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Founded 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Dismember were among those responsible for death metal’s big break through. The debut album, “Like An Ever Flowing Stream” released in 1991, clearly showed that Dismember are an uncompromising band which resulted in their rise to cult status within a short period of time after the album took the scene by storm. Extensive touring with bands like Death, Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse showed that Dismember are a live force to be reckoned with and the number of fans grew steadily. Spurred on by success, it was easy to commence the songwriting for the next album. However, the band then released the 5-track EP, "Pieces", and went out on tour again instead with Napalm Death and Obituary. They played for thousands of fans throughout Europe thus reinforcing their status as one of the best live bands on earth.

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DISMEMBER Like an Everflowing Stream album cover 4.14 | 17 ratings
Like an Everflowing Stream
Death Metal 1991
DISMEMBER Indecent & Obscene album cover 3.38 | 8 ratings
Indecent & Obscene
Death Metal 1993
DISMEMBER Massive Killing Capacity album cover 3.29 | 6 ratings
Massive Killing Capacity
Death Metal 1995
DISMEMBER Death Metal album cover 3.35 | 6 ratings
Death Metal
Death Metal 1997
DISMEMBER Hate Campaign album cover 3.08 | 2 ratings
Hate Campaign
Death Metal 2000
DISMEMBER Where Ironcrosses Grow album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Where Ironcrosses Grow
Death Metal 2004
DISMEMBER The God That Never Was album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
The God That Never Was
Death Metal 2006
DISMEMBER Dismember album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Death Metal 2008

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DISMEMBER Pieces album cover 3.76 | 4 ratings
Death Metal 1992
DISMEMBER Casket Garden album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Casket Garden
Death Metal 1995
DISMEMBER Misanthropic album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Death Metal 1997

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DISMEMBER Complete Demos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Demos
Death Metal 2005

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Skin Her Alive
Death Metal 1991

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Under Blood Red Skies
Death Metal 2009



Album · 1997 · Death Metal
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"Death Metal" is the 4th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Dismember. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in August 1997. It´s the successor to "Massive Killing Capacity" from 1995 and features the exact same lineup as the predecessor.

Not much has happened with the musical style since the predecessor either, so we´re still treated to old school Swedish death metal with a slight melodic edge. It´s predominantly mid- to fast-paced, without ever reaching really fast territories. Matti Kärki has a relatively distinct sounding voice and intelligible growling vocal style, the rhythm section deliver an organic assault, and the distinct distorted old school Swedish buzzing guitar tone is there and accounted for too (as well as the occassional melodic guitar solo). So this is pretty much Dismember as they´ve always sounded.

The material on the 12 track, 40:16 minutes long album are solid enough but seldom remarkable. It´s not always easy to tell the tracks apart and it quickly feels like the band are out of ideas as most tracks feature the same rhythm patterns, the same pace, and the same riff ideas and vocal lines. A heavy mid-paced track like "Let the Napalm Rain" is therefore a nice piece of variation, and thankfully there are a couple of more standout tracks like that one featured on the album ("Mistweaver" for example sounds like an attempt to create a new "Dreaming in Red", although it doesn´t exactly come close to matching that classic Dismember song), but the material is generally a bit one-dimensional in nature.

"Death Metal" features a sound production, that can only be applied to Dismember´s music. The above mentioned buzzing guitar tone is by now a signature part of the band´s sound, but it´s probably an aquired taste if the listener can appreciate such a distinct sounding guitar tone for the duration of the album. So upon conclusion "Death Metal" is an album with both good and not so great qualities. Personally I´m still a bit baffled how a band who started out as strong as Dismember did with "Like an Everflowing Stream (1991)", so quickly became this unremarkable. Dismember´s strength is the fact that they have a unique sound, but their downfall is the one-dimensional songwriting and their limited abilities as musicians. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.


EP · 1992 · Death Metal
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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.

DISMEMBER Like an Everflowing Stream

Album · 1991 · Death Metal
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Crushingly explosive.

It's no wonder that Dismember's debut album appears on at least a few YouTube playlists of essential and classic old school death metal albums, songs, and bands. This album sounds like it's grinding civilization to iron filings.

The main reason for this immense sound comes from the guitars, which not only have a really raw distortion sound to them but also seem like they've been recorded with the needle as far into the red as possible. But not the rest of the instruments! The bass and drums, vocals as well, are recorded normally for an extreme metal band of the early nineties. Yet the guitars could rattle your teeth from your head if the volume were turned up too high.

The songs are generally short as in somewhere between 2 and 4 minutes mostly. But one thing I like about them is that the band mixes things up a bit with mid-tempo, fast, and furious as their choices for speed settings. Even though the album has an overall unified sound and it's not easy to pick out favourites, song by song you can easily hear that the band has a degree of versatility to make their album better than just a super-sonic blast through.

I find this album interesting too because the guitar sound and Matti Kärki's vocals resemble those on Entombed's "Wolverine Blues". Well, we do find Nicke Andersson of Entombed not only playing lead guitar as a guest but also designing the band's logo.

The Hammerheart records re-issue comes with bonus tracks that sound slightly different from the other songs but are a welcome addition to the collection. "Torn Apart" comes from the 1992 EP, "Pieces" and "Justifiable Homicide" is on the 1995 EP, "Casket Garden". This final song is perhaps the most outstanding because it captures that death 'n' roll feel that Entombed went for from "Wolverine Blues".

Nice, loud, destructive, and sonically grinding album.

DISMEMBER Indecent & Obscene

Album · 1993 · Death Metal
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"Indecent and Obscene" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Dismember. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in December 1993. Dismember was formed in 1988 and is often considered among the seminal Swedish death metal acts. They released their debut full-length studio album "Like an Everflowing Stream" in 1991. An album which generally garnered praise among fans of the genre. The debut album was followed up by the 1992 "Pieces" EP. The lineup on "Indecent & Obscene" is intact from the first two releases by the band. The title of the album refers to a British newspaper article which called Dismember Indecent & Obscene. A chance like that should of course not go wasted.

The music on the album is old school Swedish death metal. Most tracks are relatively simple and direct but there are a couple of more intricate tracks featured on the album too. I´d characterize both "Souldevourer" and especially the Dismember "classic" "Dreaming in Red" as examples of that. The latter is also notable for being THE highlight of the album. I´m afraid I have to add unfortunately here though, as the remaining tracks simply pale in comparison. There´s nothing that´s of a terribly bad quality featured on the 9 track, 35:06 minutes long album, but way too many of the tracks go by unnoticed, lack hooks, and are forgotten as soon as the album is over. To my ears the only standout tracks on "Indecent and Obscene" are the two above mentioned tracks and "Skinfather".

It doesn´t help that the sound production is slightly unpleasant sounding. Dismember takes the buzzing Sunlight studios guitar sound to the extreme on "Indecent and Obscene", and as a consequence it´s often hard to hear what is being played. The guitar sound simply comes off as messy. The musicianship is also only decent and the way the album is mixed reveals some of the not to tight playing. While "Indecent and Obscene" does features some redeeming qualities ("Dreaming in Red" is for example a splendid track), it´s hard not to feel disappointed by the drop in songwriting quality since "Like an Everflowing Stream (1991)". Sure the "Pieces (1992)" EP wasn´t the greatest release either (compared to the strong debut album), but one could have hoped it was a one off drop in quality. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.


EP · 1992 · Death Metal
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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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