Dissection
Rebirth Of Dissection DVD


4.5
superb

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
November 4th, 2009 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


It’s a depressing thought to know that one year, nine months, and fifteen days after Rebirth Of Dissection was filmed, recently paroled Dissection front man Jon Nodtveidt would be dead. So as he and the rest of his band walk out onto the stage on the night of October 30, 2004, in front of a sold out arena in Stockholm, playing their first live show in over seven years, the mood is almost ethereal. With their A-game in minds and a set list full of almost every classic Dissection song, it is clearly apparent that this show will be quite unlike anything anyone in the audience has seen before, and indeed it isn’t.

Dissection has gotten untold amounts of flak for their newer material on their final album Reinkaos, a release which firmly shifted the once prestigious blackened death metal band to a more simplistic melodic death metal vibe. However, on this DVD the set is entirely composed of material written before Nodtveidt was sent to prison, the only exception being the single “Maha Kali”. With such a lineup of songs, it’s hard not to be anxious to hear whether the band will work through the rust of being dormant for just short of a decade, and whether they can hold the attention of the audience with a lineup which bears no resemblance to the one which everyone knows and respects. The entire stage is awash in a sea of mist, with the new Dissection logo flying high on a large tapestry hung behind new drummer Tomas Asklund’s rather bizarre, towering drum kit. The lights come on, and Nodtveidt strikes his first chord.

The set begins, after a short introduction of “At The Fathomless Depths”, with one of their trademark songs: “Night’s Blood”. Immediately, you know that the band is indeed back together as a well-oiled machine, although a less complex, streamlined one at that. The drum fills and blast beats of former drummer Ole Ohman are instead replaced with watered-down versions which sound good, but don’t show near the complexity of the drumming on the studio albums. However, all of the instruments aren’t so easily stripped of their original technicality. The guitars of Nodtveidt and rhythm guitarist Sethlans Teitan are wonderful, their tone picked up beautifully by the near perfect audio-quality of the recording. The same riffs are played with frightening precision to their studio counterparts, with no errors or large shifts from the leads which the fans are so fond of. Instead, small changes to the riffs are made; whether they are played in a different tuning or a pinch harmonic or two are thrown in for added effect.

Whether it be the tremolos of “Frozen” or “Soulreaper” or the acoustic work of “Where Dead Angels Lie”, the guitars are as perfect as one could ask for. The harmonies are perfectly timed and sound very clean and professional, while the solos such as the one in “Maha Kali” are nailed perfectly down to the very last note by Nodtveidt, an impressive feat which really gets the already enthusiastic crowd going even more. A session bassist, Erik Danielsson, is used to pick up the crucial low-end which seemed absent from the mastering of “Reinkaos”, however on this live recording the bass is clear and well performed. Jon’s few hails to the crowd are in Swedish (rightly so, this is in Stockholm), but they seem effective at shortening that gap between the audience and the band, something which every front man needs to get right for their live show to be a success.

The camera work is quite impressive, with multiple angles always switching back and forth, but not too quickly as to cause annoyance in the viewer. Essential harmonies and solos are always presented with a camera zoomed in on the guitarists working the fret board, giving a great sense of realism to the video, because you are watching the band members play from up close, it’s as if you aren’t entirely aware that you are watching a DVD. The pacing of the show is flawless, with a break a little under halfway through the set which transcends their closing instrumental off Storm Of The Light’s Bane, the piano piece “No Dreams Breed In Breathless Sleep”, into probably Dissection’s most popular piece “Where Dead Angels Lie”. The entire hour-and-a-half set is thoroughly enjoyable and easy to watch many times over, so this isn’t a set which you will watch just once.

The bonus features for the release are mostly throw-away. There is a music video for “Starless Aeon” which one could access on youtube in less time, and there is a semi-interesting picture slideshow. However, the real gem in the extras is a lengthy interview with Jon Nodtveidt, which goes over his beliefs, his musical trends and styles, and various other topics. It is a fairly enthralling piece to watch, and compliments the main concert feature very well. With a price of under $20 at most stores and online retailers, Rebirth Of Dissection is a fabulous value for what you receive, because the entire show is a perfect showcase of what Dissection can do. It is recorded and mixed very professionally and the replay value is nearly infinite. Either way, now that Dissection is gone, and no more new material will be released, this DVD is a great addition to the collection of anyone who calls themselves a Dissection fan.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2009


16410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Number 100!

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III ? Saturnian Poetry

Bullitt
November 4th 2009


1666 Comments


I have the CD of this but I need to get the DVD.

klap
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2009


10460 Comments


congrats on a 100 - stealthiest 100 reviews I've seen

Digging: Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE

Relinquished
November 4th 2009


25100 Comments


Congrats, bro, knew you'd hit it eventually. Album is massive impressive.

BallsToTheWall
November 4th 2009


44482 Comments


You plan on reviewing live In Stockholm 2004?

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2009


16410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

congrats on a 100 - stealthiest 100 reviews I've seen

haha thanks man, they've been over the course of three years so I guess they have been sort of under-the-radar.

You plan on reviewing live In Stockholm 2004?

Probably not, its just a bonus CD turned stand-alone release.

TheSpirit
November 4th 2009


17885 Comments


I miss Dissection.... Fucking great review tho

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Bullitt
November 4th 2009


1666 Comments


I think it might be live in 04 that I have actually...hmmm. Anyways congrats on 100.

jingledeath
November 4th 2009


7104 Comments


happy 100 crysis, great review too

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2009


16410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you my friend

Wizard
November 4th 2009


19447 Comments


The drum fills and blast beats of former drummer Ole Ohman are instead replaced with watered-down versions which sound good, but don’t show near the complexity of the drumming on the studio albums.

That point right there would push this album to a 3/5. "Night's Blood" is their best song and if I heard it live, I would die a happy man.

Number 100!

Congrats buddy!!!

So instead of poping on your Ipod for inspiration the other night, you chose a dvd instead? hahahaha Quality review and I will probably pick this up. Pisses me off about "Nights Blood" though.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2009


16410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That point right there would push this album to a 3/5

Trust me, the rest of the performance more than makes up for the drumming.

So instead of poping on your Ipod for inspiration the other night, you chose a dvd instead?

Nope, I reviewed another album yesterday, you must of missed it ;)

OllieS
November 5th 2009


2031 Comments


From the few songs I saw on Youtube the drumming was great; he pumped out the high tempo fills with almost shockingly little effort. He seemed to be using very little energy playing in a bad this extreme/fast.

Great review btw.

rasputin
November 5th 2009


14546 Comments


congrats on the 100, took you long enough

SCREAM!
November 5th 2009


10142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very nice review. I agree with pretty much everything here.

You didn't mention the hidden Black Horizon, or have you simply not found it? ;)

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2009


16410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Ollie, Rasputin and Scream.


You didn't mention the hidden Black Horizon

Because its hidden ;)

took you long enough

I know, right?

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2009


8370 Comments


Great review and happy 100!

Scream showed me a song by these guys just yesterday or the day before it and it was pretty awesome so i think I'm going to get their Storm of the Light's Bane album at the end of the month (too busy now).

Smug
November 5th 2009


228 Comments


CAN I PLAY WITH MADNESSS


THE PROPHET LOOK AT ME AND LAUGHED AT ME

HAHAHA

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2009


16410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0


Scream showed me a song by these guys just yesterday or the day before it and it was pretty awesome so i think I'm going to get their Storm of the Light's Bane album at the end of the month (too busy now).

You don't own anything by these guys!?!

Do it now.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2009


8370 Comments


I'm going to get their Storm of the Light's Bane album at the end of the month (too busy now).





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