the frontmen of Porcupine tree and Opeth (Steven Wilson & Mikael Åkerfeldt) have released their début self titled compilation “Strom Corrosion”.
The spotlight is on them now, and some singles are already available on YouTube. The compilation is rumoured to infuse aspects of various genres to form a blend of dark, deep music.
Wilson said about the project:
“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. Because 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.”
Wilson is reported to have said that it’s highly unlikely that they tour in support of this album owing to their existing obligations with their respective bands.
The heat is on, though. Can’t wait.