Band Photo: Dissection (?)
From: Strömstad, Sweden
Last Known Status: Disbanded
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Facebook's ever-growing community, And Justice For Art has joined forces with MetalUnderground.com to present monthly episodes of their infamous series "Look-alike metal album covers." These short but thought-provoking articles focus on artworks that somehow, are uncannily similar, both visually and conceptually. Of course, the metal connection will always be there. Is this a coincidence? A mere rip-off? Let's try to figure it out together....
Grave Digger Vs. Dissection
German irreverent heavy metal quintet, Grave Digger, finally released its seventeenth studio opus, "Return Of The Reaper." The album came accompanied by a cover art courtesy of their longtime artist/collaborator, Gyula Havancsak. It features the reaper-like figure previously established by the band, relentlessly driving a ghostly carriage throughout a graveyard.
Although the graphic seems to be a continuation of the band's previous covers (also featuring the reaper) this idea, however, is far from original. Before Gyula, legendary designer, Thomas Holm, explored a similar setting on King Diamond's "Abigail" (1987) and then, in 1993, Swedish maestro, Kristian 'Necrolord' Wåhlin (At The Gates, Tiamat) created its own rendition for Dissection's debut, "The Somberlain."
What connects "Return Of The Reaper" cover with these illustrations (especially with "The Somberlain") is not just the theme but also the structure of the whole composition, featuring a similar point of view, the relentless attitude of the main rider character, the graveyard setting and even way the horses look like. Thankfully, Gyula's vibrant painting style is far from Whalin's quasi-monochromatic approach and this creates the well-needed differences.
Was Wahlin inspired by Holm? Was Gyula consciously influenced by Kristian Wåhlin? We just don't know. One thing is true: both "Abigail" and "The Somberlain" covers have been part of the metal imagery for decades. Consciously or not, these images could have been in Gyula's mind at the moment of creating his own, otherwise, arresting graphic... In his defense, Gyula briefly comments: "I tried to avoid the "Abigail' direction and I love Dissection, but I forgot "The Somberlain" artwork! How could I forget "The Somberlain" cover!?"
Dear Gyula, this could happen to anyone... Better luck next time. More...
Vocalist Roberto Lizárraga of Mexican death metal act Infinitum Obscure has issued the following statement regarding the anniversary of the death of Dissection's Jon Nödtveidt, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2006:
"4 years ago my good friend Jon Nödtveidt left this physical realm. Many people criticize me for commemorating this date or for having a fascination with Jon and his music, but they do not know what lied within, the unity that which united both of our persons. When I was a teenager I was fascinated with Jon's concept about Death as I shared the exact same vision but I had not written about it or expressed myself about it just yet.
"I always believed in my mind that me and Jon would one day meet and address these topics. Years passed and life being as silly as it is, lead to THAT. A friendship grew, many other friends and close ones criticized it but they did not understand. 5 years ago, I was able to share the stage with the mighty Dissection and Jon in the audience watching me directly in my eyes as I sang and played 'The Final Aeon.' A few months later I met my biggest acknowledgment in my entire life as a musician. More...
Swedish death metal act Trident have announced their only scheduled concert in the U.S for all of 2010. The band, which features ex-Dissection guitarist Johan Norman, will be playing the Club Europa in Brooklyn, New York on October 2nd, 2010. Support on the show will come from Immolith and to be determined local support.
Trident released their debut album, "World Destruction," on March 22, 2010 through Regain Records.
Swedish band TRIDENT, featuring Johan Norman (Soul Reaper, ex-Dissection), Tobias Sidegård (Necrophobic), Jonas Blom (Grief Of Emerald), Alexander Friberg (Necrophobic) and Ewo Solvelius, has finished recording their debut album entitled “World Destruction.” The album will see the light of day at the 22nd of March 2010 via REGAIN RECORDS.
In the meantime, you can check out some of the band's music on their MySpace player.
Swedish death/black metallers TRIDENT (feat. Johan Norman of ex-Dissection & Alex/Tobbe of Necrophobic) updated their MySpace page and uploaded a brand new song. The current songs on the band's MySpace page are "Slaves to Anguish" and "World Destruction."
Their first album "World Destruction" will be released after the summer via Regain Records.
J. Bennett of Decibel magazine recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Decibel: A few years ago, you didn't want to play shows with ROTTING CHRIST and DISSECTION. Do you have a standing policy about playing with certain types of bands?
