“Death is the orgasm of life”
Jon Nodtveidt started Dissection with bassist Peter Palmdahl in 1989. They released the demo “The Grief Prophecy” in 1990 and their first studio album “The Somberlain” in 1993. Jon and Dissection were heavily involved in the growing black metal scene and the “Gothenburg metal” scene at that time. Dissection pioneered the melodic black metal sub-genre which consisted of traditional Norwegian black metal stylings paired with the melodic death metal sound that was coming out of Gothenburg Sweden. 1995 would prove to be a year of great achievement for Dissection, but also one of dark foreshadowing for Jon. That was the year Dissection released their opus, “Storm of the Light’s Bane”, but it was also the year that Jon joined the Misanthropic Luciferian Order.
Storm of the Light’s Bane was released on November 17, 1995 with Jon Nodtveidt on vocals and lead and acoustic guitars, Johan Norman on rhythm guitar, Peter Palmdahl on bass and Ole Ohman on drums. This album is an absolute triumph for black metal. The dual harmony guitars both shred with intensity and soar with beautiful melody. Storm of the Light’s Bane is a mood piece. It’s dark and mystifying with elegant acoustic interludes throughout the album that capture the mood perfectly. Ole Ohman’s drum work is masterful with blazing fast blast-beats, complex rhythms and expert timed fills. The album’s Gothenburg metal influence is what really makes it special. It gave black metal more melody and some of the melodic death metal riffage that makes the Gothenburg sound so unique. it was an exciting release because it opened the door for other sounds that would take black metal to new levels of innovation. The production on this album follows in the same tradition of most black metal releases of that time. It’s low-fi which to those who don’t understand this tradition, it probably sounds terrible, but it gives it that distinctive ethos that sets it apart from all other sub-genres of metal. It’s definitely an acquired taste. Jon’s lyrics on this album are poetic and take you on a journey through cold, snowy, dying forests at night where evil lurks and the darkness within the human spirit awakens and thrives on blasphemy and the destruction of all that is holy. Storm of the Light’s Bane, in my opinion, is the ultimate 90’s black metal album.
The deeper Jon Nodtveidt delved into the workings of The Misanthropic Luciferian Order, the darker and more chaotic his life became. The M.L.O were involved in black magic and animal sacrifice among other practices. As the order grew, talks of human sacrifices and mass suicides began to take place. Jon even considered sacrificing his own girlfriend. Before these heinous acts had a chance to be acted out, Jon and a fellow member of the M.L.O known only as Vlad were convicted of murder in 1997. Jon and Vlad shot and killed a Homosexual Algerian national by the name of Josef Ben Meddour. The murder was classified as a hate crime. Jon was released from prison in 2004, and Dissection reformed. They released the album “Reinkaos” in April of 2006. After it’s release, Dissection disbanded.
On August 13, 2006, Jon Nodtveidt’s body was found in his apartment inside a ring of burned out candles with a satanic grimoire published by the M.L.O in front of his body. He ritualistically committed suicide. Jon died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Jon was under the delusion that he had accomplished all he was meant to accomplish in his life, and chose to “die strong at his peak” in “true Satanist” fashion.
Insanity on this level is something I can’t even imagine. Like others in the black metal scene of that time, Jon succomed to the purest form of evil. He was an amazing musician and at the age of 31, he had his whole life ahead of him, but he was deceived and paid the ultimate price.