The Somberlain

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The Somberlain
Studio album by Dissection
Released December 3, 1993
Recorded 1993 at Hellspawn and Unisound
Genre Melodic black metal
Length 45:38
Label No Fashion
Producer Dissection
Dissection chronology
Into Infinite Obscurity
The Somberlain
Storm of the Light's Bane
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Somberlain is the debut album by Dissection, released in 1993. It proved to be a highly influential release for both black metal and melodic death metal. The band dedicated the album to Euronymous, who had been murdered in August the same year.

The album was reissued in 1997 by Nuclear Blast Records and again in 2004 by Black Lodge. Black Lodge also released a special edition set in 2005 limited to 666 copies, packaged in a wooden box along with a T-shirt and a sticker. The album was re-released most recently in 2006 by The End Records in a two-disc set, containing the original album, an unreleased live recording from 1995, the Into Infinite Obscurity EP from 1991, a demo from 1992, The Grief Prophecy demo from 1990, a rehearsal from 1990, and the Satanized rehearsal from 1990. All content is remastered, packaged in a slipcase, and is touted as the "Ultimate Reissue".

This is the only album that features the band's original lineup. The cover art was done by Kristian Wåhlin.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Black Horizons"   Nödtveidt, Zwetsloot 8:12
2. "The Somberlain"   Nödtveidt 7:08
3. "Crimson Towers"   Zwetsloot 0:50
4. "A Land Forlorn"   Nödtveidt, Palmdahl 6:40
5. "Heaven's Damnation"   Nödtveidt, Zwetsloot 4:42
6. "Frozen"   Nödtveidt 3:48
7. "Into Infinite Obscurity"   Zwetsloot 1:06
8. "In the Cold Winds of Nowhere"   Nödtveidt, Zwetsloot 4:22
9. "The Grief Prophecy/Shadows over a Lost Kingdom"   Nödtveidt, Öhman 3:32
10. "Mistress of the Bleeding Sorrow"   Nödtveidt, Zwetsloot 4:37
11. "Feathers Fell"   Zwetsloot 0:41
Total length:

2nd CD (reissue)[edit]


  • Jon Nödtveidt – vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
  • John Zwetsloot – rhythm guitar, classical guitar
  • Ole Öhman – drums
  • Peter Palmdahl – bass guitar
  • Necrolord – cover artwork
  • Dan Swanö – engineering