Mustaine: It's not necessarily a policy — I just follow my heart. Before, I used to follow my head, but my heart is closer to my gut. When I saw certain things I didn't agree with, I'd turn my head the other way before. I've never believed in singing about Satan and thinking he's cool, because he's not. When I was 15, I got into witchcraft and black magic, so I've known for over 30 years the power of the dark side, and it took me forever to break those chains. There's no cool way to sing about Satan — you look like a punk. For example, you know MERCYFUL FATE is one of my favorite musical groups, but the lyrics, to me, I can't get behind them. I don't mean to shame them — it's just not my bag. As far as me playing with bands like that, I started thinking, "You know what, Dave? You're a headliner. If you don't wanna play with people that make you uncomfortable, you don't have to." Especially if they're singing about the confessed enemy of someone you believe in… I mean, what idiot gets onstage with their confessed enemy? That'd be like two hip-hop guys who wanna kill each other going out together.
Decibel: King Diamond is definitely an actual Satanist, but Satanism is kind of a put-on for a lot of these other bands.
Mustaine: You think it's a put-on.
Decibel: Yeah, definitely.
Mustaine: You say that stuff, it's real. Words are real. Remember, I was into the one who was into the black side — you weren't. Were you?
Decibel: No, but why should that make a difference?
Mustaine: To say you're a confessed Satanist? I'm not intimidated by them, because I know they're just as misguided as I was at one time. But this is something that's a spiritual war and it doesn't have any place in a MEGADETH interview. A lot of people don't really care about what I believe — they just wanna hear what I play, and I'm fine with that. As far as the situation overseas you're alluding to, as a headliner who's sold as many records as I've sold and played in front of as many tens of millions of people as I've played to over my life — and this is the sunset of my career, where I get to enjoy the remaining years of my life — I don't wanna waste that. The promoter kicked them off and I was furious. It was like, "Well, why'd you put them on in the first place? Now that they're on, don't kick them off. We'll step down; we'll play another night." I'm not ever gonna kick a band off the bill if it's something I don't agree with. If I know about it ahead of time and I agree to it and change my mind, well, that's kind of chickenshit, isn't it?
Decibel: My point was that I think some of these bands are full of shit — that you shouldn't be as concerned about their beliefs, because for some of them, it's an act. And even real Satanists don't spend very much time hating God.
Mustaine: Well, the only other band I had a problem with was from overseas and the singer was a convicted double-murderer [referring to DISSECTION] and they'd been put on the show in Israel. Prior to that, I'd made a couple of things clear to my agent: I don't want tits and ass on my t-shirts, because I think that's kind of juvenile, and as far as the Satanic stuff, I've been there, done that and I found it kind of wanting. You can be so much heavier with stuff like a nuclear bomb than a pentagram. I mean, what's scarier: VX gas or an upside-down cross? So when the information was related to me that they'd been put on the bill, I said, "You know what? We can't play this show." And they'd kicked them off. But I was like, "Oh, my god, why did you do that?" Because that just makes me look like a fanatic and it doesn't really show the love that I have in my heart these days that I'd like to be able to share with these musicians. And this is really a fitting climax to anyone's career, because what do I have left to gain, my friend? A Grammy and getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Everyone thinks it's great to gets your hands stuck in cement in front of Guitar Center [on Sunset Boulevard in L.A.], but those are the things I'm looking for. I've got everything else I want: I've got a beautiful wife and kids — I've got a new puppy, for Chrissakes — everything in my life is looking up. I'm going to Hawaii next month to work on my tan for the next tour and see if I don't turn into a piece of flash paper. Whenever I go to the beach, it smells like pork rinds because I start to burn instantly.
Prosthetic Records will re-release the latest full-length from Los Angeles' THE FUNERAL PYRE in a licensing deal for worldwide re-release March 20, 2007 through a deal with Bay Area indie label Creator-Destructor Records. Originally released last year through Bay Area label Creator-Destructor Records, the band has been garnering praise through non-stop touring. Channeling melodic death metal and Norwegian black metal alike, THE FUNERAL PYRE takes on the two legendary genres in what has to be billed as a welcome addition to LA’s crowded extreme music scene. Locking in over 100 shows throughout 2006 alone in support of the band’s second full-length, the band cites At The Gates, Shai Hulud, Dissection and Emperor as influences on the band's MySpace page. Having recently returning from a five week tour through November and December, THE FUNERAL PYRE will return to the road in March, but not before playing shows in Southern California on their own.
DISSECTION guitarist Set Teitan (ex-ABORYM, BLOODLINE) has dismissed media reports that the group's frontman, Jon Nödtveidt, placed an open copy of "The Satanic Bible" in front of him before killing himself last week at his apartment in Hasselby, a suburb of Stockholm.
