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 That list is outdated, but this album would still occupy that spot, only behind albums by Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Megadeth.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.