During a recent online Q&A with fans, Steven Wilson — one of my idols, even if he hates me for writing an ambitious, speculative piece about Porcupine Tree possibly splitting that wasn’t true — spoke about Storm Corrosion, his upcoming collaboration with Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt.
“It’s very hard to describe this music as it is so different from most things around right now (at least as far as I know),” said Wilson. “I said it was the ‘opposite of metal’ because I think a lot of people might have assumed from the two people involved that this would be some kind of progressive/metal thing, but in fact it’s quite a minimal album with a lot of space and beauty, orchestral and organic, hardly any drums and no distorted guitars — ‘twisted beautiful’ is the best way I can describe it.”
Storm Corrosion’s self-titled debut album is slated for a tentative April release through Roadrunner Records.
The project, at one point, was supposed to feature Mike Portnoy, late of Dream Theater. But the duo thought better of it.
“To be honest, there’s just no room for drums on what we’ve done,” Åkerfeldt told Classic Rock magazine last year. “I called Mike up, and he was cool about it. He’s got so much going on anyway, and I’m sure we will work together in the future.”
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