This review is dedicated to my Metal Brother Reverend Wes.
Being a fan of MeloDeath for some time now, I had heard of this DISSECTION-band more than once, but never bothered checking it out. Their supposed masterpiece "Storm Of The Light's Bane" I couldn't care less about. What a cruel mistake!
This album is bleeding with grim melodies that will haunt you day in day out. The single-picked leads are eerie and pave the way into the realm of the dead where DISSECTION lives! Everything on this records blends in unison to create an incredibly gloomy atmosphere. The scalpel-precise drums force the tempo as the guitars express their sorrow with disarming lunacy in beautiful riffs of pure genius. Jon's voice is crisp and ghastly throughout the album and illustrates the torment lived by it's possessor.
The songs themselves speak of nightly creatures, of the appeal of blood, of the evil that lurks in the shadows everywhere. The lyrics are creepy and never generic, as if written by the Lord Of Darkness Himself. You can look at this album from every angle, everything from the cover to the song titles and the cold production moans only one word: Death.
On this masterpiece [yes, I can now say it IS a masterpiece] you will find an instrumental introduction [some sort of morbid army march, brilliant!] as well as a piano-only conclusion [truly pleasing]. In between are six perfectly original tracks of pure Swedish Black/Death Metal, each being a work of art in its own.
It might be cliché to say so, but I will nonetheless: this album is darker than the deepest black, it's more evil than Lucifer Himself. If you wish to buy a happy CD with catchy riffs and well-known songs, don't even bother thinking of getting a DISSECTION-album, but if you want to widen your horizons and grab a record that will last, that you will learn to love and to appreciate each time you listen to it, a record created by one of the best band that have ever roamed this collapsing earth, I suggest you search for "Storm Of The Light's Bane" immediately.