No Dreams Breed in Breathless Sleep - (Alternative Mix '95, previously unreleased)
Night's Blood - (previously unreleased)
Retribution - Storm of the Light's Bane (previously unreleased)
Where Dead Angels Lie
Son of the Mourning
Dissection: Jon Nodtveidt (vocals, electric & acoustic guitars); Johan Norman (guitar); Peter Palmdahl (bass); Ole Ohman (drums).
Additional personnel: Legion, It (background vocals).
Recorded between March 17 and March 30, 1995.
All songs written or co-written by Jon Nodtveidt except "No Dreams Breed In Breathless Sleep" (Alexandra Balogh).
Personnel: Jon N”dtveidt (vocals, acoustic guitar); Peter Palmdahl (bass guitar); Ole ™hman (drums).
Audio Remasterer: H†kan kesson.
Recording information: Hellspawn (03/17/1995-03/30/1995); Unisound Studios, Sweden (03/17/1995-03/30/1995).
On their final full-length album, Dissection further refines their brand of icy black/death metal with impressive and frightening results. The guitars, with their gloomy minor-key riffs and intentionally blurred tones, feel like a cold wind on the permafrost. The drums are speedy, intricate, and precise, while frontman Jon Nodtveidt's vocals -- delivered in an evil, mid-range rasp -- top off what amounts to just a nightmarishly dark sound. To put it another way, very few bands could get away with an album cover that depicts the grim reaper riding across the snow on a black horse while holding a scythe and an hourglass; Dissection is one of them. The songs themselves (six of them, excluding the guitars-only intro and the pseudo-classical piano outro) are all expertly crafted mini-epics. There is a strong sense of thematic unity tying each song's various riffs and sections together, and the soaring, darkly majestic guitar melodies are consistently memorable. Sure, there is a little bit of melodrama here, but Dissection is most certainly on top of their game, and Storm of the Light's Bane is deservedly hailed as a landmark in the melodic black/death metal genre. ~ William York