The Rebirth of Dissection that we've all been waiting for has finally come, and it has come in a totally unexpected way. A drastic change in the music occured while Jon was serving his prison term for accomplis to murder. Dissection lost their brutality, in turn for a more straight forward, direct, 'Gothernburg' influenced sound.
The totally revamped Dissection lineup features Jon Nödtveidt, of course, as well as members of Dark Funeral, and Nightrage to create a totally different sound from 'Storm of the Light's Bane' -era Dissection.
With the release of Maha Kali, Dissection creates melodic death/black metal that turns a new leaf in the Dissection era. While the melodic sense of music is still present, the band seems to have lost sight of the aggression that comes with just the name, Dissection.
Jon Nödtveidt - Guitar, Vocals
Set Teitan - Guitar
Brice Leclercq - Bass
Tomas Asklund - Drums
Unhallowed (Rebirth version)
The title track Maha Kali starts off with some heavy, melodic, Gothenburg influenced melodies and chords. Jon's vocals still sound wonderful, but the music behind his voice just lacks energy which in turn takes away from his vocal abilities. The melodies here are good, but nothing drastically new or original.
The drumming is played very well, but compared to Ole Ohleman this is a travesty to the drummers of Dissections past.
After repeating the melodies for a few times, the song goes into a clean section with clean vocals from Jon and woman vocals, which i don't find that irritating and i actually kind of enjoy the somewhat climactic ending and the solo.
It's a decent song, but nothing original and sub-par for Dissection.
The second track, Unhallowed (Rebirth version) is a cover of their own classic song from 'Storm of the Light's Bane.' There is nothing wrong with it, but i don't think they really needed to cover it. The atmosphere just is not there on the EP.
Overall, the production is very lackluster. The drums sound boring, the guitar tone is decent but nothing like the Storm of the Light's Bane tone. There is just no atmosphere or energy here.
Overall, 2.8/5. It's catchy, but not Dissection. I'm dissapointed.