ABOUT STORM CORROSION
Storm Corrosion is the self-titled debut album of the musical collaboration between Steven Wilson and Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth). The album was released on May 7, 2012 by Roadrunner Records.
“Because I think we both had this idea of this kind of music that we knew we couldn’t get our bands to play, but that we both kind of understood where we were coming from. ‘Cause we have this kind of passion: very experimental, obscure records, almost orchestral in their scope. And we wanted to make a record like that for a long time. It’s a long way from metal and it’s a long way from anything that, I think, Mikael has ever done, including Opeth’s Damnation record. I think a lot of people thought, ‘Oh, it’s gonna be like Damnation.’ It’s not; it’s a long way from that, too. And it’s actually a long way from anything I’ve done…The one thing we didn’t wanna do is get together and do a prog-metal supergroup, which would have been so easy to do – and kind of expected, in a way. And, you know, we might do that anyway one day. But this time around, we thought, ‘Let’s just do this record.’ Some people will love it and some people will not, and that’s OK, because, in a way, I don’t think we wanted to just give what was expected, and we’re certainly not doing that.”
On the album, Mikael did most of the guitar work, while Steven concentrated on the keyboard parts and arranging the music. SW describes the album as containing a lot of orchestral parts, and as “mellow, strange, and disturbing“.
STREAM THE ALBUM
Mikael Åkerfeldt – vocals, guitars
Steven Wilson – vocals, keyboards, string arrangements
Ben Castle – woodwind
The London Session Orchestra – orchestral performance – (1), (2) and (5)
Conducted by Dave Stewart
Carl Glover – album design layout
Hans Arnold – cover painting
Naki – photography
Mat Collis – recording on grand piano, engineering
Isobel Griffiths – contractor (strings session fixer)