Dissection - The Somberlain


8.7 | 464 votes |
Release date: December 1993
Style: Melodic death metal, Melodic black metal

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Disc I
01. Black Horizons
02. The Somberlain
03. Crimson Towers
04. A Land Forlorn
05. Heaven's Damnation
06. Frozen
07. Into Infinite Obscurity
08. In The Cold Winds Of Nowhere
09. The Grief Prophecy/Shadows Over A Lost Kingdom
10. Mistress Of The Bleeding Sorrow
11. Feathers Fell
12. Son Of The Mourning [Japanese bonus]

Disc II [2006 Re-release bonus]
01. Frozen [live]
02. The Somberlain [live]
03. Shadows Over A Lost Kingdom
04. Son Of The Mourning
05. Into Infinite Obscurity
06. Frozen
07. In The Cold Winds Of Nowhere
08. Feathers Fell
09. Mistress Of The Bleeding Sorrow
10. The Call Of The Mist
11. Severed Into Shreds
12. Satanized
13. Born In Fire

Top 20 albums of 1993: 10

Line-up
Jon Andreas Nödtveidt - vocals, guitars
John Zwetsloot - guitars
Ole Christian Öhman - drums
Peter Palmdahl - bass

Additional info
Produced by Dissection.
Composed and arranged during the dawn of darkness in 1989-93.
Recorded and mixed between the 1st and 6th of March 1993 at Hellspawn/Unisound Studios, Sweden.
Recording engineer: Dan Swanö.
Remastered from the original master tapes by Håkan Åkesson at Cutting Room.
Cover art by Necrolord.

Guest Appearances:
Niklas Andreasson - Co-composer of "Into Infinite Obscurity"

The tracks on the bonus disc are made up of unreleased live material, and the following releases: Into Infinite Obscurity EP, Demo 1992, The Grief Prophecy Demo, Satanized Rehearsal and other rehearsal material.

Guest review by
-Soulreaper-
Rating:
9.0
The Somberlain is the debut album from the highly influential blackened death metal band, Dissection. In the midst of all the second wave of black metal bands and melodic death metal bands, these guys stepped out and created what no other band had done at that time; bridging the gap between black metal and death metal and throwing in some melody. This was the key that brought these Swedish pioneers to the forefront of the underground metal scene.

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published 30.04.2009 | Comments (9)

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06.04.2010 - 10:18
Pauleto
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Album "The Somberlain" plus "Storm Of The Light' Bane" are best scrapbooks DISSECTION.
DISSECTION is unfeigned jewel Swedish Melodic Death Metal!
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06.04.2010 - 15:23
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Really awesome album! With ''The Somberlain" Dissection showed that black metal could be beautiful and tuneful, rather than just white noise. Definitely pure class.
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06.04.2010 - 19:35
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Angelic Storm on 06.04.2010 at 15:23

Really awesome album! With ''The Somberlain" Dissection showed that black metal could be beautiful and tuneful, rather than just white noise. Definitely pure class.


I could make a huge post claming that Black Metal isn't white Noise. But I find that rather pathetic. So I'm just going with the old "I respectfully disagree with your statement and I declare Black Metal to be an excellent subgenre although an aquired taste".

Now that I think of it, peaceful posts suck just as much...

The second one is way better too. The Somberlain has was more of a death metal sound that Black Metal.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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06.04.2010 - 20:26
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Haha well, I know not all black metal is white noise, but some of it is.

Hmm, I have to disagree with The Somberlain being more death than black metal. The only major difference between The Somberlain and most other black metal of the time was the heavy injection of melody into the sound. The riffing style is way more black metal than death, IMO.
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06.04.2010 - 21:11
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Angelic Storm on 06.04.2010 at 20:26

Hmm, I have to disagree with The Somberlain being more death than black metal. The only major difference between The Somberlain and most other black metal of the time was the heavy injection of melody into the sound. The riffing style is way more black metal than death, IMO.


Well, the difference with Black Metal with lots of melody and Death Metal is quite fine... But songs like A Land Forlorn does sound a hell of a melodic death metal to me. It just takes growls instead of Nödtveidt's vocals and there you have it: a death classic track. For me Storm of the Light's Bane is the only Dissection album that really is melodic Black Metal as it should sound [because the last one was more like gothemburg stuff...]
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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12.07.2013 - 05:16
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Regardless, The Somberlain is awesome. Dat intro.
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forever bummed out
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11.06.2014 - 13:19
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid
An impressive debut to say the least. The first half of the album for me is definitely much more effective than the latter half, given that there are more complex, almost progressive songs to be found. The latter half for me gets a little bit repetitive, but it's still an excellent all-round instrumental performance. The first two songs here are the highlights for me, as well as maybe "A Land forlorn".
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29.04.2015 - 11:17
Rating: 6
Dr. Strawberry
This album is just average, the later is very much better.
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29.04.2015 - 12:02
Rating: 10
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
Written by Dr. Strawberry on 29.04.2015 at 11:17

This album is just average...

likewise your other comments and this one too.
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The Fangirl.
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30.04.2015 - 10:09
Rating: 6
Dr. Strawberry
Written by Angel N. on 29.04.2015 at 12:02

Written by Dr. Strawberry on 29.04.2015 at 11:17

This album is just average...

likewise your other comments and this one too.

of course I am picky and hard to please.
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30.07.2015 - 21:37
Rating: 8
Maco
Handbanana
A couple of fillers here and there, but it's ok. I guess the next album is gonna be better.
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I'm derp.
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05.09.2015 - 15:45
Rating: 6
TrueMetalJope
Not that great IMO, getting bored of this album tbh.
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The guitar is my sword, I'll fight 'til I die /../
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