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STORM CORROSION

Storm Corrosion

 

Eclectic Prog

3.74 | 376 ratings

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octopus-4
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RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team
4 stars Opeth+Porcupine Tree=King Crimson

This strange equation comes to mind just few minutes after starting to listen to STORM CORROSION. Since from the first track the connection to KC is more than just an impression. The sounds, the textures, everything says KC. "Drag Ropes" has unexpected connections with the work of the Italians AKT who are used to KC covers. Also the classic guitar close to the end of the song seems crying the name of Fripp.

The title track starts with a keyboard's flute. Before the classical guitar joins it could be Stravinskij. The song is slow. The first impression is of a PT song, but the Opeth imprinting is present as well. The electric guitar, likely overdubbed, would have sounded Floydian with just a bit more of sustain. It's a great song good for every taste which changes mood in the second part becoming unexpectedly darker. I see the first part as the sensation of quietness just before sleeping, then you fall into a dream that becomes slightly bad. The dark part reminds to the Hell side of Vangelis H&H. Then it comes back to the initial theme to close.

"Hag" has chaotic parts, borderline with avant specially in the middle section when the drums take the ownership of the song. Before and after it's a slow and atmospheric song, still with connections with KC but more bluesy. It proceeds very smoothly until minute 4 when the chaotic part arrives and goes as suddenly as it came.

Acoustic guitar and voice start the shortest song of the album. For the chords and the vocals I think to Robert Wyatt solo works. A very complex song even if short. The bluesy guitar in the second part of the song has made me think to Peter Green, while the noisy final has an avant flavor.

The eclectism is manifest on "Lock Howl". A long repetitive intro sets up a hypnotic environment. Here I can catch elements of both Opeth and PT on the respective instruments. After 3 minutes it looses the melodic part and becomes quite psychedelic. The middle part of Interstellar Overdrive comes to my mind, then the acoustic guitar restarts giving the tempo as in the first minutes. It's a very interesting track with a lot of contents. The sudden closure is a kick on your balls while you are sleeping. A hateful end for a good track.

The falsetto on "Ljudet Innan"(will sound before) reminds again to Robert Wyatt. It's followed by 5 minutes of peaceful keyboards which lead to a soft bluesy tune. The atmosphere is now jazz when the singing restarts. Slow jazz and falsetto can't not remind to Wyatt again. The song proceeds alternating several parts until the end. The only element of continuity is a piano note always identical.

It's not a very easy album, even if people familiar with a certain kind of music could think differently, but it's an excellent album to which I give 4 stars. Don't look for Opeth or Porcupine Tree. This is different from both.

octopus-4 | 4/5 |

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