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Dissection is a black metal band hailing from Sweden. They not only gained legendary status for their first two albums, The Somberlain
and Storm Of The Light’s Bane
, but also notoriety when Jon Nödtveidt was convicted for accessory to murder in 1997. The Where Dead Angels Lie
EP was released between these two events, and while it is not necessarily amazing, it is a worthwhile investment for the fans.
Jon Nödtveidt - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Johan Norman - Rhythm Guitar
Peter Palmdahl - Bass Guitar
Ole Öhman - Drums
The EP begins and ends with the demo and album versions of Where Dead Angels Lie
. While the song is fantastic, the inclusion of both versions is a little excessive; the demo version is slightly longer and has inevitably worse production, but these things are hardly change the listening experience. Furthermore, the vast majority of listeners will already have Storm Of The Light’s Bane
, and will therefore be much more interested in the other songs on offer.
Next up is a pair of cover songs. Overall the covers are performed well; instead of playing the songs note for note and coming off as a second rate version of the band they are covering, Dissection manage to make the songs their own and add their own signature sound to them, making the tracks much more enjoyable. Tormentor’s Elisabeth Bathori
opens with a short acoustic interlude and a cheesy spoken introduction before the distortion kicks in. Some faint keyboards add some much needed atmosphere, and the main riff is excellent and quite catchy, but the song lacks variety and gets boring relatively quickly. The bands cover of Slayer’s The Antichrist
is much more successful however. Slightly faster than the original, Jon’s venomous vocals add an ominous edge to the track, and there is some excellent double bass added into the second verse which helps to propel the guitars along into the solo, which is tackled perfectly and sounds as good as the original.
After the short classical guitar interlude Feathers Fall
(which is exactly the same as the version on The Somberlain
), we get to the definite highlight of the EP. Son Of The Mourning
was one of the first songs which Dissection wrote, way back when they were a death metal band, appeared on the Into infinite Obscurity
EP in 1991. The track is blistering, ferocious, and extremely heavy, with some left over tinges of death metal fused with Dissection’s typical sound. The lead riff is very evil and the double bass in the chorus is simply epic. It’s a shame that it never made its way onto any of their full-length albums, because the song is truly up there with Dissection’s best work.
The Where Dead Angels Lie
EP will do nothing to change the mind of the band’s detractors, but the fans will certainly want to pick this up though, if only for Son Of The Mourning
. Furthermore, the whole EP was added (albeit with a slightly different track listing) to the bonus disc of the ‘Ultimate Reissue’ of Storm Of The Light’s Bane
, so those of you who still have yet to invest in that legendary album have even more of a reason to go out and buy it.
Son Of The Mourning