Dissection
Storm of the Light's Bane


5.0
classic

Review

by psycho888999 USER (20 Reviews)
July 4th, 2009 | 51 replies | 4,640 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dissection's crowning glory.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Dissection are one of those bands that strike terror into the hearts of poseurs and produce grins of delirious ecstasy in tried and true metal heads. If you haven't heard this album, rush out and buy it ASAP. It sits up there with Transylvanian Hunger, In the Nightside Eclipse, At the Heart of Winter, and Hvis Lyset Tar Oss as one of the greatest pieces of black metal ever committed to disc.

The production is surprisingly crisp and clean for a black metal album. Everything is extremely evenly produced while still retaining a harsh sort of 'cutting' feeling to the guitars. The drums are triggered and rather echoey and hollow- evoking a sort of live feel to the ensemble of instruments. The guitars are of a slightly thicker tone than the high pitched buzzing of Darkthrone, but serve as a medium to push the intricate melodies into the forefront. Jon Nodveidt's growl is a venomous rasp not too far removed from a more gargled version of Ihsahn's fry croak, pushed into the middle of the mix and serving as more of an extra instrument rather than the role of a 'frontman'.

The crafting and instrumentation of the songs are the reason for the high status of this album. Each song is lovingly rendered into a miniature symphony, taking phrasal riffing to a whole other complex dimension. When there is repetition, it only goes on for a good fifteeen seconds or more before seamlessly sliding into another melody. A certain amount of Iron Maiden influences are present here, such as the melodic flurries in Where Dead Angels Lie and Retribution. The key point here however, is the presence of a multitude of emotions in every song- much like the volatile feel of Beethoven's works. Joy, sorrow and anger can be found in equal amounts in certain points of every song- take Thorns of Crimson Death for example- the triumphant galloping patterns in the beginning slides onto a more dissonant and dispairing set of riffs complemented by drums gradually increasing in density and speed and proceeds to sound more and more pissed off with each transition into another phrase. The song then starts on an upward curve towards the middle in a sort of dark crowing triumph that culminates at the end of the song. Needless to say, renderings like these are quite rare nowadays in the repetitive, boring and cyclic nature of modern metal (cough) Dimmu Borgir (cough). There is no symphonic element physically present in the recording, but the song structures and melodies alone are enough to envoke an epic feeling that many bands try for, but fail miserably. All in all, Dissection's masterpiece is a successful hybrid of melodeath (done right), black metal, and classical music- creating a masterpiece that will never fail to send chills down the spines of metalheads and causing Hot Topic Cradle of Filth worshippers to *** and piss their pants simultaneously in awe.

R.I.P, Jon Nodtveidt.



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FistfulOfSteel
July 4th 2009



894 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

didnt need another review, but i truly love this album. night's blood slays.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2009



17204 Comments


album's ok.

Phantom
July 4th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

blah blah blah

XulOnerom
July 4th 2009



1818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I always thought of these guys more as melodic death metal rather than black metal

Piglet
July 4th 2009



4653 Comments


how come i haven't heard of this?

Hawks
July 5th 2009



35624 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I always thought of these guys more as melodic death metal rather than black metal

Their last album is melo-death, but this and The Somberlain are definitely black metal. Love this album, but I still think The Somberlain is better.


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jingledeath
July 5th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules

Fxxkit13
July 5th 2009



1559 Comments


I agree with Hawks

Zip
July 5th 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well there is a lot of melody that isn't typical to black metal, but it's pretty black as far as the tremolo riffs are drumming are concerned.

Piglet
July 5th 2009



4653 Comments


nice avatar, obviously slipknot.

Zip
July 5th 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No the point is, on my last account that was my profile pic, then I got banned, so I decided to slash it to pieces, symbolizing the death of that account. see?

Piglet
July 5th 2009



4653 Comments


lol

Its always good to get a background to everyone's avatar.

Piglet
July 5th 2009



4653 Comments


oh yes, very crafty...

actually how about your avatar? how did yours become to be?

Zip
July 5th 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hate you all.

Piglet
July 5th 2009



4653 Comments


I believe so, O great high chair of Justice and Faith, we hate you back

Zip
July 5th 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm just too elite for this site.

Piglet
July 5th 2009



4653 Comments


even more elite then Chan? or Jom?

Zip
July 5th 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jom? Elite? He's an indie kid.

Piglet
July 5th 2009



4653 Comments


lol

Motiv3
July 5th 2009



8923 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

basically this album slays.

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