Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Blind Buy Surprise Albums Pt. 11: Dissection: Storm of the Light's Bane

I remember one day going to Barnes & Noble and perusing their music selection (or lack thereof). I decided to look at the kiosk for customers to order music and was looking for metal music. I came across Dissection somehow and decided to order it because the cover of the album looked cool (see, it pays off sometimes). I also ordered an album by Satanic Slaughter because I liked the name of the band, but I didn't end up getting it. That one never came in, although I did buy it years later.

But I digress.

Dissection was my first real foray into black metal, although the band is more of a blackened death metal band. I could not believe what I was hearing from this album. It was cold, hostile, and faster than hell. It took a few listens, but this really made an impression on me.

It was quite some time before I was able to find anything quite like this. I was taken in by the entire atmosphere of the album. It just felt so forbidden and dark. The vocals were so harsh, the riffs so fast, and the drumming is some of the best I have heard. This is just an incredible album, and a true classic.

If you remember back to the beginning of this blog, I had this album rated #4 of my Top 100 Albums list. That list is outdated, but this album would still occupy that spot, only behind albums by Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Megadeth. This is easily one of my favorite albums of all time. And to think, I bought it only because of the Grim Reaper on the cover.


  1. I picked this one up purely on your glowing recommendation on your top 100 list. I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but you haven't steered me wrong with your blog. (I was a bit disappointed with Bleeding Through when you recommended it in law school, but you can't win 'em all.)

  2. Well I still maintain that for a metalcore album, that one's pretty decent. But I probably would not be recommending it to anyone anymore. Everyone's allowed one misstep.

    My excuse is that my tastes in music were not as refined as they are now:)

  3. Mine weren't either, at the time (I was just catching a whiff of the rotting scent of death metal at the time), so I forgive.