Storm Corrosion (Roadrunner Records) ***1/2
Storm Corrosion is the long awaited project by Opeth's Michael Akerfeldt and Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson. The two first met when Wilson produced Opeth's "Blackwater Park" back in 2001. Unlike the former bands, Storm Corrosion really takes on a life of its own. It's really a departure from Porcupine Tree or Opeth, yet there is something awesomely wicked about this album.
Storm Corrosion attacks listener's sub-consciousness right from the start. It certainly explores the more haunting side of music. A blend of very cold sounds reaching far deep if you're sensitive enough to feel it. The music on this record feels very lonely. It will certainly alienate many, but at the same time it will command a fair level of fanaticism.
Akerfeldt and Wilson rid themselves of any commercialism, and go for the full artistic approach. The cold ambient sounds fill the record with a very crystal-like structures. Mike Oldfield's early records come to mind at time, but there really isn't anything you can compare it to, and feel 100% positive.
Despite its depressive nature, Storm Corrosion is very original. It's a complete left turn for both of the creators, but a great vehicle to pave creativity. A dark room with a burning candle will certainly allow this music to truly come alive.