Storm Corrosion
Storm Corrosion


2.5
average

Review

by Wreath USER (6 Reviews)
May 1st, 2012 | 61 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


It’s no secret that the long awaited collaboration between these two very influential progressive rock figures with high probability would not only challenge its listeners but also take them to heights that other bands hesitates to thread. Concluding the odd trilogy that included Opeth’s Heritage and Steven Wilson’s solo effort Grace For Drowning, Storm Corrosion comfortably settles on fairly unexplored musical grounds that in all honesty might have been better off just avoiding altogether. Observing this trinity with a lack of so-called “slightly deeper understanding” as quoted by Åkerfeldt in an interview before the release of Heritage would in his perhaps not so humble opinion result in “just not getting” the three pieces of art and therefore hindering honest opinions and individual interpretation by creating a barrier around his latest effort to thwart such declarations. I’m not entirely sure what defines deeper understanding in music but what I’m hearing when I’m listening to this album is an exploration that seemingly focused too much on bold experimentation than on actual songwriting.

Perhaps most closely resembling Scott Walker’s The Drift, Storm Corrosion’s foundation centers subtle and simplistic arrangements with haunting, brooding passages in harmony with sparse use of individual instruments and an overall mellow approach. The almost total absence of drums and percussion adds to a lack of substance to which the album accompanied by a case of missing drive and direction harshly suffer and sometimes leaves me dumbfounded and curious to what the experiment is actually trying to achieve. Quite captivating vocal lines in songs like Drag Ropes and the title track composes the backbone and highlight of the album and though not half bad are instantly exhausted by the underwhelming foundation upon which they rest, which always seem to find a way to prevent them from blooming. Putting high emphasis on ambience and subtle passages throughout almost an entire hours worth of music with very little guidance at all in terms of overall direction is bound to suffer the consequences when listeners dismiss the album, calling it boring and uneventful (and quite rightly so.)

Though no marvel in terms of diversity in relation to one another, the individual passages are quite nicely assembled but they all raise the question of where the passages in its respective song are heading and the entirety of the album begs for emphasis on elements not restricted to ambience, vocals and subtlety arranged orchestration. A brisk current of fresh air is surfaced on Lock Howl; the only track with a real sense of drive and direction that features some of the best melodies and most successfully captures the brooding and unsettling atmosphere for which project was seemingly aiming. Its playful nature in synergy with quite hypnotic attributes most noticeably displayed in the middle of the song makes for an interesting listen and breaks a pattern that by the time of its start has been craved to be broken for well over half an hour. And with the exception of Lock Howl it wouldn’t really make any difference if all songs were assembled into one single track. I would even consider going as far as saying you could judge and predict where the album was going just by listening to the 30 second review of Drag Ropes and though calling it a failed experiment would definitely go unjustified I can’t seem to make out where this album is going, let alone why it was written in the first place and if its point excluded exciting approaches on songwriting and variety. Whatever this required “deeper understanding” in music is supposed to mean it’s an attribute I can’t say I feel very sorry for being in lack of. Storm Corrosion would probably work well as a movie score but is as a standalone music album nothing short of honestly quite boring and uneventful.



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  • Armando (5)
    A masterful effort, courtesy of the two of the best masters of progressive music nowadays....

    Scott M. Baldwin (2)
    This is why I get bothered when artists try to be both accessible and experimental....

    Limoncello (3.5)
    Mikael Åkerfeldt and Steven Wilson push the boundaries on this release, drawing on influe...

    JF Williams (2.5)
    A disappointing album from musicians capable of so much more....

  • SauradipGhosh (4.5)
    Mikael Akerfeldt and Steven Wilson's Labor OF Love can be perhaps best described to be "se...

    Angel STAFF (4)
    Mikael Akerfeldt and Steven Wilson unite their talents to craft an eerie and ethereal worl...


Comments:Add a Comment 
KILL
May 1st 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

every song on here>wreath

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Wreath
May 1st 2012


85 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This stuff is actually very similar to the album I reviewed previous to this but not quite as good.

Constructive criticism is as always, more than welcome. :3

KILL
May 1st 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my cc: f u

johnnydeking29
May 1st 2012


9450 Comments


Wreath ain't bad bro
Pos'd

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Tyrael
May 1st 2012


20945 Comments


cmon KILL, be nice

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2012


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

every song on here>wreath


If you're talking about the song off Deliverance, then yeah, definitely.

Wreath
May 1st 2012


85 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh you silly kill, you.

AsoTamaki
May 1st 2012


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Correct rating.

TheNotrap
May 1st 2012


8121 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I hope Drag Ropes isn't the best moment here.
Need to check this out.

Nice review btw, have a pos.





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MO
May 1st 2012


18991 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that first sentence reads very awkwardly

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2012


21427 Comments


Album rules.

TheNotrap
May 1st 2012


8121 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

JT is Drag Ropes the best song here?

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2012


21427 Comments


@Notrap: No, I'd say the title track and Ljudet Innan are the best.

pedro70512
May 1st 2012


3461 Comments


Some of these sentences are way too long to understand in one read. Good points though, especially song descriptions and using other albums as comparison points. Will pos once edited and stuff.

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2012


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Drag Ropes and the title track are probably tied for my favorites.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2012


7431 Comments


Good review. Have a pos.

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KILL
May 1st 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea the song comparing this album to that silly user would be even more silly than the very he!

Wreath
May 1st 2012


85 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hmm, yeah some parts of the sentences does sound a wee bit awkward. Oh well, there's always the edit button!

...

D:

(srsly, when are they going to fix that?)

Themac
May 1st 2012


52 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Didn't think this was out yet. Wasn't really keen on Drag Ropes though so I'll probably give it a miss.

KILL
May 1st 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuck u



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