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“Reinkaos” by Dissection

Artist: Dissection
Title: “Reinkaos”
Label: The End Records
Release Date: 5/16/2006
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Rating: 4/5

Dissection would return with more of their Black Metal, or self-named “Anti Cosmic Metal Of Death” after an 11 year absence from the music world. The long absence was due to singer/guitarist Jon Nodtveidt having been sent to prison for murder and all the while his fans waited anxiously for his return. The time away from the scene as a whole seemed to change the song-writing style of the musician, for while his subject matter would still deal with the same premise the overall music style would hold a drastic change. The results found on “Reinkaos” are intense but not in a blistering riff blaze of speed but instead heavy, driving riffs that work well alongside bands like Soilwork and At The Gates. While there might be skeptics to this change of direction, I had to admit that I found myself immersed in songs like “Black Dragon” and “Beyond The Horizon” and think many others will be able to do the same. Yes the songs have a lot more melodic content than they ever had before, but on top of this the talent of Nodtveidt is very visible. “Starless Aeon” is also a favorite as the track is borderline Power Metal and I admire his ability to take this brand of genre and mix it so well with ones own established ideas. Nodtveidt shows his allegiance to the Dark Gods with “God Of Forbidden Light” and even delivers a tasty instrumental piece in the title track “Rainkaos”. It’s a song that shows how technical a guitar player Jon was and I think will make the non-believer realize how much a better musician he actually was. The closing track is not bad, but perhaps a little too commercial for a band like Dissection to have released, and that track is “Maha Kali”. This is a must have release as its excellent, and if you are not stuck in the bands past and can allow them to move forward then you will enjoy their new styles and interpretations very much.
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“Rebirth Of Dissection” by Dissection

Artist: Dissection
Title: “Rebirth Of Dissection”
Label: Escapi Music
Release Date: 8/1/2006
Genre: Black Metal
Rating: 4/5

Swedens Dissection was on the road to a resurgence of life in the eyes of their fans as singer Jon Nodtveidt would leave prison after a murder conviction and quickly form the band once more to continue the assault on Metal ears worldwide. The 2004 performance at a sold-out Arenan, Stockholm show would also be captured on video for those on every continent to enjoy as well. Nodtviedt preferred to call Dissection’s brand of Metal as “Anti-Cosmic Metal Of Death” rather than merely settling on Black Metal for he felt his description better captured the Satanism and concepts of Death that he held very personal in his life. While these principles are not for everyone, it made for some interesting Metal under Jon’s control. The concert performance is a great collection of Dissection staples such as “Storm Of The Lights Bane” and “Soulreaper” and for those unschooled on the group like I was; you will find them a little more musical and technical than you often find in the genre. This has changed in recent times but since this stuff goes back a few years it’s nice to see that Dissection was among the first to raise the bar of creativity in this area. There is a great ballad-esque number with “Where Dead Angels Life” as well as a cover of the band Tormentor with “Elizabeth Bathory”. The band is lined out by Set Teitan on guitars and Tomas Asklund (Dark Funeral) on drums, with Brice LeClerque (Nightrage) on bass. Visually this film brings you up close to the stage and the angles are shot in such a manner than sometimes you feel as if you are pressed up against the barriers with hundreds of Metal maniacs behind you. The stage décor is on the solemn side and the band is garbed in simple black, it is more about the music than the themes with Dissection.
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