Release date: November 1995
Style: Melodic death metal, Melodic black metal

Rating:

9 | 763 votes

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90 want it
1 trades it


Disc I
01. At The Fathomless Depths
02. Night's Blood
03. Unhallowed
04. Where Dead Angels Lie
05. The Feathers Fell [Japanese bonus]
06. Retribution - Storm Of The Light's Bane
07. Thorns Of Crimson Death
08. Soulreaper
09. No Dreams Breed In Breathless Sleep

Disc II [2006 Re-release bonus]
01. At The Fathomless Depths [Alternate version]
02. Night's Blood [Alternate version]
03. Unhallowed [Alternate version]
04. Where Dead Angels Lie [Alternate version]
05. Retribution - Storm Of The Light's Bane [Alternate version]
06. Feathers Fell [Alternate version]
07. Thorns Of Crimson Death [Alternate version]
08. Soulreaper [Alternate version]
09. No Dreams Breed In Breathless Sleep [Alternate version]
10. Night's Blood
11. Retribution - Storm Of The Light's Bane
12. Elisabeth Bathory [Tormentor cover]
13. Where Dead Angels Lie [demo]
14. Antichrist [Slayer cover]
15. Son Of The Mourning

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Top 200 albums of all time: 35

Review
Lyrics (8)


Line-up
Jon Andreas "Shadow" Nödtveidt - vocals, guitars
Johan Norman - guitars
Peter Palmdahl - bass
Ole Christian "Bone W. Machine" Öhman - drums

Additional musicians:
Alexandra Balogh - piano
Tony "IT" Särkkä - vocals
Erik "Legion" Hagstedt - vocals

Staff review by
DerRozzengarten

Rating:
9.5
Dissection is a cult name in the world of extreme metal. In a time when Euronymous and the Inner Circle had declared war to false black and death metal, "The Somberlain" and the first demos of the band exploded like dynamites in the underground scene combining the groove and aggression of death metal with the essence and grim feeling of black metal. Jon Nodtveidt and his nocturnal companions had achieved something extremely difficult for the current time, they had become acceptable by both the death and black metal audience shaking the underground scene.

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Pauleto - 06.04.2010 at 10:23  
  Album "Storm Of The Light' Bane" plus "The Somberlain" are best scrapbooks DISSECTION.
DISSECTION is unfeigned jewel Swedish Melodic Death Metal!
Got Mayhem? - 26.06.2010 at 19:02  
Rating: 10 Truly one of the greatest albums of all time. Every aspect of this album puts forth incredible emotion into the listener. Quite possibly as close to a flawless album as anyone will ever get. If you haven't heard this, you need to. Right now.
Aetherius - 13.08.2010 at 09:07  
Rating: 10 It is amazing.
Misanthrope - 14.09.2010 at 12:43  
Rating: 10 This album is Melodic, aggressive, pounding, and extremely amazing. This album has all the elements from every genre almost. Hail Dissection and Jon !
JÄY - 25.01.2011 at 05:44  
Rating: 10 Damn japanese strike again....
MechanisT - 06.03.2011 at 19:48  
  THE black metal album, for me.
BeastOfMetal456 - 12.08.2011 at 14:54  
  From one track till now, it sounds very epic. With great vocals too. And good production.
K†ulu - 12.08.2011 at 15:09  
Rating: 9
Written by MechanisT on 06.03.2011 at 19:48

THE black metal album, for me.

