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Storm of the light’s Bane
Released: 1996, Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: El Cid
Hidden Gem Selection
To anyone who heard Dissection’s debut THE SOMBERLAIN, the band’s talent is no secret at all. The band had everything it needed to make it big time. Sadly, most everyone who is familiar with the band, is also familiar with its sad history. Before being sentenced to 8 years in prison for murder charges in Sweden, Jon Nödtveit was one of the biggest revelations in the European metal scene. Heralded as one of the biggest potential creative forces in metal and music in general, Nödtveit was supposed to take the world of metal by storm by leading Dissection into stardom. Sadly this did not come to pass and it now seems as though it never will. Though the band is now all but extinct, STORM OF THE LIGHT’S BANE stands firmly as a faithful testimony of this band’s true greatness and potential.
The album begins with the beautiful instrumental “At the fathomless depths” and this is one of those times when you realize that if the rest of the album is as inspiring and ambient-prone as this one track, you’re in for a very good listening experience. The mood is created from the get-go as the band takes you into their own world of frozen Death and sad tales long gone (how utterly ironic this is ). Melodic guitars are the driving force of this album’s greatness, but their standard tuning manages to bring out an aspect that is very often lost, Majesty. The music reeks of majestic tones and driving rhythms that swallow you whole and force you into such a rich listening experience as only very few albums have managed before. Another very interesting and enticing point in this album is the near perfect blending of acoustic and electric guitar work, it gives the music an almost classical feel that sometimes rises to true classical greatness.
My only problem with STORM OF THE LIGHT’S BANE is the production. This one of those albums that actually gets hurt by poor production. There is too much reverberations on the voice here and the drums sometimes sound triggered which really doesn’t go with the music and atmosphere created throughout the album. Other than that, this is fantastic album that I consider mandatory on every metalhead’s collection since, unlike MIRRORWORLDS it is easy to obtain.
Choice cuts: “Thorns of Crimson Death” (*****), “Soulreaper” (*****)
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