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Steven Wilson recently announced that he will be headlining Loreley Festival on 13th July. The festival’s current lineup is absolutely stunning, and progressive music fans from all around the world will be making the trip to the famous Loreley Amphitheater for the two day event. The first day of the festival consists of a line up mainly selected by SW, including as his special guests the legendary French band Magma.
Also appearing on the first day are Kscope label mates The Pineapple Thief, and the excellent new band Sanguine Hum. Opeth are headlining on the second day, with The Devin Townsend Project, Caravan and more supporting. Single day, camping and weekend tickets for the festival can be purchased here.
Here’s the seventh part of the ongoing Storm Corrosion Fan Q&A video series by Roadrunner Records. In this part, Steven and Mikael discuss why it took so long for them to release a collaboration album, seeing as they have known each other for over ten years. If you missed any of the previous parts of this Q&A, you can find them on our Storm Corrosion news page.
Roadrunner Records have released the fifth part of the Storm Corrosion fan Q&A video series. In this part, Mikael and Steven discuss the striking album cover. We here at StarsDie.com recently had the opportunity to review Storm Corrosion’s upcoming self titled debut album, and you can read our thoughts here.
Here’s the second part of Roadrunner Records’ Storm Corrosion fan Q&A session with Steven Wilson & Mikael Åkerfeldt. In the video, Steven and Mikael discuss what records they are currently listening to.
Also, this video series is proving to be absolutely hilarious – I hope we’ve got many more parts of this to look forward to up until Storm Corrosion’s release on May 7th! You can watch the first part of this series here.
‘Storm Corrosion’, Steven Wilson’s upcoming collaboration album with Opeth singer/songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt, will be released on April 23rd 2012 on Roadrunner Records. In a recent interview, Steven was asked to talk about the influences behind the album, and what he and Mikael sought to achieve whilst making it. Read the full interview on Innerviews.org here. ‘Storm Corrosion’ will be issued on CD, deluxe double vinyl and Blu-ray.
You totally defied expectations with Storm Corrosion. It’s a minimalist, spacious album unlike anything you’ve done before. Tell me what you sought to achieve when making it.
I’ve absolutely no idea what we were going for. We literally walked into a studio and started to make music. We didn’t think about what we wanted to do. We didn’t intellectualize it at all. It was effortless. It wasn’t self-conscious. No decisions were made about what direction to go in. The album began to have a feeling of shape and style all on its own. All I can say is it was a direct product of a couple of things. Number one, when Mikael and I get together, there is obviously an expectation that we will do a particular kind of record. In this case, there was an expectation that we would make a progressive metal album. We’re both bloody-minded enough to know that if that’s the expectation, then we’re going to do the opposite. Secondly, There was a feeling that we were collaborating on something new. There was no precedent because it was a brand new project. This was our first album and we could set the tone any way we like. There was no Storm Corrosion album before this one and that was totally liberating.
There was also the sense that we could explore our more esoteric tastes in music. In Mikael’s case, that might be bands like Comus. In my case, that might be people like Scott Walker, Talk Talk and Steve Reich. We meet on a lot of those things anyway. It’s also very encouraging to be in the room with somebody with whom you feel you can suggest anything without them laughing you down or saying “You can’t do that. That’s ridiculous.” It was quite the contrary. We egged each other on. The more ridiculous, avant-garde or willfully obscure the idea, the more the other person would encourage the other. That’s a wonderfully creative situation to be in. It’s not something I have a lot. I have it with Tim Bowness in No-Man and I have it with Mikael in Storm Corrosion – SW