I agree.
moben - 11.10.2011 at 21:27  
  Awesome album!
FreddeSwede - 17.10.2011 at 20:03  
Rating: 10 Problably the best black metal album (and band) ever.
begunia - 14.11.2011 at 00:06  
  This is amazing album. I like every song of it.
Cuca Beludo - 03.02.2012 at 18:35  
  Great piece of melodic black metal. I am enjoying every second of it.
pyrz - 28.04.2012 at 02:59  
Rating: 10 Very intense album.
Dentura - 13.06.2012 at 06:25  
Rating: 8 One of the best albums of its era, One of the biggest pieces of my CD collection, Storm of the Light's Bane is one of the greatest albums ever made in extreme metal.
scapeplan - 12.10.2012 at 22:53  
  This and At The Heart Of Winter are easily my favorite black metal albums of all time.
In_tallica - 06.11.2012 at 22:58  
Rating: 10 Unquestionably the best album ever created. Magical, spritual and utter destructive, yet so magnificant and beautiful.
popmik - 05.04.2013 at 17:44  
Rating: 10 Blew my mind away! a black metal release that's so packed with emotions and yet so brutal deserves a 10 totally!
Azazel - 05.04.2013 at 19:14  
Rating: 10 One of the greatest metal albums ever. The epitome of epic! When i saw Dissection live, every hair on my body stood on end during Thorns of Crimson Death. Absolute masterpiece.
tludmetal - 20.02.2014 at 02:29  
Rating: 10 Best album ever!
Nick K. - 20.02.2014 at 15:54  
 
Written by tludmetal on 20.02.2014 at 02:29

Best album ever!


I see where you're coming from. Its definitely one of the best music ever recorded.
deadone - 21.02.2014 at 00:25  
Rating: 5 Never liked Dissection. Their sound grates so much.
Lit. - 07.04.2014 at 19:22  
 
Written by scapeplan on 12.10.2012 at 22:53

This and At The Heart Of Winter are easily my favorite black metal albums of all time.

This, along with Nemesis Divina and The Work Which Transforms God for me.

If this album is THE black metal album, then Where Dead Angel Lie is THE black metal song for me.
musicalkaratekid - 11.06.2014 at 22:08  
Rating: 9 I love the band's debut album as well, but I prefer Storm of the Light's Bane by a margin. This album basically has one of my favourite ever extreme metal songs ("Thorns of Crimson Death", which I instantly found memorable, and the others are almost just as brilliant too.
God Buster 鬼 - 12.08.2014 at 20:05  
Rating: 8 After listening to this album so many times in so many years...I still think this album is damn overrated !
RavenEffect - 13.08.2014 at 11:16  
Rating: 8
Written by God Buster 鬼 on 12.08.2014 at 20:05

After listening to this album so many times in so many years...I still think this album is damn overrated !


Sounds like Accept and all the other Teutonic Thrash bands am'i'right?
God Buster 鬼 - 13.08.2014 at 12:53  
Rating: 8
Written by RavenEffect on 13.08.2014 at 11:16

Written by God Buster 鬼 on 12.08.2014 at 20:05

After listening to this album so many times in so many years...I still think this album is damn overrated !


Sounds like Accept and all the other Teutonic Thrash bands am'i'right?


When I first started listening black metal 15- 20 years ago it was a precious masterpiece to me, I was really proud of having this album resting on my CD rack.
This album became very average to me after listening more than few hundreds of black metal through these years. What can I say...competition and elimination.
!J.O.O.E.! - 13.08.2014 at 14:17  
Rating: 8 Shame this album is more melodeath than black metal then, eh
RavenEffect - 13.08.2014 at 15:42  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 13.08.2014 at 14:17

Shame this album is more melodeath than black metal then, eh


Completely agree. Never saw this as BM when I discovered it.
Lit. - 13.08.2014 at 18:40  
  ...And that makes any difference? It'd still blow most bands within its genre out of the water.
!J.O.O.E.! - 13.08.2014 at 19:09  
Rating: 8
Written by Lit. on 13.08.2014 at 18:40

...And that makes any difference? It'd still blow most bands within its genre out of the water.

My comment was aimed toward Mr. Genre Revisionist, God Buster.
Lit. - 13.08.2014 at 19:12  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 13.08.2014 at 19:09

Written by Lit. on 13.08.2014 at 18:40

...And that makes any difference? It'd still blow most bands within its genre out of the water.

My comment was aimed toward Mr. Genre Revisionist, God Killer.

I am aware of that. Would it make my statement any less true if I weren't?
!J.O.O.E.! - 13.08.2014 at 19:17  
Rating: 8
Written by Lit. on 13.08.2014 at 19:12

I am aware of that. Would it make my statement any less true if I weren't?

