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Release date: 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

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Additional info
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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Pauleto - 06.04.2010 at 10:18  
  Album "The Somberlain" plus "Storm Of The Light' Bane" are best scrapbooks DISSECTION.
DISSECTION is unfeigned jewel Swedish Melodic Death Metal!
Angelic Storm - 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.
Mr. Doctor - 06.04.2010 at 19:35  
Rating: 8
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.
Angelic Storm - 06.04.2010 at 20:26  
  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.
Mr. Doctor - 06.04.2010 at 21:11  
Rating: 8
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...]
BoxCar Willy - 12.07.2013 at 05:16  
  Regardless, The Somberlain is awesome. Dat intro.

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