Storm Corrosion are a musical collaboration between Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt and Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson. The project's self-titled first studio album was released on May 7, 2012 through Roadrunner Records. It has been described by Wilson as being "the final part in the odd trilogy of records completed by (Opeth's) Heritage and Steven Wilson's brand new solo album Grace for Drowning."

History

Formation:

Mikael Åkerfeldt became aware of Steven Wilson in the mid-1990s after Åkerfeldt's best friend Jonas Renkse played him the Porcupine Tree album The Sky Moves Sideways. Åkerfeldt instantly fell in love with the band, calling the experience "an awakening". He came to idolize Wilson, but was hesitant to contact him. Years later, Åkerfeldt received a surprise e-mail from Wilson who had been given a copy of the Opeth album Still Life by a French journalist. Wilson, a fan of extreme metal, played the album during a soundcheck and was blown away, calling it "amazing". The two ended up meeting for dinner in London where Åkerfeldt asked Wilson to produce the next Opeth album. It was also during this dinner that the two first spoke of a possible collaboration.

After their meeting in London, Åkerfeldt and Wilson began a longstanding musical partnership. Wilson went on to produce three Opeth albums - Blackwater Park, Deliverance and Damnation - and mixed one Opeth album, Heritage. In 2005, Åkerfeldt contributed some guitar and vocals to Deadwing, Porcupine Tree's eighth album. Porcupine Tree also opened for Opeth on a tour. Although the collaboration was announced as early as 2006, it was only in March 2010 that the two began writing music together, done on an on and off basis. Originally, ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy was to be involved, but was excluded because Åkerfeldt and Wilson felt the music would have little room for drums as well as because of Portnoy's unavailability due to his Avenged Sevenfold commitment and overall tight tour schedule. In early 2011, Storm Corrosion was announced as the project's title.

Storm Corrosion (2010 - present):

After more than a year of writing, Storm Corrosion's first album was completed in September 2011. In February 2012, it was announced that the band had signed with Roadrunner Records and that their album would be self-titled and released on April 24. This release date was eventually pushed back to May 8. The guitar work on the album was handled by Åkerfeldt while Wilson concentrated on the keyboards and song arrangement.Gavin Harrison played drums, although only 15-20% of the album needed them. Reflecting back on their experience working together, Åkerfeldt and Wilson were largely positive, noting that they never had any artistic struggles over creative control and that each other's contributions were "exactly 50/50". The first song used in promotion of the album was "Drag Ropes", released via YouTube on April 24.

Wilson has stated that they have no plans for touring in support of the album, saying that it would be "tough to pull off" due to both member commitments to their other projects, and due to the music itself. He also said that they're "not looking beyond the release of the album".

Musical style

Despite their reputations as frontmen in the heavy metal and progressive rock genres, Mikael Åkerfeldt and Steven Wilson did not want Storm Corrosion to be a progressive metal supergroup. In an early interview regarding the project, Wilson went so far as to say that the music sounded unlike anything he or Åkerfeldt had done to that point, including Damnation, which a lot of fans assumed would be the case. Instead, the two used the project as an opportunity to explore their more esoteric tastes in music, such as Comus, Steve Reich, Talk Talk and Scott Walker.

Storm Corrosion's sound can best be described as ambient, epic, enchanting and orchestral. In the press release for the self-titled first album, Åkerfeldt described the music as "a bit frightening, exhausting, profound and rather intense". In an interview with Face Culture, Wilson described the album as "mellow, strange and disturbing".