Dissection
Storm of the Light's Bane


5.0
classic

Review

by Simon Harris (SCREAM!) USER (57 Reviews)
August 13th, 2008 | 60 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A swedish band rises above the norwegian black metal scene at its peak

Dissection is one of the most notorious names in the black metal genre; up there with the likes of Burzum and Mayhem. Much like these two bands, Dissection have gained their reputation and fame through cold blooded acts and by releasing what many consider to be two classic black metal albums.

Their first album, The Somberlain, took the black metal roots and turned them into something more melodic and riff oriented than what the band’s Norwegian peers were doing. In 1995, with Storm Of The Light’s Bane, the band took the sound created on The Somberlain, adding slight tweaks and improving on some parts, and created what is considered by many to be the best black metal (or at least the best melodic black metal) album of all time.

Right from the start of Nights Blood it is easy for the listener to see the monster album his ears are about to consume. The sound is raw, evil, heavy but keeping distinctive melodies that separate it from the basic black metal sound other bands of that time were going for. Nödtveidt and Norman deliver an onslaught of riffs ranging from the classic tremolo picking to melodic leads and even combine both together. There are no more short acoustic songs like on The Somberlain but rather prog-metal-like acoustic breaks within some of the songs (Nights Blood, Where Dead Angels Lie and Thorns Of Crimson Death). These allow the band (or rather Nödtveidt) to show his versatility but without breaking the flow of the album since they are incorporated into the songs (unlike on the last album).

The drumming is just as spectacular as the guitar playing. Öhman delivers blast beats and double bass at blistering speeds to add to the overall heavyness of the sound and to match the rapid barrage of riffs constantly being delivered. But he doesn’t settle for being just another “speed drummer”. Öhman throws in many technical fills that often have him using almost all of his drumset. Songs like Nights Blood and Thorns Of Crimson Death could be listened to exclusively for the drumming (but it would be a shame to miss everything else going on in those songs so I don’t recommend it).

The vocals are also superb. Nödtveidt sings in a raspy, high pitched scream. His scream is very strong and powerful and displays a big array of emotions. Anger, hatred and power are easily discernable in every song.

Production-wise, the album is nothing short of perfect. Every instrument is clearly discernable (except the bass but…well…yeah…) but the sound keeps a slight fuzzy sound that will please the fans of black metal. None of the riffs gets drowned in distortion or covered by the drums and the singing is clear, crisp and powerful.

Although the album does sound very straightforward, some parts do take a few listens to sink in. The three songs mentioned earlier all have pretty clear cut, technical melodies that will hook almost any fan of black metal (or even extreme metal in general). Unhallowed and Soulreaper, on the other hand, have a sound that is much closer to classic black metal than those three. They have an overall heavier sound and the melodies aren’t quite as straightforward. Repeated listens will allow the listener to uncover nuances in the heavyness. Small things like a certain lead not played under a certain chord or a lead riff that is a bit lower than the chords being played. Finally, the album’s closer, No Dreams Breed In Breathless Sleep, is often ignored and thrown in the same category as all the other boring metal-piano instrumentals. If one takes the time to listen to the song fully, one finds a calm, depressing piece that is perfect for closing off the heavyness that has just passed.

From its ominous opener to its calming close, Storm Of The Lights Bane delivers an intense experience that is raw, heavy, melodic and emotional all at once. Impressive instrumental delivery, powerful vocals and perfect production make this an undeniable classic.


SCREAM!



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SCREAM!
August 13th 2008


10399 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My first classic review :/ Hope i did ok

Digging: Svartidau?i - Flesh Cathedral

Myrrhman
August 13th 2008


83 Comments


album is lame how can you not know this wise up

SCREAM!
August 13th 2008


10399 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ignored.

Bring on the constructive comments

Hawks
August 13th 2008


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review SCREAM. And I agree, it is one of the best black metal albums.

Myrrhman
August 13th 2008


83 Comments


ty for acknowledging my statement with a response

gasmaskman
August 13th 2008


1006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review is good.
Album is classic.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2008


17946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

foofah

Crimson
August 13th 2008


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is pretty overrated tbh

SCREAM!
August 13th 2008


10399 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Chan, you might be a fool but you know how to write a review. What are your thoughts about this? I need some criticism if i want to get better

Hawks
August 13th 2008


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album is pretty overrated tbh

Or not.This Message Edited On 08.13.08

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2008


17946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you called me a fool i don't want to help you

SCREAM!
August 13th 2008


10399 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love you chan....now help

masscows
August 13th 2008


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

prog-metal-like acoustic breaks
They aren't really proggy at all, folky acoustic breaks aren't that uncommon in black metal

also, this isn't too big of a deal but you should italicize album titles and put song titles in quotes (that's the 'formal' way to do it). Just avoid bolding in general tbh.

Review is pretty standard but descriptive enough. I used to review like this but you'll get better with time. I'll vote.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2008


16496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Short review for a classic album. Would have been better if you described everything with more detail about songs (you only mention Night's Blood, Where Dead Angels Lie and Thorns Of Crimson Death) and you fail to point out the subtle nuances of this album, like what might be one of the best unappreciated instrumentals in this genre (No Dreams Breed In Breathless Sleep) and also the pretty amazing effect this album has had on hundreds of other bands to come. I won't neg, but this does not feel like a wholehearted, enthusiastic, and true opinion, just one to go along with what everyone else thinks.This Message Edited On 08.13.08

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2008


17946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is an amazing review shut up crysis

BallsToTheWall
August 13th 2008


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You look like a fool to me... so why do you have to make things so complicated? Overrated? possibly, worthy of it's praise? Fuck yes. Tracks 2-6 are golden and I never really found a black metal album with 5 A grade tracks in a row. Catchy as hell, melodies rule, especially Nights Blood ftw. It's hard to belive this is only the third 5 star review of this but nice job anyways.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2008


16496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How naive of me.

McP3000
August 13th 2008


3941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Its a very good album which is bogged down with inconsistency.

Crimson
August 13th 2008


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Night's Blood is amazingly awesome.
Nothing else on the album holds my interest at all.

SynGates
August 13th 2008


2467 Comments


Short review for a classic album.
That's what I thought as well.
I like some songs on here but loathe others.This Message Edited On 08.13.08



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