The Somberlain SwedenCountry Of Origin: Sweden
Dissection - The Somberlain

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Black Horizons
The Somberlain
Crimson Towers
A Land Forlorn
Heaven's Damnation
Into Infinite Obscurity
In The Cold Winds Of Nowhere
The Grief Prophecy / Shadows Over A Lost Kingdom
Mistress Of The Bleeding Sorrow
Feathers Fell

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 1993
Label: No Fashion Records
Categories: Black, Death, Melodic

MetalBite Review by Luka on 5/26/2001
Yes, Dissection were always different. Credited as having as much impact on the Norwegian black metal scene as Emperor or Mayhem, yet hailing from Sweden, the Dissection debut is one of the best Iíve ever heard.

Jon Nodtveidt and the boys show true talent for writing long, progressive and melodic songs that sound thoroughly "evil". Thatís the only word I can use to describe it. The intro to "The Grief Prophecy..." is simply the most "evil" music Iíve ever heard. Beautiful in a dark way. Thereís the ďevilĒ melody and then thereís the sad, beautiful type, like "The Somberlain" intro or the ending to "A Land Forlorn". Absolute beauty, no words can describe it.

Though the guys certainly have -tons- of talent and inspiration, the same canít be said for their budget. The drum snare sounds like a hollow metal can, which really kills the evil and sinister mood theyíre trying to create and the playing isnít very tight either. It sounds like it was recorded in some small garage, which, I suppose might actually do -more- for the evil mood, but not for me. They could have made this album much better if theyíd spend more time in the studio and had better production, but true talent canít be hidden by lousy recording.

Itís very hard to brand Dissection. Itís "Swedish death metal" to those who are familiar with the similar "Gothenburg" sound of bands like At the Gates and the like, but Dissection have been influenced too much by Norwegian black metal to be called "death". Jonís previous band, "The Black", is pure black metal and the vocals here are also the traditional rasp. It matters little anyway, I call them "Swedish black metal", "Swedish" for melodic, since all the masters of melody hail from this country; At the Gates; In Flames; Opeth...

Bottom Line: A must for any fan of black, death, or melodic metal. Phenomenal debut!

Rating: 9 out of 10