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STORM CORROSION

Storm Corrosion

 

Eclectic Prog

3.77 | 369 ratings

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arcane-beautiful
3 stars We all saw this project coming. We all know that Steven Wilson and Mikael Akerfeldt are basically a gay couple...musically of course.

This obvious joining of 2 musical talents and egos has been in the process for a few years now and we all have made judgements about what it'll sound like and what it'll be like. Although Steven & Mike have been warning people not to make assumptions due to the dramatic change in sound for the both of them.

Now the album is very much influenced by Scott Walker. If you have never heard Scott Walker, I strongly advise you do?music will never be the same again.

Now I very much respect the agenda for this album and what these 2 guys were trying to achieve, and they did to an extent. I will happily say that half of the album is incredibly unique and is very much a musical journey for the 2 of these guys. But the rest to me sounds like leftover material from Grace For Drowning.

Now Mikael really is barely on this album. His vocals appear on 2 songs. He does play all the guitar parts, and his guitar playing is great, but I would have liked to have heard more of an equal side to the story from these 2. To me, half of the album is great, and the other half just sounds like left over Steven Wilson songs.

One thing I do admire about this album is how quiet it is. It at times really is an amazing effort, but from what they described I was expecting something really interesting. I recommend Scott Walker for a true eerie and magical journey. Maybe this album as a dessert.

1. Drag Ropes ? An epic opener. You really get the feel of the album from the tone of this song, especially with the intro which is incredibly eerie. Love the use of vocals in the song and the orchestra really adds to the tone of the song. 10/10

2. Storm Corrosion ? A very folky based song with some minalimist accompaniment, and a pretty cool eerie middle section. Love the ending too. 9/10

3. Hag ? A nice eerie song with some pretty cool moments. The laughing in the song does surprise you a bit. 7/10

4. Happy ? I won't lie, this basically is a left over from Grace For Drowning. It's not too bad I guess, but it is a downer on the album. 5/10

5. Lock Howl ? A very Opeth sounding instrumental with some interesting accompaniment. I love the use of percussion and handclaps in the song. 7/10

6. Ljudet Innan ? Ok, I have to admit. The intro to this song is probably the best moment on this album. Mikael's falsetto vocals was an interesting thing to hear, and he pulls it off so well and it just sounds beautiful. The rest is quite a laid back almost ambient meets jazz song. Pretty cool way to tend the album. 9/10

CONCLUSION: At certain points during the album, it really is a musical marvel. The rest of the time, it's just recycled material to me. They said they were gonna do something different?and they did?a bit. I hope that if a sequel comes out, the 2 might make even more of a daring leap into the eerie experimental side.

6.8/10

arcane-beautiful | 3/5 |

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