As a fan of Melodic Death Metal and Black Metal bands such as Norther
, and Darkthrone
, I was told to check out Dissection's supposed "masterpiece" called Storm of the Light's Bane, something I couldn't really care for at the time.
... What a horrible mistake!
This album has everything someone into Black Metal, Death Metal, and any cross-over genre could ever want! Haunting melodies, fast aggressive drums and riffs, spine-tingling rasped vocals, and much more. Whatever you want to find in metal, Storm of the Light's Bane has it all. From "At the Fathomless Depths" to "No Dreams Breed in Breathless Sleep" this album proves to be a landmark in both worlds of Death Metal and Black Metal. This album takes bits and pieces of both genres, and puts it so well together. This, my friends, is a masterpiece.
In comparison to the earlier album, "The Somberlain," this album seems to be more Death Metal, so that means faster tempos, thrashier riffs, and not to mention the more aggressive drums. Some elements we're kept from "The Somberlain," such as the acoustic guitars and epic melodies, but what I also noticed is that the lyrics on "Storm of the Light's Bane" are less direct on the subjects as opposed to "The Somberlain," which I love.
In conclusion, if you want a long lasting album that is melodic, and at the same time brutal, go ahead and throw a couple of bucks away and buy the masterpiece that is "Storm of the Light's Bane." You will not regret it!