Dissection
Storm of the Light's Bane


5.0
classic

Review

by Kit Brown USER (73 Reviews)
November 17th, 2005 | 1344 replies | 66,073 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best black metal album I've yet to come across.

18 of 19 thought this review was well written

Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane

Dissection is a black metal band that hails from Sweden. They have become fairly famous over the years and have gained a rather large fan base. They rank among other large black metal bands as Emperor and Darkthrone. The thing that separates this band from the other two is that their production value is much better (it doesn’t sound like it was recorded on an answering machine.) All Dissection fans I have ever come across agree with me in that this is the band’s best album.

The band is:
Vocals, guitars: Jon Nodtveidt
Guitars: Johan Norman
Bass: Peter Palmdahl
Drums: Tobias Kjellgren

What was good about the album:
-- My favorite part about this entire black metal experience had to be the guitar riffs. They always impress me, whether they’re playing beautiful melodic parts or low end chugging parts. I’m always stunned by Jon and Johan’s work in this album. While solos aren’t as important on this album, the impressive and technical riffing certainly make up for it. It’s something every metal fan should listen to.

-- The drumming. Black metal is notorious for having really fast and difficult drum parts, and Dissection lives up to this. Tobias will make you sweat with his unrelenting blast beats and wicked fast double bass drumming. He’ll also stop from this all the time and have some really cool tom fills, too. Drummers and metal heads alike will like the drumming.

-- The vocals. They’re raw, evil, and everything else that black metal vocalists should have. If you’re a fan of black metal vocals then Dissection is a great band to check out. They’ve got one of the best black metal vocalists around.

-- My favorite song has to be Night’s Blood. There is never a dull moment and the riffs just keep getting better and better. The song is also loaded with pummeling drums and evil vocals. The lyrics are also really awesome, although really hard to understand without having them in front of you. There are also some time changes which will impress the musicians out there, and an acoustic break! And to conclude it all, the riff at 5:33 is just pure, unadulterated awesomeness. It’s a killer track and quite possibly the best black metal song to date.

What was bad about the album:
-- The fact that the bass doesn’t stand out that much. I’m sure that Peter is a very accomplished musician, but the band just doesn’t give him any real time to mess around and show off. Bass has never really stood out all that much in the black metal genre, but it would be nice to see something different.

-- The album is rather short. It only spans over eight tracks, so it won’t be that long before the album is over and you find yourself saying “That’s it! Crap! I wanted more!" For the short time it plays, it’s great. But it would have been better if the band put a few more songs on the album.

-- Some people may not like the heaviness of this album. It’s pretty rough if you’re not used to the metal genre.

Recommended Tracks:
In all honesty, there isn’t a bad track on here. I fully recommend all of them.

This album is a black metal masterpiece, plain and simple. It ranks right up there with Emperor’s In the Nightside Eclipse and Darkthrone's Transylvanian Hunger. If you’re a fan of metal or a musician, I highly recommend this band. They play some really awesome riffs and beats that would impress most listeners. I really suggest that you all check this album out A.S.A.P. It will be worth your while and money.

Final Rating: 5/5



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Thor
November 17th 2005



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ShadowsFallen: if you haven't heard this already I'll bet you a million dollars that you like it. :thumb:

Shadows
Moderator
November 17th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Frighteningly, I haven't heard it. I know, blasphemy. :upset: I've heard some of their other stuff though. It wasn't too bad, but I've heard this album is earth-shatteringly good. I will get this ASAP. I really like black metal and I love melodic stuff, so melodic black metal should logically be a musical orgasm for me.

Excellent work again Thorstein.

Ibanez Slayer
November 17th 2005



11 Comments


Nicely done kit. If i was into black metal i would prolly buy it. I'll stick to my game though man.

Thor
November 17th 2005



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Shadows I can send you this if you want. I know that you'll like it.

Shadows
Moderator
November 17th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hahaha, okay, you can send it to me if you want to. Try for tomarrow.

Dead_Trench
November 18th 2005



159 Comments


I haven't heard much by Dissection. Only the songs Night Blood, Anti Christ and Soulreaper. They were pretty good so I'll have to get some more. Good review, but maybe try doing track by track next time.

Thor
November 18th 2005



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't like doing track by tracks, they aren't as fun to read.

Leper Affinity
November 18th 2005



89 Comments


Not too mention they aren't nearly as useful.

Thor
November 18th 2005



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Agreed. I think non-TBT reviews actually talk about the album, not the individual songs. This website is for ALBUM reviews, not a bunch of songs.

Dead_Trench
November 19th 2005



159 Comments


I know, I prefer non TBT reviews too, when they're done right. But the reason I said that was because I've seen you going around telling people to stop doing track by track. That's fine, if you include some about the album or telling what you liked/disliked about the review, but when you just say "stop doing track by tracks" it's kind of annoying. Just try to keep that in mind.

Thor
November 20th 2005



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice to see that one of my albums reviews got featured.

Zappa
November 21st 2005



355 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is really very good.

Thor
November 21st 2005



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Agreed, it could quite possibly be the best black metal album of all time. Too bad it's not as well known as other black metal greats like In the Nightside Eclipse.

Toaster
November 21st 2005



343 Comments


Any chance of anyone sending this? I could trade for it.

Thor
November 21st 2005



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well I can't right now because the computer that has these files is in the repair shop. I can send it to you when I get it back though.

Arrakakaka
November 24th 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I could send.

Thor, your format is awesome.

Aakon_Keetreh
November 24th 2005



448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

never heard of them....can somebody send me a song maybe

Toaster
November 24th 2005



343 Comments


Unstable Mind, that would be great. I could send you something for it, just post your email. bananaman__@hotmail.com

Aakon_Keetreh
December 5th 2005



448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

will somebody plz send me this at destined_for_destruction@hotmail.com

Arrakakaka
December 6th 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Toaster, I'll send tomorrow. Same with Destined for.



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