week, it looks set that Storm Corrosion, (the collaboration between these two musical entities) will be due for release on April 23rd.


If you’re wondering what to expect, Wilson paints a pretty descriptive picture. “If you’d asked me three months ago about the music, I would have said, ‘Expect the last thing you would expect.’  But actually, now that ‘Heritage’ and ‘Grace Of Drowning’ have come out, I don’t think it’s going to be that much of a shock to people, because it’s almost like a third part of the trilogy, in a way.  If anything, it’s even more orchestral, even more stripped down, even more dark, twisted and melancholic… but it certainly feels like it comes from the same place as ‘Heritage’ and ‘Grace For Drowning’, which indeed it does because it was written during the same period.”


The fact that  Opeth  front-man Åkerfeldt  describes Storm Corrosion as, “The most beautiful music I have participated on ever,” should have a lot of people wetting their pants in anticipation.  “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.”


If you can’t keep the excitement at bay and want to keep up to date with the latest news on the project, you can do so here: www.facebook.com/pages/Storm-Corrosion/187831801312141 Just remember to keep a spare pair of pants handy!



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