DISMEMBER — Pieces

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3.76 | 4 ratings | 2 reviews
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EP · 1992

Filed under Death Metal
By DISMEMBER

Tracklist


1. Intro (0:13)
2. Pieces (3:07)
3. I Wish You Hell (2:22)
4. Carnal Tomb (3:34)
5. Soon To Be Dead (1:56)
6. Torn Apart (4:42)

Total Time: 15:56

Line-up/Musicians


- Matti Kärki / Vocals, Lyrics
- Fred Estby / Drums, Lyrics
- Richard Cabeza / Bass
- Robert Sennebäck / Guitars (rhythm)
- David Blomqvist / Guitars (lead)

About this release

EP, Nuclear Blast Records, October 27th, 1992

Produced and engineered by Dismember.

Video: "Soon to Be Dead" by P. E. Eriksson, H. Wiman and Z. Lorentzon.

Front cover by Zeta Lorentzon and Henrik Wiman.
Back cover by Zeta Lorentzon, Henrik Wiman and P. E. Eriksson.
Realization by Repro Desaster.
Dismember logo by Nicke Andersson.

Reissued by Regain / Candlelight Records in 2005 with bonus tracks (Live in Sockholm, 1993):

6. Torn Apart (due to an error, this is actually a studio version)
7. Pieces
8. Reborn in Blasphemy
9. Override of the Overture (mis-titled "Overide" on back)
10. Carnal Tomb
11. Skin Her Alive
12. Case # Obscene
13. I Wish You Hell
14. Bleed for Me
15. Deranged from Blood

Thanks to UMUR for the updates

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UMUR
"Pieces" is an EP release by Swedish death metal act Dismember. The EP was released through Nuclear Blast Records in October 1992. It bridges the gap between the band´s debut and second full-length studio albums "Like an Everflowing Stream (1991)" and "Indecent & Obscene (1993)". The success of "Like an Everflowing Stream (1991)" meant that Dismember were among the most prolific death metal acts out of Sweden in the early 90s, and Dismember did a lot of touring in the wake of that, which meant they only had time to write enough material for an EP and not for a full album, which is the reasoning behind releasing "Pieces".

The EP features 6 tracks and a full playing time of 15:56 minutes. The opening track is a short intro and the band have opted to include "Soon To Be Dead" from "Like an Everflowing Stream (1991)", but the remaining four tracks are new original material. Stylistically the new tracks continue the old school Swedish death metal style of the debut album, although they are generally slightly less catchy than the material on "Like an Everflowing Stream (1991)". The songwriting quality is still relatively high though, and the material is also performed with the right amount of rawness and authenticity (but not necessarily in the most tight manner).

Production wise "Pieces" is a raw and unpolished release. The guitar tone is buzzing and a bit messy, which sometimes means that what is being played becomes a blur, and it´s like everything is recorded a bit too high and as a consequence sounds slightly distorted. It´s of course an aquired taste if such a harsh sounding production is something you´ll appreciate, but personally I think Dismember took the rawness a bit too far on this release.

So upon conclusion "Pieces" is a step down in quality from "Like an Everflowing Stream (1991)", even though it isolated seen still is a relatively good quality old school death metal release. It´s not a release you can´t live without and I´d always recommend listening to "Like an Everflowing Stream (1991)" before this one, but still a 3.5 star (70%) rating isn´t all wrong.
Vim Fuego
Way back when death metal was vital and dangerous, Dismember were the most dangerous of them all, for a short time. 'Pieces' was their 15 minutes (well, 15 minutes, 57 seconds, to be exact) of infamy. Dismember took the Swedish death metal sound pioneered by Entombed and Carnage to a new extreme. Faster, more brutal, and more convincing than their contemporaries, there is not even a trace of subtlety in this EP. Perhaps the most immediately distinctive element of Dismember's sound is the "clicky" kick drum sound. Instead of thundering along under the mix like, say, Obituary, Dismember's kick drums are right there, beside the snare, slapping you round the face, demanding attention. While not a great technical drummer, Fred Estby's performance is brutal, and fancy drum fills and off-kilter time signatures would have ruined the overall bludgeoning effect. The guitar and bass sound is basically the same as Entombed's 'Left Hand Path' and 'Clandestine' albums. It's the sort of noise a V8 powered chainsaw would make ripping through a concrete wall. It is also surprisingly well defined for a death metal band. The riffs, like the drumming, are far from spectacular, but are clear enough to stick in your head hours later, particularly ‘I Wish You Hell’ and ‘Torn Apart’. A little something that set Dismember aside from other Swedish death metal bands in the early 1990s were the guitar solos. They were a little sparse, as they generally are in death metal, but showed thrash and NWOBHM influences, an unheard-of combination for the time. Matti Karki growls like a man possessed, and from the sound of it, the demons inside him are none too keen on each other. There is the deathgrunt demon, which seems to be Karki's prominent musical persona. There is also the anguished-burning-in-Hell demon, accentuating lyrical highlights, and then there is the disgruntled grumbling demon, which complains the other two talk too much. Short and sweet, this EP managed to help define a scene and satisfy the hunger of Dismember's fans wanting more of the incredible 'Like An Ever Flowing Stream' debut album. The band also managed to get themselves banned in a number of countries due to the lyrical content and artwork. At The Gates? A bunch of schoolgirls compared to Dismember.

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