MetalBite Review by Allan on 4/24/2002
Out of all the albums a person owns, there are inevitably a selection of them that the fan prizes the most. For me, Dissection
ís ďStorm of the Light's BaneĒ
is one of those. When I was getting into the scene, I was blown away by the music that lies within. Dissection
is absolutely one of the very best and most influential bands of the early 90ís Death/Black metal scene, and this is why ďStorm of the Light's BaneĒ
With only two albums in creation before Jon Nodtveidt was convicted of murder, ďStorm of the Lightís BaneĒ
is the second piece of work from these Swedish innovators. Music-wise, this album is flawless all the way through. While the band does not prefer to be labeled as black metal, itís pretty undeniable that they were influenced at least partially by the genre. But, there is much credit due to death metal as well. The band did a great job of possibly pulling together fans of both genreís, and many others due to the dark melodies in the music. While melodic, it still retains its excellent cold, grim atmosphere. In fact, melody is one of the main factors in the music of Dissection
. They compose everything flawlessly. The music is mainly mid-paced, and holds the quality of something that can be truly memorable, or within a period of time, very nostalgic. Every time I listen to this album Iím still amazed by every detail of the music.
If youíre looking for something unrelentingly fast and a full on shred fest of solos, look somewhere else. As a band, Dissection
are not only amazing at their instruments, but they are great musicians too. The band is very precise and tight, playing together without much friction at all. Vocalist/Guitarist Jon Nodtveidt is one of the most talented people to ever grace the scene. His vocal performance is extremely well done and fits the music better than many other bands of the same type. And his guitar performance along with Johan Norman is great. Guitar harmony, alternate riffing between black, death, and sometimes folk, and they both work very well together. The rhythm section of bassist Peter Palmdahl and drummer Ole Ohman is excellent as well. Not trying to hog the spotlight, but just doing an excellent job at creating the best backdrop for the music as the possibly can. They are both have done an excellent job. Dissection
is an amazing band both as musicians and as songwriters, and itís a shame that they are no longer together.
I canít think of a single reason not to own this masterpiece. Any fan of metal will be able to find something positive about this record, if not being truly inspired as fans, musicians, or artists by it.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10