So the prog nerd dream team collaboration of Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) was pushed back to May, but to compensate, Roadrunner released all sorts of details about the release, including the cover art (above) and tracklist, which is as follows:

01. Drag Ropes (9:52)
02. Storm Corrosion (10:12)
03. Hag (6:28)
04. Happy (4:53)
05. Lock Howl (6:09)
06. Ljudet Innan (10:20)

Also accompanying the press release is a trade-off of quotes between Mike and Steve (sounds like a radio DJ duo, doesn’t it?) that describes the album. Check it out:

The sound of STORM CORROSION can best be described as enchanting, orchestral, ambient, epic (half the album’s tracks clock in around the 10-minute mark) and nothing short of surprising to the new ear. However, the musicians’ respective fanbases will be primed to appreciate the new output, with Wilson’s recent solo album, “Grace For Drowning”, and OPETH’s “Heritage” having brought them to a logical place to understand STORM CORROSION. This eponymous collection is almost viewed as one side of a musical triangle.

Says Wilson, “If you’d asked me three months ago about the music, I would have said, ‘Expect the last thing you would expect.’ But actually, now that ‘Heritage’ and ‘Grace For Drowning’ have come out, I don’t think it’s going to be that much of a shock to people, because it’s almost like a third part of the trilogy, in a way. If anything, it’s even more orchestral, even more stripped down, even more dark, twisted and melancholic… but it certainly feels like it comes from the same place as ‘Heritage’ and ‘Grace For Drowning’, which indeed it does because it was written during the same period.”

“Some of the music on this record I think is the most beautiful music I have participated on ever,” adds Åkerfeldt. “There’s some magical sections on there. Musically, I think we’ve created something earthy, a bit frightening, exhausting, profound and rather intense. All at the same time. I can safely say I don’t know any other band or artist that sounds anything like STORM CORROSION. I guess that was also one of our goals, so to speak.”

Sounds interesting enough! It makes sense that Storm Corrosion would be a continuation of the two most recent records from the duo, so there’s no surprise there. I’m excited to see what comes out of this!

Pre-orders are now available at this location, so get on this while you can. Storm Corrosion is due out May 8th on Roadrunner Records.

– JR


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