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Blackened Melodic Death Metal: A History Lesson

These bands embody all the best things about metal: catchy riffs and great songwriting, effective use of melody to create a narrative structure, vocals soaked in reverb, and all the brutality one needs without resorting to cheesiness or self-parody.

These bands embody all the best things about metal: catchy riffs and great songwriting, effective use of melody to create a narrative structure, vocals soaked in reverb, and all the brutality one needs without resorting to cheesiness or self-parody.

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So yes, Jon Nödtveidt was pretty crazy in terms of his crimes and his attachment to “anti-cosmic satanism.” Yet it’s entirely possible that the same eccentricity that drew him to those ways of thinking also drove his artistic vision for Dissection. Needless to say, a thorough psychoanalytic evaluation of a dead person lies beyond the scope of this article. So with that in mind, it’s better to focus on the music instead. Whether you prefer the folk-laden steamroller of The Somberlain or the near-perfection of Storm of the Light’s Bane, Dissection is rightly hailed as one of the most important extreme metal bands of all time. And though I prefer the second album, The Somberlain is probably most responsible for inspiring the bands below, from the mid-neck guitar riffs, to the howling vocals, a voice seemingly spawned from ghosts of ages past.

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