Sweden’s Dissection was a lightening rod for controversy. The band would release only 3 full-length albums in its career, but each of them is considered a masterpiece and essential listening for students of black metal. Band leader Jon Nödtveidt was a disturbed genius who viewed Dissection as his vehicle to spread the anti-cosmic Satanism philosophies of the notorious Norwegian inner circle organization known as the Misanthropic Luciferian Order (now the Temple of the Black Light).
Dissection broke up in 1997 when Nödtveidt was convicted for his part in the murder of a homosexual man in a Göteborg park. He received a 10-year prison sentence, of which he served six. Upon emerging from prison, he would resurrect the band with new members who would be “able to “stand behind and live up to the demands of Dissection’s Satanic concept.” This would be the lineup that would record the final Dissection album, the 2006 masterpiece Reinkaos.
On August 13, 2006, Jon Nödtveidt was found dead in his apartment inside of a circle of lit candles and clutching a Satanic grimoire. The 31-year-old singer/guitarist had taken his own life with a gun. He had previously stated that “The Satanist decides of his own life and death and prefers to go out with a smile on his lips when he has reached his peak in life, when he has accomplished everything, and aim to transcend this earthly existence. But it is completely un-satanic to end one’s own life because one is sad or miserable. The Satanist dies strong, not by age, disease or depression, and he chooses death before dishonor! Death is the orgasm of life! So live life accordingly, as intense as possible!”
Despite the reprehensible actions and dubious philosophies displayed by Nödtveidt in his short time on Earth, the man managed to create some of the most vital and essential works of black metal in the history of the genre. I personally believe that the track that I have chosen for this edition of Black Metal Friday is the greatest metal song ever written. So without further ado, here is the mind-blowing “Dark Mother Divine” from Dissection’s swan song album Reinkaos.