According to the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Nödtveidt, 31, was found dead on Wednesday, August 16 after he allegedly surrounded himself by lit candles and shot himself in the head. Shortly before the ritual suicide, he sent farewell letters to his father and his girlfriend and explained to a friend, "I'm going away for a long, long time. I'm going to Transylvania."
At 7:21 p.m. CET on August 16, a police patrol reported to the police communication center in Stockholm that a man had been found dead, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to several of Expressen's sources, the singer placed an open copy of "The Satanic Bible" in front of him before pulling the trigger.
"He shot himself in the head and lay dead in a ring of lit candles," a police source told Expressen.
In a message posted in an invite-only black metal online forum, DISSECTION guitarist Set Teitan reportedly wrote: "This also [has] to be cleared up before it becomes another rumor, as [journalists], of course, invent things in their ignorance: It's not any atheist, humanist and ego-worshipping 'Satanic Bible' by Anton LaVey that Jon had in front of him, but a Satanic Grimoire. He despised LaVey and 'Church of Satan'."
DISSECTION's U.S. promoter, Jim Mills, has posted a previously unpublished interview with the group's frontman, Jon Nödtveidt, on his MySpace page. As previously reported, Nödtveidt, 31, was found dead on August 16 at his apartment in Hässelby, a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Commented Mills: "I posted this lost interview from early 2005 for fans of DISSECTION. I am shocked that Jon decided to eave this world so abruptly, and it sucks. Jon was always honest and lived up to everything he said he would do. Last we spoke is when he found out that there was no way he would be given a visa. So we had to can the USA shows, and at the end of the conversation I thanked him, and told him I hope he decides at one point to play DISSECTION tunes in a live setting again. The only time I started acting like a fan and losing my 'professionalism.'
"I can't speculate why Jon did what he did that day. All I know is that DISSECTION will never be replaced, and not one single band compares to DISSECTION. Jon will be missed by his family, friends and fans. I know I do."
A few excerpts from the interview follow:
Q: In regards to bands like DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH and the like, would you say the main attraction is their imagery, which some would say is almost the new glam-rock or the musical aspects?
Jon: The image.
Q: Now that you are older, been in prison, and had a lot of time to look at your life, how or what did you decide to change with your life, and any changes with DISSECTION?
Jon: Death as my advisor in life. Every day is my last.
Q: Here in America mainstream media is being responsive to heavier (and I say that very loosely) music. Major labels are signing bands left and right, what is your take on this? Would you want DISSECTION to be a part of this trend?
Jon: Mainstream or underground, we use the tools at our disposal.
Q: What do you think you have missed out during the down time of DISSECTION?
Jon: Nothing that I can't do today.
Q: DISSECTION came to an abrupt stop, right when the Swedish scene was gaining more and more exposure due to the ground work that DISSECTION and AT THE GATES laid down. At that point when DISSECTION was on hold, what were your thoughts in regards to the future of DISSECTION, and yourself?
Jon: To rise from the ashes.
Q: Has being in prison affected the music for the new material in any way?
Jon: Inevitably yes.
Q: How difficult was it for you to keep your focus while being in prison? And how did you?
Jon: The time in prison was an opportunity in itself to focus. I walk this sinister path in its full length.
Q: There are many different interpatations of what Satanism is. Some people use the Christian idea, and some use a more toned down self indulgent idea. What is your personal idea and take on being a Satanist?
Jon: To lead things to its end. And to create new beginnings.
Q: What things do you lead to its end? And what would constitute a new beginning in your life?
Q: Would you consider yourself religious?
Jon: A follower of the inner self. A devotee of the Dark Gods.
Q: Does your being a devotee of the dark gods apply to all religions that possess a dark or evil deities? The new single is about a Hindu Goddess, I am assuming that is a part of the whole encompassed Dark Gods.
Jon: A devotee of the Dark Gods, meaning a devotee of the spiritual essence behind the dark side of all religious and mythological traditions. Maha Kali is the terrifying aspect of the dark mother goddess in Hindu religion/myth. Her name translating The Great Black, she who devours all, she is the wrathful one who devours the entire cosmic creation in the time of the complete dissolution, Kali yuga, the ending times. The dark mother is the womb and the tomb.
Q: Where do you want to take DISSECTION now? What things that you did not have the chance to do before, would you like to do now?
Jon: All I want is everything and nothing.
