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Dissection - "Rebirth of Dissection" (DVD)

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"Rebirth of Dissection" 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. Unhallowed
10. Thorns of Crimson Death
11. Heaven's Damnation
12. In the Cold Winds of Nowhere
13. Elizabeth Bathori
14. The Somberlain
15. A Land Forlorn

Reviewed by on November 6, 2006

"A rebirth short-lived, but one that showed why Dissection will forever remain the unrivalled masters of extreme Nordic metal"

The Rebirth of Dissection - there's an ironically nostalgic aura surrounding the title of Sweden's extreme Metal pioneers' first and last live DVD recording. Sadly, this rebirth wouldn't last long as the band (complete with a new line-up) had already announced they would dismantle following the release of their new album "Reinkaos" this year. Dissection's final statement would come in August with long-standing frontman Jon Nodtveidt ending his own life.

Unless you've been living in North Korea for the past decade or so, most of you will know the story behind Dissection. From the melodic Death/Black Metal masterpieces of "The Somberlain" (1993) and "Storm of the Light's Bane" (1995) to Jon Nodtveidt's murder conviction and subsequent incarceration in 1997, needless to say, the band has been through more than a few ups and downs, with only founding member Nodtveidt remaining of the original line-up.

Released from prison in September 2004, Nodtveidt assembled a new crew, and the assault of the newly born Anti-Cosmic Metal of Death (as Jon describes it) could begin.

Recorded in front of a sold-out arena in Stockholm, on October 30th, 2004, Dissection performed their first show in over 7 years. And it was all captured on video. The DVD is comprised of the concert itself, a video for "Starless Aeon" (a song from the new album "Reinkaos"), a very neatly done photo slideshow of the concert, as well as an exclusive 25-minute interview with Nodvtveidt himself.

The tracklisting is just what any Dissection has been craving for: 15 songs with "Storm of the Light's Bane" played in full ( hell yes! ), plus the rest of the classics including "The Somberlain", "Heaven's Damnation" , "A Land Forlorn" and the ever-grabbing Tormentor-cover "Elizabeth Bathori".

A hint towards the band's newer "Anti-Cosmic" sound is delivered in the form of "Maha Kali," a very catchy tune indeed, during which the live audience understandably takes a breath for actual listening purposes.

The various camera angles used to capture the show are well planned and the sound quality is top-notch.

The audience itself is just what you'd expect from people who've been waiting for Dissection's first stage-appearance after so many years: filled with adrenaline, entranced and singing along to every single track from the classic opener "Night's Blood" onwards. The band is greeted with wild shouts and roaring applause from the moment they walk on to the stage, which pretty much goes on for the ensuing 90 minutes. Not surprisingly, by the time "Where Dead Angels Lie" hits in, the crowd is already in a pulverized state.

Nodtveidt raises his fists into the air after almost every song almost as if to say "We're back. So join us or die !" and the late Dissection frontman is greeted with divine-like respect from everyone in the audience. He is a true master at his craft. He doesn't talk all that much in between songs, but the music speaks for itself.

What can I say? Rebirth of Dissection documents an awesome concert from start to finish and is an absolute treasure to any loyal Dissection fan (such as yours truly).

The video for "Starless Aeon" is well done and is a worthy representation of the new Dissection. Watching it, one can't help but feel frustrated that yet again (permanently this time) Dissection is no more.

In the interview-section of the DVD, Jon talks about his music, personal beliefs, society as he sees it, the long path of Dissection, as well as his years in prison, which all makes for very interesting listening.

Rebirth of Dissection is definitely a must-see for those wishing to dig deeper into the ideology and driving force behind the man who embodied Dissection. Needless to say, Jon Nodtveidt was one of the most influential and talented extreme metal musicians to ever emerge.

So there we have it. A rebirth short-lived, but one which showed why Dissection will forever remain the unrivalled masters of extreme Nordic metal. Who will replace their throne? No one, in a very long time. Believe me.

Highs: The true testament of Dissection. Need I say more?

Lows: Everything ends, and Dissection is truly over

Bottom line: An absolute must-have for any Dissection fan, be it the music, the rare interview or simply, the sheer nostalgic value this DVD will have one day

Rated 5 out of 5 skulls
5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)