Steven Wilson Talks Storm Corrosion, Working With Mikael Åkerfeldt

Rhian Sugden is also psyched for Storm Corrosion

I have been excited for the debut LP from Porcupine Tree mastermind Steven Wilson and Opeth mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt — a collaborative side project that will either be called Storm Corrosion or release an album called Storm Corrosionfor some time now. I truly can not wait for this record to make its way into my email inbox, and the more I learn about it, the more I want to hear it.

Steven Wilson — a god among men — discussed the songwriting sessions in a new video that Blabbermouth has posted. It’s fairly insightful and is makes me want to drink wine.

“It’s sporadic, because we get together once every three months. [Mikael] comes over to my studio and we work for a few days and we get really drunk on red wine, go buy loads of records and then come back, and if we’re lucky, do, like, ten minutes work. But the incredible thing was that although, comparatively, we haven’t worked that long, what we produced, we were so happy with, and we are so happy with. It’s nice to know that what we always suspected was that when we actually got together, it was gonna be quite easy.”

Again, this is like a meeting of the prog rock minds here and I would rape Drew Barrymore just to hear it. Steven says that they’ve written about 25 minutes of music thus far, and ““we’re getting together again in November to do another piece or two. Drink some more wine, buy some more records…so that’s kind of a work in progress, and I don’t know when that will come out. Then it would be great to do some shows around that, too, but [Mikael’s] gonna be back with Opeth next year at some point, so it may not be feasible.”

Steven says the music sounds nothing like the music he makes with Porcupine Tree and sounds nothing like Opeth. “Because I think we both had this idea of this kind of music that we knew we couldn’t get our bands to play, but that we both kind of understood where we were coming from. ‘Cause we have this kind of passion: very experimental, obscure records, almost orchestral in their scope. And we wanted to make a record like that for a long time. It’s a long way from metal and it’s a long way from anything that, I think, Mikael has ever done, including [Opeth’s] Damnation record. I think a lot of people thought, ‘Oh, it’s gonna be like Damnation.’ It’s not; it’s a long way from that, too. And it’s actually a long way from anything I’ve done…The one thing we didn’t wanna do is get together and do a prog-metal supergroup, which would have been so easy to do — and kind of expected, in a way. And, you know, we might do that anyway one day. But this time around , we thought, ‘Let’s just do this record.’ Some people will love it and some people will not, and that’s OK, because, in a way, I don’t think we wanted to just give what was expected, and we’re certainly not doing that.”

YES! The duo is likely to self-produce the effort. I’d kill to be a fly on the wall when those two are loaded, working on music. That would be insane. I hope they’re at least recording it on a laptop camera or something.

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.