DISMEMBER — Pieces (review)

DISMEMBER — Pieces album cover EP · 1992 · Death Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
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"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.
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