Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree comfirmed he and Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) have finished writing material for their collaborative effort Storm Corrosion, for a early 2012 release.
Wilson issued the following update on his Facebook page:
"A little update… after last year was pretty much a year without any new music from me, I’ve been working very hard in the studio on various projects. Firstly, we finished mixing the incredible new Opeth album a few days ago, keep an eye on their website for details on that. Mikael and I also took the opportunity while he was here …to finish writing our collaboration album – there’s still a lot of recording work to do, but this should definitely be out in early 2012.
"The new SW solo record is still on track for September release, and I think the next two King Crimson remixes (Larks Tongues in Aspic and Starless and Bible Black) will be out around the same time. I’m now working on new stereo and 5.1 mixes of another very famous 70’s progressive album for a deluxe reissue this year, can’t say more about that just yet. Last but not least, over the last year I worked on and off on a new Bass Communion album called "Cenotaph", which is a kind of sequel to Ghosts on Magnetic Tape – news on when this will be released when I have it. I think that’s enough for now! Off on tour with Blackfield soon. Best, S"
Regarding comparisons to Opeth and Porcupine Tree, Wilson told Roadrunner UK:
"The funny thing is that the music we’re making together is actually nothing like either of us made before. Because 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. ‘Cause we have this kind of passion [for] 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; [it’s] possibly closer to aspects of things I’ve done, but really quite distinct from anything I’ve ever [released]. [It’s] very orchestral, lots of strings, lots of guitars and vocals, too. Lots of very long songs that kind of go in different directions that you don’t necessarily expect them to go in – almost theatrical in a way. And we both kind of admitted to ourselves that there are a lot of fans out there that are probably gonna hate it. But we’re doing it for us."