Dissection - _Storm Of The Light's Bane_
(Nuclear Blast/Relapse, 1995)
by: Adrian Bromley (6 out of 10)
Kind of like a cross between Carcass and early Dickinson-era Iron Maiden (with death metal vocals), Dissection's sophomore effort (a follow-up to 1992's _The Somberlain_) is worthy of the attention that it is attaining in Europe. Stronger than their previous effort, in regards to strong production and more experience shown through songwriting, Dissection's album develops an atmospheric campaign as it carries on. The listener is drawn into a world of music and images with the lyrics and the music both downright brutal ("Retribution - Storm of the Light's Bane") and well-done pieces of musicianship i.e. "No Dreams Breathe in Breathless Sleep" or "Unshallowed". This album displays a lot of what seems to be circulating in the metal genre market nowadays, and as that may be seen as a bad thing, Dissection manages to add just a bit of their own sound within a very much standard-like direction and sound. Other tracks to note are the great opener "At The Fathomless Depths" and the speed-like assault of "Thorns Of Crimson Death". Standard European metal? Sure, but at least it paints a somewhat different picture that we can all look at for some time before we go onto the next one.

(article published 8/11/1995)

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