Dissection
Reinkaos


3.0
good

Review

by Kit Brown USER (73 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2006 | 75 replies | 25,481 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


6 of 10 thought this review was well written

What can a band do when their main member and songwriter is behind bars for murder? Not much, really. Such has been the case that has plagued the infamous underground black metal band Dissection. They have released some extremely fine albums within the genre in their short career as a band. Storm of the Light's Bane has been said by many to be one, if not the best album within the black metal genre. After all of this greatness in the early 90s, it all came to an end when vocalist and guitar player Jon Nödtveidt was arrested for murder and put into prison until he was released in 2004.

What did he do while he was within the prison walls? Jon actually wrote plenty of songs, and some Dissection fans have heard one of them by the name of "Maha Kali". It didn't impress many due to the fact that it didn't sound a thing like their older material. While this did bother me a ton at first, after a few listens I have learned to appreciate the new sound and enjoy it for what it is. Enter the world of...

Dissection's Reinkaos

Dissection on this album was:
Jon Nödtveidt - Vocals & Guitars
Set Teitan - Guitars & Backing Vocals
Tomas Asklund - Battery

What was good about the album:
-- First things first, it's very exciting to hear my favorite black metal band playing yet again, even if they don't sound a thing like they used to.

-- One thing that you'll notice immediately is that the band's production quality has improved quite a bit since their earlier days when they were making black metal. This may bother some people because black metal afficionados love that style of production, but I can't say that I'm really into it. The guitar riffs used to be unintelligible at times and the vocals seemed distant and loaded with reverb. Now that is all gone and the guitar tone is great and the vocals are clear.

-- As far as guitar riffs go, it's a fairly solid album. Jon obviously spent plenty of time writing these songs, and it certainly shows. There are plenty of enjoyable and even catchy riffs that are worth listening to multiple times in a row even. There is also the presence of guitar solos in this album which will appeal to many, although not the black metal fans.

-- Jon's lyrics, while some may call them cheesy, are pretty sweet. His style of writing is just the way I like my metal lyrics: dark, hateful, and often fantasy based. It's quite a treat to listen to him scream out some of the lyrics in songs like "Black Dragon" and "Dark Mother Divine".

What was bad about the album:
-- As this would seem rather obvious, the band doesn't sound at all like they did in their black metal days. They're now an almost Gothenburg sound, similar to that of In Flames or At the Gates. This has infuriated many old Dissection fans and has even made some fans not want to pick up the album. While I'm open to the new sound, I must say that I'm dissapointed that they didn't make more of the melodic black metal that they did so well at making.

-- If you looked up at the member listing earlier, you'd notice that there was an obvious absence of a bass player. Now that they're not playing black metal anymore, it would make sense for them to pick one up. If they wrote some great grooves then the band could probably be taken to new heights and open their sound up to more metal fans. It's not too much of a setback, but I'm always bummed out when metal bands don't use bass players.

-- The guitar riffs, while often being good, are too catchy at times, especially for a Dissection album. Their albums are loaded with Satanic hatred and dark fantasy, so hearing melodic riffs that could be potentially used in a In Flames or even Trivium song seems rather out of place. The combination of the two is probably another reason why some fans wouldn't like it.

Highlights:
Beyond the Horizon
Black Dragon
Reinkaos

Pros:
-- Another Dissection album, finally
-- Good production quality
-- Solid guitar riffs and solos
-- Pretty good and interesting lyrics

Cons:
-- A totally different sound
-- Riffs can seem out of place
-- Lyrics can seem out of place

Final Rating: 3/5 - A good release. It's not essential to your metal collection, but worth a listen.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
the2stranger
May 2nd 2006



130 Comments


Good review man, but still this album disappoints.
I've heard three tracks, and unlike what you say, i thought the production was horrible, all these cracking noises,
I thought I was playing some pre-war vinyl :lol:

Dissection just isn't what it's been, and even thoug the songs aren't bad, it's very bad compared to what greats they've produced (the more black-ish albums)

Thor
May 2nd 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

bumpity bump
I thought that more people would be talking about this.

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

Inpropagation
May 2nd 2006



16 Comments


Won't let me vote 1.5. This album sucks.

Thor
May 2nd 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well I don't think that it really should be compared to their past albums, seeing as how it's totally different...and of course it wouldn't be better than Storm of the Light's Bane. The band will never make an album better than that.

Inpropagation
May 2nd 2006



16 Comments


Who said I'm comparing it to their older material? It still sucks.

Shadows
Moderator
May 2nd 2006



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fuck, I completely forgot this had already come out! I liked the three new songs posted, but I hate Maha Kali. I'll be back when I've heard the whole thing.

Cravinov13
May 2nd 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

they used to be so kick @$$, now they are just mediocre.

Silenius
May 2nd 2006



302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

If this wasn't Dissection it would be okay. But after having around ten years to make some great stuff like Storm of the Lights Bane there is no excuse for this.

@Husker: Won't let me vote either.

This cd needs Ole Ohman on drums.This Message Edited On 05.02.06This Message Edited On 05.02.06

Zapp
May 2nd 2006



1 Comments


I wasnt expecting much from this album but id still say it turned out a disappointment. Sounds like awkward death rock. Theres no atmosphere like on the 2 previous albums, the drumming is awful too.

Also to the reviewer, there was a bass player on this album (the bass is actually mixed much higher than in the previous albums...) but he left a few weeks after they finished recording. Im not sure id call dissection an underground black metal band too but whatever.

MIKE666
May 14th 2006



13 Comments


THIS ALBUM HAD LIKE THREE GOOD SONGS THAT I LIKED. THE DRUMS IMPRESSED ME SOMEWHAT TO.

nordland
May 17th 2006



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There is a bass player dammit, although it's someone who wasn't given credits for it, but I think he wanted it to be that way.
My guess is that it's Jon's brother Emil, who is usually the stand-in bass player at live shows.

Reinkaos is a great album!

Thor
May 18th 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

MIKE666, how on earth could the drums on this album impress you? They did a very basic beat almost the entire time.

Silenius
May 18th 2006



302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Ohe Oleman beats the fuck out of the new drummer. :mad:

Pete
May 27th 2006



189 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm listening to it for the first time right now. It's not bad, just a bit slow and oh, did I forget to mention it sounds nothing like Dissection?

Shadows
Moderator
May 27th 2006



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I still haven't gotten this. I heard a few seconds of Beyond the Horizon on MusicChoice yesterday and thought it was great, so I'll look into it now.

Not bad.This Message Edited On 05.27.06

TheDevilsOwn
June 13th 2006



91 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

great review, this album made me want to cry.

Thor
June 13th 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It made me want to do that when I first heard it, but I can understand why the band decided to make something new. I'd probably get tired of making the same style of music for years, so this wasn't exactly an unforgiveable move.

It's still a bummer that they're breaking up, though.

MarchOfThePigs
October 3rd 2006



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This kinda disappointed me at the first listen. It's certainly not the old Dissection but still pretty good.

And Thor, this was a helluva review, man

Edited: I've mispelled Dissection This Message Edited On 10.04.06

dheim
November 25th 2006



4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

are you all deaf, my friends?
this album isn't much in line with what dissection used to play years ago, but it's simply perfect anyway!
guitar riffs are something you could listen to for hours and hours and repeat in your head like a mantra... vocal lines are pure genius, drums fit impressively in the whole sound... and YES, someone definitely played bass!
try to listen carefully to it, and don't stuck yourselves in the absurd premise that, sounding differently from "storm of the light's bane", this album MUST be ****.


Thor
November 25th 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Perfect? Clearly you don't understand that this album is about as mediocre as melo-death gets.



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