Rating:
9.5
Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
November 1995


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


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.

1995 came and the long-awaited second full-length album of Dissection, "Storm of the Light's Bane", saw the light of day making the whole underground scene praise the Swedish band for one more time. The death metal influences are still vivid but not as many as on "The Somberlain", the razorblade black metal riffing is deeply inspired evoking a strange melody in the air, the eerie vocals of Jon are utterly descriptive and the frost-evoking and nocturnal with a sense of bitterness lyrics contribute to the overall atmosphere that the guitars and the brilliant cover of the album evoke and all of them make "Strom of the Light's Bane" a diamond of darkness. Unfortunately Jon got imprisoned for the murder of an Algerian homosexual and Dissectionm this very promising band that with only two official releases made the whole extreme metal scene talk about them, remained under the ice. "Wail oh desolate gale…"

The album opens as you start falling "At the Fathomless Depths", an instrumental composition with an imposing mourning tone leading to "Night's Blood". A death metal outburst opens the song and the razorblade riffing follows. The guitar work is fabulous and atmosphere-evoking filling the soundscape with nocturnal melodies accompanying the eerie howls of Jon interpreting in exceptional manner the poetic lyrics evoking visions of darkness, pain and frost. "Unhallowed" follows and the one great riff comes after the other with their razorblade melodies harmonizing wonderfully with Jon's grim voice spitting curses here and there. An utterly lyrical composition, "Where Dead Angels Lie", continues the album. Acoustic guitar chords open the song and the riffing follows to step on their melody, a guitar riffing that evokes a sense of freezing melancholy in the air as Jon interprets in an expressive way the utterly poetic lyrics giving meaning to every single word.

The album flows wonderfully with "Retribution - Storm of the Light's Bane" and the riff machine of Nodtveidt and Norman keeps on unleashing fiery riffs in the soundscape; the guitar work is for one more time stunning enchanting the listener with its dreadful melodies pacing with the wonderful lyrics that farewell the light once and forever welcoming the everlasting darkness with Jon summoning the eternal night. A monumental composition, "Thorns of Crimson Death", follows. The melodies that the guitars evoke literary kill painting the soundscape with melancholic colors pacing with the dark yet mourning lyrics interpreted by Jon's descriptive howls. "Soulreaper" continues the album and the inspiration seems to be endless since the guitar riffing is deeply inspired paving the way on which Jon's vocals step to express the, for one more time, bitter lyrics. The album ends in melancholic tranquility with "No Dreams Breed in Breathless Sleep", an utterly dreamy composition evoking pure melancholy and sweet sorrow as the piano piece caresses your withering by the frost heart.
The Rebirth of Dissection is reality, the Phoenix has risen from his ashes. All we have to do is wait…


Band profile: Dissection
Album: Storm Of The Light's Bane


 



Written on 26.12.2004 by
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..ExoTeaR.. - 21.07.2006 at 04:30  
Truly a damn master peice, thorns of crimson death is an awsome song its one of the first songs i first learnt to headbang with whilst i was playing it on the guitar, id do it to my faverd song nights blood but yeah bit to hard lol
Sunioj - 22.01.2007 at 22:58  
Geez, where all the comments for this masterpiece!
brutal_name - 04.02.2007 at 21:08  
divine.
Xtreme Jax - 05.02.2007 at 04:27  
I have the Remastered 2006 version of this and truly is one of my favourite black metal albums in my collection.

Really good review for this metal masterpiece.
Sunioj - 05.02.2007 at 15:51  
Its just perfect in every aspect, the flowing music fits perfectly in every passage from a fast paced with blast beats to a slower one with tremelo picking. It never gets boring, this is the model album in my opinion. One of the most interesting things I found is that the drumming is unique, its not abusive with blastbeats but also the drumming is very creative in each passage too.
Agaatho - 10.02.2007 at 16:17  
Truly one of the best metal albums in my opinion.
Tron - 14.08.2007 at 10:06  
an uncanny masterpiece...one of the best albums of our time! BUY THIS IMMEDIATELY!
Astaroth_666 - 14.10.2007 at 19:09  
have this album and its a fucking masterpiece...It is just insane
selken - 17.10.2007 at 07:12  
Yep, I just have a couple of months knowing this band, and they fastly became one of my favs!!
+{Jonas}+ - 20.10.2007 at 02:22  
On of the greatest metal albums in history. And the artwork kicks ass.
Mr. Doctor - 26.12.2007 at 20:13  
The Artwork is perfect... The songs are perfect... Everything about this album is perfect.
A true masterpiece which deserves to be on the wall of metal.

The feelings in the album are awesome, just insane... and the vocals are very good. Let's not even start with the amazing drums.
Warman - 26.12.2007 at 20:39  
Certainly one of the best albums in Black Metal.
BurbotsRevenge - 15.09.2008 at 10:36  
really started getting into this album lately - really awesome album nice review!
Kasper - 15.10.2008 at 23:20  
I get goosebumps every time I hear this album.. Simply amazing.
XAV_METALOGIST - 17.10.2008 at 01:18  
Damn I Bought it Yesterday ... its one of my best record in my collection very rare sound ... its pretty particular they are truly insane .. where dead angels lie ,retribution ,Thorns Of Crimson Death and soulreaper are awesome tracks
ArcesseEum - 21.10.2008 at 16:19  
This album is the Christ.
In_tallica - 07.12.2008 at 19:18  
An absolute work of art!
It's interesting though that 1995 was such a kickass year for swedish extreme metal. In Flames - Jester Race, At the Gates - Slaughter of the Sould, Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery... I wish I had liked metal back then
Vitriolic Hate - 12.12.2008 at 02:06  
All time classic!
Lucifer123 - 27.03.2009 at 21:12  
It was the best metal band ever!!!:banger2:
AngelOfDisease - 04.05.2009 at 00:25  
Great review for one of my top 5 favorite albums
I'm getting this one in 20 days
Maxx666 - 21.07.2009 at 21:40  
Cult album indeed, one of my precious albums!!! and great review.......truly describes the feelings
Solstafir! - 16.08.2009 at 19:16  
Best overall album of all time in my opinion...from artwork to the songs themselves...
"Thorns Of The Crimson Death" all the way!!!:metal:
taha_69 - 22.08.2009 at 20:59  
Truely one of the greatest albums ever
Galar - 13.09.2009 at 00:44  
One of the best albums ever
-Soulreaper- - 17.11.2009 at 14:58  
Only a 9.5 for this album? I'd give it a 10.5 if I could. Surely it deserves some extra credit for being one of the greatest albums of all time.
Uirapuru - 01.02.2010 at 04:19  
I guess ''razorblade'' is the word for the album, according to the review

Excellent album, much better than Somberlain to me
Winterthrone - 30.03.2010 at 06:50  
This album is the the finest of the finest...its so perfect I almost cried the fist time I listened to it!
In_tallica - 28.04.2010 at 16:24  
Could somebpdy please telle me, I know for a fact that both Legion(ex Marduk and current band devian) and "It" from Abruptum have done guest vocal appearence on thia album. "Unhallowed" and "Soulreaper" features guest vocal appearence, you can hear that, but which one of theese guys is singing on what track?!
Metalbound7 - 16.11.2010 at 03:54  
PERFECT in all senses! Beautiful, Epic and Dark at the same time. along with Opeth's Blackwater Park, this is the BEST album ever made! Hail Jon! Hail Dissection!
Evil Chip - 06.01.2013 at 07:22  
Flawless victory. Really great review too.

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