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Dissection: Rebirth of Dissection (DVD)

It is with great sadness and bizarre irony that the day that I sat down to watch this first ever live DVD release from Sweden's Dissection that I also have to report that lead singer/guitarist Jon Nödtveidt has passed away from an apparent suicide. Nödtveidt, an admitted Satanist, took his own life after feeling that he had accomplished his self-created destiny, according to an official statement from the band. Considering that Nödtveidt was recently released from prison after serving an extended stay for a murder conviction, the band had reissued their two classic releases Storm of the Light's Bane and The Somberlain, and released the brand new Reinkaos, this is indeed sad and untimely news. The DVD-well, the concert, recorded in 2004 in Stockholm, was Dissection's big comeback and return to the stage after Nödtveidt's release from prison. Included in the set is the brand new track "Maha Kali", which made it to the Reinkaos album, as well as many Dissection classics from their two landmark releases. If you've never heard the music of Dissection, they combined raw black metal power with the intricate nature of the Gothenburg melodic metal scene.

Featured on stage with Nödtveidt here is the new line-up of drummer Tomas Asklund (ex-Dark Funeral), bass player Brice Leclerq (ex-Nightrage), and guitarist Set Teitan (ex-Aborym). Together the foursome take classic songs like "Thorns of Crimson Death", "Nights Blood", "Frozen", "Retribution-Storm of the Light's Bane", "Somberlain", and the crushingly evil "Elizabeth Bathory" to new heights, as even with the level of inactivity on Nödtveidt's part and the new line-up, they have not lost a step. Plenty of Iron Maiden/In Flames influenced dual guitar harmonies and leads, powerhouse riffs, manic blast beats, and a mix of death & black vocals permeate the mix on each track. Included is a somewhat chilling interview with Nödtveidt, who goes into detail about the early stages of the band, his prison experience, his beliefs on Satanism, and his outlook on Dissection's new music and future. What a strange feeling it was watching him utter all this on the DVD, then a few hours later learning of his passing.

The band was to embark on one last tour of the US this fall, but recently the tour was cancelled, now never to be rescheduled due to the death of Nödtveidt. This DVD document is sure to be a cherished addition to every extreme metal fans video library, as the life of a controversial figure tragically comes to an end.

Track Listing
1) Intro: At the Fathomless Depths
2) Night's Blood
3) Frozen
4) Maha Kali
5) SoulReaper
6) No Dreams Breed in Breathless Sleep
7) Where Dead Angels Lie
8) Retribution-Storm of the Light's Bane
9) Unshallowed
10) Thorns of Crimson Death
11) Heaven's Damnation
12) In the Cold Winds of Nowhere
13) Elizabeth Bathory
14) The Somberlain
15) A Land Forlorn

Added: August 18th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Dissection Website
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Language: english

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Dissection: Rebirth of Dissection (DVD)
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-08-20 07:43:37
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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.

Bonus features are a bit limited, but there is an interesting interview with singer Jon Nodtveidt who lines out his personal beliefs and what makes him the individual that he is. He describes his life being sentenced for his crimes and how this affected the band. There is also a video for the song "Starless Aeon". Overall this is a good DVD to get a scope on a band that has influenced many, but not been able to bring their music to every location based on events in the member's lives.

This review also comes with some sad information as during the week of 8/16/2006, guitarist/singer/founder Jon Nodtveidt took his own life. His work for Black Metal will live on through their CD and DVD releases. According to a statement on the bands official site, "Jon felt he had accomplished his self-created destiny". The DVD was released shortly after the bands final tour of the US was abruptly cancelled, making this a worthy document of their impact and power.

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