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OPETH's Mikael Åkerfeldt & Steven Wilson Discussing Another STORM CORROSION Record

If it's even under that name.


Storm Corrosion, the band featuring Opeth vocalist and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt alongside Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame, released their debut self-titled record in 2012. There have been rumblings here and there of the duo reconvening and doing a second album over the years, but nothing has ever solidified.

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Now in a new interview, Åkerfeldt says he recently got together with Wilson and discussed a second record. Åkerfeldt adds that the next record might not be under the Storm Corrosion name and "it's likely it will sound completely different." That is, if there's even a second record at all.

"I had dinner with Steve yesterday, and we talked a little bit about it. We always talk a little bit about it, if we're gonna do another one. But yeah, I think we'll try; at some point, we'll try. I can almost say a hundred percent that we will try, without really knowing — but just judging from how we talk about this project. That was a fun thing for both of us and a new thing for both of us. But the problem, when you have one record, is that there's a reference point. So it's likely that if we do another record, maybe there'll be another name for that project. And it's likely it will sound completely different."

"We wanna make another record, [and] if we do that, it has to be on the same premise as how we did the first one. Nobody knows. There's no record label that knows. We don't even know if it's gonna work out and we don't know what we're doing, basically. I mean, that was almost written in real time and recorded in real time. We just had a riff. 'Okay, let's record that riff, that part, and then piece it together.' And then, in the end, it was, like, 'My God, this is strange. But we love it. What is it?'

"We had some common inspirations and common artists and bands that we said, 'Maybe around there, that's where we meet up and do something.' And it ended up sounding like nothing I can compare it to, to be honest. For good and worse, for fans. It's a weird record. And it sold a lot in the first couple of weeks, because Roadrunner picked that up. And I assume it sold a lot to fans of PORCUPINE TREE and Steven Wilson fans, who must have gone, 'What the hell is this?'

"I love that album — love it. But, yeah, we're gonna do something, I'm sure. But it's probably gonna be different."

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Storm Corrosion also featured performances by ex-Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison, jazz woodwind player Ben Castle, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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