Dissection - _Live Legacy_
(Nuclear Blast, 2003)
by: Quentin Kalis (
_Live Legacy_ is a legitimate and re-mastered version of the _Frozen in Wacken_ bootleg, recorded at the Wacken festival way back in 1997. It is no coincidence that _LL_ is released shortly before vocalist and guitarist Jon Nodtveidt's release from prison, where he is serving time for murder. A resurrection of the long-dormant Dissection is planned, and this album is clearly intended to stir up interest in Dissection -– who, unlike Burzum, has remained inactive during Nodtveidt's incarceration. For those few who are perhaps new initiates to metal and are unfamiliar with this once promising band, Dissection perform a unique strain of melodic metal –- not quite black, not quite Gothenburg death, but lying somewhere between the two.
The seven tracks are taken largely from _Storm of the Light's Bane_, with a couple from _The Somberlain_ thrown in. Notable by its absence is the classic "Night's Blood", which was apparently played but there were some problems during its performance which excluded its inclusion. A pity, as _LL_ feels incomplete without their signature song. The live sound is amazing; apparently the bootleg has predictably bad sound, but the sound here is clear. Nothing more needs to be said; you either like Dissection or you don't. If you do, then this album is an obligatory buy, even if you already have _Frozen in Wacken_. If you never liked Dissection, this won't change your mind.
(article published 8/28/2003)
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