Storm Of The Light's Bane
Review by Allan on April 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’s “Storm of the Light's Bane” 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 90’s Death/Black metal scene, and this is why “Storm of the Light's Bane” is essential.
With only two albums in creation before Jon Nodtveidt was convicted of murder, “Storm of the Light’s Bane” 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, it’s 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 genre’s, 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 I’m still amazed by every detail of the music.
If you’re 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 it’s a shame that they are no longer together.
Bottom Line: I can’t 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
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Luka on May 9, 2001.
Dissection is undoubtedly the finest band to come from Sweden bearing the "Gothenburg" banner. From the beautiful melodies to the cold and grim riffs, every song from Storm is just perfection beyond belief. Signed onto the mighty Nuclear Blast label and ready to unleash a follow up to the dark and cold sounds of the "Somberlain", Dissection, with one majestic record, prove to the world that they are truly the best at what they do.
Barred by a short intro (first track) and outro (last one), Storm... essentially only has six actual songs, and damn fine six they are. None shorter than five minutes, each never fails to totally blow you away with its beautiful mix of melodic finesse and rhythmic flawlessness. Jon Nodtveidt, the main guy behind the band, displays complete and utter talent to write the most beautiful and gut-wrenching melodies the guitar is capable of creating. This is the most brilliant show of the fusion of pure beauty and cold darkness I’ve ever heard.
Dismal poems would be the best way to describe the lyrics here, each one telling a story of corrupted goodness and the dark core of evil itself. And Jon’s sinister voice fits the mood of the music perfectly.
To absorb all the aspects of this albums perfection, you must listen to it a few times. And only then do you absorb it completely. The drummer is constantly adding fills with the double bass drums. The guitar melody is always evolving, as are the song storylines, until they reach a magnificent climax of utter perfection.
There’s nothing more to say, this is a metal masterpiece.
Bottom Line: Words simply do not describe Dissection. This is one of the best albums I’ve ever had the honor to put into my player.
Rating: 10 out of 10