Well it's, like, discussion you know? I think it's an interesting point that one of the most revered black metal albums in history is actually more of a melodeath one.
Lit. - 13.08.2014 at 19:49  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 13.08.2014 at 19:17

Well it's, like, discussion you know? I think it's an interesting point that one of the most revered black metal albums in history is actually more of a melodeath one.

Well, they've always sounded black to me, both Somberlain and this one. Not that I'm very good with genres, though. Black metal-esque image, atmosphere; I think the fact that they came from Sweden is one of the main things that separates them from the Scandinavian black wave of that time.
!J.O.O.E.! - 13.08.2014 at 19:52  
Rating: 8
Written by Lit. on 13.08.2014 at 19:49

Well, they've always sounded black to me, both Somberlain and this one. Not that I'm very good with genres, though. Black metal-esque image, atmosphere; I think the fact that they came from Sweden is one of the main things that separates them from the Scandinavian black wave of that time.

I agree, black image, vocals, production, lyrics (I imagine) but musically I get a distinct melodeath thing here. Even more so with their last album.
deadone - 14.08.2014 at 03:15  
Rating: 5 I heard Dissection when I was at my highest Melodic Death stage in 1998-2000.

And it sounded too BM for me - in fact I was shocked. Given it came out in 1993 I was expecting more something along the lines of Lunar Strain or The Gallery or Terminal Spirit Disease or even Spectral Sorrows. It most certainly was not and I had obviously wasted $30 buying the Somberlain CD (I have also heard this one a couple of times but didn't bother buying it after the initial purchase of the Somberlain).

I can see it's not true Black Metal. But it certainly has a more Black "vibe". I think Melodic BM is far more appropriate than Melodic DM.
God Buster 鬼 - 22.08.2014 at 18:25  
Rating: 8
Written by God Buster 鬼 on 12.08.2014 at 20:05

After listening to this album so many times in so many years...I still think this album is damn overrated !

( Sorry, I was talking about Somberlain, posted wrongly )
Alex Fenger - 05.09.2014 at 23:54  
Rating: 10
Written by deadone on 14.08.2014 at 03:15

I can see it's not true Black Metal. But it certainly has a more Black "vibe". I think Melodic BM is far more appropriate than Melodic DM.

I actually agree with you entirely here. I'd call this album MBM, but never a pure MDM album. There are definitely elements of melodic death in here, however the drumming style, the chord structures and chord progression as well as the production, theme, and vocals are all predominantly "black metal". I used to know how to play the entire album on guitar, and it was very very similar to playing something along the lines of Emperor or Rotting Christ (earlier), just more melodic and accessible sounding.
Lord_Regnier - 08.09.2014 at 04:00  
 
Written by Alex Fenger on 05.09.2014 at 23:54

Written by deadone on 14.08.2014 at 03:15

I can see it's not true Black Metal. But it certainly has a more Black "vibe". I think Melodic BM is far more appropriate than Melodic DM.

I actually agree with you entirely here. I'd call this album MBM, but never a pure MDM album. There are definitely elements of melodic death in here, however the drumming style, the chord structures and chord progression as well as the production, theme, and vocals are all predominantly "black metal". I used to know how to play the entire album on guitar, and it was very very similar to playing something along the lines of Emperor or Rotting Christ (earlier), just more melodic and accessible sounding.


"The Somberlain" and "Storm Of The Light's Bane" are MBM. "Reinkaos" is MDM (and the album sucks).
Troy Killjoy - 08.09.2014 at 04:13  
  One of the more pointless genre debates - is Dissection melodic black metal or melodic death metal? There's no one or the other with the first two albums, as both have elements of black and death metal.
Mr. Doctor - 08.09.2014 at 09:19  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.09.2014 at 04:13

One of the more pointless genre debates - is Dissection melodic black metal or melodic death metal? There's no one or the other with the first two albums, as both have elements of black and death metal.


Agreed, that's the very reason why I love the first two albums that much. The balance is almost perfect and the band plays on the strength of both genres.

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