Storm Corrosion
Storm Corrosion



by Limoncello USER (1 Reviews)
February 14th, 2013 | 11 replies

Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mikael Åkerfeldt and Steven Wilson push the boundaries on this release, drawing on influences such as Scott Walker, Steve Reich and David Crosby.

Storm Corrosion is the result of an ambitious collaboration between Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth and Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree. This is an album that will initially shock the listener, as it bears very little resemblance to either of the two artists’ previous works. Featuring no death metal growls, distorted guitar riffs or any sort of catchy choruses, this is an album that is orchestral, almost gothic, borders on folk, and very much relies on minimalism and atmosphere as part of its driving theme. On balance the album is a success, and Åkerfeldt and Wilson deserve an enormous amount of credit for crafting an album that is completely different from anything they have produced in the past.

Storm Corrosion features very little traditional drum fills. With the exception of one crazy drum solo in Hag, the rest of the album utilises other forms of percussion in quite an abstract way. Hand percussion is used, as well as the ride symbol. The intent was for the album to distance itself from traditional, rock-style drumming. Even Gavin Harrison’s drum solo in Hag could hardly be called conventional; lasting around thirty seconds, it is muffled, and subsequently sounds unglamorous. However, it really does work for the song.

Drag Ropes is an eerie track boasting orchestral arrangements and gothic choirs. It is an impressive number, and makes no apologies for being completely out there. The rest of the album is of similar quality, with Ljudet Innan being an obvious highlight. It is a beautiful and atmospheric song, with impressive guitar work. It is recommended to start with those two tracks, as they are decidedly the strongest on the album.

One of Storm Corrosion’s biggest shortcomings is its lack of lasting appeal. After multiple listens, the album starts to lose a bit of its charm, and unfortunately it becomes quite dull to listen to. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reason for this, but it could be due to the fact that the album does not really have any individual stand-out moments. Sure,Drag Ropes has gothic choirs and lyrics; Storm Corrosion has melodic guitars and clever use of hand drums; Ljudet Innan is a unique number featuring some pretty bizarre but awesome use of percussion. But despite these occasional flashy moments, this is an album where the songs do somewhat meld together, making Storm Corrosion an album most appreciated when listened to from start to finish in one sitting.

If the listener approaches this album with an open mind, they will be rewarded. Intentionally differentiating itself from anything considered mainstream rock or metal, Storm Corrosion is a powerful and enjoyable record, often pushes the boundaries, and is definitely worth the listener’s time and money. As a bonus, the album artwork is totally awesome.

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February 14th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

nice review, great for a first

pretty much sums it up perfectly

February 14th 2013


Nice review. Might have to check this out. I'm a big fan of both artists earlier work but can't seem to really dig their newer material.

February 14th 2013


Good stuff, keep reviewing!

February 14th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5


Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2013


Nice review, pos'd.

Great album.

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February 14th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This album should've been more twisted, demented and experimental, felt they held back

February 14th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0


February 14th 2013


Album Rating: 2.5


Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Nicely detailed review, and especially very good for a first one. This album didn't surprise me a lot, but sure did satisfy me. I am a big fan of both Akerfeldt's and Wilson's work, so this album was pretty much on my list from day one. Just watch though:

"bares very little resemblance"

Change to:

"bears very little resemblance".

Just something small I noticed, apart from that it was very well written indeed.

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February 14th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

"Just watch though:

"bares very little resemblance"

Change to:

"bears very little resemblance".

Just something small I noticed, apart from that it was very well written indeed."

Thank you for taking the time to read and critique my review. Well spotted as well. Fixed.

February 14th 2013


Guess I won't be listening to this...

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