Q: Metal has always been controversial in the public eye, always being linked to negative connotations. Some fans take music too serious and literally, what is your take on bands that get blamed for people killing and acting like fools, using bands like SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST, as the root of their decisions?
Jon: Well, someone using metal bands as the root of their decisions is probably not a bigger fool than someone using herd mentality, television, society or the church. So go ahead, just follow the lyrics if that's how you feel. Personally, I'm on the highway to Hell!
Q: When you eventually die, what do you see happening? Do you believe humans have souls, or spirits, or only memories for people that still maintain memories of us?
Jon: I believe in the breaking of the cosmic cycle. I believe in the formless eternity beyond, in which those who carry the formless spirit will live on forever.
Q: What makes Jon happy in life?
Jon: The end.
Q: At this point in your career and life, what are your priorities and most important factors?
Jon: Walking the left hand path.
Q: What religion, if you were to choose only one, as the most beneficial to humans.
Jon: The benefits of humans are not my specialty.
DISSECTION frontman Jon Nödtveidt's suicide could have a profound effect on his fans, says psychologist Lisa Ineland in an interview in the Swedish newspaper Expressen.
"Research shows that these incidents have a copycat effect even if it's not a famous person who commits suicide," she says. "But obviously the impact is greater if the act is committed by a role model. That was apparent when Kurt Cobain killed himself."
The black metal culture often revolves around death and suicide and as a faithful Satanist Jon Nödtveidt often spoke in positive terms about suicide. According to Lisa Ineland, his suicide doesn't have to be related to Satanism or black metal.
"I believe there's a severe, underlying depression behind it. It's not rational behavior to do something like this. Very few people take their own lives because of their conviction. That type of act is not part of our culture. This is about him not getting the help he needed."
Concerned parents should make it a point to talk to their children.
"You could ask them, 'How do you [view Jon's suicide]?' and ask if they're discussing it with their friends," says Ineland. "You should try to be a part of your child's reality. You should always try to be a present role model and talk to your children about important and existential issues, what life is all about and how important children are."
The Swedish writer Mattias Pettersson is working on a book about the influence of Satanism in black metal and was preparing an interview with Jon Nödtveidt.
"I wanted to talk to him because he was unique in the genre," says Pettersson. "He was for real and really lived that way he taught. I think most people in black metal are just regular hard rockers to whom religion is not that important. It's easy to write a cliché lyric about murder and death, but if you read Jon's lyrics you notice that he became more and more serious."
Pettersson thinks it's tragic that Jon took his own life.
"He was a huge talent. For an outsider it might be difficult to come to terms with what has happened, but to me personally it was expected."
Swedish heavy metal musician Jon Nödtveidt, 31, was found dead on Wednesday, August 16 at his apartment in Hässelby, a suburb of Stockholm. He shot himself in the head and was surrounded by lit candles, Expressen reports. Shortly before the ritual suicide, he had sent farewell letters to his father and his girlfriend and explained to a friend, "I'm going away for a long, long time. I'm going to Transylvania."
Sometime between Monday (Aug. 14) and Wednesday, Nödveidt, vocalist and guitarist in the popular Swedish black metal band DISSECTION, chose to take his own life.
At 7:21 p.m. CET on Wednesday, a police patrol reported to the police communication center in Stockholm that a man had been found dead, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to several of Expressen's sources, the singer had placed an open copy of "The Satanic Bible" in front of him before pulling the trigger.
"He shot himself in the head and lay dead in a ring of lit candles," says a police source. More...
As reported earlier, the surviving members of DISSECTION have now officially confirmed the death of the band's mainman, Jon Nödtveidt. The group's statement on the matter reads as follows:
"As rumours have started to spread we feel obliged to confirm Jon Nödtveidt's death.
"Jon Nödtveidt was a man who lived his life according to his convictions and True Will. A couple of days ago he chose to end his life by his own hands. As a true Satanist he led his life in the way he wanted and ended it when he felt that he had fulfilled his self-created destiny. Not everyone will have understanding or acceptance for his personal path in this life and beyond, but all must respect his choice. More...
DISSECTION frontman Jon Nödtveidt has committed suicide. Nödtveidt's death was confirmed by the Swedish distributor Sound Pollution, whose staff has worked with DISSECTION throughout the band's career. A posting on the Sound Pollution web site, reads: "RIP Jon Nödtveidt 1975-2006. Condolences from Sound Pollution & Black Lodge."
Nödtveidt formed DISSECTION in 1989 and released two full-length albums with the group — "The Somberlain" (1993) and "Storm of the Light's Bane" (1995) — before he was convicted in Sweden of felony murder of 37-year-old homosexual Algerian Josef Ben Maddour in 1997. He was released from prison in 2004, at which point he restarted DISSECTION.
