Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion review
|Release date:||May 2012|
01. Drag Ropes
02. Storm Corrosion
05. Lock Howl
06. Ljudet Innan
The decision which awaits you when you listen to this collaboration between the well acquainted progressive musicians Wilson and Akerfeldt is whether or not it's another exercise in futility. Some will groan at the thought of another throwback album bearing the Opeth frontman's name. Also if you're after the addictive pop sensibilities of Wilson's work with Porcupine Tree you'll be left disappointed. Will this be another musical cul-de-sac, bearing the kind of sound which is lifted from a decades old context? Is it just another rehash, a regressive rather than progressive piece as many would declare of Opeth's latest offering?
Another Heritage this most certainly isn't. The most striking thing about it is a lack of rhythmic presence for a majority of its duration. All percussion is handled by Harrison of Porcupine Tree but serves only as a complimentary element to the acoustic and piano driven veneer. I say veneer as that's just what the overall sound of the album is like, something drawn out, ephemeral and nearly devoid of underlying substance. However it is further evidence of the talent of the musicians and it is possible to identify their influence within the sound. Ultimately though it will likely leave you with the impression that Wilson and Akerfeldt have created more substantial music in collaboration in the past.
Wilson holds a more prominent vocal role throughout, interestingly Akerfeldt takes somewhat of a backseat. Their dual presence on tracks like the slightly folky and psychedelic opener "Drag Ropes" is captivating and their distinctive vocals are embedded in a lush atmosphere. By comparison some tracks are geared towards a more ambient feel, such as the closing track "Ljudet Innan."
To the album's credit, it is something of its own character. It's a unique effort which is different to anything they have produced either together or with their own respective undertakings. This album is prone to leave you wanting something more to chew on and those after something heavy will be left starving.
||Written on 12.10.2012 by R'Vannith enjoys music, he's hoping you do too.|
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