I have been a huge fan of Dissection for many years and I miss them terribly. Since the suicide of Jon Nödtveidt I thought I would never hear the sweet sound of that evil yet catchy Swedish, melodic, black death metal until now. Ah…. the wail of harmonized tremolo picking accompanied by blast beats so fast it makes your head spin. Man, have I stumbled onto the next best thing, Thulcandra! (Thanks Scott) Thulcandra has given me my fix of sweet blasphemy! The twin guitar harmonies with precise blast beat drumming go hand in hand along with the vocals. The vocals do remind me a lot of Jon Nödtveidt’s raspy style. Is Thulcandra a rip off of Dissection? I think not! Are they similar in sound and technique? Well sure, but they put their own spin on things. I am super excited to hear someone actually put together something so vivid and well thought out, even down to the album artwork. Kristian Wählin (Necrolord) once again captured that bitter, cold, evil vibe that he did for Dissection’s Storm of the Light’s Bane and The Somberlain. There is even a cover of Dissection’s The Somberlain which Thulcandra nailed! I am very pleased with this release and look forward to hearing more from Thulcandra.