DISSECTION announced in May that it would split up imediately following its final performances in support of its recently released CD, "Reinkaos". The band was subsequently forced to cancel its two previously announced appearances in North America (Sept. 1 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA and Sept. 6 at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City) after Nödtveidt was denied legal entry into the United States as a result of his conviction.
DISSECTION's most recent album, "Reinkaos", was released in May on The End Records.
No further details surrounding the circumstances of Jon Nödtveidt's death have been released at this time.
Quebec-based avant-garde metallers UNEXPECT check in with the following update:
The definitive release date for In A Flesh Aquarium is now officially announced by The End Records. The album shall see the light in North America on August 22nd. No other dates have been proclaimed for the rest of the world, but chaos should spread and find it's way out there in the following weeks.
The tour with TUB RING is now reported in September. More information to come soon…
We're currently busy working on the foundations of another album and practicing our new live set on the back of a moose for a better understanding of physical laws whilst playing.
On a somewhat… darker note… we are proud to announce that we'll be part of the last show ever of the legendary and controversial Norwegian black metal band: DISSECTION !
The band recently declared their own death and will offer 2 last exclusive shows in North America: Los Angeles and New York. Being old time fans of the band, it's an honour for us to participate at the New York event, on September 6th, at the B.B. King Blues club. More...
INFINITUM OBSCURE, UNEXPECT, and POLTERCHRIST will be opening for DISSECTION on September 6th at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City, for what will be DISSECTION's last ever North American show. INFINITUM OBSCURE is also expected to be opening the Los Angeles date, though it's not clear if the other two bands will be performing at that show as well.
Swedish extreme metallers DISSECTION have announced that they will be splitting up imediately following their final performances in support of their newly released CD "Reinkaos". In an interview published on the band's official forum, the band's mainman Jon Nödtveidt stated, "What we have in front of us now are a few extremely select concerts that will mark the end of DISSECTION, out of which the Dissection Midsummer Massacre in Sweden on the 24th of June will be the only European concert, as well as the last. We will also make our first and last concert in Israel, as well as two final concerts on the American continent. More...
DISSECTION's video for the track "Starless Aeon" has been posted online at MP3.com. The song comes off the Swedish extreme metallers' upcoming CD, "Reinkaos", due on May 16 via The End Records (April 30 in Europe on the group's own label, Black Horizon Records).
Commented vocalist/guitarist Jon Nödtveidt: "For the making of the video to 'Starless Aeon', the first song from 'Reinkaos' to become visual, DISSECTION explore a special filming technique, shooting scenes backwards, with the band literally having to perform their music and sing the lyrics backwards. The filmed sequences have then ultimately been reversed again, with an original backwards sequence playing forwards in sync with the album version of the song. The visual result appears rather sick and disturbing, and like the rest of the video, very dark."
Dissection will release the single, "Starless Aeon", as a CD limited to 1,000 copies and only available to North America through The End Records' mail-order website. Tracklisting is as follows:
1. Starless Aeon (Album Version)
2. Xeper-I-Set (Album Version)
3. Starless Aeon (Instrumental Version)
4. Bonus Video: Starless Aeon (Original Edit)
Singer/guitarist, Jon Nödtveidt, had the following to say about the video accompanying the single: “For the making of the video to "Starless Aeon", the first song from "ReinKaos" to become visual, Dissection explore a special filming technique, shooting scenes backwards, with the band literally having to perform their music and sing the lyrics backwards. The filmed sequences have then ultimately been reversed again, with an original backwards sequence playing forwards in sync with the album version of the song. The visual result appears rather sick and disturbing, and like the rest of the video, very dark.”
The video will debut on MP3.com Monday, April 10th.
Swedish legends DISSECTION will be performing at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City on July 7th. According to the venue's web site, it will be the band's only East Coast appearance.
Norwegian extreme metal act DISIPLIN have announced the addition of Italian drummer Massimo Altomare (BLACK FLAME, MORTUARY DRAPE, DAEMUSINEM) to the group's ranks.
DISIPLIN released their sophomore album, "Anti-Life", in early 2005 via Moonfog Productions. The follow-up to the group's 2003 self-titled debut was recorded at Akkerhaugen Lydstudio and features a guest appearance by CARPATHIAN FOREST's Nattefrost.
DISIPLIN are led by guitarist/vocalist General K (aka Haakon Forwald, ex-MYRKSKOG, DISSECTION).