And so another year comes to a close. 2012, just like any other year, you had your gems and you had your flops when it came to album releases. For this article, I’d like to give you my Top 10 albums of 2012 as well as several honorable mentions that didn’t exactly make the cut but were too good to leave unmentioned. So, read on to see my Top 10 Albums Of 2012!
Have we been slamming you with enough lists over the past several days? No? GOOD! Here’s another one for ya!
Now, you should know that I’ve seen more music videos this year than I had well balanced meals. Seriously, I’m watching them constantly. It can get pretty hectic and insane trying to remember many of them but, just like with any other medium, there are ones that stand out and become something incredibly important: they become memorable. And with that in mind, I want to share with you my Top 10 Music Videos Of 2012! Head on below to check ‘em out! READ MORE
In an interview with PitCam.TV, Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt discussed playing the Wacken festival, recording Storm Corrosion (review) with Steven Wilson, and many other great topics. Among them was the discussion if the next Opeth record would be on Roadrunner Records, since the RR offices in Europe were shutdown. Akerfeldt confirmed that the next record would indeed be on RR but that he was very saddened by the shutdown, stating that many people there were friends and he’s not sure who is dealing with the logistics now.
Towards the end of the interview, Akerfeldt discussed how he and Martin Mendez used to play Guitar Hero while on tour, sometimes even up to the moments before going out on stage. End result? Akerfeldt had to force himself to stop because he was getting nervous on stage without a button guitar. Check out the interview below. READ MORE
A post made by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Storm Corrosion) on his Official Facebook page states that a new solo album is nearly finished being written and has an early 2013 projected release date. Wilson states, “…this time I’ve written it all for my live band to play, mostly pretty long pieces (including the piece we previewed on the recent tour “Luminol”).” This album will be the follow-up to 2011′s Grace For Drowning. Wilson is also releasing a live concert Blu-Ray/DVD entitled Get All You Deserve in September. You can watch a performance of “Harmony Korine” below.
The album will be recorded in Los Angeles in September with Alan Parsons overseeing the process. Parsons is famous for being the engineer on Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side Of The Moon as well as his own project, The Alan Parsons Project.
Frequent PT and Wilson collaborator Lasse Hoile will once again tackle album artwork as well as studio videos and live show visuals.
Alright Wilson fans, are you eager for a new solo album or do you wish that Porcupine Tree would be the next priority? READ MORE
Porcupine Tree lead man Steven Wilson has unveiled the cover for his upcoming live Blu-Ray/DVD Get All You Deserve, which will be released Sept. 25th, 2012. Wilson has stated that there will also be an edition that will include the full concert on two audio CDs. While there is no track list for this concert, I’m assuming it will cover both of his solo releases, Grace For Drowning and Insurgentes. You can see the cover below.
Wilson is known for his main band Porcupine Tree but is also a member of Blackfield alongside Israeli musician Aviv Geffen. He also released an album with Opeth‘s Mikael Akerfeldt under the name Storm Corrosion (review).
I’m a big fan of Wilson’s work, so I’ll definitely be picking up a copy of this. Readers, what’s your favorite Steven Wilson-related project?
Storm Corrosion, the collaboration project between Porcupine Tree‘s Steven Wilson and Opeth‘s Mikael Akerfeldt, has released Rope Drags, the first video from their upcoming self-titled debut album. The 9-minute video is stunningly beautiful and I cannot recommend it enough. The video uses traditional puppet theater mixed with Tim Burton-esque visuals to create a heartbreaking story of true love being snatched away and the lengths that one will go through for revenge. Watch it below.
One of the hardest working men in the music industry, Steven Wilson rarely, if ever, gives himself any free time. Remastering King Crimson albums, producing Opeth records, and more and more. Well, he has a new solo album coming out called Grace For Drowning. After the jump you can watch a video for the track Index, which features Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) on drums as well as the London Session Orchestra directed by Dave Stewart.
Those of you who have been reading this section for a while should know by now how much I love Steven Wilson‘s work, be it as a musician in Blackfield or Porcupine Tree or as a producer. So, as a result, there is a correlation between the amount of news coming out regarding his upcoming solo album, Grace For Drowning, and the amount of excitement I feel. Well, more news has come out, this time detailing the release date and different editions of the album.
Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Storm Corrosion) has opened a new website as a landing page for his upcoming solo album, Grace For Drowning. As of now, the website only has the video below, but it will obviously be updated as more news becomes available. Any of you readers as excited for this as I am?
Swedish prog-metal masters Opeth have announced a Sept. 20th release date for their 10th studio release, Heritage. To make this news even more amazing, it’s officially announced that Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) is the producer! Opeth fans will know that Wilson produced three Opeth albums; Blackwater Park, Damnation, and Deliverance. Fans will also know that Wilson and Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt are going to be releasing a project together entitled Storm Corrosion. Longtime album artist Travis Smith created the album artwork.