Dissection - The Somberlain
1.Black Horizons
2.The Somberlain
3.Crimson Towers
4.A Land Forlorn
5.Heaven's Damnation
7.Into Infinite Obscurity
8.In the Cold Winds of Nowhere
9.The Grief Prophecy / Shadows over a Lost Kingdom
10.Mistress of the Bleeding Sorrow
11.Feathers Fell
Length: 45:15
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The Somberlain

  • Type: Full-length
  • Style: Melodic Black Metal
    Genre infoTo keep things simple, albums are grouped into a handful of approximate styles.
  • Year: 1993
  • Country: Sweden
Average score:
Avg. score:
94% 4.7 star rating
1 Review
+ Legacy score

Length: 45:15

  1. Black Horizons
  2. The Somberlain
  3. Crimson Towers
  4. A Land Forlorn
  5. Heaven's Damnation
  6. Frozen
  7. Into Infinite Obscurity
  8. In the Cold Winds of Nowhere
  9. The Grief Prophecy / Shadows over a Lost Kingdom
  10. Mistress of the Bleeding Sorrow
  11. Feathers Fell

1 Review for
'Dissection - The Somberlain'
'The Somberlain'

4.8 star rating 95%

I Am the Great Shadow, Behold My Land of Sin

It's hard to believe this album is thirty years old this month. It's also hard to believe it was made by four guys in their early twenties. Hell man even producer Dan Swano was only nineteen. Everything about it screams professional in every way. The songwriting, the musicianship, the production, and arrangement all excellent. Not to mention the iconic Necrolord cover. The Somberlain has not only stood the test of time but continues to be extremely influential. It is truly a benchmark for any fan of heavy music.
So where to begin. I'll assume anyone on this sight already knows Dissection and the history of it's founder Jon Nodtveidt. A prolific artist at this time, he lent his talents to many projects including Siren's Yell, Rabbitt's Carrot, and Satanized among others. But it was Dissection that proved to be the best by far. Along with bandmates Ole Ohman on drums, Peter Palmdahl on bass, and John Zwetsloot on guitars(Zwetsloot providing all classical guitar interludes), The Somberlain mixed dark atmosphere, thrash, and death metal to create something totally unique at the time. Not really accepted as black metal, being to melodic and well produced, not to mention Swedish not Norwegian. But the sound quickly took hold in Sweden. Listen to Unanimated, Naglfar, Sacramentum and so on. It wasn't until Storm of the Light's Bane that Dissection would be more black metal. But labels aside this album in my opinion really blew away any "true" black metal album from Norway at the time. Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone etc. If you're looking for the standout tracks do yourself a favor and listen to the album as a whole. It works better. And The Somberlain deserves to be heard.

Review for 'Dissection - The Somberlain' by ScorchedEarth
by Lycanthropia.net ScorchedEarth on 12th March, 2023
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4.7 star rating 93%

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Benchmark album of black metal music even though Dissection's style slightly different from their Norwegian counterpart.

Amazing, classic album and Dissection's finest work

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