The discovery of a new band is always exciting. Will it be something you’ve heard countless times? An experience that leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Or is it a treat from which you cannot stop consuming? I wanted to take a trip back in time to reminisce about bands/albums that not only introduced me to heavy music, but kept me coming back for more…
From The Archive: Dissection – Storm of the Light’s Bane
Black Metal was another genre of metal I found a lot of enjoyment out of, from extreme to melodic, I couldn’t get enough of it. I loved the speed, harshness and raw sound, but also the atmosphere the bands conveyed, it was a whole new experience I couldn’t wait to delve into. Sure they are countless bands I could talk about, and I most likely will in future postings, but for now I want to mention an album that quickly became a favorite of mine and still is to this day. One of the best metal albums to ever be released, a melodic black/death metal masterpiece entitled, Storm of the Light’s Bane…
Storm of the Light’s Bane is the second full-length album from Swedish black metal band, Dissection. It was recorded in March 1995, and then released later that year. It had a lot to live up to in regards to their debut LP, The Somberlain. Sure this album gets a lot of hype, but frankly, it deserves all the accolades it gets. But even amongst the praise, there are those who feel it’s an alright album, but nothing to lose sleep over. And to them I say, for shame. Storm of the Light’s Bane is a melodic, chilling and brutal album, all the instruments bring forth a feeling of coldness with each passing note, and the haunting vocal work sends chills down the spine.
The album begins with “At the Fathomless Depths”, an eerie intro that sets the tone for the rest of the album, before “Night’s Blood” comes in and lets loose killer thrash riffs and blastbeats. This song is a beast, offering some of the best riff work on the album, Maiden-esque harmonies and plenty of variation in the drumming, which is just as relentless as the other instruments. Jon Nödtveidt’s vocals on this album complete the dark, cold atmosphere, with his throaty and chilling rasp which grow into blood-soaked shrieks, he never falters once. Without a doubt, he has one of the most recognizable voices in metal. “Unhallowed” continues right along with what “Night’s Blood” set up, it’s not until “Where Dead Angels Lie” comes in and brings the album to a more eerie, slow pace. The song has a rocking feel to it, with solid riff work that is more choppier, you can’t help but nod your head back and forth when listening to it. This track is filled with lots of emotion, a grand chorus and a bone-chilling moment at 4:11 that still gets to me.
The title track, “Retribution – Storm Of The Light’s Bane” speeds things back up with plenty of thrashy riffs, blastbeats and an amazing guitar solo. The break near the end is full on thrash, that it’s hard to believe this album is a melodic black/death metal album, but it is and it’s one of the best. The most epic, amazingly complex song on the album by far is, “Thorns of Crimson Death”. The melodic undistorted guitar really brings up the melancholy mood and builds up to a brutal riff at the beginning which from there on, bounces back and fourth between mid-paced and full on speed. We are once again meet with an acoustic passage, that adds another dimension to the song. Dissection does this well, and never once does it comes across cheesy or ill-placed.
Nearing the end of the album, “Soulreaper” is fast and as relentless as the tracks that came before it, offering much of what makes this album amazing, blastbeats, riffs and utter despair. The album closes with a very beautiful and yet sorrowful piano piece, “No Dreams Breed In Breathless Sleep”. It’s a nice closer to the harsh, cold and dreary atmosphere Dissection just put the listener through.
Despite containing only six real songs, and the fact that some may call it overrated, there is no denying the pure power, atmosphere, and emotion behind this release. Storm of the Light’s Bane is one of those albums that any fan of metal should have in their collection, and not just fans of melodic black/death metal. One of my absolute favorite albums of all time, it never grows old and is a testament to how an album can stand the test of time. And because this band has had such an impact on me (which may attribute to my fascination with cold weather) I will post two of their songs to further show my appreciation for them and what they have contributed to the metal world…
Dissection – “Night’s Blood”
Dissection – “Thorns Of Crimson Death”